University of Calgary

EVDS: Beyond Media

June 18, 2009

EVDS hits international festival

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The Faculty of Environmental Design is amongst a select group of design schools invited to participate in this year's edition of the BEYOND MEDIA International Festival for Architecture and Media. EVDS Professors Jason Johnson, Dr. Branko Kolarevic, Vera Parlac and Josh Taron will represent the faculty and the University of Calgary at the renowned event to be held at the Stazione Leopolda in Florence, Italy, July 9-17, 2009.

"We had the honor to be among the two dozen schools worldwide that were invited by the event organizers in Italy to exhibit student projects created using new digital techniques," said Kolarevic, EVDS Professor and Chair in Integrated Design. "That invitation alone is a confirmation that our architecture program is on the cutting edge of developments in digital design."

This year's edition of the festival will again feature the most advanced visualizations in architecture and debate on the relationships between the project and the means of its communication.

A great opportunity for EVDS to show its talent, the festival will include lectures, workshops, exhibits, debates, and video presentations. Professors will showcase student work in SPOT ON SCHOOLS, an exhibition curated by Paola Giaconia. Professors Johnson, Kolarevic, Parlac and Taron are designing the installation with the support of EVDS and the Laboratory for Integrated Design.

"Participating in the exhibition gives the school and its students an opportunity to display their work in the context of the world's most innovative and exciting architecture programs while marketing the program on a global level," said Josh Taron, Assistant Professor.

SPOT ON SCHOOLS explores state-of-the-art and cutting edge research in the field of digital technologies in architectural education; installations by several architecture schools will investigate the didactics in the field of architectural design and of the new media of communication.

The third edition of the SPOT ON SCHOOLS exhibition will offer a fresh outlook on the productions of the most prestigious architecture schools in the world. It will focus on the most recent developments, in the field of education, of the use of digital technologies for design research.
This year's theme, VISIONS, has given rise to a symposium, curated by Pietro Valle; numerous personalities will meet in Florence and talk about how vision involves architecture, literature, media and communication.

Among participating schools are: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece; Asia University, Taiwan; Ball State University, US; California Polytechnic State University, US; Clemson University, US; École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPFL, ENAC School, Switzerland; Facoltà di Architettura di Pescara, Italy; Politecnico di Torino, Italy; Rhode Island School of Design, US; RMIT University, Australia; SCI-Arc, US; Southern Illinois University,US; Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Portugal; Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC), Spain; University of Calgary, Canada; University of Florida, US; University of Hong Kong; University of Thessaly, Greece.

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