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WEDNESDAY SPEAKER SERIES
Jane Burry ( @jane.burry )
Design + Fabrication in Architecture
Wednesday, 11 September at 1pm in the Hew Roberts Lecture Theatre
Sponsored by the UWA Community of Practice- Developing Technological Leaders, in association with the School of Design Materials + Fabrication Research Group [MATFAB]. The seeming stasis of architecture is challenged by its fundamental role as an interface, modulating dynamic sensory and atmospheric experience of sound, air, temperature, and light.
Affordable and accessible contemporary technology has provided new ways to sculpt and monitor both this architectural interface and atmospheres themselves. It is a space that brings the naturally dynamic, exploratory, creative and sometimes serendipitous nature of architectural design into play with the more metrical and rigorous world of engineering. An interesting dialectic develops both between disciplines and between the built world and the atmosphere that has a place in the most critical conversations and actions of our time.
Taking atmosphere in architecture seriously, in a world where we are often divorced from our phenomenological and embodied engagement with it, leads paradoxically back to finding value that can be articulated in the mercantile world of innovation and impact.
Jane Burry is an architect, professor and Dean of the School of Design at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. Recent funded research explores the opportunities for leveraging digital fabrication with simulation and feedback to create better, more sensitive, human-centric spaces. Manipulating geometry and materiality within the design, architecture can fine tune the acoustic, thermal and air flow aesthetics for higher quality environments. Other partnered research investigates rich environmental data gathering and its application to designing better urban environments.
Image 01: FabPod II under construction. Chen Canhui.
Image 02: Jane Burry.
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