For the most futuristic of our episodes to date, we’ll be joined by the three Co Chairs of the 2014 ACADIA Conference: Jose’ Sanchez, Dr. David Jason Gerber and Alvin Huang.
They will answer your questions about 4D printing, programmable materials, the self-organization of design intent, and other computational trends that will make the technology from the Minority Report look like a thing of the past.
Welcome to the Postdigital Age of Architecture.
Who is Presenting
Jose Sanchez is an Architect / Programmer / Game Designer and is a tenure-track Assistant Professor at USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles, California.
His research ‘Gamescapes’ explores interactive interfaces in the form of video games, speculating on modes of intelligence augmentation, combinatorics and open systems as a design medium. His cross disciplinary research involves education, data-mining, simulation and design, positioning video games as a medium for collaboration and systems thinking.
His practice, the Plethora Project, brings together research, design, education and writing, investing in the future of on-line open-source knowledge. The project sits at the forefront of architectural and design free online initiatives and has a large active community. His video tutorials, together with an open-source library of code, reach a vast global audience. http://www.plethora-project.com
Alvin Huang, AIA, is the Founder and Design Principal of Synthesis Design + Architecture. He is an award-winning architect, designer, and educator specializing in the integrated application of material performance, emergent design technologies and digital fabrication in contemporary architectural practice. This exploration of “digital craft” is identified as the territory where the exchange between the technology of the digitally conceived and the artisanry of the handmade is explored. His wide ranging international experience includes significant projects of all scales ranging from hi-rise towers and mixed-use developments to bespoke furnishings.
His work has been widely published and exhibited and has gained international recognition, including being selected to represent the UK at the Beijing Biennale in 2008. In 2009 he was awarded a D&AD Award for Environmental Design. Alvin is currently a Tenure-track Professor at the USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles. http://www.synthesis-dna.com
Dr. David Jason Gerber is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Southern California. He has since been awarded a courtesy joint appointment as Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC. He concurrently consults and sits on a number of design technology start-up scientific advisory boards. From 2008 to 2010 Dr. Gerber was a Vice President at Gehry Technologies Inc., a leading inovator in Building Information Modeling consultancy and building industry technology company. Dr. Gerber has worked as an architect in the US, Europe and Asia, for the Steinberg Group, Moshe Safdie, Gehry Technologies, and as a project architect for Zaha Hadid Archtiects. He has held appointments at MIT’s Media Lab as a research fellow, as well as numerous teaching and research fellowships at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and as Harvard University’s Frederick Sheldon Fellow.
At USC Dr. Gerber conducts multidisciplinary research focused on the intersection of design with computation and technology. One recent research Design Optioneering is included in the 2012 TED Global Gallery and has been travelling to regional TED conferences. He works with engineering, computer science and social scientists to improve design process and technology through simulation and multidisciplinary design optimization and exploration of highly coupled emergent and parametrically defined design solution spaces. http://www.djgerber.com/