Lecture | Neil Leach : Desiring Machines

29.05.2014 // 17:00
Chair for CAAD, HPZ Floor F
This lecture will explore the logic of digital fabrication technologies that are being used increasingly to model architectural form. Drawing upon Deleuze’s notion of the ‘machinic’ and ‘desiring machines’, it seeks to position ‘machinic processes’ beyond the simple world of the mechanical into a realm in which the human is always already inscribed. The session will also look at the new frontier of architectural research: space architecture. The lecture considers not only the broader question of what is on the agenda in terms of space exploration, but also what role architects play in this project. The session also explores some of the most recent technological developments in the field, including the development of robotic 3-D printing technologies for the Moon and Mars.
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Neil Leach is an architect and theorist. He is currently Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California, Visiting Professor at Tongji University and a NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Fellow. He has also taught at SCI-Arc, Architectural Association, Cornell University, Columbia GSAPP, Dessau Institute of Architecture, Royal Danish School of Fine Arts, IaaC, ESARQ, University of Bath, University of Brighton, University of Nottingham and London Consortium. He holds a MA in Architecture and a Diploma of Architecture from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in Architectural Theory from the University of Nottingham.