Lecture by MIT’s Katia Zolotovsky, 11 Nov 2016

Katia Zolotovsky, a researcher at MIT, will lecture on “Guided Growth – The Interplay between Shape, Material and Life”, on Nov 8th, 11:30 AM, at the Green Room (G2.2).

This free-admission lecture is jointly organized by DAU and LabART Architecture Lab – Research Center.

Katia Zolotovsky’s work uses bacteria cells and applies computational methods of synthetic biology to grow active and adaptive building components for architecture. As both an architect and a biologist by education, Katia creates workflows that combine methods from architectural design, materials science, and synthetic biology.

Lecture Utopia and the Anthropocene by Stamatis Zografos, 11 May 2017

Utopias are often set outside scientific time. They can be set in the past or future, or even in mythical time. They comprise constructs of our imagination that can provide escape from everyday life.

Yet by doing so they also highlight issues that render our world and our everyday life rather problematic. Can utopias therefore be considered as tools to improve this world? Or are they merely reactions against it?

Utopia and the Anthropocene

From Sir Thomas More’s Utopia (1516) to the global uncertainty of the Anthropocene today, the concept of utopia has been used widely and in various contexts.