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aaec Network partner seminar

February 14, 2022 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

topic: IntCDC constructive conversation // architecture and orchids: agency in spatial techtonics

only accessible to network partners

  • Monday, 14th of February 2022
  • 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Speaker: Sean Ahlquist

Ahlquist’s presentation will unravel concepts of design process and the relationship of environment to social behavior, particularly for individuals with non-conventional forms of communication and perception of the world around them.  The origins of the work combines experiences with his daughter and research in textile engineering and industrial knit manufacturing, exploring the novel use of advanced material research, fabrication and computational design to shift the definition of architecture from the domain of the auteur to that of its inhabitants. The presentation intends to provide avenues by which the rarely considered communities of differently-minded persons can be addressed within this technically-oriented field of architectural research.

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speaker information: Sean Ahlquist

Sean Ahlquist is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan – Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, directs the Lab for Socio-material Architectures, and is part of the Cluster in Computational Media and Interactive Systems which connects architecture with the fields of material science, computer science, and performing arts technology. Research explores the relationship between novel material constructions, sensory-responsive environments and social behavior for communities with a wide spectrum of physical and cognitive abilities. Ahlquist addresses architecture’s pressing need to leverage computational design towards generating truly inclusionary spaces. Ahlquist is the current director of the Master of Science in Digital Material Technologies. He teaches across the range of academic programs at the college of architecture, currently involving students in a multi-year collaboration with the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living. Works have been installed at a range of sites, including children’s museums, classrooms and therapy centers, the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale, the Big Umbrella Festival at Lincoln Center in New York City and the upcoming Common Senses Festival in Omaha, Nebraska in Spring 2022.

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February 14, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


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