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09.-10.06.2016 – conference – 11.06.2016 exhibition During the last decade Cybernetics has awaken its Snow-White sleep, ready to be understood, embraced and established as a science to design. The international conference reviews and preview the relevance of cybernetics for current design strategies in all disciplines in our increasingly digitized networked world. Communication, interaction and machine learning has become the default state, which we are learning to understand for our anthropocenic, technospheric world. Starting from Norbert Wieners mention in the 1940s via reviewing models of and for cybernetics by Ross Ashby, Stafford Beer or Gordon Pask and Buckminster Fuller – but to mention a few – we are diving into past, present and future key applications for architecture, urban design as human-machine-interface. The conference brings together international long-standing cyberneticians, architects and designers. The question to formulate and to be discussed is about cybernetics as method and instrument for the design of design strategies.

registration I venue

REGISTRATION IS FREE Please register here for the opening lecture, conference dinner or the complete package. Donations are welcome. TU Berlin Institut für Architektur Straße des 17. Juni 153 10623 Berlin Thursday, 09.06.2016 – lecture theatre 061 Friday, 10.06.2016 – forum, A014 U-Bahn: Ernst-Reuter-Platz, Line U2 Bus: Marchstraße, Line 245 Ernst-Reuter-Platz, Lines 145, 245, X9 S-Bahn: Zoologischer Garten, Lines S3, S5, S7, S75, S9 Tiergarten, Lines S3, S5, S7, S75, S9

speakers I topics

Prof. Raoul Bunschoten, TU Berlin Prof. Paul Pangaro, Ph.D. College for Creative Studies, Detroit Prof. Tim Jachna, Ph.D., School of Design, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, PolyU Design Prof. Kristian Kloeckl, Ph.D., Northeastern University, Boston Assist. Prof. Liss C. Werner, Architect, TU Berlin, DIA Dessau Prof. Dr. Joachim Krausse, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Dessau canceled Guest Prof. Arun Jain, TU Berlin Visiting Prof. Dr. Chrstina Vagt, Humboldt-University Berlin Prof. Michael Hohl, Ph.D., Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Dessau Prof. Omar Khan, Ph.D., University of Buffalo Prof. Raúl Espejo, Ph.D., Syncho Research, Lincoln Usman Haque, Umbrellium, London  

raoul bunschoten

Raoul Bunschoten Professor and Chair of Sustainable Urban Design Technical University, Berlin field of research: Urban Sustainable Design, Conscious City http://www.chora.tu-berlin.de Conscious City – Talk Raoul Bunschoten is Professor of Sustainable Urban Planning and Urban Design at the TU Berlin and Senior Lecturer at the London Metropolitan University where he researches urban curation ad low-carbon masterplanning; and recent Professor for the Systmatics of Urban Planning, Design and Landscape at the University of Applied Sciences in Dusseldorf. He is founder and Director of CHORA, a member of be-digital.berlin and has published several books including Urban Flotsam and Metaspaces. Chora has won a range of prizes on large-scale urban projects including 1st prize for Tempelhof Urban Ideas Competition in Berlin, and winning entry for the Schuytgraaf Public Space Competition. CHORA is pioneering the use of new planning methods for low-carbon urbanism and the integration of CDM (clean development mechanisms). Recently, Chora has conducted commissioned low-carbon studies and stakeholder game workshops for the cities of Xiamen, Taichung and London, and has acted as a Consultant to the London Development …

paul pangaro

Paul Pangaro, Ph.D. Chair & Associate Professor, MFA Interaction Design College for Creative Studies, Detroit USA http://pangaro.com/ Field of research: Conversational systems, digital media Cybernetics as Phoenix: What Ashes, What New Life? Paul Pangaro in conversation with Liss C. Werner and   —– Cybernetics, where have you been and where are you headed? A phoenix rising, a discipline born in the 1940s and seeming dead from the 1960s, cybernetics today is more prevalent than it has been since its inception. It is being credited as foundational for interaction design, design methods, adaptive architecture, antidisciplinarity. A world-famous media lab is arguing that cybernetics is central to the participation of science as a member of the toolset required to tame the wicked problems of the world. Never dead, cybernetics has all along been implicitly infusing its concepts of feedback and systemics into the imagination of countless fields. Simultaneously it has been applying its principles to itself, emerging as a rigorous way to view conversation, problem framing, and language-creation. In this conversation, we argue that these elements of second-order …

