The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination and The Bartlett School of Architecture invite you for a jointly hosted, two-part transatlantic lecture series on designing for the future

Guest Speakers:

Vernor Vinge,
Writer and

Marjan Colletti,
Architect, educator, researcher, and author

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 // 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego

Event is free and open to the public.

Speakers design and discuss a mega mall in London, 2080. Size is negotiable. Speakers assume the singularity has not yet arrived but sensors, AI, and robots are ubiquitous.


Vernor Vinge has won five Hugo Awards, including one for each of his last three novels, Upon the Deep (1992), A Deepness in the Sky (1999), and Rainbow’s End (2006). Known for his rigorous hard-science approach to his science fiction, he became an iconic figure among cybernetic scientists with the publication in 1981 of his novella True Names, which is considered a seminal, visionary work of Internet fiction and cyberspace. Dr. Vinge is Emeritus professor of mathematics and computer science and also noted, among other things, for introducing the term “the singularity.”.

Marjan Colletti is an architect, educator, researcher, and author. He is currently an Associate Professor in Architecture and Post-digital Practice and Director of Computing at The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL London, Chair Professor of Building Design and Construction, founder of REX|LAB, Head of the Institute of Experimental Architecture at Innsbruck University, and co-founder and co-principal of the studio marcosandmarjan in London. He has published various books on design-research, including Digital Poetics: An Open Theory of Design-Research in Architecture and the 80th anniversary edition of AD, titled Exuberance: New Virtuosity in Contemporary Architecture.

This event is the second in a two-part series of transatlantic conversations on science fiction and architecture in the London of 2080, jointly hosted by the Clarke Center and the Bartlett School of Architecture.

The conversations at both events will be moderated by Clarke Center director Sheldon Brown and Cognitive Science professor David Kirsh. UCSD's Kirsh is also an organizer of the Clarke Center event, together with Professors Alan Penn and Ava Fatah of the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London (UK).

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Related Links:

The Arthur C Clarke Center for Human Imagination

The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation


Bartlett School of Architecture UCL London

Sheldon Brown
Director, UC San Diego The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination
Professor, UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts

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