SOPHISTICATION CONFERENCE #2
Nov
8
to Nov 11

SOPHISTICATION CONFERENCE #2

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IN »LIEU« OF STATEMENTS, »ARTICULATION«

How can we find a novel understanding of human intellectuality in co-existence with artificial intelligence? The Sophistication Conferences are dedicated to a basic kind of literacy in how to think about coding in the terms of a geometry of spectra and communication. At the core of such a literacy is a different relationality of time, nature, subject, and object. Our interest is in a philosophy of the transcendental objective, at whose core resides the question of »how to embrace what presents itself as an obstacle« rather than how to make it »go away«. We see in such a »digital gnomonics« a powerful framework for addressing computational modeling, machine learning and algorithmic reasoning in a manner that does not stage an antagonistic competition between human and artificial intelligence. 

The Sophistication Conferences are organized once a year at the Technical University Vienna, as a cooperation between the Department for Architecture Theory and Philosophy of Technics ATTP and the laboratory for applied virtuality at the chair for CAAD ETH Zurich, where we invite distinguished as well as young scholars from different fields to think about how such »architectonic intellectuality« affects our relations to the world at large – our institutions, as well as our ordinary daily lives.

The documentation of the past conferences are published on our YouTube channel ATTP TU VIENNA
 

PROGRAM 

Thursday Evening

Nov. 8th2018, 19.00-22.30 pm. 
Drinks and finger food will be served.

 

19.00 - 19.30 


19.30 – 20.00   

IN »LIEU« OF STATEMENTS, Vera Bühlmann, TU Vienna (AT)

MOBILE YET IMMOBILE, Georg Fassl, scientific assistant at ATTP, TU Vienna (AT)

20.00 – 22.30    EUROPE

20.00


20.15 - 21.15
  


21.30-22.30          

Moderation: Riccardo Villa, PHD Candidate at ATTP, TU Vienna (AT)

OF A GHOST AND ITS RESURRECTION: MARIA ZAMBRANO ON THE AGONY OF EUROPE, Rodolphe Gasché, University of Buffalo, NY (USA)

SAVING LE DIFFÉREND(AT LEAST TO PRESERVE THE HONOR OF THINKING), Gregg Lambert, Syracuse University NY (USA) 


Friday

Nov. 9th2018, 9 am - 6 pm.
(each session 15 min intro by moderator, each lecture 30 min + 15 min discussion, + 15 min for coffee)

9.00 

9.30 – 3.15

9.30 

9.45 - 10.30

10.45 - 11.30 

11.45 - 12.30 



12.30 - 2.30

2.30 - 3.15




3.15 - 6.15

3.15 

3.30 - 4.15


4.30 - 5.15


5.30 - 6.15

COFFEE

MNEMOTECHNICS 

Moderation: Emmanuelle Chiappone-Piriou, PHD Candidate at ATTP, TU Vienna (AT)

ARCHITECTURE OF THE DIAPHANOUS, Riccardo Matteo Villa, TU Vienna (AT)

A MIND OUTSIDE OURSELVES, Roberto Bottazzi, Bartlett School of Architecture London (UK)

ON STATUES, NOMADS, AND OTHER MODES OF SUBJECTIVATION, Joanna Hodge, Manchester University (UK) 

LUNCH BREAK     

ANAXIMANDER IN FUKUSHIMA, GENEALOGIES OF TECHNIQUE, Zissis Kotionis, University of Thessaly (GR)

GNOMONICS

Moderation: Martin Ritzinger, PHD Candidate at ATTP, TU Vienna (AT)

ARCHITECTURE, AN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, Kristian Faschingeder, TU Vienna (AT)

ARCHITECTURE AND DIGITAL LITERACY, Ludger Hovestadt, ETH Zurich (CH)

COMPUATATIONAL MODELING ACROSS DISCIPLINES, Vahid Moosavi, ETH Zurich (CH)

            

 

Saturday


Nov. 10th2018, 9 am - 6 pm.
(each session 15 min intro by moderator, each lecture 30 min + 15 min discussion, + 15 min for coffee)

               

COFFEE

METHODICS

Moderation: Michael R. Doyle, TU Vienna

CRYSTALGEBRA: ARCHITECTONIC ARTICULATIONS IN CRYSTAL SPACE, Poltak Pandjaitan, ETH Zurich (CH)

GOOD SENSE AND COMMON SENSE, Sjoerd van Tuinen, Rotterdam University (NL)

ON HYPEROBJECTS: DIGITAL MIRRORS AND THE REALITY PRINCIPLE Georgios Tsagdis, University of Westminster (UK)


LUNCH BREAK


THE CITIES IN THE PLANETARY GARDEN. A FILM FEATURE WITH THE CITY MAYOR OF PALERMO, SICILY, Martin Burr, Fachwerk für Bau, Bühne, Bild und Biennale, Allschwil (CH)

CANONICS 

Moderation: Oliver Schürer, TU Vienna (AT)

THE PYTHAGOREAN LEGACY OF CANONICS, Elias Zafiris, University of Athens (GR)

SPECTRAL ARCHITECTONICS, Nikola Marinčić, ETH Zurich (CH)

IS COMPUTING AN INFERIOR WAY OF THINKING? (ON THECHURCH-TURING THESIS), Gilles Dowek, ENS Paris-Saclay,  Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay, Université Paris Saclay (FR)

Conference Dinner

9.00 

9.30 - 12.30

9.30

9.45 - 10.30

10.45 - 11.30

11.45 - 12.30



12.30 - 2.30


2.30 - 3.00    



3.00 - 6.00

3.00 

3.15 - 4.00

4.15 - 5.00

5.15 - 6.00





8 pm

   

 

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ATT ARCHITEKTURTHEORIETAGE IN WIEN / NOV. 1-3 2018
Nov
1
to Nov 3

ATT ARCHITEKTURTHEORIETAGE IN WIEN / NOV. 1-3 2018

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ARCHITEKTUR UND THEORIE – EIN SYMPOSIUM

3. Vernetzungstreffen der deutschsprachigen Lehrstühle für Architekturtheorie
1. bis 3. November 2018 an der Technischen Universität Wien  

Im Anschluß an die erfolgreichen ArchitekturTheorieTage in Graz (2016) und Hannover (2017) wollen wir bei diesem Treffen die Wichtigkeit des Faches, und die Organisation zur Förderung dieser Wichtigkeit zum Thema zu machen: Wir schlagen für dieses nächste Treffen vor, ein experimentelles Format auszuprobieren das uns je einzeln wie auch gemeinsam Argumente zur Hand gibt, um unser Fach in der Wahrnehmung von Studierenden, KollegInnen, Forschungsförderung zu stärken. 

Dieses Format schlägt ein Rollenspiel vor: wir möchten Euch alle einladen, unser nächstes Treffen in Wien Anfang November 2018 in der philosophisch/literarischen Symposion/Gastmahl-Tradition zu begreifen, bei dem wir uns, mit unseren je unterschiedlichen Interessen und Anliegen, alle als „Freunde der Architektur“ treffen und das was uns begeistert/was wir wichtig finden, als Beiträge in der Form von 15-minütigen rhetorischen Reden (Oratorien) mitbringen. Damit würden wir nicht nur von der Wichtigkeit der Architektur sprechen, sondern auch jene der Architekturtheorie demonstrieren (da wir der Architektur gegenüber nicht sprachlos sind sondern von ihr auf unterschiedlichste Weise präzise, informativ, kritisch und mit einem Anliegen, bewahrend wie modernisierend, zu reden wissen).

