April 11, 2011
by Canadian Architect
The Cultural Mediations and Technology Program at the McGill School of Architecture is hosting Design + Computation: The Virtue of the Virtual, an international conference to be held May 18-20, 2011 at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, in association with the Facility for Architectural Research in Media and Mediation (F.A.R.M.M.). The conference organizers invite practitioners, professors, researchers, and students from any discipline to attend and participate in critical and timely discussions.
Design + Computation: The Virtue of the Virtual is an interdisciplinary conference aimed at responding to the changing meaning of the model in technology and society. It has become more important to begin a conversation that allows voices from disparate disciplines to critically assess the challenges to culture and design that advanced computation in the digital arena present. A free exchange will involve practitioners and academics working in the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, design, history of science, philosophy, and computer science. This dynamic interdisciplinary discussion will focus on the status of the model and virtual model-making.
Keynote lectures will be given by Georg Vrachliotis (ETH Zurich, May 18) and André Nusselder (University of Amsterdam, May 20). A selection of conference papers will be part of the winter 2012 issue of Ai (Architecture and ideas), edited by Dr. Torben Berns, and Michael Jemtrud of the Conference Steering Committee.
Pre-registration is now open online. For full information, registration details, and agenda, please visit the conference’s website at www.farmmresearch.com/cmtconference/, find them on Facebook and Twitter, or contact [email protected].
The steering committee is comprised of Torben Berns, McGill University School of Architecture; Michael Jemtrud, McGill University School of Architecture; Martin Bressani, McGill University School of Architecture; John Zissovici, Cornell University School of Architecture; and Adrian Lewis, Cornell University, School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering. The conference organizers are: Anya Domlesky, McGill University School of Architecture; Philam Nguyen, McGill University School of Architecture; Frederika Eilers, McGill University School of Architecture; and Olivier Vallerand, McGill University School of Architecture.
For more information, please visit www.farmmresearch.com/cmtconference.