Entry: International Workshop
Focus: Digital Design Processes II

Following the Seminary in Digital Architecture and the workshop Digital Design Process I, at the ESAP (Oporto) the International Workshop in Digital Design Processes II will try to develop the theoretical background into a practical experience about the integration of new digital technologies of drawing (CAD) and manufacture (CAM) in architecture. During 10 days, a restricted group of students is going to be oriented in the development of a concise practical work that will explore the constructive and creative possibilities that are opened through the use of digital processes. Tutors: X-Ref: Carlos de La Barrera (CL.) + Gonçalo Castro Henriques (Por); ReD: Marta Malé-Alemany (Esp.) + José Pedro Sousa (Por). Escola Superior Artística do Porto, Portugal, 14 to 24 March, 2008; More information: ESAP,; X-ref Architectural Research and development;;;; ReD Research+Design;;


Entry: Design Research
Focus: Material Ecology

Neri Oxman is an architect and researcher currently based at MIT where she is a Presidential Fellow working towards her PhD in Design and Computation. She graduated from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Materialecology was formed in 2006 by Neri Oxman as an interdisciplinary research initiative that undertakes design research in the intersection between architecture, engineering, computation, and ecology. As such, this initiative is concerned with material organization and performance across all scales of design thought and practice.


Entry: Creativity
Focus: Creative Mind

How is it possible to think new thoughts? What is creativity and can science explain it? And just how did Coleridge dream up the creatures of The Ancient Mariner? When The Creative Mind: Myths and Mechanisms was first published, Margaret A. Boden's bold and provocative exploration of creativity broke new ground. Boden uses examples such as jazz improvisation, chess, story writing, physics, and the music of Mozart, together with computing models from the field of artificial intelligence to uncover the nature of human creativity in the arts. The second edition of The Creative Mind has been updated to include recent developments in artificial intelligence, with a new preface, introduction and conclusion by the author. It is an essential work for anyone interested in the creativity of the human mind.