Das Ziel dieses experimentellen Formats ist es, dass wir alle mit einem Bündel von starken und durchdachten Artikulationen von für die Architektur allgemein relevanten Themen, von herausfordernden und präzisierenden Formulierungen, von gewichtigen und auch tendenziösen Argumenten nach Hause gehen – mit besserem Verständnis des gemeinsamen Kräftefeldes in dem wir unser Fach vertreten.

AUSFÜHRLICHERES INFORMATIONSDOKUMENT

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PROGRAMM

Donnerstag, 1. November: Abendprogramm (öffentlich)

Das Treffen startet mit einem öffentlichen Event am Donnerstag Abend, der das Thema des diesjährigen Treffens – die Tradition des Symposiums und des Verfertigens von Gedanken zu Reden – in einen dreifach beleuchteten, mittelbaren Fokus stellt.

18:00-18:30 Introduction Vera Bühlmann, TU Wien
INSTEAD OF STATEMENTS – AN ENCOMIUM TO DOMESTIC ARCHITECTONICS

18:30-19:30 Keynote Lecture Martin Delbeke, ETH Zürich 
ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY WITHOUT HISTORY? 
XENOTHEKA, AN EXPERIMENTAL DIGITAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

19:30-20:30 Reading from Plato’s Symposium
Sebastian Michael (Dozent und Gast, ATTP TU Wien)
ENCOMIA TO LOVE. THREE AND A HALF ORATIONS 

20:30  Apero

Freitag, 2. November: Tagesprogramm und Abendessen (Fachschaft ATT intern)

Am Freitag Vormittag beginnt das Vortragen der Reden in kleiner Runde und dauert (inkl. 2-h Mittagspause) bis zum Abend. Für jede Rede ist eine halbe Stunde vorgesehen, so dass Zeit bleibt, um 1) die Rede kurz einzuführen/zu kontextualisieren, 2) die Rede zu halten oder von Sebastian Michael (ein Schauspieler und Schriftsteller) halten zu lassen, und 3) gemeinsam Argumente aus der Rede zu isolieren und zu sammeln.

09:30  Kaffee und Gipfeli

10:00-10:30 Christoph Grafe, Bergische Universität Wuppertal 
–––– Titel kommt noch

10:30-11:00 Gernot Weckherlin, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg
DIE BAUKUNST ALS ERZIEHERIN

11:00-11:30 Karl R. Kegler, HS München
ZU DEN RÜCKSEITEN DER ARCHITEKTUR

11:30-12:00 Achim Hahn, TU Dresden 
ÜBERLEGUNGEN ZUR WIEDERBELEBUNG EINER 'ARCHITEKTONISCHEN' TECHNE

12:00-14:00   Mittag

14:00-14:30 Daniel Gethmann, ASSOC. PROF. TU Graz
KONSTRUKTIVISTISCHE ARCHITEKTURTHEORIE

14:30-15:00 Jasper Cepl, HS Anhalt
DAS SCHÖNE IN DER ARCHITEKTUR

15:00-15:30 Anselm Wagner, TU Graz
ARCHITEKTUR UND EMOTION

15:30-16:00 Susanne Hauser, UDK Berlin (prov.) 
DIAGNOSTIK

16:00-17:00 Gemeinsames Sammeln und Bündeln der Ideen

19:30  Abendessen

Samstag, 3. November (Fachschaft ATT intern)

Am Samstag Vormittag ist Zeit, die Sammlung an Argumenten und Haltungen zu reflektieren – und um Pläne zu machen. Im Anschluss gemeinsame Wien-Exkursion bei Interesse.

10:00-12:00    Gemeinsame Diskussion und Pläne

Anschliessend Wien Exkursion (organisiert von Oliver Schürer, TU Wien)

Source:: www.attp.tuwien.ac.at/architekturtheorietage-2018

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Guest Lecture by Daniel Koehler / Digital Participations / June 30th
May
30
7:15 PM19:15

Guest Lecture by Daniel Koehler / Digital Participations / June 30th

Daniel Koehler is an urbanist, researcher, and co-founder of lab-eds. He directs one of the research clusters at UCL Bartlett School of Architecture in London, where he also coordinates the theory module of the BPro of the Architectural Design Master Program. Furthermore, Daniel also holds a PostDoc position at Innsbruck University. He has taught at several institutions, among them Sci-Arc in Los Angeles USA, Städelschule in Frankfurt Germany, Aalto University in Espoo Finland, Vilnius Academy of Arts in Lithuania and the University of East London. Daniel has studied Architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and he completed his PhD at Innsbruck University. He is the author of “The Mereological City”, a study on the partitioned relationships between architecture and its city in the modern period. His current research focuses on the physical implications of digital logistics, which are being designed by means of sets, data, interfaces and their architecture.

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May
28
7:00 AM07:00

Perception as controlled hallucination: on how we construct reality / Chair: Vera Bühlmann / 28 MAY 2018

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Lucia Melloni
Chair: Vera Bühlmann
Lecture Monday 28.05.2018 | 7pm | IKA Forum

Lecture Lucia Melloni "Perception as controlled hallucination: on how we construct reality"

Lucia Melloni | Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics / New York University Langone Health

Vera Bühlmann | Technical University Vienna, Institute for Architecture Theory and Philosophy of Technology


After the lectures | Beyond Speech – Oral Communications
All lectures are accompanied by culinary interventions by Christoph Fink and Christian Mezera einsundeinsdeluxe

Supported by: Wien Kultur and Petschenig glastec GmbH

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna | IKA Forum / 1st floor, core N
Augasse 2–6, 1090 Vienna

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Jan
17
6:00 PM18:00

Igor Guatelli: Traces of the Other

Traces of the Other

a conceptual reflexion about the identity and alterity of the urban space through its ontic and synaptic dimensions

A lecture by Prof. Post-Doc. Igor Guatelli

Architect and Urbanist (FAU-USP, Sao Paulo, Brazil) holding a Doctorate degree with concentration in French Philosophy at FFLCH-USP (Brazil) and a post-doctorate degree at Gerphau- ENSA Paris-La Villette.
He is also an associate Researcher of Gerphau – Laboratoire de Philosophie et Urbain Architecture and University Paris 8 (France), design project professor at Architecture and Urbanism School of Universidade Mackenzie (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Coordinator of the research-group “City, Architecture and Philosophy”.
Author of the book “Architecture of the in-between places: about the importance of the conceptual works”.

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Conference: SOPHISTICATION: RHETORICAL, GEOMETRICAL, AND COMPUTATIONAL "ARTICULATION"
Dec
7
to Dec 9

Conference: SOPHISTICATION: RHETORICAL, GEOMETRICAL, AND COMPUTATIONAL "ARTICULATION"

 

December 7-9, 2017 TU Vienna

Sophistication: Rhetorical, Geometrical, and Computational "Articulation"

A Symposium on Architecture, Technics, Theory, and Thinking

December 7 2017
Kuppelsaal TU Vienna (Main Building)

 

19:00 - 19:15

WELCOME
Prof. Dr. Vera Bühlmann | architecture theory and philospophy, TU Wien, ATTP

19:15 - 19:30

EUROPE AND THE UNIVERSITY, A concerned Statement
Prof. Dr. Rosi Braidotti | philosophy, cultural studies and gender studies, Utrecht University

19:30 - 19:45

PICO DELLA MIRANDOLA AND ARCHITECTURE
by Dr. Oliver Schürer | architecture theory | TU Wien, ATTP

19:45 - 21:30

ON HUMAN DIGNITY
Pico della Mirandola, 1486
read by Sebastian Michael | writer, film director and actor | London

21:30 - 21:45

RESPONSE: Giuseppe Longo
information science and philosophy
École Normale Supérieure, Paris | Tufts University, Boston

22:00 - 22:30

WHAT ARE MASTERPIECES AND WHY ARE THERE SO FEW OF THEM
Gertrude Stein, 1935
read by Martin Burr | réalisateur | Basel

