Gilles Retsin, of Gilles Retsin Architecture and Bartlett School of Architecture, will give a virtual lecture on Wednesday, February 24 at 2pm.
Operating in the post-2008 climate, the so-called Discrete proposes an alternative approach to the digital in architecture, based on an understanding of digital technologies as a form of Automation – with a social, political and economic premise. The discrete advances a computational understanding of architectural parts as versatile, generic and autonomous units, capable of fundamentally re-writing the way we procure, build, design and inhabit housing. This discrete approach to automation combines the efficiency and scalability of modular prefabrication with the complexity, open-endedness, and adaptability of the digital. From an architectural perspective, these automated processes result in a new architectural syntax defined only by part-part relations, stripped down to its raw and primitive state – its primordial core. This lecture will explore the possibility and consequences of a discrete architecture, as a radical proposition for the digital in architecture. By resetting the entirety of housing through a fundamentally digital approach, architecture itself has the potential to contribute to a more just, equal, sustainable and inspiring way of inhabiting our planet.
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