Architecture Now 22 | History of the computer in architecture

What role did, can and will the computer play within architecture?

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In this trilogy, we speak with architects who use the computer to design. Like people, computers, networks, and things become more and more closely connected, we investigate how computers influence not only design but also our thinking and skills. After years of playing SIM-city and Minecraft, wouldn’t it be logical that we would now (partly) leave the design to other parties than just the architect? We are not looking at architects such as Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry, who make frequent use of computer software in the production of their buildings, but actually, design by hand like traditional architects. But to Gregg Lynn, for example, who uses animation software from the film industry to design his buildings, or to Lars Spuybroek who designs based on natural and artificial patterns.

With Teresa Fankhänel and Jana Culek

Teresa Fankhänel is an exhibition maker and writer. She currently works as a curator at the Architekturmuseum der TUM in Munich. After studying art history at TU Dresden she received an M.A. in architectural history from The Bartlett School of Architecture, London. As a curatorial assistant she was co-organizer of the 2012 exhibition “The Architectural Model—Tool, Fetish, Small Utopia” at the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt. 

Jana Culek is an architect, urbanist, researcher, and illustrator from Croatia, living and working in the Netherlands. She is the founder of Studio Fabula, an architecture and urban design office in Delft. Since 2018 she began to work on her Ph.D. at the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, researching utopian projects in architecture and literature.

Moderated by ARCAM director Indira van ’t Klooster. 

Date: 3 November 2020
Time: 6.30pm
Language: English
Location: Pakhuis de Zwijger online via LIVECAST
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This is part of a trilogy. Keep an eye on our website for the next two evenings in this series.


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