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Mission Statement

Our aim at DigitalFUTURES is to democratize architectural education by making the best educational ideas available for free to architects and students across the globe, regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity, age or economic standing. Education, we believe, should be a human right, and not a privilege of the wealthy.

December Highlights

As we approach 2022, we are launching yet another initiative as part of our drive for inclusivity. DigitalFUTURES already hosts sessions in English and Chinese. In addition to these, we will now be hosting sessions in Arabic, Farsi and Spanish to begin with, with other languages to follow. English, however, will remain the international language that we will continue to use for our regular Saturday sessions.This is in line with our drive for inclusivity that formed the main impetus behind our InclusiveFUTURES festival in the summer, where we hosted workshops in 9 different languages.

 

We are also hosting the symposium, Resourceful Architecture, that addresses the theme of waste. This is a pre-event for the 2023 UIA World Congress, Sustainable Futures: Leave No One Behind.

 

Another important feature of this newsletter is the Call for Papers for our 2022 DigitalFUTURES Conference, Hybrid Intelligence,the 4th Conference on Computational Design and Robotic Fabrication (CDRF 2022), that will take place on 25-26 June 2022.

 

This month we are continuing to host further sessions on various topics such as New Hybridities, Thematic Panels, and our now twice monthly Technical Tutorials, featuring the latest computational tools for architects and students. In addition, we are also hosting the final two sessions of our Architecture + Philosophy Doctoral Consortium series. 

 

Finally, as we come close to the end of an eventful year, we will take the opportunity to reflect on the various developments that have taken place in 2021. Please note that we will be taking a break for the public holidays on 25 December and 1 January, and will not be hosting sessions on these days.

Upcoming Events

All events will be live-streamed on Youtube and BiliBili.

DigitalFUTURES Tutorial: Combinatorial Design with Wasp

04 December at 9:00am EST / 3:00pm CET / 10:00pm China

 

This session will introduce techniques for combinatorial design in Grasshopper using Wasp, an open-source plug-in developed by the tutor. After briefly discussing the theoretical motivation behind combinatorial design, we will look into the basics of Wasp, in order to understand how the main building blocks of the software are created and combined. Afterwards, we will explore some of the newest additions to the Wasp toolkit, such as the Part Catalog, which allows to exactly control the amount of different elements, and the Smart Attributes, which allow parts to react to their surroundings and create different geometries accordingly.

 

The Learning Objectives:

- Understand the main ideas behind combinatorial design and discrete architecture

- Learn the basics of Wasp to create aggregations

- Explore the use of the Part Catalog to increase the control on the aggregation results

- Learn how to use Smart Attributes to create context-reactive parts with custom geometries.

 

Instructor: Andrea Rossi

 

(REGISTER TO JOIN ZOOM) Registration does not guarantee a seat in zoom. If zoom is full please watch on www.youtube.com/c/digitalfuturesworld/live or https://live.bilibili.com/22290623 (ADD TO CALENDAR)

 

DigitalFUTURES Talk: Year-End Highlights

11 December at 9:00am EDT / 3:00pm CET / 10:00pm China

 

As we come to the end of an eventful year, our team looks back at the most significant events of 2021. This year, we hosted our most extensive ever festival, InclusiveFUTURES, that included the largest number of workshops taught in our largest number of languages. We also launched the Doctoral Consortium (initially called the Digital Consortium), an inclusive platform for architects and researchers worldwide, and hosted the most individual weekly sessions. This session features our team's pick of their favorite talks and moments of the year. 

 

(ADD TO CALENDAR)

watch on www.youtube.com/c/digitalfuturesworld/live or https://live.bilibili.com/22290623

 

DigitalFUTURES Tutorial: Developing Custom Components in Grasshopper with Python - Part 2

18 December at 9:00am EST / 3:00pm CET / 10:00 pm China 

 

This session is in continuation with our previous tutorial on Python for Grasshopper, covering basics of Python, including variables, data types, conditionals, and loops. Part 2 will  focus on working with the advanced Rhinoscriptsyntax library, to create geometries using Python for grasshopper. The session will also cover Rhino 7 - Hops component and  prototype ideas into Grasshopper plug-ins. This workflow will help designers in simplifying complex algorithms by using modular functions in python.  

