Design of Structures

In antiquity, the human ability to detect regularities and to extract patterns was called ta mathemata, which means what can be learned where learning, mathesis, is about the recognition of the unchanged, the stable. For Martin Heidegger “this genuine learning is an extremely peculiar taking, a taking where one who takes only takes what one basically already has. … The mathemata, the mathematical, is that ‘about’ things which we already know. Therefore we do not first get it out of things, but, in a certain way, we bring it with us”. Such an understanding of mathematics opens up a human-centered perspective onto the digital that is not so much driven by technological advance but rather by an attitude towards space making supported by formal design methods. The lecture will discuss in more detail such a design thinking based on the notion of structuring that explores spatial, perceptive, and structural potentials in order to achieve more comprehensive architectural solutions.

18 May Tuesday, 13.30

Toni Kotnik

Toni Kotnik, Dr.sc.nat. M.Arch Dipl.Math. MAS ETH Arch/CAAD, studied architecture and mathematics in Germany, Switzerland and the USA. He was senior scientist at the ETH Zurich, assistant professor at the Institute of Experimental Architecture at the University of Innsbruck, studio master at the Emergent Technologies and Design program at the Architectural Association in London, and associate professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. Currently, he is Professor for Design of Structures at the Aalto University in Helsinki and principal of d’HKL, a Zurich-based office focusing on experimental and research-oriented architectural design. He has been lecturing worldwide including Harvard University, Princeton University, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and MoMA New York. His practice and research work has been published and exhibited internationally and is centered on the integration of knowledge from science and engineering into architectural thinking and the design process.