Photos from a recent trip Oulu, Finland. LaN co-director, Luis Fraguada, was invited to Oulu to lecture and teach at the Generate Seminar. The seminar was organized by the Algorithmic Architecture Project Group at the University of Oulu, Department of Architecture. Many, many sincere thanks to Eetu Arponen, Eva Haggrén, Aulikki Herneoja, Eeva Hinkka, Hannes Honkanen, Mikko Kanninen, Sauli Kosonen, Sami Logrén, Eero Lundén, Olli Metso, Milla Parkkali, Ville Rautiainen, Tuulikki Tanska, Annika Väisänen and Toni Österlund and Aulikki Herneoja.

For more information on the seminar, please visit the Generate Seminar site.

Panel from left to right: Toni Österlund (moderator), Markus Wikar, Luis E. Fraguada, Michael Hensel, Martin Tamke, David Serero, Eero Lundén (moderator)
Image Gallery from Generate.fi

All in all, a surprising event in the north of Finland.  Markus Wikar began the Seminar lectures by discussing some recent works including the Shanghai World Expo and Camouflage.  Markus did mention that “scripting is a timeless skill,” an interesting thing to mention in a seminar pushing to advertise the potentials of such processes.  To acknowledge its usefulness outside of merely a set of technical processes was refreshing and a great way to set up the rest of the day’s discussion.  Martin Tamke continued the discussion and introduced us to the work being produced at CITA: Center for Information Technology and Architecture. Among the many topics, Martin referenced his colleague at CITA, Norbert Palz, whom we met at the Design Modelling Symposium in Berlin.  Luis Fraguada spoke on LaN, its projects, and its approach to associative design, parameterizing project issues (Link to PDF)David Serero discussed how his practice in Paris embraces natural processes.  Michael Hensel was the final speaker of the day, titling his lecture: Performance Oriented Architecture and Rule-Based Design: Embedding Capacities in the Built Environment.  During this discussion Michael urged the listeners to ask more than just how we will do something, but to recognize the ‘WHY?’  He points out that scientists describe the current era as the Anthropocene – the geological period dominated by the shaping of the environment by humans.  While this last talk was focused more on the impact of architecture’s history on the built environment, some projects were offered which alalowed the listeners to evaluate how rule-based processes could begin to deal with certain complexities we face today.

The seminar was organized by the Algorithmic Architecture Project Group at the University of Oulu Department of Architecture.  This group of students, faculty, and professionals organized not just a fantastic set of lectures, but also worked to produced several examples of full scale ‘Algorithmic’ Architecture.  Kudos (the first project shown) is designed to be a traveling exhibition.

All of the projects exhibited during the seminar can be found in the publication which was also produced for the event.

LaN conducted a three day Advanced Grasshopper workshop for the Algorithmic Architecture Project Group focussing on embedding algorithmic and generative logics to grasshopper definitions.