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THESIS LECTURE SERIES: Semantic Architecture

Thursday, October 17, 2013, 2 - 3:30pm

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The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Fall 2013 Thesis Lecture Series


Presentation by Rune Noel  |  Semantic Architecture

Semantic Architecture is a project investigating an architectural strategy expressing data spatially. This is done through a speculative scenario framing questions of future fabrication strategies and its implications. It is a performance orientated arcoligy* matrix exemplified as a “Free Manufacturing Zone”(a copyright exempt zone). 3D-printing technology is the primary means of fabrication. It is coupled with the idea of scanning to form a “conscious” continuative production cycle; equivalent to information, reading and knowledge. The project has a temporal emphasis and it is underpinned by a socio-political agenda. 

* a city contained in a single structure

Located in Room 714F at 2pm


  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.