Thursday, May 20, 2021

INDESEM.21: DATASCAPE - International Design Seminar (May 29-June 3, 2021)

May 29-June 3, 2021

INDESEM (International Design Seminar) is a biennale founded by a group of students in 1962 and reinitiated in 1986 by Herman Hertzberger. The biennale is hosted at the faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the Delft University of Technology.

The program of the INDESEM seminar week consists of lectures, excursions, and a workshop, all organized around a specific contemporary theme. Every edition of the seminar aims to raise awareness about this theme and its consequences for architectural practice. The seminar provides an environment in which students, tutors, architects, and theorists engage in conversation and discussion about the current and future position of the architect within society.


Today, the built environment is rapidly becoming an intersection between the physical and the digital worlds. The rise of the digital world is challenging the traditional design process. Data influences many aspects of our lives, from the ads we see on our social media feeds to the music recommendations on our Spotify pages. Every action, feeling, and step taken in the buildings we design can now be quantified. However, the impact of Big Data on our physical spaces remains unclear. How could dataabout how people live, breathe and move through the projects we createinfluence our future architectural designs?

INDESEM.21 offers you the chance to have personal conversations with architects at the forefront of the digital revolution, for example, a lecture by McNeel (Rhinoceros). Other speakers announced are Norman Foster (Foster + Partners), Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid Architects), Ben van Berkel (UNStudio), Winy Maas (MVRDV), Kim Herforth Nielsen (3XN), Caro van de Venne (Barcode Architects), Wessel van Beerendonk (Studio RAP), Georg Vrachliotis (Professor Theory of Architecture and Digital Culture), Lennaert van Capelleveen (ArchiTech Company) and Sanne van der Burgh (MVRDV).

There will also be a lecture by Verena Vogler (McNeel Europe) about new Rhino and Grasshopper frameworks (Rhino.Inside, Rhino.Compute) and EU Research projects.

INDESEM has had the honor of hosting internationally acclaimed architects such as Aldo van Eyck, Adriaan Geuze, Rem Koolhaas, Wiel Arets, Ben van Berkel, Winy Maas, Daan Roosegaarde, Jean Nouvel, Shigeru Ban, Steven Holl, Greg Lynn, Peter Cook and Renzo Piano, and theorists such as Saskia Sassen, Bruno Latour, Anthony Vidler, Neil Leach and Michael Speaks.


INDESEM is organized by a student committee, consulted by renowned faculty professors. Herman Hertzberger, Wiek Röling, Michiel Riedijk and Winy Maas curated previous editions of the seminar. The INDESEM.21 board consists of Hidde Dijkstra, Tijmen Smith, Willem Damen, Inez Spaargaren, Valentin Zech, Louisa Hollander, Nadine Nossbaum and Elina Gaillard.

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