Department of Architecture Digital Fabrication Lab Colloquium
Where does design start and end? The role of architects in the age of advanced computation and AI
Date: Thursday 22 March 2018, 17:00-19:30 (doors open at 16:30, admission free)

Venue: Lecture Theatre 15, Faculty of Engineering Building 1, The University of Tokyo Hongo Campus

Language: English

‘Which jobs will be replaced by AI and robots?’ This type of catchy headline has become increasingly common in most news outlets, effectively grabbing viewers' and readers’ attention. While presented as either something to embrace or refuse, it is undoubtedly imminent. Should architects be concerned? Could architects’ creative design processes also be done by AI and robots? If AI and robots will perform creative design processes better, then what will humans do? In other words, what does it mean to say, designed and made by humans?

The aim of this colloquium is to discuss the state of design culture specifically from the point of view of ‘making physical stuff.’ Computational capabilities have already dramatically altered the way manufacturing industries operate and deliver products with high degrees of efficiency and productivity through automation, robotic fabrication and building information modelling. Today, these methods and tools have become integral parts of architectural production processes, being both taught and practiced. This event will explore, and discuss the potentials and concerns for today’s designers and makers by asking where do design processes start and end?

Session 1 Presentations 17:00-18:20
Yusuke Obuchi (Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, The University of Tokyo)
Hannes Mayer (Senior Researcher, Director of Education, Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich)
Lisa Iwamoto (Professor, Department of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley)

Session 2 Panel Discussion 18:30-19:30
Moderator: Thomas Weaver (TU Delft)
Curatorial Presentation by Fumio Nanjo (Director, Mori Art Museum)

Reception 19:30-20:30

Organised by The University of Tokyo Advanced Design Studies (T_ADS), The University of Tokyo Digital Fabrication Fab (DFL)