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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.

January 2022 Highlights

One of the highpoints of 2021 was the launch of our two new language channels, DigitalFUTURES Arabic and DigitalFUTURES Farsi. Indeed our first ever session in Arabic has proved to be our most popular session of all time. This initiative is an expansion of our existing program of events in English and Chinese, and is part of our mission to increase inclusivity, and to promote diversity. 

 

As we enter 2022, we are planning to introduce further sessions in Spanish, Russian and Portuguese. Our first Spanish session, ‘Nuevas Hibridaciones LatinoAmérica:

Desde el Material y el Contexto hacia la Experimentación Digital,’ will take place on 28 January. As a preview to this, we will host an English language session about Latin America on 22 January, entitled “New Hybridities Latin America: From Material and Context to Digital Experimentation.” We are also hosting further sessions in Arabic and Farsi this month.

 

Our main Saturday sessions will remain in English, and we will continue to host thematic panels, and twice monthly technical tutorials, featuring the latest computational tools for architects and students. On every Sunday from 23 January we are also hosting a continuation of our popular Doctoral Consortium series, ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Artificial Intelligence.’ 

 

Another announcement 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. Please note that the submission deadline for abstracts has been extended to 17 January 2022.

 

We would like to invite you to join us for another exciting year of DigitalFUTURES, in which we will strive to bring you the very best educational ideas in the world. This will be an important year for us, as we open up to new languages, and push forward the boundaries of knowledge. We ask all of our existing and new DigitalFUTURES community of architects, scholars, and students to join us in making the world a fairer and better place for everyone.

Upcoming Events

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

DigitalFUTURES Tutorial: XKool AI Design Cloud

8 January 9:00am EST / 3:00pm CET / 10:00pm China

 

XKool Technology focuses on the vertical application of cutting-edge technologies such as AI in architecture, assisting developers’ decision-making, urban planning, and architectural design with AI design engines, and promotes an intelligent design and management platform that attempts to cover the whole cycle in the industry. XKool Design Cloud, a cloud-based one-stop intelligent design product for architectural design, includes three major modules: MasterPlanner, BuildingCreator, and ColorMaster. MasterPlanner aims to assist in achieving an optimized planning scheme that is qualified with daylighting and relevant planning standards in China. BuildingCreator focuses on making floor plan design easier with the intelligent generation of space layout, elements, and annotations. ColorMaster colorizes site plans by visual element generation and supports customized style setting. Lastly, X-UrbanTool, an urban planning tool aims to generate several latent urban planning schemes in bigger scale projects. The tutorial will introduce the stated applications and their background, user workflow, and cases.

 

Learning Objectives:

- Introduction to XKool intelligent design applications

- Optimize residential planning scheme by MasterPlanner

- Achieve floor plan with space layout generated by BuildingCreator

- Create customized colored site plan with landscape by ColorMaster

- Introduction to X-UrbanTool's urban planning schemes generator

Instructor: Wanyu He 

Language: English

 

(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

DigitalFUTURES Tutorial: Coding Evolutionary Behaviours with C# (Basics)

15 January 9:00am EST / 3:00pm CET / 10:00pm China

 

From a traditional anthropocentric perspective, design processes are considered a linear sequence of decisions to obtain singular and defined outputs. But looking outside of human design methods, there are other ways to design. Nature presents us “evolution” as an iterative design process, a creational phenomenon that involves timeframes and transformations. In contrast to the most mainstream design concept, it releases the final output as the primary concern to set specific logics that define behaviours.This tutorial will introduce the basics of coding in the C# plugin for Grasshopper to code simple iterative algorithms through vectorial operations exercises. These will aim to design simple instruction chains that determine agent transformations within a time frame. The tutorial requires pre- installed Rhino-Grasshopper, basic knowledge of grasshopper information management, basic knowledge of concepts in parametric design. Optional: Dendro plugin

 

The Tutorial will focus on: 

- Basics of C# scripting in Grasshopper

- Vectorial operations in tridimensional space

- Updating information through loops

- Interaction between elements in canvas.

 

Instructor: Betty Chavez

Language: English

 

(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

 

تثير الحلقة الجديدة من ديجيتال فيوتشرز بالعربي, حوارًا بين مجموعة من المهندسين المعماريين والباحثين والفنانين ومطورين ببرامج راينو و جراسهوبر. يستكشف الطبيعة متعددة التخصصات للتصميم الحسابي كما يختبرها أعضاء اللجنة المختلفون. قد تبدأ أفكار التصميم الحسابي في تخصص واحد وتتطور لتجد تطبيقها في مجالات أخرى. سينضم ستة أعضاء في اللجنة من المغتربين العرب من خلفيات مختلفة ومناطق مختلفة من العالم إلى المحادثة لتبادل خبراتهم ومشاركة أعمالهم. حيث ستركز الجلسة على العمليات المختلفة وسير العمل المستخدمة وتنوع النتائج. بالانتقال بين البحث والعمل الأكاديمي والمهني ، سيتساءل الحوار عن الاحتمالات المستقبلية للتصميم الحسابي في الهندسة المعمارية ، وكذلك الفن التوليدي والوسائط المختلطة وتخصصات التصميم الأخرى.

