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sg2012 Material Intensities Conference

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Taking place at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, the sg2012 Materials Intensities Conference will be in two parts, a four day Workshop 19-22 March, and a public conference beginning with Talkshop 23 March, followed by a Symposium 24 March. The event follows the format of the highly successful preceding events at sg2010 Barcelona and sg2011 Copenhagen.

The Talkshop (March 23) is an opportunity to share perspectives, open debates, pose questions, challenge orthodoxies and propose new ideas in informal and open discussions while the symposium (March 24) will showcase major projects that explore the range of ways materiality informs design. More information on the event after the break.

Talkshop Topics:

Shifting Attitudes How do we, as design professionals of the built environment, relate ourselves to materials?

Material Energies: Effects An investigation of how energy interacts with intensive material properties and what this could mean for architecture.

Material Flows: Applications The reality of the design practise.

The Scale of Life An investigation on how material intensities vary through different scales.

Panelists include: Branko Kolarevic, Anna Dyson, Martin Tamke, Sal Craig, Dru Crawley, Kasper Guldager Jorgensen, Kiel Moe, Marie O’Mahony, Jan Knippers and many others.

The conference is a unique opportunity to hear insights into the challenges ahead for the discipline. Interwoven throughout the day will be reports and highlights from each workshop cluster, giving those in attendance an opportunity to view work created during the previous four days of intensive design and development.

Keynote Speakers:

Enric Ruiz-Geli Cloud 9

Robert Hull Head of Department of Material Science and Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Manfred Grohmann Bollinger+Grohmann Engineering

Perry Hall Artist

Evan Douglis Evan Douglis Studio Dean of the School of Architecture, RPI

The sg2012 challenge, Material Intensities, is intended to dissolve our notion of the built environment as inert constructions enclosing physically sealed spaces. Spaces and boundaries are abundant with vibration, fluctuating intensities, shifting gradients and flows. The materials that define them are in a continual state of becoming: a dance of energy and information.

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Cite:Alison Furuto. "sg2012 Material Intensities Conference" 06 Mar 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>