Sabin delivers keynote address at Ambience ’11

December 10, 2011

Jenny Sabin, assistant professor of architecture, was a keynote speaker at Ambience '11, an international conference that focuses on the interaction between technology, art, and design. The conference was held from November 28 to 30 in Borås, Sweden.

Sabin, who has generated a body of speculative and applied design work that aligns crafts-based techniques with digital fabrication, delivered an address titled "Between Architecture and Science: Material Analogs." During the talk, Sabin spoke about the intersections between architecture, computational models, textile structures, and biology through multiple modes of working and collaborating.

"Collaborations between architects and scientists offer up venues for productive exchange in design while revealing powerful models for visualizing the intangible," said Sabin. "The material world that this type of work interrogates reveals examples of nonlinear fabrication and self-assembly at the surface, and at a deeper structural level. In parallel, this work offers up novel possibilities that question and redefine architecture within the greater scope of generative design and fabrication."

Sabin also chaired a session on material design that included papers by Paul Nicholas, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark; by Ronald Rael, University of California–Berkely; and Virginia San Fratello, San Jose State University; and by Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Ayelet Karmon, Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Israel.

Ambience '11 is the third conference in the series. This year's theme was the new expressional crossroads where art, design, architecture and technology meet. Previous Ambience conferences focused on intelligent ambience, including intelligent textiles, smart garments, intelligent home and living environment in 2005; and smart textiles—technology and design in 2008.

Sabin joined the AAP faculty in the fall of 2011. She holds degrees in ceramics and interdisciplinary visual art from the University of Washington and a master's of architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

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