Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Simon Kim

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Are You Ready for the Future?
Architecture and Engineering: Design and Robotics

"What many of us fail to realize is that the last four hundred years are a highly special period in the history of the world. The pace at which changes during these years have taken place is unexampled in earlier history, as is the very nature of these changes. This is partly the results of increased communication, but also of an increased mastery over nature, which on a limited planet like the earth, may prove in the long run to be an increased slavery to nature. For the more we get out of the world the less we leave, and in the long run we shall have to pay our debts at a time that may be very inconvenient for our own survival."
Norbert Wiener, The Human Use of Human Beings: Cybernetics and Society (1954) 

Simon Kim is a registered architect, principal of IK Studio, and assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he directs the research group Immersive Kinematics. Working with roboticists and mechanical engineers, Immersive Kinematics has worked on several full-scale performances of human and machine and published research in the fields of MultiAgent Systems, Modular Robotic Architecture, and Robots in Theatre. Simon received a Master of Architecture from the Architectural Association in London and a Master of Science from MIT's Design Lab and worked in the offices of Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry. At IK Studio, Simon works with Mariana Ibanez in a speculative practice that allows architects to re-imagine their discipline and roles.


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