Archive for February, 2012

Density & Openness Revisited: Recoding Building Bulk in Hong Kong – HKSHZ Biennale 2012

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Rocker-Lange Architects are participating in this year’s Hong Kong & Shenzhen Biennale with their research project entitled “Density & Openness Revisited: Recoding Building Bulk in Hong Kong”. The project will be on display until April 24th and is located in the Hong Kong Pavilion of the show.

Density & Openness Revisited: Recoding Building Bulk in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennale 2012, Rocker Lange Architects, Christian J. Lange, Ingeborg Rocker

Hong Kong’s cityscape is primarily shaped by the typology of the tower. While specifically in Hong Kong the tower is utilized as an extension of the urban programmatic user surface, the question of public space within this vertical urban fabric remains unaddressed.

Density & Openness Revisited: Recoding Building Bulk in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennale 2012, 2011, Rocker Lange Architects, Christian J. Lange, Ingeborg Rocker, Architecture


Density & Openness Revisited: Recoding Building Bulk in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennale 2012, Rocker Lange Architects, Christian J. Lange, Ingeborg Rocker, Cellular Automata Architecture

Density & Openness Revisited: Recoding Building Bulk in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennale 2012, Rocker Lange Architects, Christian J. Lange, Ingeborg Rocker, Cellular Automata Architecture

The research project “Density & Openness Revisited: Recoding Building Bulk in Hong Kong” is the search for an alternative approach to think about open and public spaces in the context of the city. Instead of extruding the maximum boundary condition of a given site to determine the building mass, this model incorporates a ratio of open space in the design process.

Density  Openness Revisited: Recoding Building Bulk in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennale 2012, 2011, Rocker Lange Architects, Christian J. Lange, Ingeborg Rocker, Cellular Automata Architecture

 

Density  Openness Revisited: Recoding Building Bulk in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennale 2012, 2011, Rocker Lange Architects, Christian J. Lange, Ingeborg Rocker, Cellular Automata Architecture

At its core is a computational logic that calculates the amount of open space for each city plot. The rule-based model can adapt to different site and programmatic conditions and produces varying spaces and varying densities This approach offers the capacity to generate new forms of public space, semi public and private exterior and interior spaces.

Density Openness Revisited: Recoding Building Bulk in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennale 2012, Rocker Lange Architects, Christian J. Lange, Ingeborg Rocker, Cellular Automata Architecture

 

 

“Digital Aptitudes Eco-logics: The role of Computation in Rethinking human Nature and Habitat”

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Ingeborg M. Rocker to deliver a keynote lecture at the ACSA 100th Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts. The title of the lecture is “Digital Aptitudes Eco-logics: The role of Computation in Rethinking human Nature and Habitat”.

Digital Aptitudes Eco-logics, Ingeborg M. Rocker, Rocker Lange Architects: The role of Computation in Rethinking human Nature and Habitat

Digital Aptitudes
ACSA 100th Annual Meeting
March 1-4, 2012 in Boston, MA

Host School:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Co-chairs:
Mark Goulthorpe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Amy Murphy, University of Southern California

Digital Aptitudes: Opening Panel & Reception:

Sanford Kwinter, Jeffrey Kipnis, Ingeborg Rocker, Kathryn Gustafson, Mark Burry

Thurday, 03/01
6.00–8.30 pm / Boston Park Plaza
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116

Theme Overview:
This Annual Meeting culminates the events associated with ACSA 100. The Boston conference will mark the centennial year that educators from diverse institutions have gathered to share ideas with the goal of advancing architectural education. It will be hosted by the first school of architecture in America, MIT, whose department of architecture was founded in 1865. To mark such an occasion, the conference will critically examine the ground covered by the discipline since its inception, as well as speculate on its future trajectory, the central theme of the conference being the profound impact of digital technologies’ computational and communication capacities on architecture.

For more information please go to: www.acsa-arch.org

Design Technologies as Agents of Change

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Ingeborg M. Rocker to deliver a lecture at the symposium “Design Technologies as Agents of Change” at the GSD.

Thursday, February 23 
06:30pm – 08:00pm
Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

As digital design media and digital fabrication technologies emerge as foci of design process, the relationship between architects and engineers is undergoing rapid change in collaborative practices. The development of digital technologies is enabling new processes of design practice and collaboration, allows unprecedented design speculation, and enables human-machine interaction in pursuit of newly hybridized spatial environments. Established hierarchies between tools and problems are increasingly reversed. Among other areas of influence, growing environmental awareness is exploiting new shifts from analytical to generative models of design. These evolutionary forms of technology – design relationships are becoming characteristic in complex projects integrating interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary agents in multi-scalar design problems, where the growing inter-relationship between technology and design is acting as an empowering agent.

Beyond simply exemplifying these emerging phenomena, the event seeks to explore and explicate the implications of these considerations upon knowledge, theory, praxis, research, and education.

Host:
Martin Bechthold, GSD

Speakers:
Thomas Bock, TU Munich
Paul Seletsky, ArcSphere New York
Rivka Oxman, Technion Haifa
Ingeborg Rocker, GSD




Organized by the Master in Design Studies Program, GSD