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Digital Signifiers in an Architecture of Information

June 29, 2023
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM


June 29, 2023

5:00 – 7:00 PM (CET)
Centro Studi-Docum. Cultura Armena,
1602 Dorsoduro, Venezia, VE 30123, Italy

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (EST)

From Big Data and Simulation to Artificial Intelligence” by Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa. Book Discussion New York Tech SoAD Collateral Event 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

The New York Institute of Technology is pleased to invite you to the "Students as Researchers: Creative Practice and University Education" Collateral Event of the 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia - "The Laboratory of the Future" curated by Lesley Lokko. The Collateral Event, curated by Maria Perbellini with deputy curators Marcella Del Signore, Sandra Manninger, and Athina Papadopoulou is hosting a book discussion on Artificial Intelligence: “Digital Signifiers in an Architecture of Information: From Big Data and Simulation to Artificial Intelligence”by Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa, Routledge, London 2023. The Collateral Event is located at the Armenian Culture Studies and Documentation Center, Dorsoduro 1602, Venice.

The book discusses research anticipating the roles of Big Data and Simulation necessary to activate what is being called AI. Big Data and Statistical prediction are essential to activate parallel processing emergent programming, as well as generative Artificial Intelligence. Proposing an architecture of information compatible with the 21st Century, the book takes sections through history redefining architecture theory based on Big Data forensic surveys and expanded Machine Vision simulations – exploring non-intuitive data and modeling relationships, deconstructing history to expand new possible futures.

The book traces critical relationships between technology and culture displacing specific media and mediums to be able to convey specific messages: e.g. data and AI bias as lack of cultural criticism; or design as cultural confirmation bias. The book expands relationships between computation and architecture including the definition of new fields of knowledge deconstructing neocolonialisms implicit in a Digital Feudalism: from measurement and representation systems, data bias and anticipatory computation to expanding authorship through critical relationships between Data Science and Computer Science; after Nietzsche’s “Every word is a prejudice” and Barthes’ language as author, Natural Language Processing, prompt engineering grammar activate computer programming projecting conventional semantics a context to which we define and expand relationships between a computational linguistic semiotics, a computational visual semiotics, and an informational semiotics; the crisis of representation of Nature is redefined by thermodynamics expanding architecture and urbanism as emergent space-environments; and we propose to deconstruct the conventional artificial origination of signs in computation towards a meta ahistorical multidimensional architecture of information.

Maria Perbellini

Opening Remarks

Maria Perbellini

Dean, New York Tech School of Architecture and Design

Maria R. Perbellini earned her Master of Architecture from the Pratt Institute. She also holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia in Italy. Prior to joining New York Tech, she served as associate dean for graduate programs in the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University (TTU), where she developed a Master of Architecture curriculum with four graduate certificates, as well as a post-professional Master of Science in Architecture program with specializations in digital design and fabrication, urban and community design, and design and health. She also coordinated the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Land-Use Planning, Management, and Design.

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Marcella Del Signore

Introduction and Moderation

Marcella Del Signore

Associate Professor, Director, M.S. in Architecture, Urban and Regional Design, New York Tech School of Architecture and Design

Marcella Del Signore is an architect, urbanist, educator, scholar, and the principal of X-Topia, a design-research practice that explores the intersection of architecture and urbanism with technology and the public, social and cultural realm. She is an associate professor and director of the Master of Science in Architecture, Urban and Regional Design at NYIT School of Architecture and Design. Her research focuses on interscalar design approaches that engage the notion of socio-technical systems through computation, prototyping, material and fabricated assemblies, data-driven protocols, and adaptive environments.

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Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa, PH.D.


Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa, PH.D.

Director, AI Research Lab and Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Design, New York Institute of Technology

Dr. Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa is an associate professor with Tenure, director of the AI Lab and first director of the Master of Science in Architecture, Computational Technologies program at the School of Architecture and Design at NYIT. He is an international architect and scholar in the fields of architecture, urbanism, ecology, and computation. His work innovates in information-based representation and construction systems through materials, robotics and digital fabrication.

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Joe Brennan

Respondent and Moderator

Alexis Meier, PH.D.

Architect, Associate Professor in Theory and Practice of Architecture and Urbanism, Head of ASPU Master’s degree, AMUP Lab, National Institute of Applied Sciences of Strasbourg

Alexis Meier is an Architect and Doctor in urban and architectural conception theory and project. He started his career with the Architect Peter Eisenman in New-York, and with Renzo Piano in Paris. He is a University lecturer at the INSA Strasbourg and collaborates with the ENSAS since 2009. His research deals with the understanding of the mechanisms at work in the project conception. He is also interested in the modelling of new organizational logics ( flows of forms, information’s and materials) that create new links between the person, the space and the environment. He develops managing strategies to redefine the traditional urban systems.

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