Bradley Cantrell

Presentation Abstract

The last two decades have seen a range of experiments using responsive technologies focused on the interaction between environmental phenomena and architectural space. These experiments go beyond site or architectural controls that rely on efficiency and automation―instead they are attempts to expand the application of responsive technologies. Novel and explorative work within this realm has emerged as installations or unique architectural features often requiring collaborations across disciplinary boundaries and the hacking of accessible technologies. This lecture highlights a collection of projects experimenting with the application of responsive technologies and pulls forth methods specifically related

to the indeterminacy and dynamics in contemporary landscape architecture. The application of responsive technologies in architecture has become technically advanced but is “ fact responding to the question posed in the 1960s by Cedric Price: What if a building or space could be constantly generated and regenerated?” For landscape architects the act of response and regeneration is the basis of our profession and inherent to landscape as a medium. Therefore it is necessary to understand a framework for responsive technologies that speaks to the scale of the territory and acknowledges the interconnections of the many.


Bradley Cantrell is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architectural Technology and the MLA Program Director at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His work focuses on the role of computation and media in environmental and ecological design. Professor Cantrell received his BSLA from the University of Kentucky and his MLA from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has held academic appointments at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, The Rhode Island School of Design, and the Louisiana State University Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture. His work in Louisiana over the past decade points to a series of methodologies that develop modes of modeling, simulation, and embedded computation that express and engage the complexity of overlapping physical, cultural, and economic systems. Cantrell’s work has been presented and published in a range of peer reviewed venues, multiple books, and through his work at the Responsive Environments and Artifacts Lab at Harvard and at the design consultancy Invivia. He is a 2013-2014 Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a 2014 TED Global Fellow.

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