AAG 2020 has published its online conference schedule. Each keynote presentation will be streamed live on the WorkAdventure platform for about 30-40 minutes, followed by discussion in a moderated virtual session room.
Keynote Lectures April 27-29
- Design Philosophy, Process and Transformation. Stacy Eisenberg and Tristan Israël, AJN, will present how the collaboration between architects, engineers, and builders successfully transforms each strong project narrative into a challenging building due to the ingenuity of the architectural design process and the research and development in advanced fabrication technologies. Eisenberg and Israël will illustrate AJN’s expertise through three projects: The Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi, The Duo office towers in Paris and Matarazzo, The Torre Mata Atlantica tower in Sao Paulo.
- Tri-Axial Weaving with Curved Strips to Generate Complex Structure. Tri-axial weaving has long been used to create curved structures from straight/flat ribbons. Weavers typically introduce discrete topological defects to produce 3D shapes, albeit with faceted surfaces. Pedro Reis, EPF, will show how, by tuning the ribbons’ in-plane curvature, the weave’s integrated Gaussian curvature can vary continuously, which is not feasible using traditional techniques. This geometry-driven nature of tri-axial weaving can be leveraged to design a set of ribbon profiles to weave various structures.
- Advances in Architectural Origami. When we compress a sheet of paper, it self-organizes into repeated patterns similar to origami. In this talk, Tomohiro Tachi, Tokyo University, will talk about the geometry behind the art of origami that may lead to structural innovations. He will also showcase recent fun collaborations between art, science, engineering, and design.
- Roadmapping and Architectural Complexity. To achieve a net zero world with 600,000,000 existing buildings, we must automate. This talk by David Jason Gerber, USC, reflects on the opportunity for architectural geometry to accelerate the adoption of goal-driven computation to enable a net zero built environment.
- Build Better Models! Fabian Scheurer, Design-to-Production, discusses why most of our digital building models are not ripe for digital fabrication but for disposal, how we need to rethink our methods to create usable digital twins and why the tail of the building process needs to take the lead and wag the dog.
- BioSynthetic Architecture: Transdisciplinary Design Research. Jenny Sabin, Cornell University, will present ongoing trans-disciplinary research and design spanning across the fields of cell biology, materials science, physics, fiber science, fashion, mechanical and structural engineering, and architecture.
- Geometry / Material / Labour. This keynote reflects on the relationship between geometry and materiality, geometry and economy (material, energy, labour), geometry and know-how. Bernard Vaudeville, T/E/S/S, proposes to illustrate this using manufacturing processes and built projects. Notably, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, the Parc des Ateliers (Arch: F. Gehry) in Arles and the Euplectella, a curious serpentine metal tunnel. See the full AAG 2020 Conference Programme.
Workshop seats are selling fast, with some already fully booked. Two featured workshops are:
- WS 2 Complex Collapsible Structures by Viktoria Sandor and Matthew Tam (Karamba3D). During this workshop, participants familiar with parametric design thinking will design and classify small-scale spatial elements by aggregating and optimizing a basic rigid foldable tubular module. More info.
- WS 5 Collaborative Choreographies by Jan Philipp Drude (University of Hanover) and Andrea Rossi (University of Kassel). The workshop’s overall goal is to openly discuss the possibilities of collaborative design scenarios in architecture, as well as practically play them out within a VR design ecosystem. More info.