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"Manufacturing material effects" lecture set for March 27

March 12, 2009

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Branko Kolarevic, an associate professor of architecture at the University of Calgary, will discuss "Manufacturing material effects" at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, in room 339 of Leon Johnson Hall.

The lecture, hosted by the MSU School of Architecture, will examine an emerging trajectory in contemporary architecture enabled by the newfound capacity to digitally design and manufacture highly crafted material effects, such as pattern, texture, relief, or varied material properties. It will survey practices whose approach to form and pattern varies from "ornamented minimalism" to "expressive exuberance." Kolarevic will also discuss the different digital techniques of material production aimed at particular surface effects.

Kolarevic is an associate professor of architecture at the University of Calgary where he holds the Haworth Chair in Integrated Design and co-directs the Laboratory for Integrative Design (LID). He has lectured worldwide on the use of digital technologies in design and production and has authored, edited, or co-edited several books, including the recently published "Manufacturing Material Effects: Rethinking Design and Making in Architecture" (with Kevin Klinger); "Performative Architecture: Beyond Instrumentality" (with Ali Malkawi); and "Architecture in the Digital Age: Design and Manufacturing." Kolarevic is the past president of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), and is the recipient of the ACADIA 2007 Award for Innovative Research. Kolarevic holds doctoral and master's degrees in design from Harvard University and a degree of engineering in architecture from the University of Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia.

The lecture is registered for one hour of AIA Continuing Education Units.

To request public accommodation or accommodation to participate in this free event, contact Sharon Matney at 994-2921 or Marjorie Brown, director of affirmative action at 994-2040.