 

The Learning Objectives:

 

- Understand advance Python in Grasshopper through hands-on examples

- Generate parametric forms with RhinoScriptSyntax, Rhino geometry & GhPython libraries

- Develop a customized workflow using Hops.

Instructor: Mohammed Behjoo

 

(REGISTER TO JOIN ZOOM) Registration does not guarantee a seat in zoom. If zoom is full please watch on www.youtube.com/c/digitalfuturesworld/live or https://live.bilibili.com/22290623

(ADD TO CALENDAR)

 

Parallel Events

DigitalFUTURES Arabic Talk: Prospects and Challenges of Computational Design through the Eyes of Arab Expats

First Arabic session: Tuesday December 14 from 7:00 to 9:00pm CET/ 1:00 pm EST / 7:00 CET / 15 December 2:00 am China

 

آفاق وتحديات التصميم الحسابي من وجهة نظر المغتربين العرب

 

 تهدف هذه الجلسة في المقام الأول إلى إلهام وتمكين الأجيال الشابة في العالم العربي بقصص نجاح المغتربين

العرب ، مع رؤيه عامة عن الآفاق والتحديات في مسيرة حياتهم الأكاديمية والمهنية.  تغطي الجلسة مزيجًا ثريًا

من موضوعات التصميم الحسابي التي تغطي الأوساط الأكاديمية وممارسات التصميم ، من خلال أعمال 

ومناقشات 8 خبراء يقومون بالتدريس وإجراء البحوث وممارسة المهنة  في الولايات المتحدة وكندا وألمانيا

والمملكة المتحدة.  من خلال عيون هؤلاء الخبراء ، تتم مناقشة مجموعة متنوعة من الموضوعات في مجالات 

التفكير الحسابي ، والتصميم المعياري ، وسير العمل من التصميم إلى الروبوت ، والحوسبة المجسدة ، والآلات

الذكية ، وتحليلات البيانات ، والمدن الذكية ، مع انعكاسات محددة على الوضع الحالي.  المكانة في العالم العربي 

والجنوب العالمي.

ترجمه، احمد حسب

 

This session aims primarily at inspiring and empowering young generations in the Arab World with success stories of Arab expats, with an overview of prospects and challenges along their academic and professional life journeys. The session covers a rich blend of computational design topics spanning academia and design practice, through the works and discussions of 8 experts who teach, conduct research and practice in the US, Canada, Germany and the UK. Seen through the eyes of these experts, a variety of topics are discussed in the areas of computational thinking, parametric design, design-to-robotic workflows, embodied computing, intelligent machines, data analytics, and smart cities, with specific reflections on the current status in the Arab World and the Global South.

 

Live-streaming:  www.youtube.com/c/digitalfuturesworld/live

 

 

DigitalFUTURES Farsi Talk: Architecture, Space, Novel Technologies

First Farsi session: 17 December Friday at 8:00 pm Tehran/ 11:30 am EST / 5:30 pm CET / 18 December 12:30 am China

 

جلسه گفت و گو دیجیتال فیوچرز فارسی: معماری، فضا، فناوری های نوین

26 آذر جمعه 8:00 عصر تهران / 11:30 صبح منطقه زمانی شرقی / 5:30 عصر منطقه زمانی اروپای مرکزی / (27 آذر) 12:30 صبح به وقت چین

 

