Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Design Modelling Symposium Berlin - September 24-28, 2022

Workshops: September 24-25, 2022
Conference: September 26-28, 2022

The Design Modelling Symposium has been an international symposium on computational design in architecture, engineering, arts, and product design since 2009. The conference has been held in Berlin, Copenhagen, and Paris so far and is taking place for the eighth time this year.


“Technology is the answer, but what is the question?” famously asked Cedric Price to an audience of architects and engineers in 1966.

For researchers, educators, and practitioners in the Architecture Engineering Construction (AEC) fields, the question could not be clearer, nor the answer more urgently needed. In the age of growing inequalities, climate crisis, and ecosystem collapse, the AEC sector accounts for almost 40% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide; it is responsible for eco-systemic changes and plays a central role in creating and perpetuating social injustice.

Among the many campaigners, communities, institutions, and governments worldwide that have declared a state of emergency, what are the radical measures we can take to change how we plan, build, operate, maintain and dismantle our built environment?

The Design Modelling Symposium 2022 aims to provide critical perspectives on current advances in computational methods in the field of AEC in this age of crisis and hope.

Recent advances in design and construction technology may hold the promise to help us trace a new path, but at the same time, they hold the threat of turbo-charging existing destructive paradigms. Our collective practices are tantamount to many uncontrolled planetary experiments, deploying technologies and practices at unprecedented scales first and worrying about the consequences later. We urgently need to negotiate a myriad of global and hyper-local equilibria between the built and natural environment.

By synthesizing artistic, theoretical, and technological perspectives and positions, the symposium aims to challenge innovative digital techniques in the design, materialization, operation, and assessment of our built environment, examining their impact on the future of societies and the environment. In this context, the digitalization of design seems to offer multiple routes to identify the material, social, ethical, ecological, and other dimensions of new, necessary, and radically measured equilibria.

The conference is structured around four thematic areas that explore domains in which new, radical measures need to emerge, from the tools that enable design, simulation, and materialization to new ways of approaching the relationship between built and unbuilt environments.

There are eight Rhino/Grasshopper-related workshops the weekend before the conference, including V-Ray, Enscape, VisualARQ, Monoceros, One Click LCA, Compas FoFin, PlanFinder, and ML.

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