The Bartlett School of Architecture


Prospectives Lecture Series Spring 2019

1:00 pm, 16 January 2019 to 2:00 pm, 22 May 2019

Happiness-Dubai, by Delfina Fantini van Ditmar

A B-Pro History and Theory lecture series, highly recommended for Architectural Design, Urban Design and Architectural Computation students as well as interested professionals.

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The B-Pro Prospectives History and Theory Lecture Series offers a platform for presentation, discussion and theoretical reflection upon the links between digital thought, architecture, and urban design. This year's series of talks emphasise the key role computation plays within complex design synthesis and their cultural implications.

This series encourages and inspires the current student body and interested professionals, by creating conversations about topics addressing academia, practice and beyond as well as overall disciplinary concerns and frontiers.

B-Pro, or Bartlett Prospective, groups together five of the school's graduate programmes with a unique philosophy and shared approach to the future of design, architecture and the urban environment. The B-Pro Prospectives lecture series is organised by Roberto Bottazzi and Daniel Koehler.

The Lectures 

Spring 2019

Bio-Computation Symposium (Postponed)

**Please note: this event has been postponed until further notice**

Slime Mold

This seminar investigates how multiple forms of intelligence, both human and non-human are currently influencing the evolution of technical, cultural and visual domains of knowledge. We will question how to mobilize these forms of intelligence to redefine the way we inhabit the planet. 


13:00 – Welcome and introduction from Claudia Pasquero, Director of the Urban Morphogenesis Lab at The Bartlett, Co-Director of ecoLogicStudio, Professor of Landscape Architecture at Innsbruck University and senior staff member at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

13:20 – Fiorenzo Omenetto, Professor of Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Tufts University, Massachusetts

13:40Andrew Adamatzky, Professor of Unconventional Computing and Director of the Unconventional Computing Laboratory, University of West England

14:00 Silvia Vignolini, Reader in Chemistry and Bio-inspired materials, Cambridge University

14:20Darren Nesbeth, Associate Professor at the Department of Biochemical Engineering, University College London

14:40 – Final questions and round table

30 January – Raoul Bunschoten 

Conscious City


Raoul Bunschoten is Professor of Sustainable Urban Planning and Urban Design at the Technische Universität, Berlin (TU Berlin). He is a specialist in Smart City planning and is involved in a range of Smart City and low carbon developments in China.

Raoul is also founder and director of urban planning and architectural design company, CHORA, who aim to address climate change challenges.

Raoul is a member of the Climate KIC Sustainability City Platform, and is co-founder of an Urban Lab for Smart City research at TU Berlin. Raoul’s research focuses on the study of complex dynamics in urbanism such as the Urban Gallery, which is an interactive planning support tool for Intelligent City Systems. 

06 February – Luciana Parisi

Against Nature: The Technological Consciousness of Architectural Design

Pasted Graphic, by Luciana Parisi

In the last fifteen years, the generic function of computation – or the rule-based processing of data behavior – has come to dominate the future image of architectural design. This hypernatural image of computational design has become saturated with infinite junk data, which establishes an equivalence between the creativity of nature and machines.

However, the new possibility of naturalising design risks explaining away how technology has became an alien mode of thinking that can be said to correspond to the formation of technological consciousness.


Luciana Parisi is a Senior Lecturer and runs the MA program in Interactive Media: Critical Theory and Practice at the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths University of London. She researches the philosophical consequences of technology in culture, aesthetics and politics. 

Luciana is the author of Abstract Sex: Philosophy, Biotechnology and the Mutations of Desire, and Contagious Architecture: Computation, Aesthetics and Space. She is currently researching the history of automated reason and the transformation of logical thinking in machines. 

Image: Pasted Graphic, by Luciana Parisi

13 February – Delfina Fantini van Ditmar

Taking the Code for a Walk

Happiness-Dubai, by Delfina Fantini van Ditmar

This lecture will trace the origins of the Algorithmic Paradigm and will analyse the implications this framework has in the conceptualisation and understanding of space. Through an analysis of ‘smart' devices, this lecture will present a series of controversies and will present the ambiguities of the quantified approach inherent in current notions of ‘smart’ technology.


Dr Delfina Fantini van Ditmar holds a BA in Biology and completed her PhD at the Royal College of Art in London with a thesis entitled: The IdIoT. Her research focuses on questioning and critically analysing the embedded epistemology of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the context of 'smart' technology.

Image: Happiness-Dubai, by Delfina Fantini van Ditmar.

13 March – Mollie Claypool

Discrete Feminism: a contextualisation of the discrete within theoretical frameworks for equality and equity


Mollie is a lecturer in Architecture at The Bartlett. She co-directed the Architecture BSc programme from 2014–18 and was Design Tutor for Unit 19 from 2012–18.

20 March – Open Seminar: Mereologies


24 April – Frederic Migayrou


Frédéric Migayrou is Chair, Bartlett Professor of Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Deputy Director of the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre de Création Industrielle at the Centre Pompidou Paris.

22 May – Open Seminar: The Politics of the Digital


Lead image: Happiness-Dubai, by Delfina Fantini van Ditmar.