 

drinks and finger food will be provided throughout the evening 

 

December 8 2017
TU Vienna (Prechtl Saal, Main Building)

AMIDST: SOMEWHERE BETWEEN "A LOT" AND "TOO MUCH" 

9:30-10:00

Welcome, Coffee and Croissants 

10:00-10:40 

ABSTRACTION AND GENEROSITY
Prof. Dr. Vera Bühlmann | architecture theory and philosophy
TU Wien ATTP

10:40-11:00 

11:00-11:30

Discussion

Coffee Break

11:30-12:10

ON IMPOSTURE
Dr. Alexi Kukuljevic | philosopher and writer | Berlin

12:10-12:30 

12:30-14:30

Discussion

Lunch Break

14:30-15:10

MINDSET, PENTECOST, STOPWATCH: ONLINE SOURCES,
OR HOW TO RECOGNISE THE BEGINNING AND THE END OF AN IDEA

Dr. Jorge Orozco | architecture theory | ETH Zürich, CAAD

15:10-15:30 

15:30-16:00

Discussion 

Coffee Break

16:00-16:40
 

THE INFORMATIONAL MOTOR:
ARCHITECTONICS, ALGORITHMIC REASONING AND ABSTRACTION
Dr. Michael Doyle
| architecture theory | TU Wien, ATTP

16:40-17:00

Discussion 

 

December 9 2017
TU Vienna (Prechtl Saal, Main Building)

EVER AGAIN: MATHEMATICS, MODELS, ARCHITECTURE 

9:30-10:00

Welcome, Coffee and Croissants

10:00-10:40

THE TROUBLE WITH ALGEBRA: ART AND METHOD OF INVENTION
Prof. Dr. Roy Wagner
 | philosophy | ETH Zürich

10:40-11:00

11:00-11:30

Discussion

Coffee Break

11:30-12:10

A MATHEMATICAL CRITIQUE OF COMPUTATIONAL THINKING
IN THE SCIENCES OF NATURE
Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Longo
 | information science and philosophy
École Normale Supérieure Paris | Tufts University Boston

12:10-12:30

12:30-14:30

Discussion

Lunch Break

14:30-15:10

ARCHITECTURAL MATHESIS
Prof. Dr. Frédéric Migayrou
 | architecture theory
The Bartlett School of Architecture | Centre Pompidou

15:10-15:30

15:30-16:00

Discussion

Coffee Break

16:00-16:40

ANADYOMENE AND THE BEAUTY OF THE TROUBLESOME:
GNOMONICS OF SPECTRALITY
AS THE ART OF EMBRACING OBSTACLES
Prof. Dr. Elias Zafiris
 | mathematics | Athens University

16:40-17:00

17:00-17:30

Discussion

Coffee Break

17:30-18:10

A TREATISE ON DIGITAL ARCHITECTURE
Prof. Dr. Ludger Hovestadt
 | architecture and information science
ETH Zürich, CAAD

18:10-18:30

Discussion

 
 

ON HUMAN DIGNITY

Pico della Mirandola, (De Hominis Dignitate, 1486)
read by Sebastian Michael | writer, lm director and actor | London

Giovanni Pico della Mirandola was approaching his twenty-fourth birthday when he invited
any interested scholars to come, at his expense, to a public disputation in Rome of 900 theses he himself had just published, under the title Conclusiones philosophicae, cabalisticae et theologicae, in December 1486.He immediately found himself under attack. On the one hand for the outrageous boldness of his undertaking – the vast number of theses and the spectrum they covered – and on the other for what was perceived as his sheer arrogance of youth: that at his age he should presume to have anything to say at all was enough. That he said it with such ourish and panache riled the establishment and angered the church.Much more signi cant, though, and of lasting impact to this day, is the ambition of his thought. Paul Oskar Kristeller
in The Renaissance Philosophy of Man – a book he co-edited and wrote the Introduction for, speaks of Pico’s extensive range of learning that “absorbs many di erent ideas and traditions that most of his contemporaries would have considered incompatible.” What makes this work stand out is the way it encapsulates in a relatively short text – some eleven thousand words
in English – both the scope and the stance of a young man at a point in history when the
world is rapidly and radically, categorically, changing. It has been called a ‘Manifesto for the Renaissance’, as well as the ‘most elegant oration’ (oratio elegantissima), uniting, as it does, upon itself two central themes, that of human dignity, and the ideal of a universal harmony among philosophers and their schools of thought.From within these, one concept more than any other shines out, much like a beacon: freedom. For Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, what truly distinguishes the human from any other being – animal or celestial – is our freedom to choose to become what we will. With this freedom comes, of course, our responsibility, but
also our right to practice philosophy. And this Oration is a robust defence of the human right
to think freely. Equally emphatic is Pico’s disgust with the commodi cation of education, and the prevailing, snide anti-intellectualism of his day. No wonder he speaks to us now...Pico never held his Oration. It was penned as the opening speech of his disputation, planned for early 1487, but Pope Innocent VIII suspended the event and instead set up a commission to examine Pico’s 900 theses for heresy. Pico promptly recycled the second half of the Oration in an Apologia, but this did not solve his problems: he faced years of persecution, and in 1494, two years after the death of his patron and protector, the powerful Lorenzo de’ Medici, Pico, together with
his friend Poliziano, was murdered in Florence – as exhuming them both in 2007 established
– by arsenic poisoning. Originally known simply as Oratio, and rst published posthumously
by Giovanni’s nephew Francesco Pico in 1496, the title soon acquired the addition by which
it is today generally known and became the Oratio de hominis dignitate – the Oration on the Dignity of Man.

 

Bio

 “I think, write and create across disciplines in theatre, lm, video, print and online with a deepening interest in humans, the multiverse and a quantum philosophy.”

Sebastian’s stage plays range from contemporary relationship drama (The Power of Love) and the topical examination of religious fervour (Elder Latimer is in Love), to the ‘apocalyptic comedy’ Top Story, and a celebration of Shakespeare’s poetry in The Sonneteer. His short lms and debut feature The Hour of Living have been screened at festivals worldwide, and he has published one novel, Angel, as well as the ‘picture story book for grown-ups’ The Snow ake Collector, which originated from his current ongoing online experiment EDEN by FREI – ‘a concept narrative in the here & now about the where, the wherefore and forever.’

Sebastian is a contributing author to A Quantum City (Eds. Hovestadt/ Bühlmann, Birkhäuser, 2015) and co-author, with Ludger Hovestadt and Vera Bühlmann, of A Genius Planet (Birkhäuser 2017). He is guest lecturer at the Department for Architecture Theory and the Philosophy of Technics at TU Wien.

Sebastian lives in London and works wherever his projects take him. 


EUROPE AND THE UNIVERSITY - A concerned Statement
Prof. Dr. Rosi Braidotti | philosophy, cultural studies and gender studies | Utrecht University

 

Bio

 Rosi Braidotti is an Distinguished University Professor and founding Director
of the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University. An established scholar in the eld of Continental philosophy and epistemology, feminist and gender theories and post-structuralist thought, she is also a world gure in gender and critical theory. Braidotti set up in 1989 the Network of Interdisciplinary Women’s Studies in Europe (NOI&SE) within the Erasmus Programme. From 1997 to 2005 she was the founding scienti c director of the SOCRATES Thematic Network for European Women’s Studies ATHENA, which was awarded in 2010 the Erasmus Prize of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission for outstanding contribution to social inclusion. Among her book publications are: Nomadic Subjects (second edition, revised and enlarged, 2011, Columbia University Press); La Philosophie, là oú on ne l’attend pas, Larousse, Paris, 2009; Metamorphoses: Towards a Materialist Theory of Becoming, Polity Press, Cambridge 2002. 


