Embedded Architectures | Data-driven Design en route to Architecture and Environment Integration | Prof. Michael U. Hensel


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Date 25.11.2019
Hour 15:0016:00
Speaker Michael U. Hensel Univ. Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel is an architect, researcher and and  director of the practice OCEAN Architecture | Environment. He co-founded the international network OCEAN in 1994 and was founding and acting chairperson of OCEAN Design Research Association from 2008 to 2018. He is professor at Vienna University of Technology where he heads the research department for digital architecture and planning. Previously he taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, Berlage Institute Amsterdam, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Technical University in Munich, Rice University in Houston and University of Technology Sydney. He was founding and acting director of the Research Centre for Architecture and Tectonics in Oslo, Norway, innovation fellow at the University of Sydney and honorary fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies at the Technical University in Munich. He has co-pioneered research by design, experimental and computational design in architecture and urban design since the early 1990s. Primary research interests include integrating architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, microclimatology and ecology; performance-oriented architecture and urban design; data-driven modelling and design; and alternative approaches to sustainable and regenerative design.
Category Conferences - Seminars

Sustainability requirements are becoming rapidly more complex and pressing as climate change and related societal, economic and environmental problems unfold. Human modifications of the environment fall short of advanced sustainability considerations from early design stages onward due to a pronounced gap in the integration of relevant data across domains and scales. At the same time data is gaining increasing importance in many areas concerning the biophysical environment, as well as design and construction of the human dominated and, more specifically, the built environment. The talk introduces a current effort in integrating multi-scale and multi-domain knowledge and modelling methods that link systematic data acquisition and integration for assessing architecture and biophysical environment interaction, as well as modeling and analysis of ecology and climate impact and modulation. This includes the integration of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design, micro-climate and ecology. From this new approaches to urban green infrastructure and urban agriculture are beginning to emerge that are supported by constructions and that are integrated with non-discrete architectures. The talk will introduce an approach entitled "embedded architectures" that seeks to tackle this problematic at the intersection between architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, micro-climatology and ecology.

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