On Design(ed)-Research: Multidisciplinary Design Practice for Viable Futures
21. 10. 2021 at 6.30 pm
UMPRUM, nám. Jana Palacha 80, Praha 1, lecture room no. 115, 1st floor
The lecture will be held in English. Free entry
Architect, strategic designer and creative director Nicolay Boyadjiev will give a lecture at UMPRUM.
In his talk, architect and educator Nicolay Boyadjiev will present a specific approach to design as practiced within The Terraforming think-tank at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow. The program, co-directed by Boyadjiev and philosopher Benjamin H. Bratton, focuses on design-research as a quest for sustainable civilizational strategies and organizations. Rather than designing individual objects and environments, its ambition is to recreate anti-intuitive compositions of knowledge and ideas into hyper-intuitive cinematic essays or keynote presentations. This editorial approach goes hand in hand with the multidisciplinary nature of the program and the collaborative design practice it develops. In the past year, The Terraforming researchers have explored a varied range of themes such as mortality and the planetary limits in the extension of outer space, (re)insurance as a design medium for climate governance, new vocabularies for the design of synthetic intelligence and many more. The talk will be accompanied by a screening of selected Terraforming projects.
Nicolay Boyadjiev is an architect, strategic designer and creative director working between Montreal and Moscow. He is currently the co-director of Strelka Institute for Media Architecture and Design's post graduate education program, where he co-leads “The Terraforming” interdisciplinary design-research think-tank. He is also the co-author and editor of “The New Normal” (2020, Strelka Press / Park Books): a comprehensive record of the projects and insights developed during the 2017-19 design-research cycle at the Strelka Institute, developing and prototyping new models for urban design practice at the intersection of software, cinema, strategy, and planning. Prior to joining Strelka, he has worked as an architectural designer, researcher and strategist at internationally renowned studios ranging from boutique consultancies to larger architecture firms.