PICO DELLA MIRANDOLA AND ARCHITECTURE
by Dr. Oliver Schürer | architecture theory | TU Wien, ATTP

 

Bio

Oliver Schürer, Senior Scientist Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn., is researcher, curator, editor
and author as well as Senior Scientist at the Department for Architecture Theory
and Philosophy of Technics, Vienna University of Technology. He did numerous research projects, guest lectures, events, and international publications mainly
on the cultural relations of technology and media in architecture. In 2015, he founded the transdisciplinary research group H.A.U.S. among humanities, engineering and arts, researching “Humanoid robots in Architecture and Urban Spaces”. 


RESPONSE: Giuseppe Longo
information science and philosophy
École Normale Supérieure, Paris | Tufts University, Boston

 

Bio

Giuseppe Longo is Directeur de Recherche (DRE) CNRS at Centre Interdisciplinaire Cavaillès, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris andAdjunct Professor, Department of Integrative Physiology and Pathobiology, Tufts University, Boston. He is a
former Professor of Mathematical Logic and, later, of Computer Science at the University of Pisa. In the ‘80s, he spent 3 years in the USA (U.C.Berkeley, M.I.T., Carnegie Mellon) as researcher and Visiting Professor. GL isfounder and former director (1990-2015) of Mathematical Structures in Computer Science, a Cambridge U.P. journal. Since the late ‘90s, he extended his research interests to the Epistemology of Mathematics and Theoretical Biology. He (co-)authored more

than 100 papers and three books: with A. Asperti, on Categories, Types and Structures (M.I.T. Press, 1991); with F. Bailly, Mathematics and the natural sciences: The Physical Singularity of Life(Hermann, Paris, 2006; Imperial College Press, London, 2011); with M. Montévil, Perspectives on Organisms: Biological Time, Symmetries and Singularities (Springer, Berlin, 2014). With A.Soto and D. Noble, Longo edited (and co-authored six papers) of a 2016 special issue of Prog Biophys Mol Biol, From the century of the genome to the century of the organism: New theoretical approaches. He directs a research project at IEA-Nantes (2014-20) on the concept of law, in human and natural sciences. 


WHAT ARE MASTERPIECES AND WHY ARE THERE SO FEW OF THEM
Gertrude Stein, 1935
read by Martin Burr | réalisateur | Basel

 

Abstract on the Public Reading (by Martin Burr):
I was almost going to write an abstract and let you read what masterpieces are and why there are so few of them, at least according to Gertrude Stein and me. Therefore I was going to describe and getting to the point of this lecture, but actually it is impossible to describe and getting to the point because describing essentially has nothing to do with hitting a point. Describing is tracing outlines of a figure which in itself has no single description. It is like a state of not being able to remember the word I want and through movements of thinking grasping a few stars describing ellipses in the heavens.

 

Bio:

Martin Burr, born 1973 in Basel, Switzerland. Bachelor of Arts und Bachelor of Music at the Royal Conservatory and the Royal Academy of Art (Den Haag, NL). Collaborations with the Ensemble Hollandia until 1998. Between 2000 and 2002 Lecturer for Music Theater at the Academy for Theater in Zürich and engagements as a composer and Regisseur at the Schauspielhaus Zurich. Until 2005 director of the theater Scène 2 (Senones, F). He currently works as the director of Imprimerie Basel, a Studiospace for the Arts and Sciences.


ABSTRACTION AND GENEROSITY: ON INTELLECTUALITY TODAY

Prof. Dr. Vera Bühlmann | architecture theory and philosophy TU Wien ATTP

Abstract:

For apprehending a simple line for what it is, the Art Historian Wilhelm Worringer writes in Abstraction and Empathy (Abstraktion und Einfühlung) from 1906, “I have to expand my inner vision till it embraces the whole line; I have inwardly to delimit what I have thus apprehended and extract it, as an entity, from its surroundings.” Worringer foregrounded thereby a particular kind of psycho-motoric activity, which he called "apperceptive action", as a means for attending to the socio-political role of art in relation to an individual subject´s aesthetical sense and cultural technical "progress". This paper will discuss Worringer´s proposal beyond the strictly disciplinary scope of Art History, and extend its concerns to the societal role of "Intellectuality" at large. It proposes to consider Worringer´s psycho-motoric activity in relation to the economy of an active life. 

With Abstraction and Generosity, this paper proposes a generalised concept-couple that is to relate the concerns raised by Worringer one hundred years ago to our own situation, with regard to what it means to date an object: Inevitably, Datafication too involves an "apperceptive activity." But, this paper asks, Where to locate, and how to identify the "subjectivity" to which this psycho-motoric activity is to be attributed? Key points of reference will involve also John Stuart Mill´s theory of "naming" in his A System of Logic, Ratiocinative and Inductive (1836), Dante Alighieri´s Convivio (in German: Das Gastmahl, 1306), Rem Koolhaas´s Generic City (1995).
 

Bio:

Vera Bühlmann is Professor for Architecture Theory at Vienna University of Technology, and director of the ATTP Department since 2016. She originally studied English Literature and Language, Philosophy, and Media Studies at Zurich University, and earned a PHD in Media Philosophy/Philosophy of Technics from Basel University in 2009. Together with Ludger Hovestadt, she is co-founder of the applied virtuality lab in 2010, at the Chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design at ETH Zurich, where she had been teaching since 2008. She is Co-editor of the Applied Virtuality Book Series (Birkhäuser, since 2012). Her newest monograph is under contract with Bloomsbury Press, London, and will be entitled Mathematics and Information in the Philosophy of Michel Serres (2018, forthcoming). 

Web: www.tuwien.academia.edu/VeraBühlmann


ON IMPOSTURE
Dr. Alexi Kukuljevic | philosopher and writer | Berlin

Abstract:

Plato describes the sophist as a mimetician (mimetikes): one who excels in appearing to be the thing it is not, an imposter. In this paper, I will consider the relationship between mimesis, imposture, and the philosopher’s effort to think the paradoxical being of non-being. Through a close engagement with Plato’s Sophist, I will follow how the effort to render imposture ridiculous demands that we think in turn the ridiculousness of being, exposing the close relationship between education, thought, and humor. 

Bio:


And here is a bio: Alexi Kukuljevic is an artist and a philosopher based in Berlin.  His book, Liquidation World: On the Art of Living Absently was published this Fall by MIT Press.  His work has been exhibited at institutions such as the Palais de Tokyo, Paris and the ICA in Philadelphia. He is a lecturer in art theory at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.  He recently had a solo exhibition exhibition, entitled BIRDWAR, at Åplus in Berlin.   


MIND PALACE, PENTECOST, STOPWATCH: ONLINE SOURCES, OR HOW TO RECOGNIZE THE BEGINNING AND THE END OF AN IDEA

Dr. Jorge Orozco| | architecture theory | ETH Zürich, CAAD

 

Abstract:

When we ask IBM Watson online what it sees in Diego Velázquez’s Las Meninas, it is 66% sure to recognize a ‘little theater’ with ‘female faces’ of age ‘18 to 34’. When we ask the same question to Michel Foucault, he sees a void, an empty space surrounded by objects pointing to it. Even when both see elements in Velázquez’s work, they don’t treat it in the same manner. Foucault is interested in what the elements can do and tell, locally and vividly, as the masterpiece is alive and talking to him. While Watson is interested in recognizing what the elements are, globally and taxonomically, as its success is measured by the accuracy with which it links them to global definitions.

This talk will address the information that circulates on web communities by sourcing and modeling it with instruments similar to Watson’s, but with interests similar to Foucault’s, that is, decoupling from recognition of global definitions and focusing on asking architectural questions. Showing the capacities and abilities that are gained with applications that ‘talk’ about architecture from the abundance of information.

