MACHINES OF LOVING GRACE:
A SYMPOSIUM ON AI, ARCHITECTURE AND VIRTUAL WORLDS
Popularly labeled as the 4th Industrial Revolution, the proliferation of artificial intelligence, robotics, automation and virtual reality is transforming the socioeconomic structure of our society and consequently revolutionizing the way we design and experience spaces. These emerging technological paradigms promise a heightened sense of interaction between humans and their environment. In these new scenarios, the software and hardware ecosystems are exceedingly gaining autonomy. Virtual worlds are no longer limited to be interfaces that merely enhance the physical environment but are becoming spaces in their own right; blurring the distinction between the physical and the digital in our constructed reality. The Symposium: Machines of Loving Grace expands the contemporary discussion on the evolution of human-machine society into the domain of architectural discourse.
Focusing on these new design ecosystems that shape our contemporary reality, the presenters will explore the particular themes of artificial intelligence, interaction design, and virtual/ augmented reality. Some of the main discussion points will include:
-AI and intelligent environments
-Interactive spaces and cyberphysical systems
– Virtual worlds and architecture of interfaces
– Robotics, autonomy, and automation
By engaging some of the greatest minds from the fields of art, architecture, philosophy, industrial design, literature and engineering, the symposium will theorize and situate a new agenda for the intersection of technology and the environments we occupy and socialize in; both digitally and physically.
Detailed schedule & presenters
1:00 PM-1:30 PM
Check in + Exhibition
1:30 PM- 1:55 PM
Welcome by Neil Denari, Interim Chair and Professor UCLA A.UD
Intro by Guvenc Ozel, Faculty UCLA Suprastudio
AI: Interfaces and Objects
1:55 PM- 2:20 PM
Nora Khan, Writer, Rhizome, Eyebeam
2:20 PM- 2:45 PM
Kenric McDowell, Senior UX Designer, Google Research, Art and Machine Intelligence
2:45 PM- 3:10 PM
Tim Wantland, Senior Interaction Designer, Google Research Machine Intelligence
3:10 PM- 3:30 PM
SESSION 1 PANEL DISCUSSION
Form, Data and Intelligence
3:30 PM- 3:55 PM
Jason Kelly Johnson, Design Principal, Future Cities Lab & Associate Professor, CCA San Francisco
3:55 PM- 4:20 PM
Casey Reas, Professor, UCLA Design Media Arts
4:20 PM- 4:45 PM
Nick Cote, Researcher, Applied Research & Innovation, Autodesk
SESSION 2 PANEL DISCUSSION
Cyberphysical Systems: The Virtual and the Physical
5:05 PM- 5:30 PM
Benjamin Bratton, Professor, University of California, San Diego, Program Director, Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow
5:30 PM- 5:55 PM
Jose Sanchez, Assistant Professor University of Southern California, School of Architecture, Director at Plethora Project llc.
5:55 PM- 6:20 PM
Rebecca Allen, Professor, UCLA Design Media Arts
6:20 PM- 6:40 PM
SESSION 3 PANEL DISCUSSION
6:40 PM- 7:00 PM
ALL SPEAKERS, Audience Q&A
The Symposium is hosted by Ozel SUPRASTUDIO.
ABOUT OZEL SUPRASTUDIO
Ozel SUPRASTUDIO at UCLA IDEAS is focused on investigating the intersection of the digital and the physical worlds, looking at the cusp of living in mixed realities where interactive environments challenge traditional fabrication techniques and spatial assemblies. Current research objectives include virtual and augmented reality, robotics, cyberphysical systems and smart space applications. Automation, interaction, autonomous transportation, space travel, robotic fabrication, virtual spaces and interface design are recurring themes of exploration, aiming to find meaningful design applications while navigating through the ever-changing world of technology. Some of the current and former industry collaborations include Autodesk and Microsoft, among others. Studio is led by Guvenc Ozel with the assistance of lecturers Benjamin Ennemoser and Mertcan Buyuksandalyaci.
IDEAS LECTURE SERIES
The IDEAS Lecture Series charts a dynamic new future for architecture by engaging speakers from a broad range of disciplines. The series looks beyond the field’s traditional boundaries and explores topics arising from unexpected quarters—entertainment, automotive, aerospace, and tech industries—in order to explore rapidly emerging new technologies, possibilities for interdisciplinary growth, and the role of Los Angeles in the evolution of architecture.