AVATAR: Surrealist Rome

Cornell in Rome Fall 2011 Lecture Series

The Advanced Virtual and Technological Architecture Research (AVATAR) group is fundamentally interested in the impact of advanced technology on architectural design; however, it also contributes to discussion on issues such as aesthetics, philosophy, cybernetics, nano- and bio-technology. Founder of AVATAR and head of the School of Architecture and Construction at Greenwich University, Neil Spiller, will present AVATAR's research on innovative approaches to saving Venice using protocell technology to transform oil and water into a limestone-like substance replacing the timber piles under Venice; an alternative to the current plan to install a series of steel floodgates to control tidal movements in the lagoon. A second part to his lecture will turn to Rome and its role as a Surrealist site.