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Lars Spuybroek - The Limits of Morphogenesis (free public lecture)

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University of Dundee

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A free public lecture as part of the centenary celebrations of D'Arcy Thompson's landmark book On Growth and Form.

Lars Spuybroek is an internationally acclaimed Dutch architect whose practice, NOX, has become renowned for organically inspired projects. Having taught in the University of Kassel and Columbia University, he is now Professor of Architectural Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

From an architectural viewpoint, Lars believes that the work of D’Arcy Thompson (Dundee's first Professor of Biology) remains of the highest interest. As the title of On Growth and Form indicates, we should understand form as much a temporal construct as a spatial object. It goes without saying that for architects this poses fundamental questions to the nature of design. Such a process-oriented view sees form above all as the outcome of interactions between forces and matter. Form emerges from the “inside out” and is not shaped from the “outside on,” as architects are trained to think.

This lecture will discuss the implications of D’Arcy Thompson’s ideas for architecture, drawing on experiments with both analogue as well as digital computing techniques for design.

Tickets are free, but booking is essential. The event is preceded by the opening of a special On Growth and Form exhibition upstairs in the Lamb Gallery, which you are also welcome to attend from 5.30-6.30pm.

This public lecture is also part of a 3-day interdisciplinary conference, On Growth and Form 100, being organised at the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews. For conference details and registration see https://www.ongrowthandform.org/conference/

(If you are already registered for the conference on Friday 13 October, there is no need to register separately for this event)

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