Keynote, Monday 15 April at ~9:30-10:30
Professor Philip Beesley (Canadian, born 1956) is a multidisciplinary artist and architect. Beesley’s research is globally acclaimed for its pioneering contributions to the rapidly emerging field of responsive interactive architecture. He directs Living Architecture Systems Group (LASG), an international consortium of researchers, creators, and industry partners developing far-reaching experimental architecture. LASG explores bold questions such as whether architecture can integrate living functions and future buildings could think and care. Its immersive installations provide a unique combination of expertise in architecture, environmental design, visual art, digital media, engineering, machine learning, cognitive psychology, synthetic biology and knowledge integration. Collaborations with LASG artists, scientists, and engineers has led to a diverse array of projects, from haute couture collections to complex electronic systems that can sense, react and learn.
Beesley is a Professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo and Professor of Digital Design and Architecture & Urbanism at the European Graduate School. He represented Canada at the 2010 Venice Biennale of Architecture. He has authored and edited numerous books and proceedings, and has frequently been featured in Canadian and international media, including Vogue, WIRED, Artificial Life (MIT), LEONARDO, CBC, and a series of TED talks.
Designing New Socio-Economic Imaginaries
Tuesday, 16 April at ~9:30-10:30
Chris is Chair of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh where he collaborates with a wide variety of partners to explore how design provides methods to adapt, and create products and services within a networked society. He is especially favours transgressive design interventions, to help identify and promote the values we care about most, including coffee machines that order their own ethical supplies, hairdryers that ask you to wait for the right time to blow dry your hair, and apps for sham marriages. His interest in digital architectures stems from his PhD: A Social Dimension to Digital Architectural Practice (2007) and accounted for a large body of work that developed real-time data vizualisations to describe the social representation of buildings and communities. More recently, the development of the bespoke GPS app Comob Net to represent social networks, and the use of Ethereum to author smart contracts for public spaces has led to research questions about how data is changing urban imaginaries.
Chris is co-editor of the journal Ubiquity and co-directs the Design Informatics Research Centre that is home to a combination of researchers working across the fields of interaction design, temporal design, anthropology, software engineering and digital architecture, as well as the PhD, MA/MFA and MSc and Advanced MSc programmes.
Design is real, complex, inclusive, emergent and evil
Wednesday, 17 April at ~9:30-10:30
Professor Justyna Karakiewicz researches urban design and architecture through design in practice globally and by publication, including numerous design awards and an extensive record of exhibitions. Her work in sustainability was recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2008 in the Housing Design Awards 2008 Historic Awards for the design of Spinney Garden, constructed in 1986. Her book Promoting Sustainable Living: Sustainability as an Object of Desire, (Routledge, 2015) and Making of Hong Kong: From Vertical to Volumetric (Routledge, 2011) extend her work in this field. Her most recent co-edited book, Urban Galapagos: Transition to Sustainability in Complex Adaptive Systems in the Springer Social and Ecological Interaction in the Galapagos Islands Series (2019) considers the opportunities in coupled natural urban systems, engaging computer, social and economic sciences with design. She is Professor of Urban Design and Architecture at the University of Melbourne, earned her doctorate at RMIT and earlier degrees from the Architectural Association and Westminster University.