Dynamic Patterns features the work and research of Philadelphia-based PEG office of landscape + architecture. The talk includes a range of projects and techniques that enable a multivalent, multilayered understanding of pattern as both expression and shaping influence of environmental processes. The projects range from small-scale fabrications that explore the capacity of geometry to articulate site functions, such as water collection, to computational modeling and hydrodynamic simulations. Regardless of scale or site, the presented work utilizes digital media as a means of both pattern-finding and pattern-forming in order to heighten the perception of the temporal and ephemeral phenomena that are characteristic of landscapes.
Keith VanDerSys is a co-founder of PEG office of landscape + architecture and Senior Lecturer and Director of Digital Media at the University of Pennsylvania. His work with PEG and his teaching are geared specifically towards investigating the relevancy of new forms of digital media and fabrication for site application. Keith’s construction and fabrication knowledge provide the foundation for successful integration of new technologies with conventional practices and materials. He has been developing tools to better integrate analysis and design, creating more fluid feedback loops between analytic and simulation software with design models. Keith is co-author, with Karen M’Closkey, of Dynamic Patterns: Visualizing Landscapes in a Digital Age (Routledge, 2017) and guest editors of LA+ SIMULATION (ORO, Fall 2016).