KENT LARSON – GUEST LECTURE


11 JULY, 11:30 – 1:00  DESIGN HALL, BALDWIN SPENCER BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

Kent Larson from the Media Lab at MIT will be giving a guest lecture during the Creative Computing Workshop.

Kent Larson directs the Changing Places research group at the MIT Media Lab.  He is also director of the MIT House_n Research Consortium and the MIT Living Labs initiative in the School of Architecture and Planning.  Current research is focused on three related areas:

1) Responsive Urban Housing.  Strategies to disentangle places of living into three independently configured layers: high performance chassis, integrated infill, and responsive façade modules to create zero-energy, mass-customized, scalable housing.   The group’s Open Prototype Initiative has completed several prototypes created with these concepts, including a zero-energy home at Unity College, Maine for the school’s president.

2) Ubiquitous Technologies.  Wireless sensing, algorithms, and interfaces to understand and respond to human activity.  Projects range from fine-grain activity recognition using wearable accelerometers, a persuasive thermostat using GPS location of occupants, and a context-aware tunable LED lighting for office environments.

3) Living Lab Experiments.  Deploying and testing design and technology solutions in actual living environments.   Studies have been conducted at the scale of the person, home, office, and city.

STANISLAV ROUDAVSKI


As an architect, artist and researcher, Stanislav Roudavski studies and designs technologically sustained places. Currently a Lecturer in Digital Architectural Design at the University of Melbourne, he holds degrees of MArch/MFA from the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg (Russia), MSc CABD from the University of Strathclyde (UK) and PhD from the University of Cambridge (UK). Before arriving to Melbourne in 2009, Stanislav worked on research projects at the University of Cambridge and practiced in several European countries. His current interests include generative designing of complex architectural geometries, bioinspiration, virtual and augmented environments, place and performance studies, spatial narrative, practice-based research methodologies and participatory, distributed creativity.

GWYL JAHN


Gwyllim Jahn studied at the University of Western Australia before completing his Masters of Architecture at RMIT in 2010. He tutors and conducts electives, workshops and studios at RMIT, Melbourne and Monash universities and currently works at LAB Architecture studio. Experiments and student work can be found via the leda atomicus.

CREATIVE COMPUTING WORKSHOP


This workshop will introduce participants to the basics of creative computing including associative geometry, parametric design, and responsive environments.

The first lecture will take place in the Design Hall, Baldwin Spencer Building, University of Melbourne.

TECTONIC REEF


The Tectonic Reef, an installation built on the beach during the St Kilda Festival 2011 was the result of the first initiative of the Ex-Lab, the Digital Design + Fabrication Intensive Summer Workshop 17 Jan – 11 Feb, 2011, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne. The intensive 4 week workshop introduced students to advanced digital modelling and parametric design software with a focus on producing physical objects through different digital fabrication methods.