Saturday, 28 April 2012

Digital Play - 3rd May - Munich

By the use of more and more complex building automation and communication technologies architecture increasingly turns into adaptive systems, which react to the environment and the user. Architects and designers have to use these technologies also as a design medium and develop a digital sensuality which is more than the simulation of our physical environment.

At the occasion of the launch of the book Digital Utopia, We-are-plan-A is organising an evening talk at the Technical University of Munich entitled Digital Play. Together with´Fabian Hemmert (Design Research Lab, Berlin), Conny Freyer (Troika, London) and Dr. Silke Claus (bayern design), I will address the playful and sensual experiences and possibilites offered by digital technologies.

 This evening is the last of a total of 4-part series of events linked to the publicaiton of "Digital Utopia - On dynamic architectures, digital sensuality and spaces of tomorrow" to be released in May 2012 by the Academy of Arts, Berlin.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Persistent Modelling Seminar

 Wednesday 2 May 2012, 10h-16h30
Marking the publication of the title Persistent Modelling by Routledge, edited by Phil Ayres, this seminar draws together members of CITA and current CITA collaborators who have contributed to the book.

The seminar will examine and discuss the relationship between representation and the represented through the notion of persistent modelling. This notion is not novel to the activity of architectural design if considered as describing an iterative engagement with design concerns – and evident characteristic of architectural practice. But the persistence in persistent modelling can also be understood to apply in other ways, reflecting and anticipating extended roles for representation.

Drawing upon both historical and contemporary perspectives this seminar will discuss ways in which the relation between representation and the represented have, and continue to be, reconsidered. Through the presentations three principle areas will be identified in which extended roles for representation are becoming apparent within contemporary practices contributing to realisation of the built environment:
  • the duration of active influence that representation can hold in relation to the represented
  • the means, methods and media through which representations are constructed and used
  • what it is that is being represented 
 In addition, this seminar will provide critical insight into the use of contemporary modelling tools and methods together with an examination of the implications their use has within the territories of architectural design, realisation and experience.

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – School of Architecture
Auditorium 3
Philip de Langes Alle 10
1435 Copenhagen

Phil Ayres (CITA)
Sarat Babu (Bartlett, UCL)
Prof. Mark Burry (SIAL, RMIT)
Dr. Rachel Cruise (University of Sheffield)
Paul Nicholas (CITA)
Brady Peters (CITA)
Martin Tamke (CITA)
Prof. Mette Ramsgard Thomsen (CITA)

The seminar programme can be found here.
This is a public event, all are welcome.
Please register by email to

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Sustainable Fashion Debate: From Awareness to Action

Next week, I'll be taking part in a panel discussion exploring sustainable fashion.

This event is hosted by MA Fashion & the Environment Students and the panel includes Amisha Ghadiali, Rbecca Attwood, Julia Drew, Katelyn Toth-Fejel and Anna-Maria Hesse charred by Tasmin Omond.

To reserve a place contact

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Lego as research assistants

 Methodology is key to research and it can also be a ground for innovation. I can´t prevent myself from sending you this  link about a research project challenging traditional scientific protocols by using Lego as lab assistants.  I wonder if I could appropriate the method for my thesis writting-up :) Maybe it will be equally inspiring to you?