Bio:


Jorge Orozco is a post-doctoral researcher at the Chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design (CAAD), ETH Zurich. His PhD thesis titled “Indexical Architecture. Prominent positions, applications and the Web” deals with the abundance of online information in architecture. It argues for a more vivid and capacious understanding of architecture by affirming and embracing the information that circulates ad infinitum on the Web.

Jorge completed his PhD research supervised by Prof. Dr. Ludger Hovestadt at the Chair for CAAD. He holds a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Computer Aided Architectural Design from ETH Zurich, and a Master in Advanced Architecture degree with specialization in Digital Tectonics from IAAC, Barcelona. Jorge graduated from Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo’s Faculty of Architecture, Mexico.


THE INFORMATIONAL MOTOR:
ARCHITECTONICS, ALGORITHMIC REASONING AND ABSTRACTION

Dr. Michael Doyle | architecture theory | TU Wien, ATTP

 

Abstract:

Confronted by the mysteries of the world, humanity has developed various strategies to create meaning from the incomprehensible.  From ritual and custom to geometry and algebra, models of religion and science have attempted to bring a world of heterogeneous entities into a common space and time.  Such models, however, risk excluding that which is external to their model. The creation of a communicational space founded upon inclusion rather than exclusion requires a new sort of instrument of cognition—an informational motor—which would be able to decipher order in an otherwise noisy contingency. Looking at the work of Michel Serres, Roman Architect Vitruvius and others, I argue that, just as the atomist physics of Ancient Greece challenged the model of a pantheistic world, quantum physics continues to challenge the model of classical physics. With both algorithmic and abstract reasoning, however, we can build informational motors fuelled by contingency and powered by the very heterogeneity most models seek to exclude.

Bio: 


Michael R. Doyle is assistant project researcher and lecturer at the ATTP (TU Wien) and postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratory for Environmental and Urban Economics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).   He holds an M.Arch. and M.Sc.Arch. from Laval University (Canada) and a PhD from the EPFL.  His research interests and activities span from the challenges facing research methods in design and planning by the evolution of computational technics and the availability and quantity of data to the bodies of theory with which novel methods can be invented to cope with contingency today.


THE TROUBLE WITH ALGEBRA: ART AND METHOD OF INVENTION

Prof. Dr. Roy Wagner | philosophy | ETH Zürich

 

Abstract: 

The talk will begin with a review of Jacob Klein's explanation of the emergence of symbolic algebra in early modern Europe (Viète, Descartes, Wallis) in terms of a philosophical change of perspective.
I will contrast his view with an explanation that builds on economic practices that became prevalent in late medieval and Renaissance Italy.
If time permits I will present some modern innovations concerning mathematical practice with algebraic symbols as well.
The purpose of this exercise is to show the different layers of reasoning involved in generating new algebraic conceptions and practices.
Understanding these different layers will support a more general understanding of formal innovation, both sophistic or sophisticated.

Bio:


Received a math PhD (1997) and a history and philosophy of science Ph.D. (2007) from Tel Aviv University.
Published on the history and philosophy of mathematics using case studies from a wide range of times and places representing various mathematical cultures.
Books: Post-structural readings of Gödel's proof (2009), Breaking and making mathematical sense: histories and philosophies of mathematical practice (2017).
Also published papers in the area of critical theory/resistance studies. 


A MATHEMATICAL CRITIQUE OF COMPUTATIONAL THINKING IN THE SCIENCES OF NATURE
Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Longo | information science and philosophy Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris | Tufts University Boston

 

Abstract


The singularity of human life (its “dignity”) is the result of biological evolution and of human history. By active gestures and language, we produce sense within the human communicating community; we delimit and qualify phenomena, we co-construct objects of knowledge and objectivity. Today’s use of discrete state (digital) machines both as mathematical models and as a paradigm in science and humanities sets peculiar biases to knowledge construction. Their networks for elaborating information provide fantastic tools for human activities, but also an image of the world. The confusion between “elaboration of information” and “production of sense” is affecting our humanity and ways of knowing. The strong dualism of computing devices (software vs. hardware) blurs the radical materiality and the physical singularity of life. The related distortion of knowledge is also grounded on the abuse of pre-scientific or common-sense notions from information and programming theories in biology, with some dramatic consequences also for our health, in particular in cancer analysis and prevention.

References:

F. Bailly, G. Longo, Mathematics and the Natural Sciences. The Physical Singularity of Life, Imperial
College Press, London, 2011.(Introduction:  http://www.di.ens.fr/users/longo/files/BaLoSingBook/english-introduction.pdf  )

G. Longo. The Biological Consequences of the Computational World: Mathematical Reflections on Cancer Biology.  In Print   See   http://www.di.ens.fr/users/longo/download.html   for this and more.

 

Bio:

Giuseppe Longo is Directeur de Recherche (DRE) CNRS at Centre Interdisciplinaire Cavaillès, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris andAdjunct Professor, Department of Integrative Physiology and Pathobiology, Tufts University, Boston. He is a former Professor of Mathematical Logic and, later, of Computer Science at the University of Pisa. In the '80s, he spent 3 years in the USA (U.C.Berkeley, M.I.T., Carnegie Mellon) as researcher and Visiting Professor. GL isfounder and former director (1990-2015) of Mathematical Structures in Computer Science, a Cambridge U.P. journal. Since the late '90s, he extended his research interests to the Epistemology of Mathematics and Theoretical Biology. He (co-)authored more than 100 papers and three books: with A. Asperti, on Categories, Types and Structures (M.I.T. Press, 1991); with F. Bailly, Mathematics and the natural sciences: The Physical Singularity of Life(Hermann, Paris, 2006; Imperial College Press, London, 2011); with M. Montévil, Perspectives on Organisms: Biological Time, Symmetries and Singularities (Springer, Berlin, 2014). With A.Soto and D. Noble, Longo edited (and co-authored six papers) of a 2016 special issue of Prog Biophys Mol Biol, From the century of the genome to the century of the organism: New theoretical approaches. He directs a research project at IEA-Nantes (2014-20) on the concept of law, in human and natural sciences.

Web: http://www.di.ens.fr/users/longo/


ANADYOMENE AND THE BEAUTY OF THE TROUBLESOME: GNOMONICS OF SPECTRALITY
AS THE ART OF EMBRACING OBSTACLES

Prof. Dr. Elias Zafiris | mathematics | Athens University

 

Abstract

The main thematics concerns the notion of information as “anadyomene” in the context of the natural communication model. Information is theorized from a non-statistical and not set- theoretic viewpoint, as pertaining to the capacity of forming distinguishable spectral differences within intrinsically and objectively foamy surroundings, laden by the presence of obstacles and obstructions of any possible nature. We examine particular exemplifying cases in relation to the algebraic, geometric, topological and harmonic domain. In all these cases, information emerges as “anadyomene” from another level of “hypostasis” via an obstacle- circulation metaphorical process guided by a “gnomon”. In turn, this unifying characteristic underlies a specific type of weaving of the fabric of “chronos” in modular relation to the considered “topoi”. 

Bio
Elias Zafiris holds an M.Sc. (Distinction) in “quantum fields and fundamental forces” and a Ph.D. in “theoretical and mathematical physics”, both from Imperial College at the University of London. He has published papers on category-theoretic methods in quantum physics and complex systems theories, modern differential geometry and topology, and many other topics in the foundations of physics and mathematics. He is also the author of two books on these subjects.

He is a research professor in theoretical and mathematical physics at the Institute of Mathematics at the University of Athens, and is currently a visiting professor in the Department of Logic, Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest.

