Francqui-leerstoel 2023-2024 lezingenreeks

(15-02-2024) Na de inaugurele lezing op woensdag 28 februari 2024, zal Prof. dr. Sigrid Adriaenssens (Princeton University) in het kader van de Francqui-leerstoel, eveneens de volgende lezingen presenteren.

From Craft to Digital Mastery: Transforming Architectural Forms

Donderdag 29 februari 2024 om 18.00 u in auditorium O, Plateau/Rozier

I will explore the relationship between form and efficiency in surface structures and its relevance for green design and construction practices. I will unravel the distinctions between form found shapes, 'blob' forms, and classical geometrical shapes through the innovative works of famed Belgian and European designers. Along this path, I will shine a spotlight on the categorization of surface structures, their design, mechanics and construction.

Shaping Potential The Fusion of Analog and Digital Form-Finding

Maandag 4 maart om 18.00 u in auditorium O, Plateau/Rozier

In these lectures I will dive into both analog and numerical form-finding techniques by uncovering physical modeling, force-density and dynamic relaxation methods and exploring the potential of Artificial Intelligence. I will illustrate these methods through a series of net, membrane and gridshell projects designed and built by our lab, the Form Finding Lab. You will see how these techniques result in efficient and elegant surface structures.

Humans, Robots, and Virtual Realities: Constructing Tomorrow’s World

Woensdag 6 maart om 18.00 u in auditorium E, Plateau/Rozier

I will delve into the synthesis of architectural digital design and construction, integrating robotic and augmented reality techniques. The focus is on the innovative construction of surface structures and is exemplified by our most recent vault design projects. Furthermore, I will also discuss collaborative dynamics with artisans and artists. These interdisciplinary interactions unveil a vision fusing traditional craftsmanship with futuristic design and construction methodologies.

Eco-Innovations and Green Frontiers: Crafting Resilient Structures

Donderdag 7 maart om 18.00 u in auditorium O, Plateau/Rozier

In this lecture, concepts of sustainability and resilience are intricately woven into the fabric of digital architectural design. The focus is directed toward the digital design methodologies of surface structures, integrating the principles of passive design and the circular economy, adaptive strategies, and principles of extraordinary mechanics. The aim is to contribute to a more harmonious and sustainable interaction between the urban and natural environment.