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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.

November Highlights

As we head into November, DigitalFUTURES is consolidating its shift towards incorporating  more technical tutorials. Following on from the success of our sessions on VQGan and CLIP Creative AI and Panelling Tools for Rhino we are delighted to announce two new follow-up tutorials, one on RhinoVault2 and other on Custom Components in Grasshopper with Python, both of which should prove to be very popular. All technical tutorials will be recorded as a future resource for students and uploaded to our Youtube and BiliBili channels.

 

Also, following on from the success of our New Hybridities sessions on young Chinese and Indian designers, we are planning a similar one focusing on emerging designers in the Middle East. Returning to South America, following our fascinating session on Brazilian favelas, we are also dedicating a session to Architecture and Memory in Lima, Peru.

 

Also featured this month is a continuation of our Architecture and Philosophy series that forms part of the Doctoral Consortium initiative, designed as a single platform for doctoral students, masters students and academics worldwide. Earlier sessions on Walter Benjamin, Jean Baudrillard, and Michel Foucault have attracted a significant number of viewers. One particular highlight in November is likely to be our session on Jacques Derrida and Hélène Cixous on 14 November. Our guests include Bernard Tschumi and Peter Eisenman. These fascinating doctoral sessions take place on Sundays. 

 

Please note the change in start times due to the end of daylight savings in Europe and the States.

Upcoming Events

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

DigitalFUTURES Tutorial: RhinoVAULT 2

6 November at 10:00am EST / 3:00pm CET / 10:00pm China

 

RhinoVAULT 2 (RV2) is an open-source research and development platform for funicular form-finding built with COMPAS, a Python-based framework for computational research and collaboration in Architecture, Engineering, and Digital Fabrication. RV2 is a Rhino plugin that replaces RhinoVAULT for Rhino versions 6 and above. Unlike RhinoVAULT, RV2 no longer relies on Rhino for its computational implementation. Instead, it is built entirely with open source packages from the COMPAS ecosystem and will, therefore, be available not only for Rhino and Grasshopper, but also for Blender and other tools with a Python scripting interface, and ultimately even in the browser.

 

The Learning Objectives:

- Gain basic knowledge of Thrust Network Analysis (TNA)

- Understand basic features of RhinoVAULT 2

- Explore form-finding techniques using RhinoVAULT 2

 

Instructor: Juney Lee

 

(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 Talk: New Hybridities - Middle Eastern Minds

13 November at 9:00am EST / 3:00pm CET / 10:00pm China 

 

This panel brings together a group of young frontiers of Computational Design from the Middle East. They are designers, architects, researchers and creative technologists from a range of backgrounds, who will be sharing with us their unique journeys in the field, their projects and research, what inspires them, and the influence of the region’s culture on them. Through their presentations and discussions we will be inquiring into the ways in which design meaning, intentions and process can be constructed through computational thinking, representing, sensing, and making. These Middle Eastern minds will walk us through a plethora of research topics including robotic fabrication, wearables, interactive design, digital and material explorations, design in space, and self-assembling design systems.

 

Presentations by: Ava Aghakouchak, Basant Elshimy, Heba Eiz, Mohamad Al Chawa, Norhan Tarek, Sally Al-Badry, Sarah Mokhtar, Sulaiman Al Othman.

Moderated by: Aya Riad

(ADD TO CALENDAR)

 

DigitalFUTURES Tutorial: Developing Custom Components in Grasshopper with Python

20 November at 9:00am EST / 3:00 pm CET / 10:00pm China

Python lets us have interactive scripts, create custom commands, create new plug-ins and components, and so many other things in Grasshopper and Rhino. If you are creative enough, you can build anything with python, but the built-in components of Grasshopper are limited in some ways. We can call the rhino script syntax library to create whatever we want in python and rhino and Grasshopper. We are going to Work With Hops and Python to prototype our ideas into Grasshopper components and plug-ins. Grasshopper lets us do visual programming and scripting. But there is no one size fits all solution in the architecture realm. Python will help the designers to make custom complex components. This is a door to learn how to do more with the Grasshopper and be creative with our designs.

 

The Learning Objectives:

- Understand Python in Grasshopper through hands-on examples

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

- Develop a customized surface paneling algorithm

 

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

 

DigitalFUTURES Talk: Lima, PE: Memory and Architecture

27 November at 9:00am EDT / 3:00pm CET / 10:00pm China

 

Lima, Peru, is composed of a complex series of cultural overlaps that go from the formal to the informal - dynamics that need to be observed and analyzed. In this panel discussion, different perspectives on the theme of inclusion and diversity in the memory and architecture of the city of Lima will be revealed. This session will illustrate the practical and theoretical work of architects who approach contemporary Lima by re-thinking the city and its inhabitants at different scales of architectural design.

 

Presentations by: Carlos Alberto Fernandez Davila, Rosabella Alvarez Calderon, Octavio Montestruque, Brando Bocanegra, Mariana Jochamowitz y Nicolás Rivera.

Moderated by: Giovanna Pillaca, Jennifer Durand

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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, 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 will consist of presentations by some of the world’s leading architectural theorists, philosophers and cultural theorists, and a subsequent panel discussion.

 

Please note that times vary due to clock changes and other factors

 

Fredric Jameson, with guests, Michael Speaks and Michael Hays 

Sunday 7 November at 10.00 am EST / 11.00 pm China / 4.00 pm CET)

 

This month begins with a session on renowned cultural theorist, Fredric Jameson, on 7 November. Jameson is the author of Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, and known as one of the principle theorists of Postmodernism.Our guests on this session include Michael Speaks, Dean of Syracuse School of Architecture, who studied under Jameson for his PhD, and Michael Hays of Harvard GSD, possibly the leading architectural theorist in the world. 

 

Jacques Derrida and Hélène Cixous, with guests, Peter Eisenman, Bernard Tschumi and Doina Petrescu

Sunday 14 November at 10.00 am EST / 11.00 pm China / 4.00 pm CET

 

This will be followed by a session on famous French philosophers, Jacques Derrida and Hélène Cixous, on 14 November. Derrida is, of course, very famous within architectural circles, as the philosopher who coined the term, ‘Deconstruction’. Making guest appearances are renowned architects and theorists, Peter Eisenman and Bernard Tschumi, who both collaborated with Derrida, and architectural theorist and activist, Doina Petrescu, who studied under both Derrida and Cixous in Paris. 

 

Gilles Deleuze, with guest, Hélène Frichot

Saturday 20 November at 8.00 pm EST; Sunday 21 November at 9.00 am China / 2.00 am EST

 

On 20/21 November we look at Gilles Deleuze, possibly the most significant philosopher for architects in recent years, along with Derrida. We will be joined by Hélène Frichot, Professor of Architecture and Philosophy at RMIT in Australia, and author of two books on Deleuze - Deleuze and Architecture and Deleuze and The City. This session will take place at a slightly unusual time, because Frichot is based in Australia.  

 

Luce Irigaray, with guest Peg Rawes (tbc)

Sunday 28 November  at 10.00 am EST / 11.00 pm China / 4.00 pm CET

 

Finally, on 28 November, we host a session on the French feminist thinker, Luce Irigaray, whose thinking about space has been central to feminist studies in architecture. For this session, we hope to be joined by Peg Rawes, Professor of Architecture and Philosophy at UCL Bartlett, and author of Irigaray for Architects. 

 

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Thank you for your continued support,
DigitalFUTURES Team

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