DigitalFUTURES 2020

A One Week Series of 24/7 Free Online Workshops & Talks


DigitalFUTURES WORLD:

ARCHITECTS UNITE



27 June-3 July : DigitalFUTURES Workshops & Talks
4-5 July : DigitalFUTURES Special Event
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OUR MANIFESTO


We face an uncertain future. Not only is there much uncertainty regarding the virus, but many businesses are also encountering economic challenges. Many of the accepted tenets on which life has been based hitherto have been called into question. Urbanistically, the very notion of the dense city that has been promoted in recent years has been undermined. Will anyone want to live in a city like New York, or will everyone want to flee to the countryside? Will an urbanism of social distancing - so long dismissed as urban sprawl - become the norm?
But the virus has also highlighted the benefits of the digital. Online shopping, zoom meetings, and contactless payment have proved invaluable. Will we ever return to the old days of High Street shopping, physical meetings and cash in our pockets? And what will be the new possibilities afforded by these tools?
This initiative brings together these two themes, the Digital and the Future, to create an online platform for a continuous, week long series of conversations and workshops, exploring every aspect of the potential impact of the digital on our lives. In so doing this initiative itself becomes an example of the new possibilities afforded by the digital.
It is recognized that many of us are now in a state of extreme distress. Financial hardship is everywhere. This initiative calls upon our leading thinkers, designers and technologists to generously give their time as a gesture of solidarity for a world that has suffered collectively. This is a non-profit event that is available for free to audiences across the world. All proceeds will go to charities to support medical professionals battling Covid 19.

Architects Unite will operate as a continuous 24/7 event, broadcast across the different time zones in the world, operating like a relay as each of the 3 time zones passes on the baton to the next time zone. But at the same time it will offer dedicated workshops with a coherent theme and carefully structured schedule taught by some of the most inspirational instructors in the world within each time zone. These workshops will offer instruction not only about the latest technological tools, such as AI, VR and AR, but also about cultural and theoretical aspects of advanced computation. Inserted into this landscape of continuous workshops will be a series of conversations bringing together the leading architects, thinkers and technologists from across the globe often operating in different time zones. These conversations will address the implications of Covid 19 for the future of architecture and urban design. They do not necessarily address anything digital, but they take place on a digital platform. Material generated by this series of events will be posted online as videos as a permanent record of this initiative, freely available to anyone across the globe. Transcripts of the conversations will also be published as a book.
The model proposed is inspired by the LiveAid concerts where musicians come together and donate their time for free for good causes. So too it is inspired by One World: Together at Home, Lady Gaga’s recent gesture of bringing some of the leading musicians together in their living rooms, and beaming a message of good will into other living rooms throughout the world.
The model is also inspired by the Olympics, an event that has always sought to transcend political divisions and bring the world together. The 2020 Olympics had to be postponed as a result of the virus. The symbol of the Olympics consists of rings metaphorically bringing together the 5 continents. A meme of these rings being kept apart has been one of enduring images of the impact of the virus. This event seeks to bring the 5 continents back together again, similarly transcending political divisions.
It is time for our leading architects, thinkers and technologists to unite and come together for the benefit of everyone across the globe. It is time to transcend our differences, and set aside our individual interests. One world together.

Application

Application Accepted 06-10 June (12:00pm GMT deadline): Review workshops + apply on each page. For further inquiries please visit https://www.digitalfutures.world/workshops



WORKSHOP ZONES


Asia-Pacific


Tencent Registration Link | 腾讯报名通道(亚太区)

https://wj.qq.com/s2/6475217/99e5/




TALKS


Fabricating Hyperobjects

22 May 2020


Presented by Philip F. YUAN, with guest speakers Rong ZHOU and Yansong MA
Platform/Media: Architecture Plus


Architectural Conversations in the Age of Covid 19

27 June - 03 July 2020


The purpose of these talks is to address various pressing issues arising for architecture and urban design as a result of the Covid 19 virus. The idea is to seize the opportunities afforded by online communication to bring together architects and thinkers who otherwise might find it difficult to meet. Each conversation will address a different topic relating to issues that arise out of Covid 19.
These conversations are inspired in part by other events that have taken place during the Covid 19 pandemic, such as the rock group Queen coming together in their own respective homes to play a song for the world, and Lady Gaga’s One World: Together at Home. They are modeled on the television sitcom, Friends, where a group of friends regularly meet in a living room. Instead of the television beaming the outside world into the living room, here we have architects and thinkers in their living rooms and offices, beaming their message to the outside world.
There will be 22 such conversations each lasting 1 hour. They will take place every 8 hours during the 7 days of the DigitalFUTURES World workshops. The conversations will be divided up into 3 time zones, with each conversation taking place in the prime time of 1 time zone. As a result, everyone around the globe will have access to 2 of these conversations during their waking hours. All conversations, however, will be recorded and posted on the online repository to be viewed later, so that all conversation can be accessed at some time.


