Machine Ecologies, Modular Intelligence

Andrew Witt
“Machine Ecologies, Modular Intelligence”

Machines, physical and conceptual, have always implicitly shaped form. With the rise of autonomous machines, agent networks have become not only human but also mechanical, embedding the once unitary rules of machine operation in a more diffuse, dendritic , and transactional structures. These emergent machine networks that characterize and constrain the morphology, performance, and quality of surfaces, buildings, and cities are amenable to simulation and control using strikingly parallel techniques, regardless of scale. We will consider a range of such networks, ecologies of autonomous machines, and explore how to extract and map machine rules for more inventive and effective design.

About the speaker: Andrew Witt is a designer currently based in Los Angeles, California. He is currently Director of Research at Gehry Technologies (GT). He was previously a director at GT’s Paris, France office, where he consulted on parametric design, geometric approaches, new technologies, and integrated practice for clients including Gehry Partners, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, UN Studio, and Coop Himmelb(l)au. Trained as both an architect and mathematician, Witt has a particular interest in a technically synthetic and logically rigorous approach to form. His work and research have been published in Surface, Space, Linear Algebra and its Applications, and Linear and Multilinear Algebra, and shown at Storefront for Art and Architecture.