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Builders of the vision

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Modes of design structured by digital media such as simulations, numerically controlled machines and digital networks elicit increasingly collective, digitally mediated and distributed processes. Daniel Cardoso Llach will situate this contemporary condition by offering an intellectual genealogy of twentieth century computational design systems linking postwar anxieties and cybernetic utopias with contemporary discourses about design in architecture and other fields. Reflecting on the material and social histories of the US Air Force-funded numerical control and Computer-Aided Design projects at MIT , the lecture will shed light onto present design technologies, casting them critically as cultural infrastructures – not merely tools – shaping new forms of representing, organizing and imagining the built environment.

This talk is part of the Twentieth Century Think Tank series.

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