UCLA Architecture and Urban Design 2011-2012 Lecture Series
Matias Del Campo
Principal, Span Architecture & Design, Vienna
Professor, Genetic Architecture Program ESARQ, Barcelona
November 4, 2011
Lecture title: Sensible Bodies – spatial opulence, Intensities and romantic notions
Founder of the architecture practice SPAN based in Vienna, Matias de Campo was born in 1970 in Santiago, Chile and studied architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. In 2006 he was an Artist-in-Residence at the MAK Center in Los Angeles. He has been a guest professor at the Dessau Institute of Architecture (D) and the ESARQ, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya.
This fall he is teaching at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2008 and 2010 he was the curator of the Beijing Architectural Biennale and in 2010 he was the Architect of the Austrian Pavilion for the Shanghai Expo. Co-Author of the Study: Future Lifestyle Housing in Vienna Span’s work explores the opportunities present in the morphologies of advanced design techniques as point of departure for the design of architectural conditions, simultaneously exploring the discursive implications of the individual projects. Inherent qualities such as spatial articulation, components, organization, structure and circulation form the ground for a variety of speculations on novel spatial conditions. The sensorial and spatial experiences co-notated with the manifold qualities of contemporary, algorithm driven approaches are scrutinized for their architectural qualities. The practice investigates how intensive forces, including solar radiation, weather systems, acoustic forces and wind pressures can be used as means of formation for architectural bodies.