The student organized event THE POLITICS OF DIGITAL ARCHITECTURE: COMPLEXITY, RESPONSIBILITY AND THE PRODUCTION OF SPACE took place at the 13th of June, 2012 at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Innsbruck. It included a lecture by Lars Spuybroek and a discussion moderated by Jan Willmann.
Lars Spuybroek has been researching the relationship between art, architecture and computing since the early 1990s. He received international recognition after building the HtwoOexpo in 1997, the first building in the world that incorporates new media and consists of a continuous geometry. With his Rotterdam-based office NOX he built the D-Tower, an interactive structure changing color with the emotions of the inhabitants of a city (in collaboration with Q. S. Serafijn), and the Son-O-house, a public artwork that generates music by visitors exploring the space (in collaboration with Edwin van der Heide). In Lille, France, he built a cluster of cultural buildings (Maison Folies) in 2004. He published his monograph with Thames & Hudson, NOX: Machining Architecture (2004), and the first fully theoretical account of his work titled The Architecture of Continuity with V2_NAI publishers (2008).
He has won several prizes and has exhibited all over the world, among them presentations at the Venice Biennale, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Victoria & Albert in London and the Guggenheim Bilbao. He taught at many different universities such as Columbia University in New York, the Bartlett in London, ESARQ in Barcelona and from 2001 to 2006 he was Professor of Digital Design Techniques in Kassel, Germany.
Since 2006 he is Professor of Architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and held the Ventulett Distinguished Chair until 2011. As Ventulett chair he started the Research & Design bookseries with The Architecture of Variation (Thames and Hudson, 2009) and Textile Tectonics (NAI Publishers, 2011), publications that combine theoretical with methodological research and design. His latest book titled The Sympathy of Things: Ruskin and the Ecology of Design is a theoretical revisiting of the ideas of John Ruskin within the framework of both historical and contemporary thought.
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