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2013 Lecture : Liss Werner

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Liss Werner : Wednesday November 20th @ 5.30pm in First Floor Gallery

Liss Werner lecture is sponsored by the College of Architecture Lecture Series.

Liss C. Werner is a German Architect, architectural researcher and theoretician. She is a registered architect in Berlin and founder of Tactile Architecture – Office for SystemArchitektur, based in Berlin since 2007. In 2012/13 she acted as George N. Pauly, Jr. Fellow, visiting professor at Carnegie Mellon University, School of Architecture. She is the editor of ‘[En]Coding Architecture – the book’, to be published in fall 2013.

Werner’s main interest lies in Architecture and Cybernetics, the relevance and implications of Cybernetics, mainly Gordon Pask, for computational architecture in C21, exploring code-based computational tools to provoke an architectural vocabulary that allows architecture to depart from the 19th century understanding of predetermined static form and the establishment of Euclidian space per-se towards an architecture of cybernetics, self-organization, agent-based formations and biological understanding.

Werner runs her computational design studio ‘Codes in the Clouds’ and the seminar ‘Architecture and Cybernetics’ at DIA, Dessau International Architecture Graduate School. The studio ‘Codes in the Clouds’ is looking at growth of sublime, philosophically and tectonically challenging generation of form to arrive at architectural prototypes as emergent rule-based organism. ‘Codes in the Clouds’ focuses on the development of exploratory architecture derived through behavioral logic and scripting using ‘Processing’. We are interested in developing dynamic design strategies and cross-disciplinary design thinking. We do believe that ‘FORM is a VERB and not a noun’. Issues of computational and plastic tectonics are mainly tested through digital fabrication media and reflect on surface topographies and tactility of the past. ‘Codes in the Clouds’ was exhibited and published at ‘DigitalFutures’, at Tongji University in Shanghai and the 13th Venice Biennale 2012 in the Slovenian pavilion in conjunction with Maribor 2112AI 100YC, the European capital of culture 2012.