SLIVER Lecture Series
Organized by: Kristy Balliet, Alexandra Graupner, Niels Jonkhans, Angelika Zelisko
Graphic Design: Paulus M. Dreibholz

SPRING SEMESTER 09: Voluminous

The 2009 Sliver Lecture series highlights architects and designers in search of the voluminous. Voluminous designs are characterized by a sophisticated use of fullness and volume to generate complex spatial atmospheres that challenge the flat, autonomous surface.

A recent desire for greater spatial effect and variation has lead architects and designers to synthesize massing, skin and structure while simultaneously amplifying the intricate distinctions between them.  This exploration has produced an intriguing body of voluminous design notable for its use of volumetric depth on scales both subtle and grand.  Undulation, bulging, folding, creasing and laminated, layered masses are only a few techniques deployed in recent designs.

This shift to the voluminous is clearly note-worthy; each lecturer in the series explores a unique region of techniques and design logic giving rise to voluminous environments or conditions.

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WINTER SEMESTER 08: Information Obsession

The 2008 Sliver Lecture series combines emerging topics of information deployment and generation. The series samples from the myriad of artists and architects engaging in the processes of Advanced Technologies, Computational Techniques, Algorithmic Codes and Digital Fabrication.

The manipulation and layering of information contributes to the demystification and transparency of the design process.  No longer simply a tool, computational modes are the new digital medium shaping the contemporary environment. The boundaries between neighboring disciplines have eroded, merging technical culture and pop culture to create a highly refined set of exchanges that are available to a broad audience.  Overlapping fields have created intriguing hybrids that simultaneously tackle issues of architecture, visual design, and art.

Each lecturer deals with the concept of interface and operates with a range of scales and materials.  In various ways, they incorporate pattern, organization, assembly, repetition, precision, transformation, and visualization into their work.