Material beyond Materials:
A Composite Tectonics Conference on Advanced Materials and Digital Manufacturing

Friday, March 25 & Saturday, March 26
Hosted by Southern California Institute of Architecture
960 E. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA

Fostering direct exchange between architects and companies invested in the field of advanced materials and fabrication technologies, the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) hosts Materials beyond Materials—a composite tectonics conference on advanced materials and digital manufacturing.

Taking place on the SCI-Arc campus in downtown Los Angeles, the two-day forum open to the public and the community at large will explore technological advances in composite materials, innovations in construction, and current design discourse—with some of the most important names in today’s building, fabrication and design industries.

Materials beyond Materials combines progressive presentations in the fields of architecture, the arts, engineering and materials research. Conference participants will present and discuss their most innovative ideas, projects and positions concerning materials, technology and the impact on the architecture and construction disciplines and professions.

 

Presenters

D. Michelle Addington: Professor, Yale School of Architecture
Andreas Froech: Owner, Machinuous, Los Angeles
Marcelyn Gow: Design Faculty, SCI-Arc; Partner and founding member, servo
Kurt Jordan: Structural Engineer specializing in composites, Mill Valley, CA
Bill Kreysler: Founder and President, Kreysler & Associates
Greg Lynn: Faculty Member, UCLA / University of Applied Arts Vienna; Principal, FORM
Urs Meier: Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
Mike Lepech: Stanford University
Achim Menges: Professor/Director, Institute for Computational Design, Stuttgart University
Eric Owen Moss: Director, SCI-Arc, Principal, Eric Owen Moss Architects
Bill Pearson: Technical Director, North Sails One Design International Ltd.
Wolfgang Rieder: CEO, Rieder Composites
Marcelo Spina: Design Faculty, SCI-Arc; Founder and Co-Principal, PATTERNS
Nader Tehrani: Professor/Head, Architecture Department, MIT; Founding Principal, Office dA
Peter Testa: Design Faculty SCI-Arc; Principal, Testa/Weiser; Founding Director, MIT Emergent Design Group
Tom Wiscombe: Design Faculty SCI-Arc; Principal, EMERGENT

 

Schedule Friday March 25th

6:00 – 6:30PM Introduction to SCI-Arc: Material Beyond Materials?
Presenter: Eric Moss

6:30 – 8:00PM Keynote Lecture: Synthetic Form
Presenter: Evan Douglis

8:00 – 10:00PM Dinner for all the Participants and Sponsors
SCI-Arc Library

Schedule Saturday March 26th

10:00 – 10:30AM Introduction: Composite Tectonics
From Monolythic Wholes to Manifold Assemblies
Presenter: Marcelo Spina

10:30 – 11:45AM Panel 1: Integrating Complexity
Moderator: John Enright Moderator
Presenters: Wolfgang Rieder, Kurt Jordan, Urs Meier

11:45 – 1:00PM Panel 2: Synthesizing Behavior
Moderator: Hernan Diaz Alonso Moderator
Presenters: Achim Menges, Andreas Froech, Bill Kreysler,

1:00 – 2:00PM Lunch Break
SCI-Arc Library

2:00 – 3:30PM Panel 3: Performing Environments
Moderator: Marcelyn Gow Moderator
Presenters: Michelle Addington, Mike Lepech, Ruben Suare, Tom Wiscombe

3:30 – 4:45PM Panel 4: Manufacturing Construction
Moderator: Craig Hodgetts Moderator
Presenters: Greg Lynn, Peter Testa, Bill Pearson,

4:45 – 5:45PM Concluding Remarks / Questions from Audience
Moderator: Devyn Weiser /Marcelo Spina
Discussion Panel: Evan Douglis, Greg Lynn, Michelle Addington and Achim Menges,

6:00PM Reception and Drinks.

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