Areti Markopoulou
Keynote Speaker

Areti Markopoulou

Architect, Academic Director at IAAC – Barcelona, Co-founder of StudioP52, Co-Editor of Urban Nex

Areti Markopoulou will be talking about " Digital matter for responsive cities"


The advances of material science, as well as the revisiting of traditional architectural materials coupled with computation and digital technologies, have brought to life unprecedented possibilities for the design and making of responsive, sustainable and intelligent environments.  Over the last two decades, research and applications of novel materials, together with digital technologies such as Digital Manufacturing, Ubiquitous Computing, and Artificial Intelligence, among others, have introduced a model of Materially Responsive Architecture that presents unique possibilities for designing novel performances and behaviors of the architectural space.

While there is no doubt that our future cities will consist in an extensive layer of distributed sensors, actuators and digital interfaces, they will also consist in an additional layer of novel materials, that are dynamic and soft, rather than rigid and hard, able to sense as sensors, actuate as motors, and be programmed as a software. The physical space of the city, therefore, becomes the seamless intertwining of digital and material content, activating a dynamic relationship between the environment, built space and continuous human's needs.