Architecture Computational Technologies

Explore design research at the frontiers of architecture through experimentation in computational design, robotic systems applied to fabrication and interactivity, and materiality. For more information please contact ms.act@nyit.edu

Interview with Salma Kattass by MSACT

Blog | Nov 21, 2021

Salma Kattass is a Fulbright grantee in the Masters in Architecture, Computational Technology program here at NYIT. She graduated from the National School of Architecture Rabat, Morocco in 2019. After her undergraduate degree she occupied a position of an architect project manager at an architectural firm in Casablanca where she worked on projects of multiple scales ranging from private residences to office buildings to public parks. Furthermore, Salma participated in many national and international competitions as a student, a young architect and designer where she received several awards.
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ARCHITECTURE And CAPITALISM Lecture YANIS VAROUFAKIS, PEGGY DEAMER,

Blog | Nov 21, 2021

This is a discussion of architecture’s role in capitalism and the manner in which it is circumscribed by capitalism and furthers capitalism’s agenda. In discussion with Nader Vossoughian, Hyun-Tae Jung and Yanis Varoufakis, we will examine the role that building can play in remedying the economic, biological, and social crises facing so many nations today. We will talk about its importance to the future of the public sphere, not just from a political point of view but also from an ecological and humanitarian standpoint. We will debate the ongoing challenges that monopoly capitalism poses to our life on this planet. We will consider some of the theories of infrastructure current in artistic and policy-related circles. We will assess the merits of the Green New Deal, which pairs labor programs together with the climate crisis. And we will examine activist movements taking root in various parts of the world.
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DIGITAL FEUDALISM AND SURVEILANCE Lecture SEAN ANDERSON, JANA LEO, M7red, ZULAIKHA AYUB

Blog | Nov 18, 2021

Borders and cities index more an economic system than the previous modern ideals of socio economic stability, health and equity. These economic systems are measurable in how the city form follows finance (Willis) rather than environmental, urban and architecture parameters. What are the consequences of Capitalism in architecture and urbanism? How can we denaturalize cities as business and present alternative scenarios? In a globalized economy, people cannot move but goods can. How can we disclose implicit and explicit political boundaries in the current neoliberal model? What are the possibilities for a Post-Capitalist Urbanism in the Post-Anthropocene? How is technology enabling or resisting these processes? How is the current Feudal Capitalism in Computation reinforcing or displacing this logic and physical and political borders?
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INFORMED REALISM ARCH 701B Studio Prof. PABLO LORENZO-EIROA

Blog-Video | Nov 13, 2021

An Informed Realism becomes active once survey is understood as an act of design. Questioning representation parameters in architecture, students address how computation can be understood as proto-architectural. From Big Data gathering, to emergent computation through simulation, to activating artificial intelligence (Data Science, Simulation, Machine Learning), to an augmented virtual reality, students are asked to develop ideas through specific computational thinking, learning and investigating through technology specific cultural problems.

INFORMED REALISM ARCH 701B Studio Prof. PABLO LORENZO-EIROA

Video | Nov 13, 2021

An Informed Realism becomes active once survey is understood as an act of design. Questioning representation parameters in architecture, students address how computation can be understood as proto-architectural. From Big Data gathering, to emergent computation through simulation, to activating artificial intelligence (Data Science, Simulation, Machine Learning), to an augmented virtual reality, students are asked to develop ideas through specific computational thinking, learning and investigating through technology specific cultural problems.
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Interview with FARAH JALIL by MSACT

Blog | Oct 29, 2021

Farah Jalil began her Master’s degree in Architecture, Computational Technologies, in the School of Architecture and Design, NYIT in Fall 2021. She also a received a Graduate Assistantship position in the program for Fall 2021, through which she has been assisting Professor Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa with communications and technical works. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, from BRAC University, Bangladesh. She has practiced architecture and urban design for three years in Dhaka, Bangladesh before coming to New York in pursuit of post-graduation studies. Her interest in technology and discovery of methodologies of design practices of the future is what brought her to the program.
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"INFORMED REALISM" Big Data AI Computational Design Studio Prof. PABLO LORENZO-EIROA Student Work

GLOBAL FUTURES Lecture 2021 DONALD BATES, DANA CUFF, NEVILLE MARS, DR. MICHAEL WEINSTOCK

Blog | Oct 23, 2021

This event raises questions concerning the paradigms driving global urban development, within the ongoing transformations triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, and its potential enduring impact on urbanism. Cities and urban citizens worldwide have faced challenges as a result of lockdowns, restrictions on mobility across transnational networks, and the temporary exodus from cities of some of the privileged classes. This event will unpack issues of global wellbeing of the Anthropocene, the planet’s ecology, regionalism and locality, and the economic fallout of these intertwined crises. For several decades, architectural practice, research and education has championed an evolving model of globalization which has been synchronized with the flows of transnational investment and mobility. The years 2020 and 2021 have demonstrated how the paradigms of progress, growth and connectedness are at once on pause, evidenced by curtailed supply chains and global travel, and also accelerated, through the rapid advancement of information and communication technologies. Including participants based in China, Australia, Europe and the US, this event will interrogate how local and regional forces shape conceptions of culture and design practice in a series of distributed contexts.
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INCLUSIVE DESIGN TRAJECTORIES 2021 Lecture SUCHI REDDY And MARIANA IBANEZ

Blog | Oct 14, 2021

The Fall lecture series at NYIT School of Architecture and Design, aims to facilitate discussion in the field of architecture, design and urbanism and its contribution to ecological, social, and built environments. Women in the field of architecture, interior and urban design bring a unique perspective necessary to design inclusive environments today. The lecture topic is framed around specific challenges confronting female practicing architects around the world. The panelist will discuss their personal experiences as they navigated the profession. They will bring unique perspectives given their non-western cultural and ethnic backgrounds and offer insight to finding opportunities within limitations they may have faced as immigrant practitioners working both in the U.S. and abroad. We will have the chance to gain insight into their design process, professional values, and how they find the balance between all different aspects of their professional and personal experiences. Panelists participating in this event have been invited to share their strategy for addressing a range of topics such as technology, the environment, material, and fabrication within the context of their collective experiences as female practicing professionals. They will address the design and entrepreneurship approach that has paved their career trajectories thus far.
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SIGraDi 2021 CONFERENCE And WORKSHOP

Blog | Oct 11, 2021

The SIGraDi 2021 Designing Possibilities is an upcoming conference and a two day workshop. The conference and workshops will look into ideas, research and questions on what could be the role of design, architecture and art, of the possible future, the next reality. Conference- November 8th-12th, 2021 Workshops- November 8th-9th, 2021
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Interview with Nelson Montas Laracuente by MSACT

Blog | Oct 08, 2021

The Master of Science in Architecture, Computational Technologies Program - MS ACT at The New York Institute of Technology is inaugurating a series of short informative interviews with the people involved directly with the organization, teaching, development and formation of our new MS ACT Program. In this interview we included Nelson Montas Laracuente, the MS ACT ARCH 761 Computational Design Studio Workshop Guest Consultant, Prof. Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa. The course is currently working on a chair design through the Fall semester. Students learn how to design by visual algorithms via Rhinoceros Grasshopper and also learn how to program and code via Python, activating notions of data science (API) applied to computer science.
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