By Aaron Sprecher
The nature of information has experienced a great mutation during the past century. The advent of information sciences and its insinuation in every domain of human research has led to a reconfiguration of our perception on nature and human production. This reconfiguration epitomizes the current fusion of knowledge that exemplifies digital architectural research. The architectural environment is now totally infused with digital tools that are direct products of both information theories and scientific investigations. n-coding realities will question the nature of information and its impact on architectural research.
This question will be approached across a series of cutting-edge projects recently produced by Open Source Architecture. (www.o-s-a.com)
Aaron Sprecher is co-founder and partner of Open Source Architecture (www.o-s-a.com). He completed his graduate studies at the University of California at Los Angeles. His research and design work focus on the synergy between information technologies, computational languages and automated digital systems, examining the way in which technology informs and generates innovative approaches to design processes. Beside numerous publications and exhibitions, he has lectured in many institutions including University of Pennsylvania, McGill University and Rice University and co-curated the groundbreaking exhibition “The Gen(H)ome Project” (MAK Center, Los Angeles, 2007). He is a recipient of numerous awards, among others Fellow of Syracuse University Center of Excellence. Aaron Sprecher is currently Assistant Professor at Syracuse University School of Architecture.
The Computer as a Design Tool. A critical analysis of advanced form-creating uses of the computer in digital architecture.
Arch. Yasha Grobman
The controversy of the appropriate use of the computer in architecture oscillates between those promoting the use of the computer as a drawing and representational tool, and those claiming that the better processing abilities of the computer will lead to the replacement of the human architect as the future design tool. The lecture will present a critical analysis of the attitudes developed in academia and in practice dealing with the use of the computer for architectural design (as opposed to drafting), while trying to evolve a statement of the current and future boundaries for the utilization of the computer in architectural practice.
Arch. Yasha Grobman received his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1997 from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, Israel. He received his Masters Degree (M.arch) from the Design Research Laboratory (DRL) program in the Architectural Association, London, UK in 2001. Currently, he is PHD candidate and co director of T_CODE at the Faculty of Architecture and Town planning at the Technion, Haifa (http://tx.technion.ac.il/~tcode/). His Research concentrates on computer based generation in architecture.
In 1999 he founded Grobman Architects. He participated and was awarded in numerous architectural competitions in Israel and around the world among them is Hefer secondary school competition (2004), and Bussan Tower competition (2002). In 2001 he co-founded Axelrod Grobman Architects, currently involves in design of public and residential projects in Israel. He received the Sandberg grant for research and development 2002-2003. He was guest critic and lecturer in several universities in Israel and around the world and set as a jury member at the Herta and Paul Amir architectural competition for new building to Tel Aviv Museum of art and the Miami Biennale 2003.
In 2003 he initiated and co-curated with arch. Shelly Cohen Soft[ware] Boundaries international exhibition presenting contemporary digital architecture at the Israeli Association of United Architects Gallery http://www.arch.technion.ac.il/Soft[ware]_Boundaries..
In 2005 and 2006 he initiated and co-chaired FormD, an international series of conferences on digital morphogenesis in the Technion, Haifa (http://www.arch.technion.ac.il/formd/formd_files/frame.htm, http://tx.technion.ac.il/~tcode/formd4.html).
Currently is co curator with Eran Neuman of “Performalism – form and function in digital architecture” exhibition in the Tel Aviv Museum of art – opening fall 2008.