Design of Structures

The date and time of the lecture:

March 23th, 7 p.m., VAA 112 aud., Maironio st. 3, Vilnius.

The content of the lecture:

The physicality of the world we live in can be thought of as embodiment of two intrinsic and coincident principles: primary matter itself, and its form, its gestalt in space. Both principles are intricately interwoven, and one cannot occur without the other: no material is without form and no form exists without materialization. This reciprocal relationship, however, is not rigid but rather flexible and highly adaptable to changing boundary conditions. Design of Structures describes a research direction which tries to explore this freedom of design within the necessity of physics that governs the relationship between form and matter. It is a design-oriented research that aims at establishing a holistic design method and techniques with the goal to enable an integrative design process for a sustainable and human-oriented built environment


Toni Kotnik is Professor of Design of Structures at the Department of Architecture at Aalto University in Helsinki. He received his Ph.D. degree in mathematics from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, in 1999. After completion of his second degree in architecture he worked as senior researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and as studio master at the Architectural Association (AA) in London. Dr. Kotnik was Assistant Professor at the Institute for Experimental Architecture at the University of Innsbruck and Associate Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. He is principal of d’HKL, a Zurich-based office focusing on experimental and research-oriented architectural design, and has been lecturing worldwide including Harvard University, Copenhagen Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Princeton University, The Bartlett School of Architecture, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Sydney University of Technology, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and MoMA New York. His practice and research work has been published and exhibited internationally, including the Venice Biennale, and is centered on the integration of knowledge from science and engineering into architectural thinking and the design process.

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