Philip Beesley MRAIC OAA RCA (Professor at Architecture School, University of Waterloo; Director of Integrated Group for Visualization, Design and Manufacturing; Director of Riverside Architectural Press) is a practicing architect, designing responsive kinetic environments that approach near – alive systems.
He is cited as a pioneer in the rapidly expanding technology of responsive architecture with wide press including WIRED, TEDx, Discovery Channel features.
He has authored and edited eight books, three international proceedings and a number of catalogues, and appears on the cover of Artificial Life (MIT), LEONARDO and AD journals. Current projects are in Paris, Edmonton, Hangzhou and Seoul. He was selected to represent Canada for the 2010 Venice Biennale for Architecture and the 2012 Biennale of Sydney.
A series of dresses with Iris Van Herpen were recently launched at Paris Fashion Week.
Distinctions include Prix de Rome in Architecture (Canada), VIDA 11.0, FEIDAD, RAIC Allied Arts, ACADIA Emerging Digital Practice, Dora Mavor Moore awards. He is chair for the ACADIA 2013 Adaptive Architecture international conference.
Talk: Radiant Soil: Toward diffusive prototyping
If my clothing floats and echoes my feeling skin, and if fluxing heat and cold cloaks me, then is it accurate to say that the boundaries of my body lie at my skin? Looking at the bundled vesicles and islands of ganglia that range throughout our bodies, it is tempting to characterize each of us as a kind of archipelago of multiple bundles bound together by tribal agreements. Such images in their diffusion and efflorescing forms might offer a model for contemporary prototyping. They raise the possibility that instead of making things as pure and clear and durable as possible, new kinds of architecture might pursue radical involvement by using diffusive form-language. The talk will explore how this might be applied within designed and constructed projects. Design paradigms will be offered where details of buildings might be valued by their capacity to engender an enriched, fertile milieu.