In accord with SCI-Arc’s mission to foster global learning opportunities, SCI-Arc Director and CEO Hernan Diaz Alonso recently delivered a lecture at the Schusev State Museum of Architecture; held meetings with cultural, city, and academic institution leaders; and toured the architectural sites of Moscow. His 60-minute talk, titled Forms of Plenty, was followed by 90 minutes of Q&A moderated by art, architecture, and media curator and former MAK Musuem Director Peter Noever.
“While I covered the last 15 years of global architecture through some of my work with Xefirotarch, I really focused on the last five years and the role of speculative research, both at SCI-Arc, in my own practice, and in the practice of our SCI-Arc faculty,” Diaz Alonso says.
Of particular focus were three key ways technology is changing means of design, production, education, and the practice at large. First, Diaz Alonso highlighted the possibilities it has facilitated to produce new coherencies, or interconnections. Second, the holistic changes to the practice that have collapsed what were formerly multiple phases of processes have facilitated new speeds of delivery. And third, he discussed how technology has changed the architectural approach to experiments and how those exercises are altering how outcomes look and behave.
“Architectural concepts today are more front-loaded, and are shifting practice paradigms,” Diaz Alonso says. “Sometimes people can focus too much on aspects of efficiency, and at SCI-Arc we’re embracing that opportunity to expand the experience of architecture.”