The CCA presents its second Toolkit for Today, a two-week summer seminar for PhD candidates and Master students from around the world. This year’s seminar is conceived as an important component of the research launched by the CCA on the processes and practices related to digital media in architecture. While understanding early digital technologies as tools for experimentation, the seminar aims to develop a critical reading of a spectrum of digital thinking and to envision how interdisciplinary practices interested in creating novel digital assemblages emerged from within the existing discourse of architecture and urbanism.
The first week of the seminar considered The Paperless Studio, a didactic experiment conducted in the mid-1990s at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University. Seminar participants were invited to reconsider its legacy in the light of current design strategies and perspectives. In the second week, participants discussed the wider shift toward the digital in global practice—how the complexity of form became seductive, how a more sensorial approach to architectural features emerged, and how a new tectonic was posited.
Guest speakers included Stan Allen, Greg Lynn, Reinhold Martin, Kas Oosterhuis, Antoine Picon, Hani Rashid, Molly Wright Steenson, Peter Testa, and Bernard Tschumi.