sg2012 Material Intensities: Simulation, Energy, Environment
Smartgeometry is pleased to announce that sg2012 will be at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, in upstate New York from 19-24 March 2012. The Workshop and conference will be a gathering of the global community of innovators and pioneers in the fields of architecture, design and engineering.
Imagine the design space of architecture was no longer at the scale of rooms, walls and atria, but that of cells, grains and vapour droplets. Rather than the flow of people, services, or construction schedules, the focus becomes the flow of light, vapour, molecular vibrations and growth schedules: design from the inside out.
The sg2012 challenge, Material Intensities, is intended to dissolve our notion of the built environment as inert constructions enclosing physically sealed spaces. Spaces and boundaries are abundant with vibration, fluctuating intensities, shifting gradients and flows. The materials that define them are in a continual state of becoming: a dance of energy and information.
Harnessing Material Potential
Material potential is defined by multiple properties: acoustical, chemical, electrical, environmental, magnetic, manufacturing, mechanical, optical, radiological, sensorial, and thermal.
The challenge for sg2012 Material Intensities is to consider material economy when creating environments, micro-climates and contexts congenial for social interaction, activities and organisation. How can multiple properties of the same material be harnessed? This challenge calls for design innovation and dialogue between disciplines and responsibilities.
Simulation, Energy, Environment
sg2010 Working Prototypes strove to emancipate digital design from the hard drive by moving from the virtual to the actual in wrestling with the tangible world of physical fabrication. sg2011 Building the Invisible focused on informing digital design with real world data.
sg2012 Material Intensities strives to energise our digital prototypes and infuse them with material behaviour. They gain the potential to become rich simulations informed by the material dynamics, chemical composition, energy flows, force fields and environmental conditions that feed back into the design process.
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RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE
School of Architecture
Center for Architectural Science and Ecology (CASE)
Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC)
HOST & REVIEW COMMITTEE
Demetrios Comodromos RPI, Method Design
Jefferson Ellinger RPI, EYE Design
Christina Doumpioti AA, RCA, Ocean Research Network
Jonathan Rabagliati Foster + Partners
Hugo Mulder Arup
Jane Burry RMIT
Rob Woodbury Simon Fraser University
Stig Anton Nielsen 2xMarsvik Arkitekter
Josh Mason AEDAS
Ian Hamelin RPI EMPAC
Bill Bergman RPI School of Architecture
Shane Burger Woods Bagot
Xavier DeKestelier Foster + Partners
Lars Hesselgren PLP Architects
J Parrish AECOM
Hugh Whitehead Foster + Partners