19th April,Movement: Experimental Design Practices ’21 symposium

Join us on the 19th April for the inaugural symposium of the Experimental Design Practices Research & Enterprise Group. The online event brings together practitioners, artists, engineers, theorists, academics and architects from the UK, Norway, Spain and Denmark to reflect on their practice engaging with movement.

We live our lives through movement. From the constant flux around us, to movement of the very cells of our own bodies, nothing is truly still. Movement is fundamental, yet how this frames our experience is a sometimes less explored foundation for design. The symposium begins to explore work that reflects on what it means to be in constant motion and how we might reconsider design through this lens.

Online Symposium Monday 19th April 2021

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Edouard Cabay, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC)

Cabay is a Belgian-Swiss, Barcelona-based architect where he is both the founder and principal of Appareil, an experimental architectural office, directs research and academic programmes at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), and runs Machinic Protocols, an experimental project into creative automation.  His predominant interest in the notion of craft has brought both his architectural and artistic practices to question seeming dichotomies such as chance and intent, situated in the parallelism of the analogue and digital, frequently blurring their distinction. His research often aims at staging indeterminable situations, exploring, through protocols and automation, self-informing processes of a reciprocal nature that are capable to simultaneously generate and become. His investigations into different materialities related to drawing, painting or spatial interventions that he calls micro-geographies opens up the discourse of what determines a creative process, and how a beautifully designed system of iterative translations can bring about directed yet infinitely surprising outcomes.

Charlotte Erckrath, Bergen School of Architecture

Charlotte Erckrath works with drawings, texts and the making of spatial devices. In her work architecture is discussed as an open territory. Her interests range from visual and measuring devices to descriptive geometry, pictorial exploration and theories of architectural drawing. Erckrath currently holds a position of assistant professor at the Bergen School of Architecture in the field of DAV (‘Den Andre Verden’ : the other view).

Mathilde Marengo, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC)

Mathilde Marengo is an Australian – French – Italian Architect, with a PhD in Urbanism, whose research focuses on the Contemporary Urban Phenomenon, its integration with technology, and its implications on the future of our planet. Within today’s critical environmental, social and economic framework, she investigates the responsibility of designers in answering these challenges through circular and metabolic design. She is Head of Studies, Faculty and PhD Supervisor at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia’s Advanced Architecture Group (AAG), an interdisciplinary research group investigating emerging technologies of information, interaction and manufacturing for the design and transformation of the cities, buildings and public spaces. Within this context, Mathilde researches, designs and experiments with innovative educational formats based on holistic, multi-disciplinary and multi-scalar design approaches, oriented towards materialization, within the AAG agenda of redefining the paradigm of design education in the Information and Experience Age. Her investigation is also actuated through her role in several National and EU funded research projects, among these Innochain, Knowledge Alliance for Advanced Urbanism, BUILD Solutions, Active Public Space,  Creative Food Cycles, and more. Her work has been published internationally, as well as exhibited, among others: Venice Biennale, Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale, Beijing Design Week, MAXXI Rome.

Hugo Mulder, University of Southern Denmark

Hugo Mulder is a lecturer and researcher in architectural movement at the University of Southern Denmark. He has a degree in civil engineering from Delft University of Technology and has worked as a design engineer for Arup in Amsterdam and London, where he specialised in the design of movable building structures. In 2013 he moved to Denmark to conduct doctoral research in architectural movement at the IT University of Copenhagen with a research stay in SIAL at RMIT in Melbourne. Hugo will speak about his research and the development of a framework that brings together philosophy of mind, the tectonics of kinetic architecture and notions of building intelligence.


Susans Robertson, University of Brighton

Susan Robertson is a Principal Lecturer and Academic Programme Leader in Architecture and Planning at the University of Brighton. Her research is concerned with urban and architectural mobilities.  This research has centred on the spatial and social aspects of urban infrastructures and specifically street space, investigating relationships between design thinking, representations, mobile practices and experiences of users and observers.  Susan practiced as a senior architect with Denys Lasdun and as principal in her own practice, completing a number of projects in the UK and mainland Europe.  Her research is transdisciplinary and often collaborative with social scientists and artists.  She has published articles in Cultural Geographies, Literary Geographies and Mobilities journals, contributed chapters to a number of books including Hauck, T., Keller, R. & Kleinekort, V. (eds) Infrastructural Urbanism: addressing the in-between (DOM 2011) and Researching and Representing mobilities: transdisciplinary encounters (Palgrave Macmillan 2014).  Ongoing work is on illumination and re-construction of territorial edges through photography (2019) and most recently concerned with the coastal urban edges of Brighton and Havana, Cuba.

Matthew Rosier, Artist

Matthew Rosier is an artist who creates installations and experiences for the public realm. His research led, collaborative and site responsive practice engages with the built environment, heritage, sustainability and technology. Matthew studied architecture at Oxford Brookes and University College London, and completed a one year residency at Fabrica, a design research centre in Italy. Notable previous projects include Shadowing, a series of interactive streetlights that tour cities internationally, nominated as a 2015 Design of the Year; The Lost Palace, an interactive experience for Historic Royal Palaces in central London, winner of several awards including the 2017 Museum + Heritage Innovation Award; and 108 Steps, a projection installation for Cheshire East Council in Macclesfield, winner of the 2019 London Contemporary Art Prize Public Vote. Outside of his artistic practice Matthew teaches architecture at Oxford Brookes, and campaigns on behalf of the Architects Climate Action Network.


Matthew Turner, Chelsea College of Arts

Matthew Turner was born in The Black Country and is the author of the novella Other Rooms (Hesterglock Press 2019). His first collection of short stories will be published by Dodo Ink in 2021. He is a Lecturer at Chelsea College of Arts and a Visiting Professor of Architecture and Visual Theory at the University of Bergen. He lives in London.


Sarah Stevens, University of Brighton

Sarah Stevens is an architect, design and architectural humanities tutor. Sarah’s research interests focus on architectural engagement with temporality, ambiguity and uncertainty explored through agendas of sustainability and architectural experience. This work directly informs her teaching and design studio agendas and was informed by her PhD in responsive architecture, focusing on kinetic facades sponsored by Arup. She is a Principal Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Brighton and has previously run design units at the Bartlett, Oxford Brookes and collaborated on the Moving Through MA course at the Bergen School of Architecture.


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Contact Sarah Stevens: s.stevens2@brighton.ac.uk


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