Haresh Lalvani

Professor Haresh Lalvani to Give Talk on Meta-Shaping and Self-Shaping at University of Pennsylvania

On April 10, Dr. Haresh Lalvani (M.S. ’72), undergraduate architecture professor and co-director of Pratt’s Center for Experimental Structures, will give a presentation titled “Experiments in Meta-Shaping and Self-Shaping” at PennDesign, the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design, as part of its Graduate Architecture Department’s lecture series.

Lalvani will speak about his long-standing interest in fundamental structure as a tool for discovery and invention. He will show his experiments in morphological coding, as well as his research on morphogenesis, the biological process that causes organisms to develop their shapes. He will present examples from his long-term experimental work with renowned art-metal fabricator Milgo/Bufkin, and will share his discovery of self-shaping as an epi-genetic component of form that leads to a new class of built structures.

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Professor Haresh Lalvani Delivers Keynote Address at 2016 Design Science Symposium

Undergraduate Architecture Professor Haresh Lalvani (M.S. ’72) presented a keynote address, “X Structures,” at the 5th Biennial Design Science Symposium, which was held at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, Rhode Island from April 15-17.

The symposium is an interactive meeting of makers, thinkers, practitioners, and educators in the field of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Design, and Math). Programming included exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and discussions revolving around this year’s themes of whole systems thinking, biodesign, and biomimicry.

In his keynote address on April 16, Lalvani discussed his work on expandable structures related to the intersection of genetic codes and form generation, specifically between “genomics,” or form derived from rules, and “epigenomics,” or works created through external agents. Lalvani has researched mathematical codes for more than 35 years, and his widely exhibited sculptures often incorporate shape-coding and algorithmic design.

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Professor Haresh Lalvani Receives Prestigious E.J. Applewhite Award for Design Science

Undergraduate architecture professor Haresh Lalvani (M.S. ’72) has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Cosmic Fishing Award, also known as the E.J. Applewhite Award. The award is presented by the Synergetics Collaborative (SNEC) and the SNEC-Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Symposium, and is the highest honor given by SNEC as an acknowledgement of lifetime merit in the field of design science. The award is named for SNEC founding member E.J. Applewhite, who collaborated with renowned architect Buckminster Fuller on the written works, Synergetics: Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking and Synergetics 2: More Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking.

Lalvani received the award on April 16 at the 5th Biennial Design Science Symposium at RISD in Providence, Rhode Island, where he gave a keynote presentation. A sculptor, architect, morphologist, visual mathematician, and inventor, Lalvani is known for his work in the field of mathematical and genetic coding of shape and its various applications.

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