sg2012 Talkshop

sg2013 Talkshop   Friday 19 April

After four intense days of innovative and collaborative work the sgTalkshop offers an opportunity for critical reflection on what has been accomplished in the workshop. The first day of the conference, the Talkshop, is an opportunity to share perspectives, open debates, pose questions, challenge orthodoxies and propose new ideas in informal and open discussions between cluster participants, leading practitioners in various fields of expertise and emerging talents in digital design. The series of round table discussions ask why we are turning our attention right now to the topic of uncertainty and what are the corresponding challenges and possibilities for design and construction practices within the built environment.


Constructing Data

Session 1 | Constructing data

Data & information, how do we understand and interpret data, how do we actuate on it

The session asks how we can sense—and make sense of—real world data to inform and drive our buildings. Equipped with different technological means and devices, how do we cope with the vast quantity of unstructured input, determine which data are to be captured and which are the different ways that they inform, alter, and enhance the design? What is the mode of habitation of structures of the future? What are the software, hardware and theories and concepts that drive the capturing and infiltration of information in design and construction?

Theo Spyropoulos   Architectural Association

Usman Haque   Haque Design + Research

Abdulmajid Karanouh   Aedas Research

Flora Salim   RMIT

Stephen Gage   The Bartlett

Constructing for an Evolving Ecology

Session 2 | Constructing for an evolving ecology

Climate change, policies and the city

With green strategies overwhelming the context of contemporary design, with information being embedded in urban infrastructures and services, with the economical and political dynamics of contemporary cities changing constantly, the session asks: How do we design for and within the evolving contemporary city and the cities yet to come? How can we cope with relationships within and between global supercities and address the dynamics of our times in a world more densely and instantly connected? Who are the agents that generate change in construction industry and in relation to what kind of opportunities?

Cristina Murphy + Andrea Bertassi   XCOOP

Duncan Wilson   Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities

Judit Kimpian   Aedas

Alan Penn   The Bartlett

From Virtual to Actual

Session 3 | From virtual to actual

From screen to site. From human to robot. From multiple potentials to an actualised form.

How can the systemic relations of the virtual come to the actual? What is the role of computation in architecture and fabrication? What is the role of the architect/ designer and how the design process has shifted by using different computational systems during the design process? Finally, how does robotic fabrication can alter the process and involved partners in construction?

Mark Burry   RMIT + Sagrada Familia

Daniel Bosia   AKT

Sara Klomps   Zaha Hadid Architects

Dirk Krolikowski   Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Bob Sheil   The Bartlett

Technology and Future Culture

Session 4 | Technology and the future culture

From open source computing to synthetic biology

Technology is creating an uncertain future, fundamentally altering and shifting trends, modes of working, interacting with each other, perceiving our environment, formulating our values. How are design-related and construction-related practices positioned in this new reality? What is the new role architects, designers, engineers may acquire?

Sean Hanna   The Bartlett

Manuel Kretzer   ETH Zurich

Brady Peters   CITA

Marco Cruz   The Bartlett

Conference Registration 

Conference Registration Fees   £225

The Event is now over.

Reduced fees are available for students (£75).

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Conference fees include attendance to:
Talkshop (19 April)

A Visit to the Workshop (evening of 19 April)
Symposium (20 April)
Conference Reception (evening of 20 April)



This year's 2-day Conference will take place at:

Institute of Education

Logan Hall

20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

United Kingdom

You will need your Smartgeometry ID Badge, received at Registration, to access all venues.


Evening Exhibition sg2013 Workshop Showcase

Following the first day of the Conference, our Workshop hosts, The Bartlett, will hold an evening Exhibition. Conference attendees will have a chance to view the work and fabricated installations developed during the previous 4 days of the sg2013 Workshops.

The exhibition will take place at:

The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Wates House

22 Gordon Street

London WC1H 0QB

You will need your Smartgeometry ID Badge, received at Registration, to access all venues.


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