Archive for November 2013
IOA Sliver Lecture Jesse Reiser, December 12, 7pm
Projection & Reception
At best, technology can deliver conclusive solutions to trivial problems of culture, while culture in its most robust forms resists final capture by technology. Technique is thus a way of combating technological inertia: it forms the essence of style. The mark of a mature project in architec- ture is characterized by the systematic flouting of its founding principles. Youthful reliance on the rigor of the exact disciplines (i.e. mathematics, engineering, computation) matures into the ability to craft precise forms of fiction; it is what separates an architect’s use of geometry from that of a mathematician, or the archi- tect’s use of forces from that of the engineer. Maturity thus is a process of becoming undisciplined. Reiser’s Sliver lecture explores the ground- breaking exo-skeleton O-14 tower in Dubai by New York-based practice, Reiser + Umemoto. Jesse Reiser will give an account of the design’s realization and present a manifesto of sorts, as he delves into the complex interrelationships this architectural model weaves between technology, expression and politics in the con- text of the ‘nowhere place’ of the global city.
Jesse Reiser received his Master of Architecture at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He was a fellow of the American Academy in Rome in 1985 and he worked for the offices of John Hejduk and Aldo Rossi prior to forming Reiser + Umemoto with partner, Nanako Umemoto. Jesse is a Professor of Architecture at Princeton University and has previously taught at various schools in the US and Asia, including Columbia University, Yale University, Ohio State University, Hong Kong University, and the Cooper Union. Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture, PC, is an internationally recognized multidisciplinary design firm, which has built projects at a wide range of scales. Recently, both the Taipei Pop Music Center and the Kaohsiung Port Terminal began construction in Taiwan in 2013, and O-14, a 22-story exoskeletal office tower in Dubai was completed in 2012.
Upcoming IoA Sliver Lectures
Sylvia Lavin, Mario Carpo, Cristiano Ceccato and others
A P P L Y N O W
First Entry Date:
Registration from now on until February 14th, 2014 (in the respective studio)
Interviews: February 24th until February 28th, 2014
(Entry Wintertem 2014/15!)
Second Entry Date:
Registration from now on until September 12th, 2014
Interviews: September 22nd until September 26th, 2014
Each admission at the University depends on the artistic talent of the candidate as evidenced by the portfolio and a personal interview. The admission is decided by a jury. Requirement for approval is a bachelor (BA) in architecture or from a related field.
The admission consists of 3 parts
1. submission of the admission form
2. submission of a portfolio (can be sent digitally, max. 20MB)
3. interview (which can be done via Skype)
The admission has been passed if all parts have been tested positive by the entry jury. The portfolio should present a CV, a letter of intent, a selection of own work in any media including architectural design, graphic design, photography, industrial design, printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture, etc. (from 10 up to a maximum of 30 works)
For more info: i-o-a.at/application/
Midreview at Studio Hani Rashid, November 22
Guests: Tobias Klein and Andrea Börner will join Hani Rashid and the Studio Rashid teaching team of Sophie Luger, Reiner Zettl, Jörg Hugo, Brian Deluna, Sophie Prix and Armin Hess.
Friday, Nov 22, starting 10am
Oskar Kokoschka-Platz 2, 3rd floor
IoA Sliver Lecture Fabian Scheurer, November 28, 7pm
Crafting the Digital - Mastering Digital Processes for Production
Computer controlled production puts a strong focus on the quality of digital models. In the end, the physical output can only be as a good as the digital information fed into the fabrication equipment at the start - and architecture provides some serious challenges here. The sheer scale of building projects can drive up the number of individual components to several thousand while at the same time the tolerances go down to fractions of a millimeter at the end of the production chain. And if this weren’t difficult enough, the fragmented nature of the building industry adds a multitude of interfaces and broken links to the process. By various examples of realized projects like the Centre Pompidou Metz and the Kilden Performing Arts Center, this talk will explore what it really means to program a million holes and why architecture needs more nerds.
Fabian Scheurer is founding partner of designtoproduction. From 2002 until 2006 he studied the use of artificial-life methods in architectural construction as a member of Ludger Hovestadt’s CAAD group at the ETH Zurich and managed to transfer the results to a number of collaborative projects between architects, engineers, and fabrication experts. In 2005 he co-founded designtoproduction as a research group at ETH to explore the connections between digital design and fabrication. At the end of 2006 designtoproduction teamed up with architect Arnold Walz and became a commercial consulting practice, since then having implemented digital planning and production chains for projects like the Hungerburg-Funicular in Innsbruck (Zaha Hadid), the Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne (SANAA), or the Centre Pompidou in Metz (Shigeru Ban).
November 28, 2013, 7pm, University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Lichthof 2
Upcoming IoA Sliver Lecture
December 12: Jesse Reiser
IoA Sliver Lecture Michael Hansmeyer, November 7, 7pm
Architecture stands at an inflection point. The confluence of advances in both computation and fabrication techologies offers architects the possibility of designing and constructing hitherto unimaginable forms. With increases in processing power, the roughly triangulated geometries and simple blobs of the early 2000's have given way to the possibility of complex geometries at multiple scales with details approaching the threshold of human visibility. In parallel, advances in additive manufacturing technologies have put us at the verge of printing any form. Recent machines with print spaces of many cubic meters can print not only small architectural models, but full-scale structural architectural components. As a result, a form with a few million surfaces is as easy to print as a form with a few dozen.
For the first time, complexity is not an impediment to design and fabrication. Rather, it is an opportunity that is waiting to be explored.
Michael Hansmeyer is an architect and programmer who explores the use of algorithms and computation to generate architectural form. Recent projects include the Sixth Order installation of columns at the Gwangju Design Biennale, as well as the the design and construction of full-scale 3D printed grotto for the 2013 Archilab exhibition.
He is currently based in the CAAD group at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology's architecture department in Zurich. He holds an a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University and an MBA degree from INSEAD Fontainebleau. He previously worked in the consulting and financial industries at McKinsey & Company and J.P. Morgan respectively, as well as at Herzog & de Meuron architects.
November 7, 2013, 7pm, University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Lichthof 2
Upcoming IoA Sliver Lectures
November 28: Fabian Scheurer
December 12: Jesse Reiser