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May Newsletter

InclusiveFUTURES 2021

12 months ago we launched DigitalFUTURES World. We called upon architects and instructors to come together in a spirit of solidarity to offer a series of workshops available for free for students across the globe. The result was an outstanding success. We received over 12,000 applications for 80 different workshops, and now have a following of 30,000 architects and students worldwide.

In that same spirit of solidarity we are now launching to our new initiative, InclusiveFUTURES, and calling upon architects and instructors once more to donate their time and knowledge for the sake of those in less privileged countries. The premise behind InclusiveFUTURES is that education needs to be democratized. We want to bring the very best ideas in the world to those in educationally marginalized communities, where ordinarily they would not have access to such ideas. Education, we believe, should be a human right, and not a privilege of the wealthy.

InclusiveFUTURES is an entirely free festival of events that will bring together a remarkable group of talented architects and educators from around the world for what should prove to be the greatest gathering of talent for any online architectural event. We have already attracted many leading schools of architecture, including the Architectural Association, UCL Bartlett, ETH Zürich, ICD Stuttgart, IaaC, TU Delft, CITA, TU Munich, Aarhus, Innsbruck, Strelka, AUCairo, RMIT, Swinburne, Tongji, Tsinghua, Southeastern, SUTD, UBA, UIC, Di Tella, La Plata, UdChile, SCI-Arc, MIT, Harvard, UPenn, Virginia, Michigan, NYIT, Clemson, UCSB, CSULB, FIU and FAU, together with leading software developers, such as Xkool, and architectural practices, such as Zaha Hadid Architects.

InclusiveFUTURES will take the form of a series of online workshops (26 June to 3 July 2021) lasting from just 10 hours to the whole week. Students can either participate via Zoom, or follow on live-stream. In addition, there will be a few hybrid workshops with fabrication taking place in Shanghai. We will also be launching the Digital Consortium (12-24 June), a free doctoral platform for talks and debates, to which some of the world’s leading philosophers, theorists and technologists, such as Slavoj Zizek, Sanford Kwinter, Manuel DeLanda, Mette Thomsen, and Achim Menges, have been invited. There will also be a free international conference, Material Intelligence.

For further details see: www.digitalfutures.world

Events
All Upcoming Events: Streaming on Youtube and BiliBili.

DigitalFUTURES Talk: Light Structures

8 May at 10:00am EST / 4:00pm CET / 10:00pm China
 

With the development of computers and technology, more and more structural engineers and architects use various computer-aid approaches to reduce the weight of the structures. Lightweight structures such as membrane structures, shells structures, structural surfaces, computational gridshell structure, lightweight trussed, topological optimized structures and polyhedral structures have become an integral part of the international building scene. This session brings together a group of world-leading architecture and engineering scholars who are experts on computational structural design methods to discuss these possibilities of improving architectural design quality during the conceptual stage of the design process.

Presentations by: Masoud Akbarzadeh / UPenn, Pierluigi D’Acunto / TU Munich, Caitlin Mueller / MIT, Alberto Pugnale / UniMelb, Yi Min "Mike" Xie / RMIT

Moderated by: Ding Wen "Nic" Bao / RMIT

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DigitalFUTURES Talk: InclusiveFUTURES
15 May at 10:00am EST / 4:00pm CET / 10:00pm China


The DigitalFUTURES organization team has been working hard planning a great festival for InclusiveFUTURES this summer. Neil Leach and Philip Yuan will discuss the conception and ideas for this years event. Along with the different members of the organization team will discuss what type of workshops and other activities we can expect.
Speakers: Neil Leach, Philip Yuan, and The DigitalFUTURES Organization Team

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DigitalFUTURES Venice Biennale: Living Architecture
22 May at 10:00am EST / 4:00pm CET / 10:00pm China
 

How will we live together? Do we close ourselves off from our surroundings? What if we extended and opened our boundaries? Could we build open, vital thresholds? This panel brings together several exhibitors from the 2021 Venice Biennale whose work explores the relationships of human life with biological life and environments.

Presentations by: TBD

Moderated by: Philip Beesley

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DigitalFUTURES Venice Biennale: FEEDback
29 May at 10:00am EST / 4:00pm CET / 10:00pm China 
 

FEEDback crystallizes the notion of trans-disciplinary projects in architecture, generated by experimental strategies of direct application to the scale of the human body and its mediated environment. Many of the practices included in the panel discussion have micro-tech as a common denominator and a search for new latent expressions in the intensified relationship between human beings and the technological universe, which increases their possibilities of acting in the tangible world. This notion of the augmented body is also a new kind of conceptual inquiry into the very fabric of Time, through the hybrid projects that arise from collaborations between multiple disciplines.

Presentations by: TBA

Moderated by: Eric Goldemberg

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DigitalFUTURES Venice Biennale: DeepGreen
5 June at 10:00am EST / 4:00pm CET / 10:00pm China 
 

This panel discusses how we live with biological design. Bringing together exhibitors from the Venice Biennale whose work touches on this topic and explores the future possibilities of the anthropocene and other biological life forms. What are the possibilities for ecological agency? How does technology inform biological designs? How can these technologies affect change to our human species future post pandemic?

Presentations by: TBA

Moderated by: Claudia Pasquero

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Thank you for your continued support,
 
DigitalFUTURES Team

info@digitalfutures.world

 

www.digitalfutures.world

 
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