Advanced Technology Lecture Series: Technology and Material
Date(s) - 22/04/2016
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Herman Miller Living Office Showroom
3/F East Warwick House
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The rapid pace of technological development over the last few decades has fundamentally altered the ways in which technology affects our lives and our work. The Advanced Technology Lecture is a three-part series focused on innovative uses of technology in the architectural and design professions. Each event in the series will feature multiple speakers from the local and regional design community who are pushing the boundaries of technology within their research and practice. The lectures will provide an important insight into how the practice of architecture is being impacted by technological innovation. The series is a critical platform to exchange ideas and discuss the use of technology in our profession, not to mention a chance to highlight some of the best design talent in the Hong Kong and East Asia region.
Part 1: Technology and Material
April 21, 2016
The first Advanced Technology Lecture of 2016 will focus on the relationship between technology and materials. The speakers will focus on inventive uses of digital design technologies to shape concrete, bamboo and timber. Presenters:
Kristof Crolla is a licensed architect who combines his architectural practice “Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd.” (LEAD) with his position as Assistant Professor in Computational Design at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. After graduating Magna Cum Laude as a Civil Architectural Engineer from Ghent University in 2003, he practiced in Belgium and built his first project, House for an Artist. Crolla moved to London in 2005 to attend the Architectural Association‘s Master of Architecture program, Design Research Laboratory, from where his student work was exhibited at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale. Following this he worked for several years as Lead Architect for Zaha Hadid Architects, while teaching in parallel at the AA and other institutions worldwide. He is currently based in Hong Kong and is best known for the projects Golden Moon – 2012 Mid-Autumn Festival Lantern Wonderland and ZCB Bamboo Pavilion.
Olivier Ottevaere is an architect and educator whose interest in architecture is driven by a hybrid approach between physical experiments and geometrical organizations. Integration of active structural principles, properties of materials and procedures of construction inform the design phase at the outset of each of his projects. He has practiced in New York, Lisbon and London, and founded Double (o) studio in 2012. House me Tender, his current precast research work, received the Best Residential Project, Architectural Review / MIPIM Future Project Awards – 2015. His series of timber structures, The Pinch/The Sweep/The Warp, designed in collaboration with John Lin was widely published and won several international awards, most notably World Small Project of the Year 2014, at the World Architecture Festival, and Best Experimental Project – Chinese Architecture Award.
Roberto Davolio and Marc Brulhart are the founders of AWAWA, a Hong Kong based design firm specializing in the research, development and production of innovative timber jointed structures. Their work seeks to improve upon thousands of years of carpentry knowledge by freeing “form” and “function” from traditional manufacturing limitations. AWAWA’s projects couple contemporary parametric modelling and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) driven manufacturing techniques with natural, sustainable materials with the goal of improving and redefining the built environment. Their approach is based on an integrated design workflow that optimizes all phases of construction from design and manufacturing, to assembly and subsequent disassembly and reuse.
The Advanced Technology Lecture series is curated by, and will be moderated by, Jason F. Carlow, Assoc. AIA, Assistant Professor and M.Arch Program Director at the University of Hong Kong.
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