Spring 2014 Public Lecture Series – The Second Digital Turn: The Style of Big Data by Mario Carpo

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Mario CarpoAbout the Speaker:

Mario Carpo
Professor of Architectural History, the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL London.

After studying architecture and history in Italy, Dr Carpo was an Assistant Professor at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, and in 1993 received tenure in France, where he was first assigned to the École d’Architecture de Saint-Etienne, then to the École d’Architecture de Paris-La Villette. He was the Head of the Study Centre at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montréal from 2002 to 2006, and Vincent Scully Visiting Professor of Architectural History at the Yale School of Architecture from 2010 to 2014.

Mr. Carpo’s research and publications focus on the relationship among architectural theory, cultural history, and the history of media and information technology. His award-winning Architecture in the Age of Printing (MIT Press, 2001) has been translated into several languages. His most recent books are The Alphabet and the Algorithm (MIT Press, 2011); and The Digital Turn in Architecture, 1992-2012 (Wiley, 2012). Mr. Carpo’s recent essays and articles have been published in Log, The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Grey Room, L’Architecture d’aujourd’hui, Arquitectura Viva, AD/Architectural Design, Perspecta, Harvard Design Magazine, Cornell Journal of Architecture, Abitare, Lotus International, Domus, Artforum, and Arch+.

Lecture Synopsis:

In the 90s, digitally intelligent architecture often looked smooth, seamless, and curvy. Today, it often looks disjointed, complex, and messy. Today’s digital style is based on discreteness, not on continuity of forms. There are many reasons for that. This talk will highlight one argument that is central to our understanding of today’s digital scene: the shift from “small data”, calculus and spline-making to “big data”, computation and 3D-printing.

* Remark: not a full lecture video

This lecture is open to the general public.

The Spring 2014 Public Lecture Series are co-sponsored by “Ronald Lu & Partners (HK) Ltd.” & “Woo, Chow, Wong & Partners (HK) Ltd.” visiting lectureship in architecture.