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CAADRIA 2024 Keynotes has brought together world-leading figures based in Asia to share their unique perspectives on the conference theme of accelerated design in the age of artificial intelligence. The curatorial intention is to foreground alternative narratives of artificial intelligence for architecture, in order to not only broaden (or hijack) the current mainstream discourse, but more importantly, to critically reflect, creatively act, and architecturally embed the richness of human’s cultural and/or non-human’s acultural entanglements.
 
CAADRIA 2024 has thus departed from the more generic keynote offerings found in previous years, in order to arrive at a decisive curatorial offering to speculate on the future roles and forms of ‘Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia’ (CAADRIA) in the age of artificial intelligence.
 
Each presentation will be followed by a short Q&A session and will be open to all conference participants and a wider audience. 

Keynote LECTURES

Tangling and Resonance

25 APRIL 2024

16:00

akihisa hirata
ARHITECT
akihisa hirata architecture office

The water’s edge of the human
–”Tangling” and “Resonance”

I have been wishing to create architecture that resonates with the world of life. I would like to see human activities including architecture as an integral part of the world of life, not as something special. It means that keeping away from ‘human.’ It is at such boundaries that define what it is to be human – at the water’s edge of the human – that a new architecture for the age of the environment and life will be appeared.
“Tangling” and “Resonance” are two complementary clues to explore the water’s edge of the human. “Tangling” corresponds to proximity, while “Resonance” corresponds to remoteness.
In this lecture, I will introduce some geometric challenges to create the “Tangling” where various things can be intertwined – “Karamarishiro.” Additionally, I will talk about architecture that is intertwined with the datistical = ‘resonance’, like a swarm of thoughts from different people, and creating “Resonances of Resonances,” to resonate “Resonance” of the single horizon each other.

Crafting Robotics for Architectural Intelligence

23 APRIL 2024

09:30

Philip YuAn [CN]

Professor and associate dean,
Honorary fellow of american institute of architecture

This lecture navigates the intersectional study of AI for architectural design and robotic fabrication, a union encounting the future of architecture in the post-humanistic era. Amidst global challenges, it urges a re-evaluation of the relationship between globalization and locality, advocating for the integration of globalized technologies into localized practices. The production paradigm and knowledge landscape of architecture are being reshaped by crafting robotics for architectural intelligence. As the field of design and practice transits into a new era of flourishing development of intelligent and autonomous technologies, it becomes imperative for architectural academia to redefine the symbiotic relationships between humans and technology. We’ll delve into the ‘symbiotic’ intelligence, aiming to rethinking on global warming and new paradigm shift under the influence of future technologies.

Based on research and practice, the discussion will illustrate how this symbiotic relationship can drive innovative, sustainable solutions, and transform the socio-cultural, industrial economics, and environmental resiliency. We are aiming to inspire architects to blur the lines among architects, artifacts, and social processes, contributing to a new understanding of architecture in the post-humanistic era.

Total Experience in Liminal Spaces with VR, AR, and MR Inspired by East Asian Garden Philosophy

24 APRIL 2024

17:00

Jinjoon Lee [KR]

Professor of graduate school of culture technology inkaist
Founding director of kaist art & technology center
Distinguished professor of new contents academy (NCA)
Korea creative content agency (kocca) frsa
Life fellow of royal society of arts, UKmrss
Member of royal society of sculptors, UK

This keynote speech delves into the fusion of East Asian garden philosophy with Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR) technologies to craft transformative liminal spaces. The talk will commence by outlining the core tenets of East Asian garden philosophy, spotlighting the themes of natural harmony and the artistic representation of landscapes. It will then progress to discussing the notion of liminoid experiences, which are environments that facilitate transformative encounters beyond the common place. The primary focus will be on leveraging VR, AR, and MR technologies to actualize these philosophical concepts, thereby engendering a Total Experience that engrosses users within an amalgamation of virtual and tangible realms. This presentation will underscore the significance of an integrated and synesthetic approach that synergizes technology, design, psychological insights, and cultural legacy. The conclusion will speculate on the future role of these technologies in altering our perception and understanding of space and reality. The objective of this keynote is to inspire a profound appreciation of how enduring aesthetic principles can augment contemporary technological experiences

MORE KEYNOTE LECTURES COMING SOON...

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GUEST OF HONOuR

Chong Tow Chong [SG]

Professor Chong Tow Chong was appointed President of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) in April 2018. He had been SUTD’s founding Provost since 2010, where he played an instrumental role in steering the strategic development and operationalisation of SUTD. As President, he provides leadership and guidance in the next phase of the University’s growth and development, as well as ensuring continuity in the pursuit of SUTD’s vision, mission and strategic goals.