 

DigitalFUTURES Arabic Talk: A Cross-Disciplinary Dialogue in Computational Design 

21 January Friday at 1:00 pm GMT / 8:00 am EST / 2:00 pm CET / 22 January 9:00 pm China

 

The new episode of Arab Talk hosts a dialogue between a group of architects, researchers, artists, and a Rhino/GH software developer, exploring the cross-disciplinary nature of computational design. Computational design ideas may start in one discipline and evolve into others. Six Arab expats from different backgrounds and different parts of the world will take part in the conversation, exchanging their experiences and sharing their work. The session will focus on the different processes and workflows used in the creation of the diverse outcomes. Moving between research, academic, and professional work, the dialogue will question the future possibilities of computational design in architecture, as well as other important fields of computational design, such as generative and mixed-media arts. 

 

Moderators: Zayad Motlib

Speakers: Aiman Tabony/LIabresTabony Architects, Shermeen Yousif/FAU, Mohammed Makki/Wallacei, & others (TBC)

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

جلسه گفت و گو دیجیتال فیوچرز فارسی: بستر، خوانش، طراحی

1 بهمن تهران 8:00 عصر / 11:30 صبح منطقه زمانی شرقی / 5:30 عصر منطقه زمانی اروپای مرکزی / 

 

معماری یکی از بارزترین محصولات فرهنگی بشر است. در طول قرون گذشته، شاهد آن بوده ایم که این محصول چگونه با بروز تحولات فرهنگی تغییر می کند و شکل تازه به خود می گیرد. در این میان یکی از مناقشه آمیز ترین وجوه معماری، نحوه روبرو شدن با «بستر» و «خوانش» آن در فرایند «طراحی» است که موجب پدید آمدن پاسخ های متعدد در مواجهه با موضوعات یکسان می گردد. این گفتگو در پی آن است که با تعمیق در فرایند طراحی از زوایای مختلف، به نگرش های متفاوت در روند تبدیل مولفه های بستر به پاسخ طراحی بپردازد. ما در این جلسه برآنیم تا میان معماران و صاحب نظران گفتمانی ایجاد نماییم تا با نگرش های تئوری و تجربیات عملی آن ها نسبت به «بستر»، «خوانش» و «طراحی» در رسیدن به محصول معماری آشنا شویم. 

 

DigitalFUTURES Farsi Talk: Context, Interpretation, Design

21 January Friday at 8:00 pm Tehran/ 11:30 am EST / 5:30 pm CET / 22 January 12:30 am China

 

Over the ages and centuries, Architecture, as one of the symbols of civilization, has evolved and changed with every fluctuation in culture. One of the most controversial parts of the discipline of architecture is addressing the context and interpreting “Architecture” through the design process. In this session, we want to delve into different approaches to converting context parameters to design solutions by exploring various points of view on the design process in the architecture realm. It will be a conversation on architecture between architects and theorists with different approaches to context, interpretation, and design.

 

Moderators: Mohammed Behjoo

Speakers: TBD

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

 

DigitalFUTURES Talks: New Hybridities LatinAmerica

From Material and Context to Digital Experimentation

22 January at 9:00 am EST / 3:00 pm CET / 10:00 pm China 

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.

Moderators: Alberto Fernández & Giovanna Pillaca

Speakers: GT2P, Normal Studio, Complex Geometries, Tomás Vivanco, Diego Pinochet, DumDum Lab, David Torreblanca and others TBC

Language: English

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

 

 

DigitalFUTURES Talks: Nuevas Hibridaciones LatinoAmérica

Desde el Material y el Contexto hacia la Experimentación Digital

28 January at 4:00 pm EST / 10:00 pm CET / 29 January at 5:00 am China 

 

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.

 

Moderadores: Alberto Fernández & Giovanna Pillaca

Ponentes: GT2P, Normal Studio, Complex Geometries, Tomás Vivanco, Diego Pinochet, DumDum Lab, David Torreblanca  y otros TBC

Language: Spanish

 

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

 

DigitalFUTURES Talk: 3D Printed Bridges

29 January at 9:00am EDT / 3:00pm CET / 10:00pm China

 

In this historic session we bring together for the first time the pioneers who designed and fabricated the world’s first ever 3D printed bridges. These include Areti Markopoulou (IAAC), who, with support from Enrico Dini, produced what was probably the first ever 3D printed bridge, and Philip Yuan (Tongji) who produced the second one, and who has produced a series of 3D printed bridges each year as part of the annual DigitalFUTURES festivals. Also included are Shajay Bhooshan (ZHA) and Philippe Block (ETH Zurich) who recently designed a 3D printed bridge for the Venice Biennale. Also invited is Joris Laarman, the designer of the world’s first 3D printed stainless steel bridge in the Netherlands.

 

Moderator: Neil Leach

Speakers: Philippe Block, Shajay Bhooshan, Philip Yuan, Areti Markopoulou, Joris Laarman (TBC)

Language: English

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

 

DOCTORAL CONSORTIUM: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Artificial Intelligence

Sundays from 23 January at 10:00am EDT / 4:00pm CET / 11:00pm China (times may vary over the course of the series due to changes in daylight saving)

 

This is a weekly series of Sunday sessions looking at the Theory of AI. The series  brings together some of the world’s leading experts in architecture, artificial intelligence, philosophy and neuroscience. Invited guests include Daniel Bolojan, Wanyu He, David Chalmers, Blaise Aguera y Arcas, Jeff Hawkins, Joscha Bach, and Anil Seth. It is hosted by the FIU DDes program as a continuation of the highly successful Doctoral Consortium series of the same name hosted by Tongji University in the summer of 2021. 

 

Speaker: Neil Leach

Language: English

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

 

Calls

DigitalFUTURES Conference 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 are 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 focus 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

Extended Abstract Submission Deadline: 17 January 2022

 

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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