sg2011 Copenhagen

An intense, exhausting, invigorating, and inspiring week, sg2011 brought together a global community of innovators and pioneers in the fields of architecture, design, and engineering for a six remarkable days of experimentation, discussion, collaborative research and networking in Copenhagen, Denmark, 28th March – 2nd April 2011.

workshop

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conference

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challenge

Building the invisible

Vast streams of data offer a rich resource for designers. User data, energy calculations, embedded sensing, material and structural simulation allows design to be situated and responsive.

Design sits not separate from is environment but inhabits an ecological system, open, dynamic and interdependent. We now have the chance to instil design with an immanent intelligence creating new relationships between the user, the built and its ecosphere. From the simulation of megacities to the solid modelling of material systems, design has the potential to be informed by the real.

Informing Digital Design with Real World Data

Systems theorists suggest that data is only a raw material. It can be differentiated from information, knowledge and wisdom. Understanding is multi-levelled: understanding of relations, understanding of patterns, understanding of principles.

As digital designers our challenge is in harnessing the power of computation to assist us in informing our design process. Computers help us collect, manage and analyse the environment and inform us about an abundance of data. Our challenge is to use these inputs in a meaningful way to help us make better informed design decisions.

Challenging Design Thinking

The role of data and information - How can real world data be captured and how can it be interfaced it with the design environment.

The role of calculation - Draw on the intertwining of design and analysis to translate and process information. How can data become meaningful for design?

The role of feedback - Develop systems that incorporate intelligent feedback mechanisms and learning.

The role of the physical - How can intelligent behavioural systems, learning networks and passive responding material systems become tangible?

location

The Center for Information Technology and Architecture, providers of the Workshop, Venue and Digital Fabrication.


sponsors

platinum sponsors

 

Bentley offers comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure lifecycle: from buildings to bridges, transit to utilities, clean energy to clean water, Bentley is Sustaining Infrastructure.

 

silver sponsors

Z Corporation makes products that enable users to capture, edit, and print 3D data with unprecedented speed, ease, versatility and affordability

bronze sponsors

EOS offers users application-optimized solutions with which users can successfully implement e-Manufacturing with laser-sintering

Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, hosts for sg2010 in Barcelona.

Libelium, wireless distributed communications.