در طول اعصار، علم و عواطف در تقابل با یکدیگر بوده اند. اما در برخی اوقات و اعصار بعضی از معماران، هنرمندان، طراحان به امتزاج این دو همت گماشتند. در این جلسه ما سعی داریم از نقطه نظر معماری به عواطف و علم به عنوان دو نیروی مقابل یکدیگر، نظر کنیم. فضا و تکنولوژی به عنوان دستاورد های عواطف انسانی و علم، نقاط کانونی گفت و گو در این جلسه خواهند بود. معماری به عنوان پیوند دهنده این دو عنصر نقش پررنگی را در محیط و در زندگی انسان ایفا می کند. به نظر می رسد در دوران معاصر، انسان با بهره گیری از ابزارها و فناوری های نوین به سمت توجه داشتن بیشتر به انسان و عواطف انسانی، قدم بر میدارد. دو نیرویی که تا پیش از این به نظر غیر قابل تجمیع می آمدند اکنون در حال مزوج شدن می باشند. در این جلسه سعی بر این است تا با نگاهی بینا رشته ای و چند بعدی به بررسی این موضوع پرداخته گردد.


Throughout history, science and emotions were the opposites. But sometimes, we see some architects, designers, and artists that combine the two realms and make a magical combination of them. We want to have a look at some projects that were successful in this combination. Technology as a product of science and space as a product of human emotions are our focal points in this session. The past three decades have witnessed myriad changes in approaches to architecture. It seems that architecture is the way to merge and integrate these two. This session is about combining these two through architecture. It is also about having an interdisciplinary approach toward this subject.

 

Live-streaming:  www.youtube.com/c/digitalfuturesworld/live

 

Doctoral Consortium: Architecture + Philosophy

What can architects learn from philosophy?

This course introduces the thinking of Walter Benjamin, Michel Foucault, Gilbert Simondon, Jean Baudrillard, Jacques Derrida, Hélène Cixous, Gilles Deleuze, Niklas Luhmann , Fredric Jameson, and Judith Butler, and considers how it might inform the discourse of architecture and urbanism. The course aims to open up new ways of understanding architecture and to introduce a new set of theoretical ‘tools’ to rethink architectural theory. Each session consists of presentations by some of the world’s leading architectural theorists, philosophers and cultural theorists, and a subsequent panel discussion.

 

Judith Butler

5 December 

10.00 am EST; 11.00 pm China; 4.00 pm CET

Guests:

Amelia Jones

Helen Runting

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Live-streaming:  www.youtube.com/c/digitalfuturesworld/live or https://live.bilibili.com/22746080 

 

Gilbert Simondon

12 December 

10.00 am EST; 11.00 pm China; 4.00 pm CET

Andrej Radman

Stavros Kousoulas

Marisabel Marratt

Viktoria Luisa-Barbo

(ADD TO CALENDAR)

Live-streaming:  www.youtube.com/c/digitalfuturesworld/live or https://live.bilibili.com/22746080

 

UIA2023CPH SYMPOSIUM X DigitalFUTURES : Resourceful Architecture

8 December at 7:30am EST / 1:30pm CET / 8:30 pm China 

The symposium ‘Resourceful Architecture’ examines approaches to resourcefulness in architecture; how sustainability challenges the foundations of our material practices and how they can change with it.

We ask how rethinking waste through circular design paradigms can challenge our ideas of ‘end of life’ and engineer new materials with bespoke lifespans that actively engage and correspond to building performance. We question how computational design processes can aid the management of recycled resource stocking, support processes of de-fabrication and optimise the strategic deployment of resources. We challenge traditional assumptions of how materials are sourced, probing how bio-based and synthetically grown materials can lead to new agri-and silvicultures of resource procurement.

’Resourceful Architecture’ is the first pre-event in the UIA2023CPH Science Track-series leading up to the UIA2023CPH World Congress event in Copenhagen July 2 – 6, 2023.

Presentations by: Dirk E Hebel, Carlo Ratti, Sabine Oberhuber, Phil Ayres, Comunal Taller, Alexandre Monnin, Anna Denell, Philip Yuan, Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen

Moderated by: Martha Thorne

(ADD TO CALENDAR)

watch on www.youtube.com/c/digitalfuturesworld/live or https://live.bilibili.com/22290623

 

DigitalFUTURES 2022 - Hybrid Intelligence

The 4th Conference on Computational Design and Robotic Fabrication (CDRF 2022)

25-26 June 2022

What constitutes the head of the architect is neither its ‘consciousness' nor its ‘idea', but the tertiary retention that enables the heritage of circuits of transindividuation to which it is connected and which precede it as its pre-individual milieu, supersaturated with potentials - which endows it with the power to dream and to realize its dreams.

