Tonight architect Veronika Valk (Zizi & Yoyo) will contribute to a conversation event in Paris, titled “Digital Submission or Architectural Domination?”. In her address, Valk will take a critical look at the use and potential of digital tools. Other participants of tonight’s event include Odile Decq, Didier Faustino and Luca Galofaro. The event is part of the Architecture Whispers series, conceived and curated by architect Matteo Cainer, and takes place at the Silencio Club in Paris, an exclusive venue for writers, directors and musicians, established by American filmmaker, visual artist and musician David Lynch.
According to the curator Matteo Cainer, tonight’s conversation “Digital Submission or Architectural Domination?” proposes a question whether “the widespread use of digital media and software in the architectural design process have rendered us submissive to the machine, to its design, or are we dominating our contemporary architectural theory and practice.” Where is the border between submission and domination? asks the curator.
In her address, Veronika Valk will suggest that digital tools should enable architects to develop their tacit skills in thinking and making, in order to evolve the field. “It is not enough to utilize digital tools as commodity, but rather to find ways for us as architects to actively engage in the development of those tools. To go beyond the provocative question of digital [submission] versus architectural [domination], to advance our field, we could also consider innovation in material sciences, which often combine both digital as well as biotechnological tools with the aim of outcome solutions often to be implemented in architecture, in the actual making” Valk explains. According to her, the most powerful “machine” we know is a “living system”, the cell as a bio-computer.
Architecture Whispers is a series of intimate multidisciplinary and cross-cultural conversations between emerging, established and visionary international architects and their colleagues in other disciplines. Conceived and curated byMatteo Cainer, these intimate conversations draw together key individuals who have made a significant contribution to architecture by exploring creativity, innovation and redefining the social, political and economic issues of today. The series takes place at the Silencio Club in Paris, an exclusive venue for writers, directors and musicians, established by American filmmaker, visual artist and musician David Lynch.
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