Wed 25 Sep 2019

DEFRAG: Architecture

Wed 25 Sep 2019
18.45 - 20.30
Pay What You Can

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River Rooms
New Wing

DEFRAG returns for another series investigating the myriad ways that technology continues to change culture and society.

How has technology changed the nature of architecture? For the next event in the series we’ll consider the emerging tools and aesthetics, divergent practices and experimental methods that have extended architecture beyond the traditional sphere of design and construction. 

From the rise of non-traditional studios that work across art, social justice, futures, and human rights, to the work of traditional practices and starchitects, we’ll explore the effects of the application of technology on our built environments and beyond.


Theodore Spyropoulos
Dr. Theodore Spyropoulos is an architect and educator. He is the Director of the Architectural Association’s world renowned Design Research Lab (AADRL) in London and resident artist at Somerset House. Theodore has previously chaired the AA Graduate School, was Professor of Architecture at the Staedelschule in Frankfurt and has been a visiting Research Fellow at M.I.T.’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies. He co-founded the experimental art, architecture and design practice Minimaforms. The work of Minimaforms has been acquired by international art and architecture collections that include the FRAC Centre, the Signum Foundation and the Archigram Archive, and has been exhibited at MOMA (NYC), Barbican Centre, Onassis Cultural Centre, Somerset House, Detroit Institute of Arts, Leonardo Da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology and the ICA. 
Theodore has previously worked for the offices of Peter Eisenman and Zaha Hadid. In 2013 the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture awarded him the ACADIA award of excellence for his educational work directing the AADRL. He has been published internationally including authoring Adaptive Ecologies: Correlated Systems of Living (2013), Enabling (2010) and forthcoming Behaviors (2020). 

Christina Varvia
Christina Varvia is an architect, researcher, and the Deputy Director of the London-based research agency Forensic Architecture. Her previous research includes studies on digital media and memory, as well as the perception of the physical environment through scanning and imaging technologies. Varvia lives and works in London.

Adam Greenfield
Adam Greenfield is a London-based writer and urbanist. His most recent book is Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life (Verso, 2017).

Moderated by Jake Charles Rees.

Curated by Jake Charles Rees in association with Somerset House Studios.