The School of Architecture is pleased to announce that associate professor Dana Cupkova was invited to present her design and research work at the 2019 Living Architecture Systems Group Symposium (LASG). Cupkova gave a talk titled Attuning Matter within a panel focused on living systems, and Kinetic Architecture as part of the three-day symposium that took place Friday 01 March through Sunday 03 March, 2019. Professor Paul Pangaro from the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at CMU delivered the event’s keynote presentation.
Cupkova also contributed to the 2019 LASG White Paper book compilation with a paper co-authored by SoA assistant teaching professor Daragh Byrne titled Towards Psychosomatic Architecture: Attuning Reactive Architectural Materials Through Biofeedback. The White Papers 2019 volume, edited by Philip Beesley, Sasha Hastings, and Sarah Bonnemaison, and published by Riverside Press, demonstrates the variety and depth of research currently being conducted by the LASG.
Cupkova’s work engages the built environment at the intersection of ecology, computationally driven processes, and systems analysis. Her research in living architecture systems is particularly fitting to the symposium as she interrogates the relationship between design-space and ecology as it engages computational methods, thermodynamic processes, and experimentation with geometrically driven performance logic.
The LASG explores the potential of changing how we build by transforming the physical structures that support buildings and the technical systems at the cross roads of architecture and biology. Synthetic biology systems are being integrated in prototypes, exploring how they can be fully integrated into new generations of buildings. Specializations are in advanced structures, mechanisms, control systems, machine learning, human-machine interaction, synthetic biology, and psychological testing. The combined expertise of the group offers unique integrated design, prototyping, and public demonstration facilities.