Emerging Technologies – The power of Futures New

A series of public lectures and conversations curated by Caroline Sohie
KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture, Campus Sint-Lucas Brussels

We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims…. [Our challenge is] to make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or disadvantage of anyone.’ — R. Buckminster Fuller

The lecture series EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES conveys the multiplicity of contemporary narratives legible at the intersection of design discourse and innovative processes of technological practice.

Since the first man-made tool in prehistoric times, design has evolved at the fulcrum of market needs, cultural and behavioural trends and advanced technologies, be it in physical or digital form.

Today, cultural and behavioural changes are being accelerated by technological advances and the fusion of technologies is blurring the lines between the physical, the digital and biological spheres[1] (Klaus Schwab). This evolution is fundamentally changing the way we live, work and relate to one another; challenging the status-quo of a contemporary society.

Concurrently, we also face an era of unprecedented opportunity, providing radically new entry points to recast our built environment. It is however vital to know ‘why’ we undertake this quest in the first place; meaningful innovation lies in the understanding of how the human condition drives this evolution.

The aim of this series is to uncover some of the emerging design approaches that engage with this new reality and use technological know-how to engage differently with the built environment, considering design as an authentic manifestation of human existence.

Caroline Sohie (Visiting Professor, KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture, International Master of Architecture, Campus Sint-Lucas Brussels)

[1] Klaus Schwab, The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Geneva: World Economic Forum, 2016