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IoA Sliver Lecture by Philip F. Yuan, April 15, 12 pm

IoA Sliver Lecture by Philip F. Yuan, April 15, 12 pm

Lecture "Digital Fabrication towards Material Intelligence"

via Zoom:
via YouTube

Philip F. Yuan is the Associate Dean, tenured professor of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) at Tongji University, Council Member of Architects Sector, Virtual and Automated Construction Sector as well as Academic Committee of Computational Design Sector at Architectural Society of China; Director of Academic Committee of Shanghai Digital Fabrication Engineering Technology Center; Co-Chair of DigitalFUTURES Association. He founded Shanghai based firms: Archi-Union Architects and Fab-Union Technology. Yuan is also a member in the Scientific Committee of The International Association on Spatial Structures (IASS) and the International Conference on 3D Printing and Transportation3D Printing and Transportation (3DTRB).

His research mainly focuses on the field of performance-based architectural tectonics, the application of robotic fabrication equipment as weak as developments of robotic fabrication technologies and is able to realize many of his research theories in architectural practices.


IoA Sliver Lecture by Jose Sanchez, March 25, 7pm

IoA Sliver Lecture by Jose Sanchez, March 25, 7pm

Lecture "Platform Realism"

or via YouTube

Jose Sanchez is an Architect, Game Designer, and Theorist based in Detroit, Michigan. He is the director of the Plethora Project (, a research studio investing in the future of the propagation of architectural design knowledge. He is the creator of the video games Block’hood and Common’hood, digital social platforms that aid the authoring of architectural and ecological thinking to non-expert audiences. He is the author of the book “Architecture for the Commons: Participatory Systems in the Age of Platforms” published by Routledge in 2020 and the co-creator of Bloom, a crowdsourced interactive installation which was the winner of the Wonder Series hosted by the City of London for the 2012 Olympics. He has taught in renowned institutions in the United States and in Europe, including the Architectural Association in London, The Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London, at the University of Southern California. He is currently at the University of Michigan, where he is an Associate Professor at the Taubman College School of Architecture. His research “Architecture for the Commons” designs and interrogates social media platforms as tools with the potential to author architectural content in the public domain.


Lecture by James O'Callaghan, March 24, 7 pm

The Making of... Glass Architecture
Lecture Series by the department of Building Construction

March 24, 2021, 7 pm
The Making of Transparency"

James O’Callaghan will describe the journey of transparency in the design of structural glass and chart its development over the last 20 years, highlighting the innovations that have led to increased transparency. Through a series of high-profile projects for Apple, he will illustrate how glass technology has evolved, including joining and glass dimensions, which in combination have led to incremental changes in the industry. While there has been a notable focus on increasing transparency in recent years, it is clear that this is now being challenged by the need to balance the energy equation. The desire for transparency and light in our buildings is often at odds with the need to limit solar energy gains and the associated energy demand to manage those gains.

James O’Callaghan is a world-leading structural engineer who is widely acknowledged as an authority on the use and design of structural glass. His innovative and practical approach has made him an integral part of the design team for a number of pioneering and award-winning projects for tech giant Apple, including the iconic glass stairs, bridges and facades in over 300 retail stores around the world, and he is listed on over 20 design patents. He is co-founder of the award-winning structural engineering practice Eckersley O’Callaghan and a professor of Architectural Glass at TU Delft. James has a key role in establishing research in all areas of glass in architecture.


Lecture by Faidra Oikonomopoulou and Telesilla Bristogianni, March 17, 7pm

Lecture by Faidra Oikonomopoulou and Telesilla Bristogianni, March 17, 7pm

The Making of... Glass Architecture
Lecture Series by the department of Building Construction

March 17, 2021, 7 pm
Faidra Oikonomopoulou and Telesilla Bristogianni, TU Delft
"The Making of Crystal Houses"
The multi-award winning adhesively bonded cast glass block façade of the Crystal Houses project in Amsterdam was conceived by MVRDV architects and developed by a research group at TU Delft. Insights into the engineering challenges are presented, from the development of the system and its experimental validation to the daily, 7-month monitoring of the construction. The Crystal Houses façade demonstrated the potential of the cast glass technology in creating three-dimensional, load-bearing and freeform all-glass structures.Based on the lessons learned from the Crystal Houses, new ideas and concepts of designing structures with cast glass will be shown. Emphasis is given to the circularity of the design by creating reversible systems of recycled, interlocking cast glass components. Glass has finally escaped its 2-dimensional, transparent nature! 
Faidra Oikonomopoulou and Telesilla Bristogianni are PhD researchers at TU Delft focusing on structural applications of cast glass. They both hold a diploma degree in Architectural Engineering (NTUA) and a MSc degree in Building Technology (TU Delft). Faidra and Telesilla were instrumental in the research and development of the adhesively bonded cast glass block system for the Crystal Houses façade in Amsterdam, designed by MVRDV. Together, they supervised the entire construction of the Crystal Houses façade as quality control engineers. As a follow up they developed the idea of Re3 Glass, a reversible system made of recycled cast glass components. 


IoA Sliver Lecture Series summer term 2021

IoA Sliver Lecture Series summer term 2021

Join us for the continuation of this year's IoA Sliver Lecture Series "MIXTAPE".

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, all lectures will take place via Zoom during the summer term.

Jose Sanchez (Detroit/USA)  March 25, 7pm
Philip F. Yuan (Shanghai/China) April 15, 12pm - noon
Paola Antonelli (New York/USA) April 22, 7pm  
Joanne McNeil (USA) April 29, 7pm
Pezo von Ellrichshausen (Chile) May 7, 7pm
Elizabeth Diller (New York/USA) May 20, 7pm  
Thomas Krarup/Cobe architects (Copenhagen/Denmark) May 27, 7pm
Mae-ling Lokko (Accra/Ghana) June 10, 7pm

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