christina vagt

Dr. Christina Vagt Visiting Professor for the History of Culture and Knowledge Humboldt-University Berlin www.communication+1.com Field of research: media and globality within the history of cybernetics Global Design. Buckminster Fuller’s Planning Tools and the City  In this talk I will revisit the late 1960ies and early 1970ies, when the US space program and the first moon landing as well as a second wave of cybernetics with its focus on structures, organisms and organization enters the field of urban planning. Focusing on Buckminster Fuller’s environmental design and its embeddedness in general systems theory and cybernetics, I will trace the beginning of global design from the micro perspective of cultural techniques that construct world as a computational model. Christina Vagt is currently visiting professor for the history of culture and knowledge at Humboldt-University in Berlin. She also teaches history and theory of culture and media at the Institute of Philosophy, History of Science and Technology and Literature at Berlin Institute of Technology. She received her PhD at Bauhaus University in Weimar for a book on the relation …

kristian kloeckl

Kristian Klöckl, Ph.D. Associate Professor Northeastern University, Department of Art + Design, School of Architecture field of research: Urban interaction design http://www.informationinaction.com http://www.northeastern.edu/camd/artdesign/people/kristian-kloeckl/ the urban improvise The increasing pervasiveness of embedded and mobile connected digital components in urban environments has transformed what used to be a static, passive backdrop into spaces and objects that have a more fluid behavior. These objects and environments are capable of sensing, computing, and acting in real-time; they can change their behavior in relation to the state of their own system state, their histories of past actions and interactions, the behavior of humans and machines within their reach, and environmental parameters. Environments with these characteristics have the potential to become truly interactive spaces changing their behavior in response to and in anticipation of unforeseen events. Activity is sensed and interpreted. Actions are modulated, behavior adapted in response to the situation, in feedback loops, and in a continuous give and take. It is a behavior that resembles that of an improvisational performance. And improvisation is a good way to frame the possibilities for interaction in and with today’s hybrid cities. …

an exhibition I long night of sciences 11.06.2016

image: ‘technobody’ by Dietmar Köring, Arphenotype In der Ausstellung „Cybernetics: state of the art“ ist eine Auswahl kybernetischer Entwurfsansätze für Architektur und Urban Design zu sehen. Es erwarten Sie Projektionen, digitale Fabrikationsmethoden und interaktive Artefakte. Diese agieren interdisziplinär und experimentell. Dieser Erlebnisparcours durch die Entwurfsforschung ist eine Ergänzung der „CHORA-BrainBox“, die zur Langen Nacht im Haus der Ideen zu sehen ist. Ein Projekt des Fachgebiets CHORA für „Städtebau und nachhaltige Stadtentwicklung“.

tim jachna

Timothy Jachna, Ph.D. Associate Professor Leader (MDes) programme in Urban Environments Design HongKong Polytechnic University www.sd.polyu.edu.hk/en/study-detail/urban-environments-design Field of research:  second-order cybernetics, conversation and learning Timothy Jachna is a Hong Kong-based educator, architect and urbanist. He holds degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago (BArch), the Architectural Association in London (AADipl) and RMIT University in Melbourne (PhD). He has worked as a practicing architect and urban designer, primarily in Chicago and Berlin. He is currently Professor and Associate Dean (Research) of the School of Design, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He leads the School’s Urban Environments Lab and the Master of Design (MDes) programme in Urban Environments Design. His research deals with psycho-sociological aspects of the planning, design, construction, inhabitation and critique of urban environments. The future of cities, particularly in the East Asian context, is a particular focus of concern. He has presented and published in disciplines as diverse as urban theory, tourism, digital culture, semiotics, art, architecture, planning, cybernetics, and human-computer interaction. Jachna is Vice-president of the American Society for Cybernetics, and his …

