Free Lecture: Mark Goulthorpe of dECOi Architects on "Phototropic Implication"

Thursday, March 14, 2013, 6:30 - 8pm

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Mark Goulthorpe, Associate Professor at MIT Department of Architecture, teaches digital design and fabrication and leads the new Design Stream in the SMArchS program. His current research centers on robotic fabrication and a variety of composite fabrication methodologies, as well as a new iteration of the dynamically reconfigurable HypoSurface. Goulthorpe is the author of Autoplastic to Alloplastic published by Hyx/Pompidou and The Possibility of (an) Architecture published by Routledge. There are many published essays and articles by Goulthorpe and on the work of dECOi and HypoSurface in journals.

Goulthorpe is also a practicing architect, creative and technical director of 3 groups of networked inter-disciplinary teams: dECOi Architects, HypoSurface, and Zero+. Current projects include a fully cnc-milled wooden office interior, One Main (Cambridge) evidencing a radical carbon-negative manufacturing potential; a new electromagnetic HypoSurface commission for the National Museum of Energy in Spain (NME) establishing real-time physical interactivity of architectural surfaces; the Paramorph carbon-fiber penthouse as an extension to a towertop adjacent to Tate Modern (London); and a research initiative with IDC (Singapore) for Zero+ thermoplastic housing. dECOi was named one of the Architectural League of NY ‘Emerging Voices’ 2006, selected for the ‘Design Vanguard’ by Architecture Record 2005, won the FEIDAD award for digital design in 2004 (Galerie Miran), selected for the ‘New Trends of Architecture’ exhibition of the European City of Culture 2004, and has variously exhibited at the Venice and Beijing Biennales. 

The Feltman lectures are made possible by the Ellen and Sidney Feltman Fund established at The Cooper Union to advance the principles and benefits of lighting design through the exploration of the practical, philosophical and aesthetic attributes of light and illumination.

The 2012-2013 Feltman Chair in Lighting is held by Lydia Kallipoliti



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