Architecture + Technology: Pedagogy in an Age of Disruption

Fri, Feb 10    9:30am

Architecture + Technology: Pedagogy in an Age of Disruption examines technology's impact on the field of architecture beyond building-centric technology and evidence-based design. Specifically, how advancements are changing ways in which we perceive value, with human efficiency and well-being taking precedence over resource performance. How might architects more effectively measure and act upon both quantitative and qualitative data with greater consideration for the effects on human performance? How might we respond to the increasing urgency within architectural education to adapt to meet industry demands?

The symposium seeks to evaluate the current role and potential of technology, while interrogating the strategies by which it is being taught, in order to arrive at relevant modes of practice that are in tune with the disruptions that are now emerging.

Speakers

David Benjamin, Columbia GSAPP (M.Arch '05)
Lise Anne Couture, Columbia GSAPP
Anna Dyson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Jens Dyvik, Fellesverkstedet
Billie Faircloth, KieranTimberlake
Nick Gelpi, Florida International University (MSAAD '03)
Ben Gilmartin, Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Michael Ulrich Hensel, Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Mimi Hoang, Columbia GSAPP
Kasper Guldager Jensen, 3XN/GXN
Vincent Loubière, Airbus ProtoSpace
Scott Marble, Georgia Tech (M.Arch '86)
Forrest Meggers, Princeton University
Kiel Moe, Harvard GSD
Silvia Prandelli, Columbia GSAPP
Ingeborg Rocker, Dassault Systèmes (MSAAD '96)
Jenny Sabin, Cornell University
Hilary Sample, Columbia GSAPP
Craig Schwitter, Columbia GSAPP
Kevin Slavin, MIT Media Lab
Meejin Yoon, MIT

Organized by Craig Schwitter, Columbia GSAPP.

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Schedule

9:30am Welcome & Introduction
Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia GSAPP
Craig Schwitter, Columbia GSAPP

9:50am Panel 1: Integration
Complex new forces in architectural design and optimization require more integrated approaches across discipline boundaries. How is technology forcing a convergence of skillsets into faster and more adaptable problem solving with commensurate developments in computational methodologies? How is integration pushing the boundaries of scale beyond the building footprint and into broader urban systems?
Ben Gilmartin, Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Forrest Meggers, Princeton University
Ingeborg Rocker, Dassault Systèmes
Kevin Slavin, MIT Media Lab

11:15am Coffee Break

11:30am Panel 2: Computation

Representational tools are moving towards computational empowerment. Simulation is growing from disconnected “localized” approaches to macro systems. How do architects harness this newfound power of simulation in both the small and large scale reach of design?
Anna Dyson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Kasper Guldager Jensen, 3XN
Jenny Sabin, Cornell University

12:45pm    Lunch

2:00pm    Panel 3: Assembly
Making is changing. Digital fabrication is maturing as computer aided manufacturing moves to ever more seamless integration with the design process. Mass customization is pushing deeper into design methodologies and affecting approaches for resource optimization. What are the next key technology shifts in assembly?
Jens Dyvik, Fellesverkstedet
Billie Faircloth, KierenTimberlake
Nick Gelpi, Florida International University
Vincent Loubière, Airbus ProtoSpace

3:25pm    Coffee Break

3:55pm    Cases Studies: Pedagogy
How does an architectural program embrace a new relationship with technology where technology cannot be separated from its core, but instead becomes more intrinsically combined with it? How do recent technology shifts embed into architectural school curriculum and start to alter the historic studio teaching relationship?
Kiel Moe, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Craig Schwitter, Columbia GSAPP
Meejin Yoon, MIT

5:00pm    Closing Roundtable
Lise Anne Couture, Columbia GSAPP
Scott Marble, Georgia Tech
Michael Ulrich Hensel, Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Hilary Sample, Columbia GSAPP
Moderated by Craig Schwitter, Columbia GSAPP