The Second Digital Turn: Discretism, Artificial Intelligence, and Design

Frem Civic Center 205, Byblos campus

The School of Architecture & Design is hosting its keynote lecture titled: “The Second Digital Turn: Discretism, Artificial Intelligence, and Design” by Mario Carpo.

Digitally intelligent architecture no longer looks the way it did in the 1990s. Just like spline-modeling and digital mass-customization upended design and fabrication twenty years ago, today robotics, Big Data, brute force computing, and second generation Artificial Intelligence are disrupting the way things are made, the way they look - and the way of thinking that is behind them. This lecture will explore the impact and transformations of the digital revolution on contemporary architecture, and its future.

Mario Carpo is the Reyner Banham Professor of Architectural Theory and History at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London.

After studying architecture and history in Italy, Carpo started as an Assistant Professor at the University of Geneva and in 1993 received tenure in France, where he was first assigned to the École d’Architecture de Saint-Etienne, then to the École d’Architecture Paris-La Villette. From 2002 to 2006, he was Head of the Study Centre at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and later Vincent Scully Visiting Professor of Architectural History at Yale from 2010 to 2014 and in 2017.

Mario Carpo’s research and publications focus on the relationship between architectural theory, cultural history, and the history of media and information technology. His award-winning Architecture in the Age of Printing (MIT Press, 2001) was translated into several languages. His recent books are The Second Digital Turn: Design Beyond Intelligence (MIT Press, 2017); The Alphabet and the Algorithm (MIT Press, 2011); and The Digital Turn in Architecture, 1992-2012 (Wiley, 2012).

Carpo’s numerous essays were published in Log, The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Grey Room, L’Architecture d’aujourd’hui, Arquitectura Viva, Architectural Design, Perspecta, Harvard Design Magazine, Cornell Journal of Architecture, Abitare, Lotus International, Domus, Artforum, and Arch+.

Photo: Alisa Andrasek, Cloud Pergola, Croatian National Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, Biennale di Venezia (2018).

Credits: Design and Code: Alisa Andrasek with Bruno Juricic and Madalin Gheorghe; Structure: Arup London; Fabrication: Ai Build