Call: INPUT_OUTPUT: Adaptive Materials and Mediated Environments symposium/exhibition

Adaptive Materials and Mediated Environments


The symposium and exhibition are part of the annual Design Philadelphia Festival.

Symposium: Oct. 8
Exhibition: Oct. 6-19

Tyler School of Art, Main Campus

“INPUT_OUTPUT: Adaptive Materials and Mediated Environments” will address the convergence of several significant and fundamental advancements in the ways that materials and environments are designed, evaluated, and experienced within architecture and related disciplines. The emergence of new and ultra-performing materials, parametric design and modeling tools, integrated design technologies, and developing digital fabrication and prototyping techniques establish an interconnected network of technological inputs that has stimulated the development of materials, assemblies, and systems with adaptive environmental behaviors. This symposium will interrogate the relationships that exist between each of four discrete, yet interrelated technologies of adaptive materials: Material Compositions, Material Fabrications, Material Behaviors, and Material Computations. Through contemporary research, design projects, and theoretical positions, it will frame the evolving context for adaption and mediation within the built environment.


Martina Decker | Material Compositions

Martina Decker is a founding partner of Decker Yeadon located in New York City, a design practice that focuses on how new technologies, particularly smart materials and nanotechnolog ies, can address the significant problems of our time through innovative solutions. She has taught architectural studios at The Ne w School for Design at Parsons.

Jeremy Ficca | Material Fabrications

Jeremy Ficca, an assistant professor and Director of the Digital Fabrication Lab at Carnegie Mellon University, is devoted to the importance of singular and collective making as a cornerstone for architectural education. His practice and research involves the multi-scale utilization of common and emerging mater ials related to topics of tectonics, cultur e and customization.

Nataly Gattegno | Material Behaviors

Nataly Gattegno is a founding partner of Future Cities Lab, an interdisciplinary collaborative that investigates the rela tionship between information and the opportunities of a desig n process inextricably linked to research. She is currently t eaching at the California College of the Arts. Her work expl ores design in extreme environments and the relation ship between energy and form.

Yanni Loukissas | Material Computations

Dr. Yanni Loukissas teaches design theory and studio at Corne ll University, with a focus on computational methods. He has written and lectured on the cul ture of computation in architecture and related fields. He is currently working on a book entitled “Conceptions of Design in a Culture of Simulation.”


Early registration deadline: 8 September 2010

Participation is limited to 100 guests.


Early Registration  $125
Professionals  $150
Students  $40


The symposium is part of Design Philadelphia, an annual festi val and the largest event of its kind in the nation, which wi ll run from 6 October until 12 October 2010. This citywide ce lebration features more than 135 exhibitions, workshops, stud io tours, lectures, special events, book signings, and installations. For more information visit: 


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