Digital Design: Pulsation in Architecture Book Talk

Wolfsonian Museum – FIU. Oct 28, 2011. 7:00 p.m.

“Digital design is not simply a means to an end, but is opening doors for different kinds of sensibility of design – it is opening up a Pandora’s box of new possibilities for architecture,” says Eric Goldemberg, author of the newly published book Pulsation in Architecture. Goldemberg presents his book as part of a panel discussion followed by a book signing at The Wolfsonian on Friday, October 28th at 7:00 p.m.

Goldemberg is an assistant professor of architecture at FIU, coordinator of the school’s digital design department, and co-principal of the award-winning MONAD Studio with his partner, Veronica Zalcberg. Pulsation in Architecture grew out of a 2008 symposium he organized at FIU, “Digital Pulse in Architecture,” which brought together eight well-known designers and critics from across the country for a dynamic exploration the groundbreaking new ways in which the built form can be envisioned through digital design and rhythmic perception. The response both of the academic community and the community at large was so overwhelmingly positive that Goldemberg was motivated to author a book that expanded on the symposium by gathering the work of twenty-seven avant-garde digital designers. “The book is much more than a representation of a conference – it describes a new cultural movement,” explains Goldemberg.

Pulsation in Architecture discusses a paradigm shift in spatial perception due to the intense use of computational techniques and the ability to morph massive amounts of data into spatial patterns. Rhythm plays a pivotal role in the articulation of the topology of buildings, generating the atmospheric character that induces moods and throbbing sensations in space. A relatively new term, “pulsation” introduces the fundamental animate capacity of form and reshapes our perception of architectural space across multiple scales of a project, from digital inception to fabrication.

The book includes contributions by Peter Eisenman, Greg Lynn, UN Studio, Reiser + Umemoto, Asymptote, Jeffrey Kipnis, Ali Rahim, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Gage Clemenceau, MONAD Studio, and others. “I hope this book will bring into the theoretical discourse the theme of pulsation in architecture,” says Goldemberg.

At The Wolfsonian’s panel discussion, Goldemberg will be joined by Alfredo Andia (FIU Department of Architecture), Armando Montilla (Clemson University), and Andrew Santa Lucia (University of Illinois, Chicago), all of whom have contributed to the project, for an examination of the work of some of the world’s leading designers at the forefront of the digital avant-garde. 

Following the book signing, the audience is invited to view the exhibition Pulsation, based on the contents of the book, at the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts Miami Beach Urban Studios, 420 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach (curated by panelist Andrew Santa Lucia and David de Cespedes). Copies of Pulsation in Architecture are available for purchase through The Dynamo Museum Shop.

The Wolfsonian Museum-FIU
1001 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 33139

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