Keynote at Chalmers

12.11.2018, Gothenburg: Christopher Robeller will be giving a Keynote Lecture at the Architecture and Computation event at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Welcome to a mini-symposium that will explore the most vibrant paths for near future research within Architecture and the Digital. Three invited international keynotes speakers will be introduce their research and practice, followed by presentations from the Architecture & Computation faculty of Chalmers ACE. The event is free.

The digital is present within architectural practice, research and education in parallel ways. Robotic fabrication labs are set up within academia, there are annual conferences, and there is a very strong on-line community based on the sharing of skillsets and knowledge. There is research into new materials, fabrication, and the implementation of digital techniques into practice. Notions such as big data, AI, Machine Learning are gaining importance in many fields, within architecture maybe so far mostly present in urban design and planning. At the same time, there is a current shift in the discourses on the role of the digital in architecture. A post-digital era has been proposed, in which digital techniques have lost the allure of “the new” and are instead firmly embedded in the discipline. The recent history of the digital has been covered in several exhibitions and publications as a past-tense, and a renewed interest for representation sees a return of notions such as the collage. Society sees an intense debate on how to meet the expected transformations of digitalization, often not directly tied into architectural discourse.

This mini-symposium seeks to identify key critical questions for architecture of the near future, with the help of three invited international guests. It will also take a point of departure in ongoing research and teaching at Chalmers ACE, as facilitated by the members of the Architecture & Computation Research Group. It seeks in this way to identify key questions for architecture and research of the near future, where the digital is a critical component.

The event will be accompanied by an exhibition presenting an overview of student work, research and practice associated to the research group.

Keynote Speakers
Mollie Claypool
Architect, Lecturer, PhD candidate
Co-Director of Design Computation Lab, The Bartlett School of Architecture, London

Christopher Robeller
Architect, PhD
Director of Digital Timber Construction, Technische Universität Kaiserslauten

Martin Ostermann
Dipl.-Ing., Architekt Grad. Dipl. Des. (AA)
Professor Institut für Baukonstruktion Lehrstuhl 2, Universität Stuttgart

Chalmers ACE presenters
Karin Hedlund, Lecturer Chalmers ACE, architect White arkitekter
Jonas Lundberg, Senior Lecturer Chalmers ACE, founding member Urban Future Organization
Daniel Norell, Senior Lecturer Chalmers ACE, founding partner Norell/Rodhe
Jonas Runberger, Artistic Professor Chalmers ACE, Head of Dsearch at White arkitekter
Kengo Skorick, Lecturer Chalmers ACE

Monday November 12th
13.00 – 13.15 Opening day 1
13.15 – 14.00 Keynote 1: Mollie Claypool
14.00 – 14.45 Keynote 2: Christopher Robeller
15.00 – 15.45 Keynote 3: Martin Ostermann
15.45 – 16.30 ACE presentation 1: Daniel Norell
16.30 – 17.15 ACE presentation 2: Jonas Runberger
17.30 – 18.00 First panel discussion

Tuesday November 13th
8.30 – 8.45 Opening day 2
8.45 – 9.15 ACE presentation 3: Kengo Skorick
9.15 – 9.45 ACE presentation 4: Karin Hedlund
9.45 – 10.30 ACE presentation 5: Jonas Lundberg
10.45 – 12.00 Concluding panel discussion

The event is facilitated by the Architecture & Computation Research Group, with support from Chalmers Architectural Research Initiative (C-ARC). For more information contact:​–Computation—Discursive-Digital-Turns-in-Architecture.aspx