Hybrid Space Lab @ Digital Leaders in Architecture

Hybrid Space is the focus of the new edition of Digital Leaders in Architecture, a platform providing innovative food for thought for architects.

Hybrid Space
Lecture
15.30-16.00, 23 February 2022

@ Digital Leaders in Architecture
Berlin, Germany

Digital transformation and quality of our habitats

How is the digital transformation influencing the architectural  scene and work environment? What changes and upheavals are still ahead of us? And how will all this affect the features of our cities and the quality of our habitats?

Future scenarios in architecture

Digital Leaders in Architecture provides architects with a platform for future scenarios and their embedment in reality. In 20-minute engaging web sessions, opinion leaders from the architectural field are invited to leverage their expertise in combination with digital future trends, answering the key questions in the interplay between digitization and architecture. The program Digital Leaders in Architecture is presented by Schüco and Gira.

Interaction and negotiation between physical and digital space

Hybrid Space Lab’s work is at the forefront of the questions that interrogate contemporary life – and the quickening pace of technological advancement and digitalization. Deeply occupied with the intersection, interaction, and negotiation between physical and digital spaces, Hybrid Space Lab emphasizes the necessity of collaborative, inclusive, and inter-disciplinary approaches to future-proof architecture and society.

Architecture is witnessing dramatic changes

Crucially, by means of increasing and pervasive digitalisation of processes and increasingly sophisticated technologies, the field – and the very notion – of architecture is witnessing dramatic changes.

Architects redefining their role

In addition to reckoning with the integrative power of software that can automate the negotiation between plans from different fields of expertise for any project, architects face the challenge of redefining their role in the face of such changes in the industry.

Curating AI

If anything, the role of architects must rise to the challenge to feed information systems and algorithms with carefully selected – almost curated – inputs and data. Only in this way machine-learning can be applied to planning with increasing sophistication and efficacy. More specifically, the values of architecture can enrich and shape the criteria for feeding AI, making sure that the former are at the very core of what machines learn there.

Therefore, the role of the architect becomes increasingly visionary, in a way. Architects need holistic, all-encompassing concepts and models that allow them to prioritize and organize information to develop comprehensive and creative visions for the future.

Keeping architecture relevant

Therefore, architects must have an overview that integrates all dimensions, facets and effects of space: physical and digital, artifact and nature. Only in this way can architecture as a discipline and competence maintain and increase its relevance in the age of machine-powered and processed planning.