Department of Architecture
Discussion Lecture Series
Several issues have arise since the publication of the book Architecture In Formation co-edited by Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa and Aaron Sprecher. Information processes have expanded the role of the architect. But information processes are not only informing space-environments, but also are expanding the architecture project. Within the last decade, architects have been designing challenging forms, complex objects, as well as new means to understand space. But architects should be claiming authorship in the software, codes and interfaces that originate a project, by acknowledging that the background-mediums are equally as important as the design content.
By expanding object-background relationships within digital interfaces, architects should be now more interested in defining also the tools through which a project is actualized through digital fabrication, rather than just simply exploring the range of possibilities of the latest fabrication technology. But instead of understanding the virtual and the real in terms of opposites, the question is how to expand dimensions between “drawing” and “building”, or rather how to expand dimensions in the way information processes are informing reality.
Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa is an architect, artist, and scholar who works at the intersection of design and history/theory through computation. He directs a Digital Representation and Fabrication program at the Cooper Union, where he coordinates the Master Program Studio (Fall) as an Adjunct Associate Professor. A Fulbright and National Endowment for the Arts scholar, Lorenzo-Eiroa is Design Principal of e-Architects | eiroa-Architects, a firm based in New York and Buenos Aires.