At 1pm on Thursday, November 28, at the Segovia campus, IE University will be hosting the second cycle of the ENCOUNTERS workshop, led by Toni Kotnik, professor and researcher from ETH in Zurich. 

Toni Kotnik_Portrait_bw_2010081828.11.13. Toni Kotnik

Digital Poiesis: architecture between physical necessity and freedom of design

Contemporary utilization of the digital in architectural design has resulted in a shift towards the performative: an understanding of architecture reduced to the questions of quantification. The numerical, however, is not the essence of the digital. Based on Heidegger’s conception of the mathematical the lecture argues for a poetic dimension of the formal as the truly digital.

Toni Kotnik is lecturer and senior researcher at the ETH Zurich and principal of d’HKL, a Zurich-based office focusing on research-oriented architectural design. He studied architecture and mathematics in Germany, Switzerland and the US and received his doctoral degree from the University of Zurich. He was research fellow at Center for the Representation of Multi-Dimensional Information, principal researcher at OCEAN design research network, assistant professor at the Institute for Experimental Architecture at the University of Innsbruck and studio master at the Emergent Technology and Design program at the Architectural Association in London. His practice and research work has been published internationally and is centered on the integration of scientific knowledge into the design process with focus on the relationship between architectural design, computational geometry and engineering.


Toni Kotnik_Pavillion 2011


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