ARCHITECTURE Research, Experiment, and Innovation – special mention of Foster & Partners/ Conference & Workshops


Foster and partners, one of the largest architecture practices internally, have managed to stay ahead of the competition for many years. The practice is on the frontier of innovative design thanks to it is dedicated research and development teams and numerous research collaboration. The lecture will describe the recent work and history of the Applied Research and Development team at Foster + Partners. Through project examples like the UAE Pavilion in Milan expo and the New Mexico airport, the lecture will show how integrated design teams can combine human intuition and computational rigour to generate performance-driven innovative optimal design options.

System of algorithms – bases on deep researches and experiments – generates innovative architectural projects and modern prototype systems of high-rises with optimized properties for different environments and functional programmes.

Data Driven Design Methodologies, Autopoietic Generative Systems and Post Rationalisation techniques, while exploring potential scenarios for complex non‐linear geometrical manipulation via coding, evolutionary solvers, physical computing and robotic programming.

Computational technology is rapidly developed. It provides strong capabilities to change life mechanism and the way we act, think, communicate and interact in real life. In parallel, architecture re-acts itself in response to the constant change of surrounding environment and human actions where the trialogue among (buildings, environment, and humans) is always on. During Rome summer school 2015, students have learnt that Architectural forms should not be superimposed, where an overview of building science and control techniques will be provided to link form and performance. They worked with algorithms and sensors able to recognize and respond to human attitudes and environmental adaptation where they were able to engage digital virtual world with real environment in their final the projects. Samples of their projects will be shown in the lecture.



The objective of conference day followed by 3 days’ Workshop is to look into advanced computational methods that depend on initial simple rules to produce complex deigns through iterations. based on the concepts like recursion and L-systems to reimagine architectural elements in a more complex form.


Course Length:
1 day conference & 3 days workshop

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