Spring 2013 Public Lecture Series – M. Christine Boyer

Spring 2013 Public Lecture Series – M. Christine Boyer
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Spring 20130125About the Speaker:

M. Christine Boyer is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor, at the School of Architecture, Princeton University. She is the author of Le Corbusier: homme de lettres (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011), CyberCities: Visual Perception in the Age of Electronic Communication (Princeton Architectural Press, 1996), The City of Collective Memory: Its Historical Imagery and Architectural Entertainments (MIT Press, 1994), Manhattan Manners: Architecture and Style 1850-1890 (Rizzoli, 1985)and Dreaming the Rational City: the myth of city planning 1890-1945 (MIT Press, 1983). She is currently writing a book entitled Not Quiet Architecture: writing around Alison and Peter Smithson.


M. Christine Boyer received her PhD. and Masters in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She  holds a Master’s of Science in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania, The Moore School of Electrical Engineering. She continues in her research and teaching to combine these two interests: urbanism and computational theories.


Lecture Synopsis:

Made up of technical objects, new materials, forms and discourse, the modeling complex is an assemblage with numerous parameters, and domains both material and immaterial. This talk focuses on three different approaches to architectural modeling mixing together and  creating a new amalgam of interests: 1/ digital computation procedures from simulation, to scripting, to agent based modeling; 2/ biological theories of growth and change from evolutionary theories, genetic codes, to autopoietic systems theory; and 3/ the philosophy of new materialism that  claims matter matters. On this road of many encounters with technological objects, nonhuman agents, new materials, complex simulations, and algorithmic codings, architects and urbanists have just embarked on the journey.


Additional Information:

CPD Credit Hours and AIA CES Learning Unit Hours are offered to members of the HKIA and the AIA.

This lecture is open to the general public.

The Spring 2013 Public Lecture Series are co-sponsored by “Ronald Lu & Partners (HK) Ltd.” & “Woo, Chow, Wong & Partners (HK) Ltd.” visiting lectureship in architecture.