Prior to joining SUTD, Prof Chong had been the Executive Director of A*STAR’s Science and Engineering Research Council and Data Storage Institute for 15 years. He also had a 30-year academic career with the National University of Singapore as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

KEYNOTE PROFILES

AKIHISA HIRATA [JP]

Born in Osaka, Japan in 1971. Graduated from the Department of Architecture in the Faculty of Engineering at Kyoto University in 1994. Received a master’s degree from the Kyoto University Graduate School of Engineering in 1997. After working at Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects, he established “akihisa hirata architecture office” in 2005. Currently, He is Professor at Kyoto University. His important works include showroom “Masuya” (2006), apartment “Alp” (2010), “Bloomberg Pavilion” (2011), “Art Museum & Library, OTA” (2017) and “Center of Yatsushiro Folk Performing Arts” (2021). He was awarded 19th Japan Institute of Architects Newcomer Prize (2008), Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale with Toyo Ito, Naoya Hatakeyama and other 2 architects (2012), Colored Concrete Works Award at Berlin (2015) and The Murano Togo Prize (2018) etc. His publications include “Tangling” (LIXIL, 2011), “Discovering New”(TOTO, 2018)etc. He has lectured at Bauhaus Dessau (Germany), Harvard University (U.S.A), University of British Colombia (Canada) and currently lectured at Architecture Foundation (U.K.), etc. He has done personal exhibitions in Tokyo, U.K. and Belgium, etc. And he sent his works to variety of Art fair such as Art Basel, Frieze Art Fair and Milano salone.

PHILIP YUAN​ [CN]

Philip F. Yuan is a professor and associate dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University, Honorary Fellow of American Institute of Architecture (Hon. FAIA). He is also the co-founder of DigitalFUTURES Association, a global educational initiative with a particular emphasis on the latest computational design and fabrication technologies, Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Intelligence journal, and founding partner of Archi-Union Architects & Fab-Union Technology. Yuan has served as Thomas Jefferson professor at University of Virginia (2019), the visiting professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2019), and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (2021). He has also served as council member of UIA Professional Practice Commission (PPC).  

Yuan was attributed with UIA 2023 The Auguste Perret Prize for Technology in Architecture. His work has been recognized with notable awards, including 2022 AIA Open International | Architecture Honor Award, 2022 Dezeen Award Best Civic Building, 2020 ACADIA Innovative Academic Program Award of Excellence and etc. 

Yuan has participated in Venice biennale, Chicago biennale, Milan triennial, Tallin biennale, etc. His works have been collected by MOMA New York City, M+ Hong Kong and Centre National d’art et de Culture Georges Pompidou.  

JIN JOON LEE [KR]

Dr. Jinjoon Lee FRSA is a celebrated new media artist, renowned for his groundbreaking research and artistic creations that leverage cutting-edge technologies to examine East-Asia utopian vision and liminoid experiences. His unique artistic journey was initiated in 2007, with his solo exhibition Art Theatre – Role Play held at the Arko Museum of Korea Art Council. Since then, his body of work has graced over 50 global exhibitions and recently he successfully held the solo exhibition Audible Garden (2023) in Korea Cultural Centre UK, London, UK. At present, Dr. Lee shares his wealth of knowledge as an assistant professor at KAIST and as a distinguished professor at New Contents Academy (NCA), Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA). After acquiring a B.B.A. in Business School from Seoul National University in 2001, he proceeded to secure a B.F.A and an M.F.A. from same institution. He quests for knowledge led him to Royal College of Art (RCA) for an M.A., and finally, the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford, where He obtained a DPhil. As a Fellow of the historic 270-year-old Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a full member of the Royal Society of Sculptors (MRSS), he delves into the study of data-driven art and design, sound art, and the intriguing concept of XR performance for future opera through the use of virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI). Lee has invited as a guest artist by the ZKM Center for Art and Media at Germany in 2023 and by Vermont Studio Center (VSC) with full-fellowship at USA in 2024.

https://leejinjoon.com/  @jinjoonlee_official

MODERATOR

IMMANUEL KOH [SG]

Immanuel Koh is the Hokkien Foundation Career Chair Professor and Assistant Professor in Architecture & Sustainable Design (ASD) and Design & Artificial Intelligence (DAI) at SUTD. Trained at the Architectural Association (AA) and Zaha Hadid Architects in London, he obtained his PhD from the School of Computer Sciences and Institute of Architecture at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). His AI research projects have been supported by AI Singapore, DesignSingapore, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of National Development, and National Arts Council. As a regular keynote speaker, Immanuel has also exhibited internationally (e.g., NeurIPS’ AI & Art Gallery, Venice Architecture Biennale, Victoria & Albert Museum, and Singapore’s Arts House) and published widely (e.g., Architectural Intelligence, AD, ICCV, AAAI, DCC, CAAD Futures, SIGraDi, and eCAADe). Immanuel is a co-founder of Neural Architecture Group and co-curator of AIArchitects.org. He now directs Artificial-Architecture and DesignerlyAI at SUTD and is the author of the book ‘Artificial & Architectural Intelligence in Design’ published in 2020.

LOW LEVEL PROFILES

Nicole Gardner

Chair
The University of New South Wales
Australia

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Christiane M Herr

Southern University of Science and Technology
China

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Likai Wang

Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University
China

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Sumbul Ahmad Khan

Singapore University of Technology and Design
Singapore

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