Schedule coming soon….


CDRF 2020

26 June 2020



PREVIOUS EVENTS


The DigitalFUTURES summer program of workshops, conferences, exhibitions and publications began with a series of collaborations between the American Academy in China [AAC] and Tongji University thatbegun in 2011. Since then DigitalFUTURES has emerged as one of the largest and most significant summer programs in digital fabrication and computational design in the world. In 2018 DigitalFUTURES is extending this summer program to include an international PhD program, building upon the successes of the previous DigitalFUTURES events



PARTICIPANTS


Those who have participated in the DigitalFUTURES program include Thom Mayne (Morphosis), Ma Yansong (MAD Architects), Philip F Yuan (Tongji), Achim Menges (ICD), Philippe Block (ETH Zurich), NeilLeach (Tongji), Meejin Yoon (MIT), Patrik Schumacher (ZHA), Cristiano Ceccato (ZHA), Shajay Bhooshan (ZHA), Astrid Piber (UN Studio), Rem D Koolhaas (United Nude), Roland Snooks (RMIT), AntoinePicon (Harvard GSD), Panagiotis Michelatos (Harvard GSD), Johannes Braumann (TU Wien), Matias del Campo and Sandra Manninger (UMich), Steven Ma (Xuberance), Yu Lei (Tsinghua), Yan Gao (HKU),Philip Beesley (University of Waterloo), Gang Song (SCUT), Wendong Wang (CAFA), Michael Fox (Cal Poly Pomona), Qingyun Ma (USC), Alvin Huang (USC), Behnaz Farahi (USC), Biayna Bogosian (USC),and Behrokh Khoshnevis (USC).



DIGITALFUTURES PUBLICATIONS


Books that have been published as a result of the DigitalFUTURES initiative include:


  • Neil Leach, Philip F Yuan (eds.), Scripting the Future, Shanghai: Tongji University Press, 2011

  • Philip F Yuan, Neil Leach (eds.), Fabricating the Future,Shanghai: Tongji University Press, 2011

  • Philip F Yuan, Achim Menges, Neil Leach (eds.), Robotic Futures, Shanghai: Tongji University Press, 2015

  • Philip F Yuan, Neil Leach (eds.), Digital Workshop in China,Shanghai: Tongji University Press, 2013

  • Philip F Yuan, From Diagrammatic Thinking to Digital Fabrication, Shanghai: Tongji University Press, 2016

  • Neil Leach, Roland Snooks (eds.), Swarm Intelligence: Architectures of Multi-Agent Systems, Shanghai: TongjiUniversity Press, 2017

  • Philip F Yuan, Achim Menges, Neil Leach (eds.), Digital Fabrication, Shanghai: Tongji University Press, 2017

  • Neil Leach, Philip F Yuan (eds.), Computational Design,Shanghai: Tongji University Press, 2017

2019 DigitalFUTURES

  • Instructors: Philippe Block, Tom Van Mele


  • Instructors: Achim Menges, Maria Yablonina, Samuel Leder


  • Instructors: Patrik Schumacher, Shajay Bhooshan


  • Instructors: Gilles Retsin


  • Instructors: Yi Min (Mike) Xie, Nic Dingwen Bao, Xin Yan


  • Instructors: Biayna Bogosian, Runze Zhang, Alessio Grancini


  • Instructors: Matias del Campo, Sandra Manninger


  • Instructors: Neil Leach, Claudiu Barsan


  • Instructors: Hao Zheng


    Instructors: Wanyu He, Chun Li, Xiaodi Yang, Jackie Yong


  • Instructors: Ge Tang, Jixiao Huang, Zongliang Feng


  • Instructors: Xiang Wang, Philip F. Yuan Shixian Yu


  • Instructors: Philip F. Yuan, Liming Zhang


  • Instructors: Philip F. Yuan, Hua Chai, Yige Liu


2018 DigitalFUTURES

  • Instructors: Patrik Schumacher, Shajay Bhooshan, Taole Chen, Federico Borello, Xuexin Duan


