The Politics of Parametricism

The Politics of Parametricism

Digital Technologies and the Future(s) of Sociality

Presented by the Master’s Program in Aesthetics & Politics at CalArts

This two-day conference organized by Matthew Poole and Manuel Shvartzberg includes a range of international experts from architectural practice and theory, and explores urgent questions that concern the social and political ramifications at stake in the evolution of computational design. Parametricism has been heralded as the new avant-garde in the fields of architecture and design—the next “grand style” in the history of architectural movements. Parametric models enable digital designers to create complex structures and environments, as well as new understandings of space, both real and virtual. Whether as tools for democratic action or tyrannical spectacle; self- and community-building capabilities; a post-humanistic subject; or the mediatized politics of our desired futurisms—all these themes are figured and being assembled within the Parametricist discourse.

Guest Speakers: Phil Bernstein (Autodesk), Benjamin Bratton (UCSD), Christina Cogdell (UCD), Teddy Cruz (UCSD), Peggy Deamer (Yale), Andrés Jaque (Office for Political Innovation), Laura Kurgan (Columbia), Neil Leach (USC, Los Angeles), Reinhold Martin (Columbia) & Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid Architects, London).


NOTE: Each day is ticketed separately. To attend both sessions, be sure to purchase tickets to both Friday and Saturday.


Friday, November 15

Keynote event
“Architecture and politics: Parametricism within or beyond liberal democracy?”
–a discussion with Reinhold Martin and Patrik Schumacher

Saturday, November 16

Panel 1: Introduction to Parametricism: historical and technological context
Phil Bernstein, Neil Leach and Christina Cogdell

Lunch Break

Panel 2: Parametricism, the commons and social representation
Peggy Deamer, Teddy Cruz and Laura Kurgan

Coffee Break

Panel 3: Designing subjectivities, curating new models of sociality
Benjamin Bratton and Andrés Jaque

Event ends

Lead Sponsor: Autodesk              Media Sponsor: eVolo Journal



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FRI 11/15
7:00 pm
SAT 11/16
10:00 am

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff