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SIGraDi 2022 | Critical Appropriations

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D1.S1.Keynote Speaker

Wednesday, 9 November 2022
08:30 - 09:45

Plenary Room

Chair: Tomas Vivanco, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile / Tongji University

Keynote Conference
Touching Metaverse: How Fabrication Bridges the Virtual and the Real

Session Chair
Tomás Vivanco | Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
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Session Language: EN (ENGLISH)

Esta presentación será en inglés y tendrá traducción al español

Abtract. We live in the era when the subject-object relationship of architectural design needs to be re-pondered and reassembled, the era we usually call posthumanism. Facing global warming, geopolitical upheaval and the pandemic, while confronting the challenge of the mutual development of architecture and society, we need to redefine and rethink the relationship between globalization and locality to reflect the contradictions and the opportunities brought by the current trend of human-machine collaboration and Object Oriented Ontology. We, as architects, need to take a serious look at the parallel development of virtual and real worlds, and phygital futures presents the challenge of an architectural ontological approach to thinking and design tools. The talk will explore this issue through my research and practice.

Keywords: Post-Humanism, New Subjectivity, Phygital Futures, Metaverse, Robotic Fabrication

Philip F. Yuan is a professor at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) at Tongji University, Thomas Jefferson professor at University of Virginia (UVA, 2019), the visiting professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, 2019) and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT, 2021). He is also the co-founder of DigitalFUTURES and Editor in Chief of Architectural Intelligence journal, the founder of Archi-Union Architects and Fab-Union Technology, council member of UIA Professional Practice Commission (PPC). Yuan is a pioneer in architectural intelligence and robotic fabrication, making achievements in both academic research and architectural practice. He emphasizes the integration of technological innovation and architectural culture, building environment and ethics, constantly seeking human-machine collaboration in the era of post-humanism.


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