Top international conference on digital developments in architecture and civil engineering
Every two years, the AAG - Advances in Architectural Geometry - conference is held somewhere in Europe. Now it has come to Sweden and Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, which is hosting it for a few days in September.
Swedish and international architects, engineers and mathematicians will participate in the conference, where architecture meets mathematics and engineering. There will also be 15 workshops led by researchers and practitioners from around the world. FOJAB arkitekter believes that the conference is both urgent and important for the development of architecture and has therefore chosen to become a sponsor.
- This is one of the leading conferences in the field, which I look forward to participating in together with my colleagues, says Henrik Malm, architect at FOJAB and development manager in FOJABcode. The conference is important to spread knowledge internationally about the field of Computational Design, which is a specialist area in the borderland between design, digitization, programming and mathematics.
Several interesting speakers will take part, including Caroline Bos, one of the founders of UNStudio, and Philippe Block, professor at ETH Zurich and head of the Block Research Group (BRG).
Examples of issues to be addressed during the conference are:
- How can we develop the architect's design process in a digital world?
- How did digital tools enable the creation of the Louvre in Abu Dhabi?
- How do Philippe Block and Chris Williams challenge the boundaries of scale structures?
- The field of Computational Design and Production helps us to investigate and test alternative concepts at an early stage, in order to make wise and informed design and production choices. This is where Swedish civil engineering needs to develop. The conference gives us a glimpse of where international architecture and engineering stands today," concludes Karl-Gunnar Olsson, Professor of Architecture and Engineering at Chalmers.
The AAG starts on September 22-23 with workshops, followed by a conference on September 24-25.
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About Henrik Malm, architect at FOJAB:
MSc in computer engineering and PhD in mathematics. Researcher at the Department of Biology in Lund, where he developed night vision cameras inspired by the eyes of nocturnal insects. Then studied architecture, with a year at the Center for IT and Architecture (CITA) at the Copenhagen Academy of Fine Arts. Worked for four years at Foster+Partners in London, a well-known office founded by Lord Norman Foster.
What is Computational Design?
The Computational Design area focuses on the development of new digital design tools to push the boundaries of what is possible to design, engineer and build. These tools can, for example, help create extra complex building forms or analyze environmental factors, such as daylight and sunlight hours, or simulate how people move through a building. These new digital tools create an integrated design process that is flexible and can adapt to the specific conditions and goals of the project.
FOJABcode is the department within FOJAB arkitekter that focuses on design research and method development within Computational Design. The group works on projects at many different scales, ranging from simulation programs for urban development, advanced facade design and interior projects. The group also investigates how digital developments are changing the role of the architect, the built environment and the construction process.
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