Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY USA
Workshop   19 – 22 March 2012
Conference   23 – 24 March 2012

sg2012 TALKSHOP – 23 March 2012

The Talkshop is an opportunity to share perspectives, open debates, pose questions, challenge orthodoxies and propose new ideas in
informal and open discussions between cluster participants, leading practitioners in various fields of expertise and emerging talents in
digital design.
Shifting Attitudes     How do we, as design professionals of the built environment, relate ourselves to materials?
Material Energies: Effects     An investigation of how energy interacts with intensive material properties and what this could mean for architecture.
Material Flows: Applications     The reality of the design practise.
The Scale of Life     An investigation on how material intensities vary through different scales.
Panelists include: Branko Kolarevic, Anna Dyson, Martin Tamke, Sal Craig, Dru Crawley, Kasper Guldager Jorgensen, Kiel Moe, Marie O’Mahony, Zoe Coombes, Jan Knippers and many others.
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sg2012 SYMPOSIUM – 24 March 2012

Invited keynote speakers will showcase major projects that explore the range of ways materiality informs design. The conference is a unique opportunity to hear insights into the challenges ahead for the discipline.
Interwoven throughout the day will be reports and highlights from each workshop cluster, giving those in attendance an opportunity to view work created during the previous four days of intensive design and development.
Keynote Speakers:
Enric Ruiz-Geli – Cloud 9
Robert Hull – Head of Department of Material Science and Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Manfred Grohmann – Bollinger+Grohmann Engineering
Perry Hall – Artist
Evan Douglis – Evan Douglis Studio, Dean of the School of Architecture RPI
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$350   Early Bird Price
$450   Conference Day Price
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Reduced fees are available for students ($120). Email
to confirm student status.

Conference fees include attendance to:
Talkshop (23 March)
A Visit to the Workshop (evening of 23 March)
Symposium (24 March)
Conference Reception (evening of 24 March)


Imagine the design space of architecture was no longer at the scale of rooms, walls and atria, but that of cells, grains and vapour droplets. Rather than the flow of people, services, or construction schedules, the focus becomes the flow of light, vapour, molecular vibrations and growth schedules: design from the inside out.
The sg2012 challenge, Material Intensities, is intended to dissolve our notion of the built environment as inert constructions enclosing physically sealed spaces. Spaces and boundaries are abundant with vibration, fluctuating intensities, shifting gradients and flows. The materials that define them are in a continual state of becoming: a dance of energy and information.
sg2010 Working Prototypes strove to emancipate digital design from the hard drive by moving from the virtual to the actual in wrestling with the tangible world of physical fabrication.  sg2011 Building the Invisible focused on informing digital design with real world data. sg2012 Material Intensities aims to energise our digital prototypes and to infuse them with material behaviour. They gain the potential to become rich simulations informed by the material dynamics, chemical composition, energy flows, force fields and environmental conditions that feed back into the design process.
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sg2012 will take place at the EMPAC building on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, in upstate New York USA from 19-24 March 2012. The sg2012 Workshop and conference will be a gathering of the global community of innovators and pioneers in the fields of architecture, design and engineering.
The event will be in two parts, a four day Workshop 19-22 March, and a public conference beginning with Talkshop 23 March, followed by a Symposium 24 March. The event follows the format of the highly successful preceding events at sg2010 Barcelona and sg2011 Copenhagen.
Rensselaer’s history and strengths as a world-class engineering school afford a unique environment for design at the School of Architecture. In addition to it’s own Undergraduate emphasis on design, computation and the built environment, its Graduate research programs focus on lighting, acoustics, and include the Center for Architectural Science and Ecology (CASE).

The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), a pioneering facility devoted to research and performance across a range of digital and phycial media, will be the venue for the Workshop and


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