 

ARCHITECTURAL MATHESIS
Prof. Dr. Frédéric Migayrou | architecture theory
The Bartlett School of Architecture | Centre Pompidou

Abstract


Architecture is historically bound to Mathematics as a discipline working on space (geometry) and numbers (algebra).  If it is possible to organize a history of architecture linked to the evolution of geometry from Euclidian, to differential then algebraic geometry, the consequences of a full algebrisation, the generalisation of the computational and the increasing recourse to generic simulation tools impose a new approach to the current interaction of architecture and mathematics. The influence of structuralism and the logical sources of phenomenology constitute a common ground to define a short history of computational architecture interacting with questions relative to the foundations of mathematics. To surpass the debates between formalism, realism and intuitionism, the questions of “Naturalisation”, of the Theory of Categories (Topos, Morphism...) or the “Ontology of the Number” remain as keys to understand possible perspectives on digital architecture.

Bio:

Chair Professor, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College, London (U.C.L). Deputy Director, National Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou, Paris. Curator and Publisher of books and catalogues on Art & Architecture (Steven Holl, Diller & Scofidio, Morphosis, De Stijl, Claude Parent, Bernard Tschumi, Frank Gehry, Dominique Perrault, Le Corbusier, Marcel Duchamp, Jeff Wall, Japan-Ness (History of Japanese Architecture, 1945-2015), La Tendenza (Italian Architecture, 1965-1985).   Regarding Digital Architecture: Co-Founder of Archilab (Annual Exhibition on Experimental Architecture, 1999-2004), Curator of Non Standard Architecture (Pompidou Center, 2003) and Co-Curator of Naturalising Architecture (2014). Founder of the Center for Digital Architecture B-Pro (Bartlett Prospective). In preparation: Coding the World (Pompidou Center, 2018)


A TREATISE ON DIGITAL ARCHITECTURE
Prof. Dr. Ludger Hovestadt | architecture and information science ETH Zürich, CAAD

 

Abstract:

This paper argues that we left the order of "absolute time" around 1900 and entered a new world of "life". Quite comparable to the Renaissance, which left the order of "absolute space and entered the new world of "time". In fact, we are currently experiencing a dramatic erosion of sense and values of our old logical order of time. With this, we can learn from the Renaissance that we should follow the humanist way, trust our intellect, get "literate" in the digital, and reevaluate our cultural heritage. 

This, not a certain performativity, is presented in this talk as digital architecture today (which, surprisingly but consequently, did not start recently, but 120 years ago). 
 


Bio:


Since 2000 Ludger Hovestadt is Professor for Computer Aided Architectural Design at the ETH Zürich, Switzerland, and is directing a permanent research group of 16 PhD students. His interest is in artificial intelligence and not in computer graphics. He founded several companies in the fields of smart geometry, building intelligence, building information models and the internet of things.  Since 2008 his focus shifted from applications to the principles of computing in architecture. In 2010 he cofounded the Laboratory for Applied Virtuality with Vera Bühlmann, which edits the applied virtuality book series (Birkhäuser, since 2010). He has published several books on architecture, computing, philosophy, and mathematics

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Nov
1
4:00 PM16:00

Prof. Gregg Lambert: Reflections on a Silurian Lake: Lucretius, Meillassoux, and Lyotard

Prof. Gregg Lambert
Syracuse University, New York USA, The Humanities Center, Founding Director 2008-2014

Wednesday, November 1st 2017
4 - 6 pm, ATTP Main Space 
followed by snacks and drinks

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Reflections on a Silurian Lake: Lucretius, Meillassoux, and Lyotard

At this point, let us return a few millennia to our Epoch of his majesty the Ego called the Anthropocene, which many humanists have taken up as a critical perspective in order to “de-center” the anthropocentric presence of the Subject in its opening to the material universe. This de-centering operation usually involves a supplanting of the Subject by absence, which often assumes the form of a speculative thesis involving time on a planetary or even paleontological scale, as in the case of Quentin Meillassoux’s arche-fossil (Meillassoux, After Finitude, 2008). Thus, absence is no longer determined in relation to “consciousness of,” as in phenomenology, but rather in terms of the “not yet, or the no longer” of the Subject.

The question that concerns us is "what," or rather, “where is time,” or more specifically, whether the theme of time and temporality could even be possible.

To illustrate this perspective, rather than turning to Meillassoux´s duration of an ancestral past demonstrated in the facticity of the arche-fossil, I will return to Lyotard, who in the mid-1980’s in a series of reflections on the inhuman (Lyotard, The Inhuman: Reflections on Time, 1991), speculated on the absence that occurs 4.5 billion years in the future – when the sun has exploded and the earth and all of its inhabitants no longer exist. 

 

Gregg Lambert

After completing his Ph.D, under the direction of late French philosopher Jacques Derrida, Professor Lambert joined the Department of English at Syracuse University in 1996, and was later appointed to Full Professor and Chair of English in 2005. In 2008, he was appointed as the Founding Director of the Humanities Center, where he currently holds a distinguished research appointment as Dean’s Professor of Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Since 2008, Professor Lambert has also served as Principal Investigator and Director of the Central New York Humanities Corridor, a regional collaborative research network between Syracuse University, Cornell University, the University of Rochester, and the NY6 Liberal Arts Consortium which has been generously supported by three consecutive awards from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

In addition to the Humanities Corridor, he has also directed several other major multi-institutional research and interdisciplinary initiatives, including the Society for the Study of Biopolitical Futures (with Cary Wolfe, Rice University), the Trans-Disciplinary Media Studio (with SU School of Architecture) and The Perpetual Peace Project, a multi-lateral curatorial initiative partnered with Slought Foundation (Philadelphia), the European Union National Institutes of Culture, the International Peace Institute, and the United Nations University, Utrecht University Centre for Humanities, and the Treaty of Utrecht Foundation (the Netherlands). In 2013, he was elected as a member of the International Advisory Board of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes.

Author of eleven books, critical editions, and more than a hundred articles in journals and critical editions, Professor Lambert is internationally renowned for his scholarly writings on critical  theory, philosophy, the role of the Humanities in the contemporary university, and; especially for his work on the French philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Jacques Derrida. 

 

Recent Publications:
Return Statements (Edinburgh University Press, 2016)
Philosophy After Friendship (University of Minnesota Press, 2017)

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Jul
13
4:00 PM16:00

Guest Lecture: "Food is the New Internet - ?"

Am Donnerstag 13. Juli 2017, 4 pm at ATTP

Transformative Technologien in der Lebensmittelproduktion
Prozesse und Produkte für die Lebensmittelmärkte in der neuen Gegenwart

. Organisationsentwicklung als Voraussetzung für technologische Innovation
. Mehr vom Guten durch kontinuierliche Prozesstechnik und Direktverarbeitung auf dem Feld
. Transparenz in der Wertschöpfungskette damit Vertrauen entstehen kann
. Transformative Führung zwischen einer anderen und der besten Praxis

Prof. Dr. Tilo Hühn

ZHAW Life Sciences und Facility Management, Wädenschwil Schweiz
https://www.zhaw.ch/de/ueber-uns/person/htil/
 

Dozent im Studiengang Lebensmitteltechnologie:
Lehrveranstaltungen: Getränke (Modulleitung), Getränkeherstellung, Getränkerohstoffe,
Lebensmittelmarketing, Marketingplanspiel, Personalführung
 

Dozent im Masterstudiengang Life Sciences:
Vertiefung Food & Beverage Innovation
Lehrveranstaltungen: Innovation (Modulleitung), Product and Process Design, Mentoring Program

http://www.beverages.ch

 

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May
3
to May 4

Towards a Quantum Literacy: Spectral Sovereignty, Citizenship, and Personhood in a Digital World

Towards a Quantum Literacy: Spectral Sovereignty, Citizenship, and Personhood in a Digital World

 

All lectures available online!

