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09.21.11 | W.M. Keck Lecture Hall, SCI-Arc
Philip Beesley: Diffusive Architecture

Wednesday, September 21, 7pm
W. M. Keck Lecture Hall

Intro by Marcelyn Gow philip beesley

Philip Beesley's creative work has focused on 'field' oriented sculpture and landscape installations over the last two decades, developing into responsive kinetic architectural environments that approach near-living functions.

The textiles in these installations have recently taken the form of interlinking matrices of mechanical components and arrays of sensors and actuators that respond to occupants moving within the environment. Lightweight lattice and geodesic organizations form a structural core, employing digitally fabricated lightweight scaffolds that contain distributed networks of sensors. The structures are designed at multiple scales including custom components, intermediate tessellations composed of component arrays, and general structural systems.

Current work focuses on integrating control systems with decentralized responsive intelligence. Beesley’s work is based on gradual development moving toward applied architectural environments that include manufactured filtering and shading systems.

Philip Beesley is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture in Toronto, Canada.