IaaC lecture series MAA 2012-2013 - Neil Leach

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Abstract:

This lecture challenges the negative attitude towards technology and computation in general and digital fabrication in particular - an attitude that is still prevalent in certain architectural circles, and argues instead for a more receptive approach based on the ideas of Gilles Deleuze. The lecture goes on to look at some of the latest developments in digital fabrication, including two NASA sponsored research projects to develop a robot to fabricate structures on the Moon and Mars.

Neil Leach

Professor at the University of Southern California. He has also taught at the Architectural Association, Columbia GSAPP, Cornell University, Dessau Institute of Architecture and SCI-Arc, and is a regular contributor to IaaC. He is the author, editor and translator of 23 books, including Rethinking Architecture, The Anaesthetics of Architecture, Designing for a Digital World, Digital Tectonics, Digital Cities, Machinic Processes, Swarm Intelligence, Scripting the Future, Fabricating the Future and Camouflage. He has been co-curator of a series of exhibitions worldwide including the Architecture Biennial Beijing. He is currently a NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Fellow working on robotic fabrication technologies for the Moon and Mars, and is working on a publication about Space Architecture.

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