IAAC Lecture Series 2019/20
12th May 2020
Marcella Del Signore
Geographies of Encoded Matter
@ 19.30, Online streaming
Marcella Del Signore is an architect, urbanist, educator, scholar, and the principal of X-Topia, a design-research practice that explores the intersection of architecture and urbanism with computational technologies and socio-technical systems. She is an Associate Professor of Architecture at New York Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Design. Her research focuses on interscalar design approaches that explore technologies in the public/social/cultural realm through prototyping, material and fabricated systems, data-driven protocols, and mediated environments.
She is the author of more than fifty articles and research papers, the co-author of “Urban Machines: Public Space in a Digital Culture” (ListLab, with G. Riether) that explores how Information and Communication Technologies has radically changed the way we inhabit and operate in the urban space, and the co-editor of “Recalibration: On Imprecision and Infidelity” (with P. Anzalone and A. J. Wit) published during the 2018 ACADIA Conference where she served as Technical Co-Chair and Board of Directors.
In 2018, she co-curated the ‘Data & Matter’ Exhibition at the ECC during the 2018 Architecture Venice Biennale, and she is currently invited to exhibit at the 2020 Architecture Venice Biennale. She has received several awards and recognitions, lectured, published, and exhibited widely.
Through projects and critical theoretical frameworks, the lecture addresses the intersection of technologies with the public/social/cultural realm through prototyping, material and fabricated systems, data-driven protocols, and mediated environments. Starting from the recently published “Urban Machines: Public Space in a Digital Culture” book, a series of projects will be the vehicle to speculate on the current and future states of socio-technical apparatuses, cities, interlaced ecosystems, earth, and the planetary scale through the expanded landscape of information, data, networks, agency, and technologically-enabled narratives.