Ad Astra Lecture Series: Philip Beesley, Toward Living Architecture: Condensing and Diffusing Systems

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
Venue: Nasher Sculpture Center
Admission: Free
Season: 2014-15

Abstract: Philip Beesley will present recent work by the Living Architecture group that  offers a new set of design paradigms. The presentation will suggest that conception of buildings can move from classical ideas of a static world of closed boundaries toward the expanded physiology and dynamic form of a metabolism. Working with artists, engineers and scientists, Beesley’s Living Architecture research group combines the crafts of lightweight textile structures and mechanisms, dense arrays of distributed computer controls with machine learning, and early systems of artificial-life chemistry. 

Biography:

Philip Beesley is a professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo. A practitioner of architecture and digital media art, he was educated in visual art at Queen’s University, in technology at Humber College, and in architecture at the University of Toronto. At Waterloo he serves as Director for the Integrated Group for Visualization, Design and Manufacturing, and as Director for Riverside Architectural Press.



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Charissa Terranova
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