michael hohl

Michael Hohl, Ph.D. Professor of Design Theory Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Dessau www.hohlwelt.com Field of research: Conversational systems, digital media Living in cybernetics: Design and Learning from Polynesian Voyaging culture In this presentation I reflect on how traditional practices of Hawaiian culture can inform designerly ways of knowing and acting and may lead to a practice of lived Cybernetics, a sustainable way of life. Cybernetics addresses how we perceive and understand complexity, and the relationship between systems and observers, with implications for the social sphere. Hawaiian culture integrates a deep reverance for nature, a desire for harmony among all living things, lokahi.  Sustainable practices are deeply embedded in the culture, as are communal activities. Designing is the activity of addressing perceived problems, from a perspective of empathy, creativity, intuition, analysis and reflection.   Michael Hohl is Professor of Design Theory at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences and a kind of research tutor in Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art in London. He is a designer, design researcher and educator, holding a Ph.D in fine art and computer science from Sheffield Hallam University and a …

liss c. werner

Liss C. Werner Assistant Professor, Architect Technical University Berlin DIA, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Dessau http://www.chora.tu-berlin.de http://www.tactile-architecture.com field of research: Architecture and Cybernetics, computational design strategies, human machine interface A desire to cybernet(if)ication   Liss C. Werner is an architect, founder of Tactile Architecture – office für Systemarchitektur. She is visiting Assistant Professor at TU Berlin and Studio Master at DIA Dessau in the field of computational architecture and cybernetics. At DIA she founded the design studio Codes in the Clouds, exhibited at Tongji University and the Venice Biennale 2012. Her research is based on cybernetic theories mainly developed by Gordon Pask. Werner chaired conferences on Computation, Architecture, Ecology and Transformation Design, is the editor of [En]Coding Architecture and Architectural Ecologies, co-editor of Understanding Complex Urban Systems, Springer and author of several papers. She is research partner of the Bertalanffy Center for Systems Sciences, Vienna, member of the American Society of Cybernetics and the Scientific Committee eCAADe2015, Milan. She acted as Adj. Assoc. Professor at Taylor’s University 2014-2016 and visiting Professor, George N. Pauly …

usman haque

usman haque umbrellium, london http://umbrellium.co.uk A conversation with Raoul Bunschoten Usman is founding partner of Umbrellium (formerly Haque Design + Research) and founder of Internet of Things data infrastructure and community platform Pachube.com, (acquired by LogMeIn Inc in 2011, where he launched the Urban Projects Division). Trained as an architect, he has created responsive environments, interactive installations, digital interfaces and dozens of mass-participation initiatives in cities throughout the world. He has taught in the Interactive Architecture Workshop at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London and in 2008 received the Design of the Year Award (interactive) from the Design Museum.

joachim krausse – canceled

Dr. Joachim Krausse – unfortunately the talk is canceled Professor for Design Theory, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences http://www.design.hs-anhalt.de Field of research: Theory and history of architecture, art and technology, Buckminster Fuller.. Spaceship Earth – Buckminster Fuller´s operating manual for Noah´s Ark Two Joachim Krausse will speak about parallels between Buckminster Fuller’s Work and systemtheory. Focus is a comprehensible description and explanation of cybernetics having emerged from natural systems. The talk investigates into the science of fluid-dynamics as foundations of Buckminster Fuller’s cybernetics. Joachim Krausse is the author of  „Your Private Sky: R. Buckminster Fuller – The Art of Design Science“, Lars Müller Publishers. Joachim Krausse has been Professor of Design Theory at the Hochschule Anhalt (Anhalt University of Applied Sciences) in Dessau since 1999. Previously, he worked as a research associate and Lecturer at the Universität der Künste Berlin (Berlin University of the Arts). Since 1992, he has written regularly for the architecture magazine ARCH+. He has published numerous books and articles and has also helped create exhibitions and documentaries. From 2009 to 2010 …

arun jain

Arun Jain DAAD Guestprofessor, TU Berlin, Institute for City and regional Planning https://urbdesign https://www.isr.tu-berlin.de Field of research: Uncertainty and regional planning Uncertainty, Complexity & Urgency: Applied Urban Design    Arun Jain is an urban designer with over 25 years of international experience in practice and academia. Most recently he was Portland, Oregon’s first Chief Urban Designer, a position he held for six years. Professionally and as a consultant of many years, Arun works across a wide range of scales, geographies and cultural landscapes around the world. From small nation level decision making tools to new towns to main streets, his approach considers context and integration to foster uniqueness and counter uncertainty. He is also an Adjunct Associate professor at the University of Oregon’s urban architecture program in Portland. Earlier he taught for over 10 years at the University of California, Berkeley.