Open Lecture: Guan Lee


Guan Lee

Thursday twenty fourth March 2022, 6.30pm

Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [0003]

Guan Lee is an architect, lecturer, founding father of Grymsdyke Farm and co-director of UCL Bartlett’s Subject material Structure Lab (M-A-L). He believes that “materials exploration is key to materials innovation”. He thus explores virtual fabrication together with hands-on construction processes the usage of a spread of fabrics, together with clay, concrete and plaster. Grymsdyke Farm, in Lacey Inexperienced, Buckinghamshire, used to be created to ascertain and discover the price of a collective dwelling and dealing follow. That comes to an intimate engagement with fabrics and processes of constructing in a particular position. For Guan, speculative and intuitive approaches to materials manipulation for their very own sake are as vital because the call for for practicality and capability. 

Structure of materials is set engineering imagined alternatives, cooking without or with recipes, and the development of solids out of liquids. Whether or not designing or making, what we search can turn out to be the on a regular basis and the extraordinary. On the center of a material-based follow is a dedication to stretch the limits of experimentation and to manufacture practical trial and blunder. Subject material Structure investigates virtual and handbook strategies of fabrication the usage of other composite fabrics, exploring techniques of producing architectural parts whilst, in parallel, wondering their technological context and within the sphere environmental/social sustainability. Virtual design can handiest exist within the virtual realm: any bodily manifestations thereafter contain in a single shape or every other handbook enter. Thorough a sequence of analysis tasks, this lecture explores levels of expertise as measures of human enter, together with no longer handiest conventional material-based grouping of crafts similar to carpentry or pottery, but additionally much less standard digitally augmented handbook paintings. How can analysis in making interact with materials innovation? How are we able to sq. design experimentation with the sustainability of crafts and fabrics?



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