Panel 1: Working Worlds: “Working on the Moon”

Thursday, 14.11.2019, 10:15 am

Outer space and the creation of sustainable living and working environments

The “Working on the Moon” panel explores the presumptuous idea of venturing deeper into space and settling on distant planets. As paradoxical as it may sound, but to set forth into infinity apparently helps to achieve an understanding of how to deal with limited space and scarce resources.

With experts from space agencies NASA and ESA, we discuss topics between the poles of space escapism and usable results for the design of our living and working environments: How will the construction of extraterrestrial colonies affect economy, science, and society on earth? Which impulses are generated towards architecture, design, technology, energy and material cycles? And how does a new space age impact media and pop culture?

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Marlies Arnhof Space Architekt, ESA, Noordwijk - Connecting Earth and Space Architecture

Space Architecture has recently seen an impressive spike in interest. Everyone – from student to influential architecture office – wants to design for the Moon or Mars. However, compared to terrestrial architecture, designing for space is characterized by a vast number of challenges and very few liberties.

This talk is going to discuss what overlaps between space and Earth we can take advantage of and what we can learn from designing for such extreme environments. Is working in space really so different from Earth? How can the quality of space habitats benefit from the involvement of architects and designers in the planning process? Can the stringent requirements for human spaceflight activities teach us how to use our resources more efficiently and increase the resiliency of our buildings for increasingly extreme climates? And could the extreme conditions in which space habitats are built possibly even act as means to induce innovation in the design process?

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Dave Lavery, NASA Program Executive for Solar System Exploration, NASA Headquarters - Exploring Deep Space

Dave Lavery, robotics leader at NASA, will paint a picture of the Moon as a bridge to exploring Mars, where we stand in Mars exploration presently and how to proceed in the future.

Lavery’s rich experience working on robotics at NASA (from rovers to cameras, etc.) includes his current work on the Mars 2020 mission. He will discuss this exciting mission launching next year, the important role of robotics in deep space exploration and how technological advancements in space exploration change the way we will live and work in the future.

Additionally, Lavery’s work in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), the arts and entertainment fields as steward of the First Robotics Competition, collaborator with artist Tom Sachs and actor William Shatner and consultant on The Martian (to name a few) address the importance of the arts and pop culture in sparking creativity, imagination and curiosity to continue exploring new planets.

Panel 2: Business: “Man as the Measure”

Thursday, 14.11.2019, 2:00 pm

The panel “Man as the Measure” curated by Roman Passarge points out how measures of creative as well as economic success in the design of spatial installations are currently changing: away from technical parameters such as space efficiency or costs per workplace, towards human needs and requirements. We discuss how these approaches open up new potential and add value, and to what extent client and designer attitudes affect the result – because it is often the small, unspectacular, immeasurable things and changes that result in measurable success.

Roman Passarge - Kurator von Raumwelten

Panel 3: Scenography: “Beyond Scale!”

Friday, 15.11.2019, 10:00 am

Excess in scenography? Are scenography and excess not the same, anyway? Scenography has always been excessive, if often by order of authoritarianism. Are things different today? Can they be different? In his panel, curator Jean-Louis Vidière examines great, yet lesser-known examples from the history of scenography. From there, a link is made to the question if and how excess is still possible today, what with the many stakeholders usually involved in the processing of commissioned projects.

Panel 4: Architecture: “New Dimensions”

Friday, 15.11.2019, 2:00 pm

The word dimension can stand for a measure of spatial extent such as width, height, or length, but also for an important aspect of a matter. Architecture is always multi-dimensional: Architects are concerned with the three known dimensions of space. In the context of BIM – building information modelling – time is referred to as fourth, costs as fifth, sustainability and efficiency as sixth, and facility management as seventh dimension. In addition to formal composition, these parameters play an important role in designing, by facilitating decisions and the ability to assess their prospects of success. Thus, information with an ever increasing degree of detail must be integrated into the design process. To be able to handle this complexity it is a basic requirement to work with digital tools. Is the definition of the relationship between elements the key to success for architectural projects, rather than the evaluation of individual aspects?

Tobias Wallisser

Cristina Díaz Moreno & Efrén García Grinda (amid cero.9, Madrid): Speculative Cosmographies

The lecture will explore the notion of cosmography, understood as a piece, document or object that both is a micro-world in itself and simultaneously represents a specific context or universe at once, fully reflecting it in all its known aspects and characteristics. In short, we will try to reconsider projects as a means of discovering the world and defining small alternative worlds, which are beyond mere representations and can be inhabited. The cosmographies we will presenting are not only attempts to transmit information neither merely representational experiments. In the act of drawing and writing is where discovery occur, because the process of trying to understand reality around and represent it reveals unknown and unexpected relationships. By interconnecting different entities with previously unknown links, these projects are not only presenting the world in an alternative way, but also re-describe and re-define new realities: micro-cosmos made of fragments, connections and interrelations among phenomena, landscapes, human populations, vegetation, and mountains. The talk will verse also about the possibilities of representational tools as a door for knowledge for architecture, and a way of approaching reality through objective systems of study, deciphering and depicting, overcoming their use as a media for expression and a communicational tool exclusively

Maria Yablonina (Research Associate – Institute for Computational Design and Construction, Universität Stuttgart): Smaller Machines = Larger Spaces?

Today the discourse of digital fabrication in the context of architectural research is dominated by the image of an industrial robot arm performing complex movements to produce complex geometry. But what happens when we move beyond appropriation of available hardware towards architecture-specific machines and devices? Can we then design machines that would thrive in existing architectural environments rather than in manufacturing and lab spaces?

Envisioning an entire ecology of machine species designed specifically to manipulate material at an architectural scale opens up a conversation about the role of robotic creatures in architecture beyond construction. A smaller fabrication machine capable of navigating an existing architectural space and safely operating next to a human implies that a fabrication process can be executed on site, and more importantly does not have to be finite, venturing into the topics of adaptive and reconfigurable spaces.

Panel 5: Museum Worlds: “Of large and small scales”

Friday, 15.11.2019, 4:15 pm

In recent years, new exhibition methods and digitisation techniques resulted in museums of superlatives around the world, both large- and small-scale. Against this background, the panel curated by Petra Kiedaisch will deal with the measure and exorbitance of recent museum buildings, such as the mega-museums of the Arab world with highest planning and construction requirements, or museum buildings and installations in the European area designed for limited space and the presentation of micro-objects. The focus will be on the fascinating question of how architects, engineers and scenographers succeed in merging perfect measurement into the dissolution of spatial boundaries. What are the methods, technologies and materials they use?