Optimism: ACADIA 2017

Over the past decade, the coming together of different cultural and disciplinary perspectives in our globally networked society, new forms of cultural mobility, and an increased recognition of technology's potency in optimizing design, fabrication, and implementation processes have transformed the field of architecture.  

Seeking alternatives to pure techno-optimism, this exhibition—presented at MIT in conjunction with the 2017 ACADIA Conference—explores how criticality and the responsibility of architecture is articulated today through the use and development of new technologies in various contexts. What are the new social, cultural, political, environmental, and economic challenges and responsibilities that can be addressed through architectural technologies? Optimism highlights visionary projects and design work of MIT School of Architecture and Planning faculty from diverse departments and disciplinary groups. The work draws on methods, processes, and techniques that have been developed or discovered that engage the use of computers in architecture toward meaningful impact in the discipline and society. Emphasis is placed on embracing tolerance and inclusiveness to foster social change, deepen civic involvement, and empower human networks through context-sensitive, politically engaging, and environmentally responsible approaches.