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Thu 06.16.2011

2011 ACSA Teachers Seminar: Performative Practices: Architecture and Engineering in the Twenty-First

When: 12:00 AM THURSDAY, JUNE 16 - 12:00 AM SATURDAY, JUNE 18

Where:New York, NY

Ivan Illich argued that the modern era of technology, characterized by tools, instrumentality, and function, gave way in the late twentieth century to the age of systems, characterized by complex configurations, self-organization, and emergence. This shift indicts the careful separation of design intention from means of construction codified in architectural contracts as well as the need-finding, problem-solving conventions of engineering practice. The shift from tools to systems heralds the emergence of complex performance problems--active glass walls and self-powered buildings--that demand hybrid responses. New practices are emerging from partnerships of architects, engineers, and others that blur disciplinary boundaries and advance new techniques in design and construction. Yet in architecture and engineering schools, the strictures of traditional curricula and funding structures for faculty and research prevents the same kind of vital professional promiscuity. Ecological, economic, and professional realities demand alternative models. The 2011 ACSA Teachers Seminar invites faculty in architecture, engineering, construction, and other disciplines to engage in a sustained exploration of new approaches to design and building practice and the education and research experiences that can advance them. The conference will be an opportunity to collect and publish peer-reviewed papers, while bringing to the conference speakers from these performative practices.

Organized by: Association of Collegiate School of Architecture

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