Faculties and centres
For the 2018 edition of the EGA Conference we propose a theme that intends to be open and attractive enough to entice the greatest participation in our area of aknowledge and, if possible, related disciplines or researchers that can bring new light to our conferences:
On the influence of the representation and ideation tools in architecture
The main topic proposed for the next EGA conference aims to foster the debate around the role that drawing and, in general, the representation and ideation tools have played in the development of architecture and its own language over time. The tool is not innocent; we think that to a greater or lesser extent it influences the result that is obtained from it. In this sense, the conference seeks to claim the decisive role that design tools and drawing in particular have had throughout history in the evolution of architectural language.
Despite the instrumental nature of drawing within architecture, the influence that the development of representation systems and the different tools used by the architects during the project process have had in history prove that there is a fertile relationship between drawing and project, between graphic ideation and architecture. Most disruptive recent practices seem to put some of these relationships in crisis while generating other types of imprints in the architectural project, perhaps even more decisive in the final result. Thus, the reflection on the imprint that the graphic or other design tools can leave in the project and, as a consequence, how have they been able to influence in different ways the course architecture itself is still necessary.
Think, for instance, on the invention of perspective in the Renaissance, or the development of the systems of representation of architectural space with the appearance of the figure of the architect as "substitute" of the master builder with the ability to draw and anticipate the projected architecture. Reflect on the development of Borromini's drawing techniques or of descriptive geometry by Gaspard Monge, in the ruins surveys of the eighteenth century and their influence on revivalisms. Imagine the rich relations between modern architecture and the avant-gardes such as the conception of space in Cubism or the use of axonometric projections in De Stijl and years later among the Five. Or the relationship between Constructivism and the role of Lissitzky's Prouns or Chernikov's architectural fantasies with regard to some deconstructive architecture. Think on the continued use of diagrams from Durand to Eisenman or the emergence of 2D computer drawing and the digital stratification of information into layers and projects in strata such as Tschumi's La Villete Park. Think of the significant change introduced by the virtual modeling and the truly three-dimensional conception of architecture with blobs and folds. Reflect on the development of scripting languages and parametric design or the topological notions applied to the concept of open form, algorithmic architecture and the counterpoint of digital manufacturing. Let us address if the BIM conception with its new paradigm of representation and design based in a geometrically referenced bb.dd. structure may involve significant changes in the final result of the design.
The theme is therefore mainstreaming, multidisciplinary, while combining past and recent history, as well as digital future.
Conference TRACKS and topics (always in relation to the conference theme)
DRAWING AND PROJECT
Open form, parameterisation and algorithms
ARCHITECTURE AND RE-PRESENTATION
Architectural graphic narrative
Surveys and revivals
3D modelling and rendering
Digital surveys and tools
REPRESENTATION MATERIALITY AND DIGITAL FABRICATION
Models, representation and ideation
Structural models and prototyping
CARTOGRAPHIES, MAPPINGS, CITY AND TERRITORY
Space Syntax, flows, and urban dynamisms
PROJECTIONS AND ARCHITECTURAL SPACE
Geometry and projections
Spatial syntax and architectural topologies
ARCHITECTURE, PHENOMENOLOGY, PERCEPTION AND INTERACTION
Perception and phenomenology
Visual thinking and architecture
Perception, orientation and cognition of architectural space
Interaction and architecture
TEACHING INNOVATION AND RESEARCH
Analysis and architectural design
Graphic representation, communication and narrative
Geometry, projections and spatial visualization
New technologies and digital processes