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May 3-4 2017

EoC seminar “Ethical Coding” at Technical University Vienna, Department for Architectural Theory and Philosophy of Technics ATTP

May 3 2017     8:00 pm – 22:00 pm  Public Evening Lecture (Kuppelsaal TU Vienna, Main Building)

May 4 2017     9:30am – 7:00 pm Seminar  (if you are interested to join please mail to vera.buehlmann@tuwien.ac.at) at the ATTP Seminar Space, Wiedner Hauptstrasse 7, Hof, Stiege 2, floor 1. 

Ethics of Coding: A Report on the Algorithmic Condition            
Project 732407 funded under H2020-EU.2.1.1. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/207025_en.html

 

Program

May 3rd 2017

7:30 pm                 Welcome  Apero, Kuppelsaal TU Wien

8:00- 8:30 pm     
“Quantum Literacy and the Speed of Thought”, introduction by Vera Bühlmann, TU Vienna

8:30-9:30 pm      
“Digital Citizenship and the Acquisition of Privacy” Ludger Hovestadt (ETH Zurich, Chair for CAAD ITA) & Marcel Alexander Niggli (University Fribourg, Law and Philosophy)

9:30- 10:30pm     
“Ways of making use of Data: Recording, Sourcing, Storing, Dealing with data – coding as writing? As trading? As giving an account? As bearing witness?
roundtable with Marcel Alexander Niggli, Ludger Hovestadt, Elie Ayache, Antoinette Rouvroy, Philippe Morel, Anne-Françoise Schmid. Moderation by Vera Bühlmann

May 4th 2017

9:15-9:45 am         Coffee & Croissants welcome   

9:45 -10:00am     
Ethics of Coding: Human Algorithmic Condition, the project introduction by Felicity Colman, Kingston University, London

10:00 – 11:00 am
“How to ´address´ data?” Antoinette Rouvroy, Université de Namur / Centre de Recherche Information, Droit et Société (CRIDS)

11:00 – 12:00 am
“Money as the Currency of Thought”, Philippe Morel, Digital Knowledge Center, ENSA Paris-Malaquais

12:00-2:00 pm     Lunch

2:00-3:00 pm      
“Price Writing”, Elie Ayache, ITO33 Paris

3:00-4:00 pm      
“Genericness, Knowledge, Time” Anne-Francoise Schmid, Associate professor of epistemology and philosophy, INSA de Lyon

4:00-4:30 pm       Coffee Break

4:30-5:30 pm      
Discussion, Ethics of Coding Project Team, all presenters, audience.

 

 

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Modeling with Big Data and Machine Learning
Mar
17
5:00 PM17:00

Modeling with Big Data and Machine Learning

the number of seats is limited, please drop us a line if attending (sekretariat@attp.tuwien.ac.at)

Welcome!

Abstract

Machine Learning and Big Data together offer a universal way of looking at the world phenomena, which is radically different than the classical expert based disciplinary research. However, in order to fully grasp this new potentiality, we need a new set of viewpoints, skills and technologies as a new form of literacy. We believe that this “coding literacy” will turn the classical notion of expertise from “having the answers to the known questions” to “learning to ask good questions”, where the answers can be found with an appropriate level of coding skills. 

In this talk I briefly discuss the developments of computational modeling approaches over the last decades. Further I will focus on main approaches of “object representation” and “structure of machine learning models” in an abstract level. Finally, I would like to show the results of some of our ongoing projects in different fields such as city form studies and real estate market. 

 

Vahid Moosavi, Postdoc researcher at CAAD, D-Arch, ETH Zurich

Previously trained and practiced as a systems engineer, from 2011 to 2015 I did my PhD research under the supervision of Ludger Hovestadt at the chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design (CAAD) at ETH Zurich. At the same time, from November 2011 till end of April 2015 I was involved at Future Cities Laboratory of Singapore-ETH Centre in Singapore as a researcher in simulation platform. From May 2015 I am a Post-doc researcher, based in Zurich.

In my PhD I was focused on theories of computational urban modeling and issues of “representation” and “idealization” in scientific modeling. Parallel to theoretical research, I have been always interested in applied projects in different application domains such as manufacturing systems, urban traffic dynamics, urban design, air pollution modeling, networked economy and systemic risk, natural language processing, geo-visualization, real estate analysis and recently on data driven water flow simulation.

For further information about my recent works, please visit my webpage at www.vahidmoosavi.com
For my other codes and slides on data driven modeling, please visit my GitHub Repository: https://github.com/sevamoo/data_driven_modeling

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SPACETIMELIFE - A SPECULATIVE REPORT
Feb
10
12:00 PM12:00

SPACETIMELIFE - A SPECULATIVE REPORT

“Maybe life is just another great concept like space and time, belonging to the category of the possibility.” - Christian Friedrich Hebbel

Not much reveals itself as self-evident at first sight and remains as mysterious under close examination as space and time. The apparently natural familiarity, which connects us with them as part of our human existence, shall nevertheless not cover the fact of their flexible modes of interpretation. They are cultural concepts, serving us to describe our moving world ever since their first definition. Driven by the permanent rise of human experience and collective knowledge, their characteristics and coherences are permanently re-evaluated, negotiated and re-modelled into new constructions. Space and time are correlating coordinate systems in our ongoing endeavour to understand life and ultimately shape it for the better. 

This booklet speculatively collects and arranges - asks for the now and the us, within it, or so: “It is becoming more and more here now. …”

Georg Fassl is an architect, and works at the department since November 2016. His scientific interests focus on the characterisation of contemporary concepts, as well as their translation into architectonic theory and practice.

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Lecture: Selena Savic on “Architecturality: How Space is Organised by Computation"
Jan
13
12:00 PM12:00

Lecture: Selena Savic on “Architecturality: How Space is Organised by Computation"

Digital design and fabrication are mainstream practice in architectural design. Nevertheless, there seems to be a gap in the way architects manipulate computer-based tools and the way these processes are articulated in architectural theory. More o en than not, the integration of architecture and digital technolo- gies happens only on an instrumental level, where digital is associated with making the design and construction process more e cient. In this project, I propose to critically study the relationship of architec- ture and technology as organisers of space. The principal goal of this project is to offer a framework for an informed and productive discussion about the role of computation in design and production of architectural experiences. 

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Potentialities of the urban volume
Dec
16
12:00 PM12:00

Potentialities of the urban volume

Cities are not only extrusions from a homogeneous ground plane, but a volumetric engagement with a physical mass. Historically, the materiality of the city (geology and built form) has been addressed by specific disciplinary or institutional divisions in response to well-defined needs or desired project outcomes. This approach has resulted in conflicts between resources (pollution of aquifers) and lost opportunities for potential synergies (geothermal energy structures or local irrigation). Recent efforts by practitioners and researchers attempt to provide useful spatial information to urban planners about the underground resource potential of their cities, but their mapping methods and outcomes tend to be oriented towards the potential for underground space, ignoring geomaterial, groundwater and geothermal potentials. Furthermore, they address the existing urban form as indicative of demand rather than as a ‘mass’ with its own ‘supply’. The research presented here develops a cartographic method to evaluate underground potential at the level of the capacity of the geology and urban form in three cities on three different continents. It explores, using spatial analytics and econometrics, the Montreal downtown and its Indoor City as a contingent expression of spatial volumetric potential. The resource potential maps produced seek to visualize the distribution of multi-resource underground potential as compasses—as tools for locating the planning process in the urban volume, without prescribing directions to take.   

Michael Robert Doyle holds a PhD from the Laboratory of Environmental and Urban Economics (LEURE) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) since 2016. His research addresses the urban volumetrically as a mass of buildings and underground resources, combining spatial analysis with cartography and new materialist philosophy with urban theory. 

