Digital Architectonics: A Symbiosis of Bricks and Bytes

A new paradigm shift is underway in architecture. Join us to hear how digital technologies are revolutionizing the field – and how ETH Zurich and Southeast University are joining forces to start this new chapter.

Event Details

Location

Zoom Webinar

Date

[Online] July 14, 2020, 16:00 - 17:00 (China) / 10:00 - 11:00 (Switzerland)

Cost


Architecture has always been a discipline keen on stretching its boundaries, seamlessly molding together art with cutting-edge technologies. Think of the pointed arches in Gothic cathedrals, which allowed for the construction of elongated windows flooding the inside with light (an attempt at imitating Jerusalem, the city of God). Or think of the sprawling halls and palaces in the Forbidden City using their width rather than their height to give the impression of an all-embracing Chinese empire.

All of these innovations have manifested themselves in the physical realm. With the arrival of the Information Age attempts have been made to draw upon the digital realm as well and use technologies such as Big Data and AI to further empower and inspire architecture. These digital technologies open up fundamentally new approaches to architecture. They allow for the integration of previously separated sub-disciplines such as built environment, functional space and means of construction, culminating in a symbiosis of these disciplines.

Prof. Ludger Hovestadt, Institute for Technology in Architecture, ETH Zurich, will start the webinar by elaborating on the enormous possibilities brought about by incorporating digital technologies. Moreover, he will talk about the collaboration between ETH Zurich School of Architecture and the School of Architecture of Southeast University (SEU Arch). The two schools have maintained 30 years of academic exchange and, more recently, have ventured together into the new world of architectural digital technology. 2004 marked the foundation of the Institute of Architectural Algorithms & Applications which has since become one of the most prestigious research centers of digital technology in architecture in China.

Prof. Biao Li, Director, Institute of Architectural Algorithms and Applications, School of Architecture at Southeast University, will discuss this joint-project from his perspective and highlight why and how digital technologies can bring about a paradigm-shift in architecture. Having worked on numerous projects, he will draw on many years of practical experience and be able to provide deep and valuable insights into the topic.

 


Event Rundown

16:00-16:10 Introduction

by Prof. Peng Tang, Deputy Director, Institute of Architectural Algorithms and Applications, School of Architecture, Southeast University

16:10-16:30 Keynote presentation

by Prof. Ludger Hovestadt, Professor of architecture and CAAD, Institute for Technology in Architecture, ETH Zurich

16:30-16:50 Into the Digital Age, Together

by Prof. Biao Li, Director, Institute of Architectural Algorithms and Applications, School of Architecture, Southeast University

16:50-17:00 Q&A

 


About the Moderator

Prof. Peng Tang
Deputy Director, Institute of Architectural Algorithms and Applications, School of Architecture, Southeast University

Peng Tang is an engineering doctoral graduate from Kyoto University, Japan, who is serving as the executive editor for the Frontier of Architectural Research, executive director for the Computational Design Committee of the Architectural Society of China, and a member of National Key Laboratory of Urban and Architectural Heritage Conservation of Ministry of Education. She is also a member of the Architectural Society of China and a member of the Architectural Institute of Japan. She is mainly engaged in architectural design related to the renewal and conservation of traditional architectural settlements, as well as theoretical research and teaching of the application of digital technologies in related fields. Her research focuses on the conservation methods for traditional settlements based on digital technologies, and her achievements were awarded the first prize of the 2017 Huaxia Construction Science and Technology Award (third place).

About the Speakers

Prof. Ludger Hovestadt
Professor of architecture and CAAD, Institute for Technology in Architecture, ETH Zurich

Ludger Hovestadt is Professor of Architecture and CAAD (Computer-Aided Architectural Design) at the Institute for Technology in Architecture, ETH Zurich. Between 1997 and 2000 Ludger Hovestadt was a visiting professor in the Department of CAAD at University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. In 2000, he was appointed Full Professor at the Department of Architecture at ETH. Since 2018 he is a Visiting Professor at Southeast University in Nanjing, China. Upon completion of his diploma in 1987, he started his academic career with Prof. Fritz Haller at TU Karlsruhe for whom he worked as a scientific researcher for over ten years. Under his supervision Ludger Hovestadt completed his doctorate at TU Karlsruhe and Carnegie Mellon in 1994, expanding Haller’s school of thought of minimalist-functional mannerism into the digital domain, thereby laying the foundations for digital architectonics.

Prof. Biao Li
Director, Institute of Architectural Algorithms and Applications, School of Architecture, Southeast University

Biao Li serves as the deputy director of National Architectural Digital Technology Teaching Committee, the deputy director of Computational Design Committee of the Architectural Society of China, and the director of Digital Construction Committee of the Architectural Society of China. He is mostly engaged in the research and teaching of the theories and methods related to digital technologies for architectural design. Biao Li obtained an advanced master’s degree from Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH, Zurich), a doctor’s degree in architecture from Southeast University (nominated for National Excellent Doctoral Dissertation in 2010), and engaged in postdoctoral research in ETH, Zurich between 2009-2013. 


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