Event: The Politics of Parametricism – Digital Technologies & The Future[s] of Sociality

15 & 16 November 2013

REDCAT, 631 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA




A conference curated and organized by:

Matthew Poole & Manuel Shvartzberg

Hosted by:

The MA Aesthetics & Politics Program at CalArts, and The Gallery at REDCAT

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Media Sponsor:

eVolo Magazine

Guest Speakers:

Phil Bernstein (Autodesk), Benjamin Bratton (UCSD), Christina Cogdell (UCD), Teddy Cruz (UCSD), Peggy Deamer (Yale), Andrés Jaque (Office for Political Innovation), Laura Kurgan (Columbia), Neil Leach (USC, Los Angeles), Reinhold Martin (Columbia) & Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid Architects, London).

This two-day conference included a range of international experts from architectural practice and theory, and explored urgent questions that concern the social and political ramifications at stake in the evolution of computational design.

Parametricism has been heralded as the new avant-garde in the fields of architecture and design—the next “grand style” in the history of architectural movements. Parametric models enable digital designers to create complex structures and environments, as well as new understandings of space, both real and virtual.

Whether as tools for democratic action or tyrannical spectacle; self- and community-building capabilities; a post-humanistic subject; or the mediatized politics of our desired futurisms—all these themes are figured and being assembled within the Parametricist discourse.

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Friday, November 15

7–9pm – Keynote event
“Architecture and Politics: Parametricism within or beyond Liberal Democracy?”
–a discussion with Reinhold Martin and Patrik Schumacher


Saturday, November 16

Panel 1: Introduction to Parametricism: Historical and Technological Context
Phil Bernstein, Neil Leach, and Christina Cogdell

Lunch Break

Panel 2: Parametricism, The Commons and Social Representation
Peggy Deamer, Teddy Cruz, and Laura Kurgan

Coffee Break

Panel 3: Designing Subjectivities, Curating New Models of Sociality
Benjamin Bratton, and Andrés Jaque

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Image credit:   Synthesis Design + Architecture, Xiamen Dream City Tower, 2011.