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A Play of Books - Computational Objects in a World of Data
Dec
9
12:00 PM12:00

A Play of Books - Computational Objects in a World of Data

This talk was given in the ATTP Lunch Talk series.
Events in this series are irregular, and they take place in the department´s library at Wiedner Hauptstrasse 7, 1040 Vienna. 

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A PLAY OF BOOKS – COMPUTATIONAL OBJECTS IN A WORLD OF DATA. 
WHAT IF BOOKS HAD FACES? HOW WOULD THEY BEHAVE? 

We are beyond representation; our abstract objects are symbolic; figures, fugues, faces, masks, atoms, elements, characters, avatars, indexes. It is about infusing, narrating, doping, context, information and masterful articulations. Concepts become spectrums; they live like the memory or traces of things that have been; they are not documents — they are animate. They don’t have individual faces — they define zones of probability. It is a multiplicity of ciphering that makes them possible in every sense and direction. Examples can be found all around our world. Brands inhabit symbolical spaces of myths; simulacra are expressing a different environment populated by differences which are not copies of a model. They don’t merely represent, they have lives of their own. Mathematics, especially algebra, does not emphasize representation but rather the symbolization of abstract concepts. It is not natural, but a part of a specific nature. Programing languages show us a nature different from natural languages.

This novel language is a language of noise and entropy. It has left the archive and dwells on the Internet. The question is not anymore how to classify the archive, but how to articulate the generic notion of the web. Noise and entropy are not peripheral any more, they are the generic ground. We have once again inverted the world. Instead of trying to find the basic laws of nature, we are on a quest to discover pockets of life in the entropic, that is, how to articulate out of the white noise when it is observed to have a flat spectrum over the range of probabilities relevant to the context.

We are not comparing or deconstructing in the entropic, since everything is on its way towards achieving a balance. In a world where everything is connected, in which each actor has many roles and can be rendered in many ways, we are left with the question how to find stability… how to make masterful articulations?

This is going to be a computational drama, a comedy, a noisy play without a random function. Like a drama of sounds at the sea. A vessel for exploring this new plateau is composed out of text and images. There are certainly other vessels available (mathematics, music…), but this play has already started, and vessel is on its way. Both text and images are old and abstract formats; they have seen the ancient Greece, made friends with Gutenberg, witnessed the industrial serialization and are the main protagonists of the digital. But how has the digitized environment changed them? What are figures and faces of images and books in the world of data, not seen as data visualization, but as an articulation that challenges mimetic representation and goes beyond it. What is their character, how do they behave and what are they made of? This drama is going to be a play of books in a world of data.

 

MIRO ROMAN is an architect, a researcher, an artist, a designer, and none from the stated. His main focus is at the overlap of information technologies and architectural articulations.

Miro holds a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Computer Aided Architectural Design from ETH Zurich, and a Master in Architecture degree from the University of Zagreb. Since 2004 he is collaborating with Luka Vlahović on project romanvlahovic. From 2013 to 2015 he was a part of the Future Cities Laboratory, interdisciplinary research programme of the Singapore ETH Centre for Global Environmental Sustainability (SEC). Currently he is a PHD researcher at the Chair of CAAD at ETH Zürich.

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Spectral Characterisation and Modelling in CAAD
Dec
2
to Dec 3

Spectral Characterisation and Modelling in CAAD

This research tries to sketch an alternative to the structural paradigm of CAAD, by learning from theories and technologies that have enabled Internet to become the infrastructure for communication. To do so, it engages with a broad body of knowledge, ranging from abstract algebra to glossematics and machine learning. We believe that the prerequisite for establishing such a communicational model in architecture is the ability to establish coexistence between symbolic domains that are different in nature. As an experiment, an architectural problem of similarities/differences between spaces is transformed into an equivalent problem in a conjugate symbolic domain. There, problems of similarity and difference are investigated from the linguistic perspective, and the results projected back into the architectural domain.

Nikola Marinčić is a researcher at the Chair of Computer-aided architectural design (CAAD) at ETH Zurich, where he is currently writing his PhD thesis. He was a guest researcher at the Future Cities Laboratory, interdisciplinary research programme of the Singapore ETH Centre for Global Environmental Sustainability (SEC). He has designed and taught a number of elective courses for bachelor and master students at the Department of Architecture of ETH Zürich (D-ARCH), as well as a number of modules for postgraduate students. His work is driven by his interest in the elusive relationship between logics, mathematics, language and digital code. His overarching ambition is establishing the notion of computational literacy in architecture, which would serve as a generic ground for developing a new kind of architectural mastership.

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Lange Nacht der Roboter
Nov
25
to Nov 26

Lange Nacht der Roboter

  • 30 Gußhausstraße Wien, Wien, 1040 Austria (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Humanoid Robots in Architecture, a pubic experiment by H.A.U.S.:

 

Talk to robot Romeo. Tell him about your perspective on everyday things and their importance. Generate different meanings of space together with the robot. Because it will not be long until we will share our daily environment with humanoid robots. However they are not able to experience the importance we humans feel for objects and space. This we want to improve through the space-game, an interaction of robots, artificial intelligence and humans. Through that we aim to create a space-model, which is both, human and robotic.

 

(An event at the European Robotics Week – the Long Night of Robots)

https://eu-robotics.net/robotics_week/ 

http://langenacht.acin.tuwien.ac.at/

H.A.U.S.: https://architecturespacehumanoids.wordpress.com/

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Spa in Nature
Nov
23
to Mar 2

Spa in Nature

A group at the ATTP department is currently designing a Spa in Nature reflecting on relations of architecture and the skin, cultures of bathing worldwide, natural phenomena and new techniques. More about the natural setting of Taiki-cho, Hokkaido can be found at www.lixiljsfound.com.


Check our group Facebook page here (coming soon).

The design group is composed of TU Vienna students Patrick Aprent, Ivan Matas, Lena Kohlmayr, Dominik Fill and Raphaela Schiefersteiner, artist Matthew Cowan, design supervisors Vera Bühlmann, Benjamin Reynolds and Valle Medina and external advisor Ludger Hovestadt (ETH Zurich).

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Az W Studierendentag „Am Ende: Architektur. Zeitreisen 1959 – 2019
Sep
13
12:30 PM12:30

Az W Studierendentag „Am Ende: Architektur. Zeitreisen 1959 – 2019

Im Rahmen des Seminars Architekturtheorie bei Kristian Faschingeder haben sich 20 Studierende auf die Herbstausstellung „Am Ende: Architektur. Zeitreisen 1959 – 2019“ im Architekturzentrum Wien vorbereitet und unterschiedliche Ausstellungspositionen vertiefend analysiert. Anlässlich des Studierendentages werden sie anhand von kurzen Impulsstatements zwischen 11.30 und 19.00 Uhr durch die Ausstellung führen. 


Wann: am 13.10.2016
Wo: Az W

Freier Eintritt für alle Studierenden

In der Herbstausstellung „Am Ende: Architektur. Zeitreisen 1959-2019“ blickt das Architekturzentrum Wien mit Gründungsdirektor Dietmar Steiner auf rund sechzig Jahre internationale Architekturgeschichte. Studierende der TU Wien bieten in dieser retrospektiven Ausstellung ganztägig Impulsstatements zu Steiners persönlichem Resümee.

11.30 bis 19.00 Uhr
Impulsstatements in der Ausstellung

19 Uhr
Party mit Livemusik und Dancefloor in Kooperation mit der fachschaft:architektur

Bring your own booze! Für Vergessliche und Kurzentschlossene wird es eine kleine Bierbar geben. Wir freuen uns auf alle ArchitekturfreundInnen.


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