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Ila Berman, Jonathan Soloman, Jane Bury, Wolf Mangelsdorf, Sophie Le-Bourva, Benjamin Koren, Fabian Scheuer, R.Harman, Anna Winstanley, Bill Zahner

X-CHANGE / Independents’ Group Conference - Organised by Alan Dempsey and Jeroen van Ameijde

Series: Conference
Date: Thursday 6 October 2011
Time: 10:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 360 mins
Lectures available in this conference

Knowledge Communitites

Introduction Brett Steele - Alan Dempsey
CCA, Ila Berman
HKU, Jonathan Soloman and Tom Verebes
RMIT, Jane Bury

Closing the Gap

Buro Happold, Wolf Mangelsdorf
Arup, Sophie Le-Bourva
1:One, Benjamin Koren
Design to Production, Fabian Scheuer

Research through Making

R.Harman
Laing O’Rourke / Explore Precast, Anna Winstanley
Zahner Metals, Bill Zahner and Gary Davis
Roundtable discussion, moderated by Alan Dempsey and Jeroen van Ameijde

X-CHANGE is the inaugural meeting of the Independents’ Group, an international research platform for interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration among five of the world’s leading independent architecture schools, advanced manufacturing partners and technical, cultural and media organisations.The IG programme will undertake advanced project-based research into novel uses of computation in the design and production of architecture, and disseminate its collective work to a wide audience through annual conferences, exhibitions of prototype structures and publications.

The one-day event will address current divisions between academia and practice; between design culture and industry; and within sectors of the building industry. Presentations from academic and industrial pioneers will examine how developments in communications and manufacturing technologies offer new academic and professional opportunities for overcoming these divisions. The conference will be composed of three sessions of presentations followed by a roundtable discussion among the delegates and audience. The event is open to the public and free to attend.

Knowledge Communities

Specialist design knowledge is becoming increasingly accessible through new communications platforms, while manufacturing technologies are also becoming more affordable and distributed. One consequence of this is likely to be that the established role of academic institutions as a provider of scarce resources will continue to diminish.

At the same time, the pace of technological development is demanding that professionals have increased contact with education throughout their working lives. This session will look at some leading models in contemporary architectural education, and speculate on alternative models that could anticipate these future changes.


Closing the Gap


New forms of professionalism are emerging to connect design and construction of architecture through digital platforms. The contemporary tendency towards the integration of design and construction processes has direct antecedents in modernism. What, if any, are the fundamental differences between current ambitions for shared computational platforms and those of previous 20th-century collaborative experiments between architecture and industry?

Research through Making

Increasing diversification of architectural design is pushing manufacturers to develop more flexible approaches to manufacturing. Standardised products are being replaced with project specific mass-customised solutions in parallel to the development of new technologies for general use.

Can the expertise and knowledge accrued from this project-based innovation be applied to actively pursue new markets and applications? If designers are creating demand for the bespoke as standard and becoming more involved in the development of new manufacturing applications, should the distribution of risk be re-evaluated in return for increased design control?2.40 Frener + Riefer, Michael Purzer / Richard Harman
Roundtable discussion, moderated by Alan Dempsey and Jeroen van Ameijde

Specialist design knowledge is becoming increasingly accessible through new communications platforms, while manufacturing technologies are also becoming more affordable and distributed. One consequence of this is likely to be that the established role of academic institutions as a provider of scarce resources will continue to diminish.

At the same time, the pace of technological development is demanding that professionals have increased contact with education throughout their working lives.  This session will look at some leading models in contemporary architectural education, and speculate on alternative models that could anticipate these future changes.




All lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students unless otherwise stated.


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