  • Instructors: Biayna Bogosian, Maider Llaguno-Munitxa, Wei Zang


  • Instructors: Matias Del Campo, Sandra Manninger


  • Instructors: Behnaz Farahi, Jifei Ou


  • Instructors: Wanyu He, Chun Li, Guangyang Nie, Jackie Yong


  • Instructors: Achim Menges, Tiffany Cheng, Dylan Wood


  • Instructors: Alessio Erioli


  • Instructors: Kostas Terzidis, Hyejin Lee


  • Instructors: Jiong Xu


  • Instructors: Fangshuo Mo, Philip F. Yuan, Yao Zhao


  • Instructors: Philip F. Yuan, Hua Chai


  • Instructors: Philip F. Yuan, Liming Zhang, Zhewen Chen


  • Instructors: Neil Leach, Xinghua Lu, Chao Yan, Jianjia Zhou


  • Instructors: Philip F. Yuan, Jiawei Yao, Yuqiong Lin


2017 DigitalFUTURES

  • Instructors: Philippe Block, Shajay Bhooshan, Vishu Bhooshan, David Reeves


  • Instructors: Achim Menges, Martin Alvarez, Erik Martinez


  • Instructors: Behnaz Farahi & Neil Leach


  • Instructors: Biayna Bogosian, Wei Zang


  • Instructors: Xiang Wang


  • Instructors: Wendong Wang


  • Instructors: Chengyu Sun, Dabo Chen, Xiaoyu Song, Jeff Loomis


  • Instructors: Philip F. Yuan, Jingyun Zheng, Jiawei Yao


  • Instructors: Philip F. Yuan, Hao Yin


  • Instructors: Philip F. Yuan, Gang Meng, Liming Zhang


  • Instructors: Philip F. Yuan, Gang Meng, Hua Chai


2016 DigitalFUTURES

  • Instructors: Philip F. Yuan


  • Instructors: Philip F. Yuan, Hao Meng


  • Instructors: Philip F. Yuan, Hua Chai


  • Instructors: Philip F. Yuan


  • Instructors: Neil Leach, Behnaz Farahi


  • Instructors: Roland Snooks


  • Instructors: Matias del Campo & Sandra Manninger


2015 DigitalFUTURES

  • Instructors: Roland Snooks, Cameron Newnham, Hao Meng


  • Instructors: Matias del Campo & Sandra Manninger


  • Instructors: Weiguo Xu, Lei Yu, Ali Gharakhani


  • Instructors: Johannes Braumann, Daniel Goldbach, Elisa Lublasser


  • Instructors: Roland Snooks


  • Instructors: Philip F. Yuan


  • Instructors: Zhenfei Wang, Luming Wang, Cong Gao


  • Instructors: Yan Gao, Tiantian Lo


  • Instructors: Zhenfei Wang, Luming Wang, Cong Gao


  • Instructors: Huayin Zhong, Xin Yuan


  • Instructors: Achim Menges, Abel Groemewolt, Oliver David Krieg, Mingjian Huang


  • Instructors: Rem D. Koolhas, Steven Ma, Michal Kukucka, Xichen Zhao, Christos Koukis, Himmel Wang, Tianhao Lou, Thomas Bagnoli


2014 DigitalFUTURES

  • Instructors: Philip F. Yuan, Hyde Meng, Panagiotis Michalatos


  • Instructors: Panagiotis Michalatos, Qi Su


  • Instructors: Lei Yu


  • Instructors: Yunsheng Su


  • Instructors: Philip F. Yuan, Panagiotis Michalatos


  • Instructors: Philip F. Yuan, Panagiotis Michalatos


  • Instructors: Philip F. Yuan, Matias del Campo & Sandra Manninger


  • Instructors: Philip F. YUAN, Yihe Ma, Zhun Zhang, Alex Han, Junchao Shen, Hyde MENG, Kai Li


2013 DigitalFUTURES

  • Instructors: Philip F. YUAN, Qi Su


  • Instructors: Philip F. Yuan, Matias del Campo & Sandra Manninger


  • Instructors: Philip F. Yuan, Neil Leach, Qi Su, Biayna Bogosian


2012 DigitalFUTURES

  • Instructors: Philip F. YUAN, Chengyu Sun


  • Instructors: Neil Leach, Weiyu Huo, Alvin Huang


  • Instructors: Philip F. Yuan, Neil Leach, Michael Fox, Weiyu Huo, Alvin Huang


2011 DigitalFUTURES

  • Instructors: Philip F. Yuan


  • Instructors: Philip F. Yuan


  • Instructors: Roland Snooks


  • Instructors: Neil Leach, Gang Song


  • Instructors: Roland Snooks


  • Instructors: Philip F. Yuan


  • Instructors: Evan Douglis, Philip F. Yuan


  • Instructors: Neil Leach, Gang Song


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