The Emergent Technologies and Design programme focuses on the concepts and convergent interdisciplinary effects of emergence on design and production technologies, as well as developing these as creative inputs to new architectural and urban design processes. The programme continues to evolve through the development of our research in studio, seminar coursework and dissertations. We aim to produce new research each year, building from our interests and expertise in material organisation and the design and development of systems in a variety of scales. This continuation of work is focused on the interdisciplinary effects of emergence, biomimetics and evolutionary computation of design and production technologies. The instruments of analysis and design in Emergent Technologies and Design are computational processes. The seminar courses and core studio are designed to familiarise students with these instruments, their associated conceptual fields and with their application to architectural design research. The courses are extensively cross-linked, thematically and instrumentally, with each other and the core studio.
In Core Studio 1 the focus is on the exploration of material systems and their development into differentiated surfaces and assemblies. These assemblies demonstrate the potential for integrated structural and environmental performance, producing local ëmicroclimaticí variations that define spatial arrangement.
In Core Studio 2 we investigate a larger and more complex piece of the city ñ examining urban systems and generating new material, social and ecological organisations.
Francis Aish, Foster + Partners
Guy Austern, SOM
Janet Barlow, Professor of Environmental Physics, University of Reading
Cristina Díaz Moreno, AMID/Cero 9
Efrén García Grinda, AMID/Cero 9
Shawn Gupta, Guptovic Consulting
Jordi Truco, HYBRIDa / ELISAVA
Emergence And Design Seminar
Emergence has been an important concept in biology and mathematics, in artificial intelligence, information theory and computer science, and in the newer domains of climatic modelling and other complex systems analysis and simulations. The seminar course commences with a survey of the origins of the science and technologies associated with emergence; the conceptual structures and philosophies of Emergence in Evolutionary Computation and Artificial Life are reviewed, and the application to structural and architectural design explored, focusing on algorithms for generative design processes. Students develop their understanding of these concepts by engaging in The Generative Design Experiment that runs 12 successive generations of digital populations. The experiment concludes with the detailed modelling and analysis of the set of forms, surfaces, and structures evolved in the experiment.