On Tuesday, November 7, at 6:00p.m., the Stuckeman Center for Design Computing will host a lecture – Calculated Geometries: from manual to digital experiments in architectural research and education – by scholar and professional José Pedro Sousa. The event is free and open to the public.
In architecture, geometry has been historically considered the language supporting and bridging the design and construction realms. The universe of creative and material solutions that can be imagined, described, and built by architects strongly depends on the degree to which its geometry can be controlled. Due to the nature of traditional analogic drawing techniques, geometry has been practiced as a static and linear act of representation.
This lecture presents a set of educational and research experiments where 'calculated geometry' is explored as an integrated design and constructive strategy to address some of the contemporary architectural interests and challenges. The underlying concern across such experiments is driven by the interest in recognizing the value and meaning of all available techniques and technologies, from the traditional/manual to the new/robotic ones. Combining the realms of teaching, research, and practice, Sousa’s professional activity has explored the new conceptual and material opportunities emerging from the use of digital technologies in architecture. Recently, his research interests have centered on computational constructive geometry, robotic fabrication, and material innovation, with a special focus on rethinking the use of traditional materials, like cork, in architecture.