MARK GOULTHORPE, DECOI ARCHITECTS / MIT

On Paramorphs and Alloplastic
M 20 February 2012  |  6:00pm  |  Carnegie Museum of Art Theater
William Finglass Lecture

Mark Goulthorpe is an Associate Professor at MIT Dept of Architecture, teaching in undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs, and undergoing research in digital design and fabrication. Current research centers on robotic fabrication and a variety of composite fabrication methodologies, as well as a new iteration of the dynamically reconfigurable HypoSurface. There are two published books: ‘Autoplastic to Alloplastic’ by Hyx/Pompidou, which evidences shifts in design methodology occasioned by digital technologies; ‘The Possibility of (an) Architecture’ by Routledge, which theorizes the broad implications of a digital paradigm for architecture. A forthcoming book is in draft form, ‘Paramorph’, which foregrounds the design and fabrication research that lies behind the evolving projects. Goulthorpe is also a practicing architect, working with networked interdisciplinary teams under the rubric, dECOi. Current projects include a fully cnc-milled office interior One Main (Cambridge), a carbon-fiber penthouse as an extension to a tower top adjacent to the Tate Modern (London); and a Zero+ thermoplastic housing initiative. Each project probes new modes of materializing architectural envelopes, each ‘adaptive’ in some sense. dECOi was named on the of the Architectural League of NY ‘Emerging Voices’ 2006, selected for the ‘Design Vanguard’ by Architectural Record 2005, won the FEIDAD award for digital design in 2004 (Galerie Miran) and 2000 (HypoSurface), was selected for the ‘New Trends of Architecture exhibition of the European City of Culture 2004, and has variously exhibited at the Venice and Beijing Biennales.