2012 Smart Geometry

March 19-24, 2012 @ EMPAC.

Smart Geometry 2012:

Host Directors: Demetrios Comodromos + Jefferson Ellinger.

Imagine the design space of architecture was no longer at the scale of rooms, walls and atria, but that of cells, grains and vapour droplets. Rather than the flow of people, services, or construction schedules, the focus becomes the flow of light, vapour, molecular vibrations and growth schedules: design from the inside out.

The sg2012 challenge, Material Intensities, was 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.



Beyond Mechanics

Cluster Champions: Mariana Ibanez, Simon Kim, Nick Puckett.

Micro Synergetics

Cluster Champions: Sascha Bohnenberger, Peter Liebsch, Anton Savov, Andre Chaszar.

Composite Territories

Cluster Champions: Paul Nicholas, Martin Tamke, Mette Ramsgard Thomsen, Hauke Jungjohann, Jan Knippers.

Ceramics 2.0

Cluster Champions: Martin Bechthold, Stefano Andreani, Jose Luis Garcia del Castillo, Aurgho Jyoti, Nathan King.

Material Conflicts

Cluster Champions: Volker Mueller, Robert Cervelione, Makai Smith, Sam Wilkinson, Robert Woodbury.

Transgranular Perspiration

Cluster Champions: Brian Lilley, Roly Hudson, Kevin Plucknett.

Reactive Acoustic Environments

Cluster Champions: Brian Lilley, Roly Hudson, Kevin Plucknett.

Form Follows Flow

Cluster Champions: Jason Oliver Vollen, David Menicovich, Daniele Gallardo, Edward DeMauro.

Bioresponsive Building Envelopes

Cluster Champions: Bess Krietemeyer, Anna Dyson, Neil Katz, Satoshi Kiyono.

Gridshell Digital Tectonics

Cluster Champions: Mark Cabrinha, Andrew Kudless, David Shook.


Cluster Champions: Leanna Libourel.


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