Liu Lecture: Jenny Sabin, Matter Design Computation: Biosynthesis and New Paradigms of Making

Sponsored by The David H. Liu Memorial Lecture Series, Stanford Design Program


Tuesday, November 27, 2018
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
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Building 550, 1st floor in the Atrium
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Join us for Liu Lecture with speaker Jenny E. Sabin, Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger Professor in Architecture and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Architecture at Cornell University.

Lecture Title: Matter Design Computation: Biosynthesis and New Paradigms of Making

Abstract: This talk will present ongoing trans-disciplinary research and design spanning across the fields of cell biology, materials science, physics, fiber science, fashion, electrical and systems engineering, and architecture. Sabin’s collaborative research, teaching and design practice focus on the contextual, material and formal intersections between architecture, science and technology. Through the visualization and materialization of dynamic and complex datasets, Sabin has generated a body of speculative and applied design work that aligns crafts-based techniques with digital fabrication alongside questions related to the body and information mediation. The material world that this type of research interrogates reveals examples of nonlinear fabrication and self-assembly at the surface, and at a deeper structural level. In parallel, this work offers up novel possibilities that question and redefine architecture within the greater scope of generative design and fabrication. This talk will elucidate the research methods, prototypes and applications that Sabin and her collaborators have achieved, which include adaptive building skins, textile and ceramic assemblies, and architectural interventions that ultimately (re)configure their own performance based upon local criteria.

The David H. Liu Memorial Lecture Series in Design at Stanford brings together incredible minds from a wide variety of disciplines to explore the intersection of design, technology, art, architecture and science. This lecture series is made possible by the generous support of Dr. and Mrs. Liu in memory of their son, David, a former graduate student in the Stanford Graduate Design Program. 

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Open to the public. No RSVP needed.

Building 550 is a handicap accessible building. Please contact admin Renée Chao for further details on handicap parking.