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WEG van Gent: Building Simplexity in Post-digital Architecture Practice
WEG van Gent: Building Simplexity in Post-digital Architecture Practice Inschrijven kan t.e.m. donderdag 17 juni 2021!
Vond plaats op vrijdag 18 juni 2021 - 12-13 u.
Maximum 300 deelnemers

WEG van Gent: Kristof Crolla





Deelnemen aan de Webinar (gotowebinar)

Uw alumnivereniging AIG nodigt u uit voor een nieuwe lezingenreeks WEG van Gent. WEG staat voor World-wide Engineers from Ghent University en is een gloednieuw concept waarbij prominente ingenieurs met een internationale carrière in de spotlight staan.


In de eerste webinar, met titel “Building Simplexity in Post-digital Architecture Practice” neemt prof. dr. ir.-arch. Kristof Crolla je mee naar Hong Kong waar hij zijn eigen architectenbureau Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd. (LEAD) combineert met een leerstoel aan de universiteit van Hong Kong.

De lezing gaat door in het Engels.


Building Simplexity in Post-digital Architecture Practice


In today’s post-digital architectural era, a strong dichotomy exists between the increased agency offered by our design tools and the affordances given by many construction contexts – especially building environments of developing countries with limited available onsite means, skill, budget, or time.


This lecture postulates that by incorporating computational power and incertitude as productive and constructive components in alternative computation-driven design and materialisation processes, the locally available solution space for built architecture can be dramatically expanded and onsite ability and agency increased. The talk questions what gain our extensive computational abilities bring to architectural design and construction in these contexts. How can the mechanisms driving this extensiveness be creatively and practically employed here? What happens when we radically disrupt the security of architecture’s standard reproductive infrastructure?


Illustrated through his highly unusual and provocative built work, Kristof Crolla proposes an alternative computation-driven design and materialisation methodology that capitalises on digital design models’ propensity towards designing multiplicities and uses this for the design of singular solutions in highly volatile contexts. The work demonstrates that identified methods can substantially increase the architects’ agency and local onsite affordance. In doing so, the case is made for more democratic epistemic models and more intelligent structures of approximation than (common) deterministic approaches in digital design would allow for, challenging the extent to which computation can further impact architectural practice.



Prof. dr. ir.-arch. Kristof Crolla is a Belgian architect who combines his architecture practice Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd. (LEAD) with an Associate Professorship at the University of Hong Kong. After graduating Magna Cum Laude as Civil Architectural Engineer from Ghent University in 2003, he practiced in Belgium at Bureau Buildings & Techniques and designed his first built project, House for an Artist. He moved to London in 2005 where he trained and taught at the Architectural Association, School of Architecture (AA) and worked for many years for Zaha Hadid Architects, where he led the design of the “Antwerp Port House”. In 2010 he moved to Hong Kong, where his academic research and office work focusses on the strategic implementation of computation in architectural design practice. This work has been extensively exhibited internationally, including at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and led him to receive over thirty international design, research, and teaching awards, including the G-Mark (Japan), Architizer A+ (USA) Awards, the 2016 World Architectural Festival Award – Small Project of the Year 2016, and the RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Research Impact. He is best known for projects ‘Golden Moon (Hong Kong, 2012)’, ‘ZCB Bamboo Pavilion (Hong Kong, 2015)’, and ‘YEZO (Japan, 2020)’.





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