----Bernard Stiegler, translated by Daniel Ross

The past 30 years has witnessed the myriad ways in which digital technology not only improves the dynamicity of communication between human and machine, but also provides entirely new directions for innovation and creation. In the digitally structured process of architectural design and construction, machines are not limited to visualizations and realizations of the conceived form by architects, but involved directly in the creation process. The essence of creativity is no longer limited to the mere informational landscape of the human mind. With shared tools, libraries and procedures, it now includes an array of intelligent machines capable of extending human intentions outward, away from the individual, forming a hybrid intelligence. Architecture will become a collective endeavor, in which not only is architectural knowledge collectively produced,
but also design intent can be formed by decentralized networks of creativities. The digital will not be so much about expanding methods of generating and fabricating architectural objects as it is concerned with cultivating a new context of understanding the central nature of design, creativity and even architecture itself.

Call for Papers:

As part of DigitalFUTURES 2022, the 4th International Conference on Computational Design and Robotic Fabrication (CDRF 2022) theme Hybrid Intelligence, is calling for abstract submissions. The focuses of the papers include, but not limited to, architecture theories, tools, methods and procedures in: Computation and Formation, Simulation and Optimization, Data Acquisition and Prediction, Perception and Interaction, Materialization and Construction. The conference language is English.

Visit the following link for more information about the conference:

https://www.digitalfutures.world/conference/6

Online Submission System Open: 8 December 2021

Abstract Submission Date: 10 January 2022

Abstract Acceptance Notification: 30 January 2022

Full Paper Submission Date: 15 March 2022

Full Paper Acceptance Notification: 10 April 2022

Revised Full Paper Submission Date: 01 May 2022

 

 

DigitalFUTURES Talks: New Hybridities LatinAmerica

From Material and Context to Digital Experimentation 

January 2022 / TBC 

From January, we will be exploring Latin American digital hybrids, as a broad vision of how designers from the south are mixing in different ways the use of both high and/or low tech approaches, both mixed into the creative processes that are occurring between computational thinking, programming and fabrication. This series of talks will cover presentations and conversations about these ideas, asking our guests about how hybrid design processes are creating new knowledge, enriching the results, and connecting the digital with new generations of designers and architects involved in research and/or practices.
 

DigitalFUTURES Talks: Nuevas Hibridaciones LatinoAmérica

Desde el Material y el Contexto hacia la Experimentación Digital

Enero 2022 

Desde Enero, estaremos explorando híbridos digitales Latino Americanos, expandiendo la mirada de cómo los diseñadores desde el sur están mezclando de diferentes maneras el uso de tanto aproximaciones de alta y/o baja tecnología, ambas entrelazadas dentro de procesos creativos que ocurren entre el pensamiento computacional, programación y fabricación. Esta serie de charlas abordarán presentaciones y conversaciones acerca de las ideas previamente expuestas, consultando a nuestros invitados acerca del cómo los procesos de diseño híbrido están creando conocimiento nuevo, enriqueciendo los resultados emergentes y conectando lo digital con las nuevas generaciones de diseñadores y arquitectos involucrados en investigación y/o en el ejercicio profesional.

Live-streaming:  www.youtube.com/c/digitalfuturesworld/live

 

 

Join Our Team

Interested in hosting an event or becoming a new DigitalFUTURES Team member? We are looking for passionate young architects, and research scholars who are interested in sharing knowledge by facilitating the organization of weekly online events programming. DigitalFUTURES is volunteer run, and each team member is passionate and dedicated. Each member is responsible for weekly assistance. If interested please reach out to us at info@digitalfutures.world. 

Join Our Discord: CLICK HERE

Thank you for your continued support,
DigitalFUTURES Team

info@digitalfutures.world

 

www.digitalfutures.world

 
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