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Thu, Jul 11


The Cooper Union - Foundation Building

Urban Futures Series / Marvin Bratke / Conquering Urban Air Mobility: Resilient Architectures for Aerial Logistics

Head of Architecture at Brandlab, Founding Partner of BART//BRATKE, Visiting Professor at Universidad Internacional SEK

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Urban Futures Series / Marvin Bratke / Conquering Urban Air Mobility: Resilient Architectures for Aerial Logistics
Urban Futures Series / Marvin Bratke / Conquering Urban Air Mobility: Resilient Architectures for Aerial Logistics

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Jul 11, 2019, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The Cooper Union - Foundation Building, E 7th St, New York, NY, USA

About the event


New technologies and disruptive mobility concepts are changing the face of our cities, influence our behavioural patterns and create new business models. Conquering the urban airspace has evolved beyond science fiction to a tangible reality. The lecture examines our work and research at the intersection of architecture and mobility, the influence of emergent technologies relating to both professions and the vision to design for universal transformative systems. We will investigate into designs that enable for resilient infrastructures and architectural systems that prepare and upgrade our urban fabric for 3dimensional logistics and therefore reacting to their surrounding as dynamic constructs in real time.

Striving towards an age of an on-demand society, we as designers must rethink space and the architecture that creates it. Predefined by the acceleration in information and knowledge sharing, our surroundings must be enabled to adapt faster to our city's and inhabitant's changing needs. Therefore, negotiating a temporary space for techno-social communication in an otherwise public environment will become a future task of architecture, that is more and more driven by big data analysis, machine learning and optimization algorithms. Questions of permeability, flexibility, interaction and identification must be tackled by new resilient systems without losing the notion of a human centred environment. We investigate into how architecture must upgrade to be ready to connect new means of (aerial) logistics to established infrastructures, while at the same time sensitively initiating acceptance for new forms of mobility.

The lecture series examines methodologies to give architectural projects long term meaning and thoughtful content, focusing them around humans as users and integrating emerging technological opportunities as an enhancing factor into our built environment. Architecture as a concept of flexibility and seamless integration, which incorporates different processes, services, and business models to meet the drastically changing needs of urban travellers. The lectures will investigate in the concept of architecture as a platform and into non-finite building systems and their lifecycles for nomadic structures and adaptive environments.

Marvin Bratke is German architect and designer, based in Berlin. His ongoing research and design ambitions are focused on emergent technologies in architecture and industrial design, the digital methodology relating both professions and their application in performance-orientated, mobile and ecological building systems. He has received his diploma in architecture top of the semester at Technical University of Munich. Marvin is Head of Architecture at GRAFT BRANDLAB, where he investigates in adaptable architectural systems that prepare our urban infrastructure for innovative, autonomous and 3dimensional mobility models. Marvin is Co-Founder of Bart//Bratke and has been collaborating with internationally renowned offices GRAFT, LAVA and KERE Architecture.

Marvin held visiting professorships at Muthesius Academy of Arts in Kiel and Universidad Internacional SEK and is frequently invited speaker to renowned universities like The Bartlett UCL and TU Munich and international conferences like DETAIL Congress for Transformation or Ars Electronica IID. His award winning work for innovative architectural concepts has been widely published in several journals and exhibited e.g. at the IAA Frankfurt, Munich Design Week, Forward Festival and Experimental Architecture Biennale. Marvin’s work focuses on projects of various scales and sectors in Germany, Saudi Arabia, China and the Netherlands focusing on cultural, transportation and office projects as well as advanced facade design, digital fabrication techniques and developing in-house parametric digital tools that assist in generative design. Marvin collaborated on high profile, interdisciplinary architecture and design projects including the German Pavilion on the 2019 Venice Biennale, Volocopter Vertiport, Mercedes-Benz Retail Architecture MAR 2020, Philips Lighting Headquarter Eindhoven, E.ON UFC Charging, TUM Visio.M and the United Nations Green Climate Fund.


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