Design Tech Fall 2022 Lecture Series

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Overview

What is Design Tech?

This university-wide lecture series explores design research, technological innovation, scholarship, and collaboration across disciplinary boundaries in science, engineering, and design. The series is represented by a network of faculty from across the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning; College of Human Ecology; College of Engineering; College of Computing and Information Science; and College of Arts and Science; as well as faculty at Cornell Tech. This fall, we are excited to invite practitioners, scholars, and researchers outside of Cornell to lecture on the topic of design and technology at the Tata Innovation Center on Cornell Tech's campus. In an era during which we are witnessing one of the biggest paradigm shifts in the conceptualization and creation of our environments, objects, and interfaces, the series will present research and projects on topics at the intersection of design and emerging technologies to understand and discuss their impact upon industry, practice, knowledge, and pedagogy in a changing world.

September 20 at 5 p.m. | Mario Carpo

The Pandemic, Computation, and the End of Modernity: A View from the Design Professions

Mario Carpo is the Reyner Banham Professor of Architectural History and Theory at the Bartlett, University College London and Professor of Architectural Theory, Die Angewandte (University of Applied Arts), Vienna. Carpo's research and publications focus on the relationships between architectural theory, cultural history, and the history of media and design technologies.  His Architecture in the Age of Printing (2001) has been translated into several languages.  His most recent books are The Second Digital Turn: Design Beyond Intelligence (2017), The Alphabet and the Algorithm (2011), and The Digital Turn in Architecture (1992–2012), an AD Reader. His next book, Beyond Digital: Design and Automation at the End of Modernity, is forthcoming next spring. 

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Mario Carpo

Reyner Banham Professor of Architectural History and Theory at the Bartlett, University College London and Professor of Architectural Theory, Die Angewandte (University of Applied Arts), Vienna

October 25 at 6:30 p.m. | Jonah Brucker-Cohen

Critical Networked Experience

Jonah Brucker-Cohen will discuss his projects in the theme of "Critical Networked Experience," which includes works that challenge and subvert accepted notions of network interaction and socialization. Projects he will discuss include BumpList, an email community for the determined; Weapon of Protest, a modified game controller that protests gun violence in the U.S.; To Protect and Server, a critical modification of Google's ReCaptcha software to emphasize police brutality and social justice; Killer Route, a GPS navigation system that integrates live crime data; Human Error, a series of works that emphasize humanity's inability to understand technical interfaces; ContactRot, an iPhone app that challenges our reliance on the cloud; Alerting Infrastructure!, a website hit counter that destroys a building; WordPlay, a new linguistics-based project installed at the New York Hall of Science; and more. At the end of his talk, he will present a live demo of his commissioned project for Montefiore Hospital called Healing Destinations, an earth simulation that allows the audience to interact using their cell phones.

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Jonah Brucker-Cohen

Artist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Lehman College / City University of New York

Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Ph.D., is an artist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Lehman College / City University of New York.  He received his Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin. His work focuses on deconstructing networks, with projects that subvert accepted perceptions of network interaction. His artwork has been exhibited at venues such as SFMOMA, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Art, MOMA, ICA London, Whitney Museum of American Art, Palais du Tokyo, Tate Modern, Ars Electronica, Transmediale, and more. His artworks, Bumplist and America's Got No Talent are in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. His writing has appeared in WIRED, Make, Rhizome.org, Gizmodo, Neural, and more. His Scrapyard Challenge workshops have been held in more than 15 countries in Europe, South America, North America, Asia, and Australia since 2003. He is currently a visiting artist at Cornell Tech.

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