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Chair, 2006

Axel Kilian
  • Architect (1971)

Axel Kilian focuses his research on the possibilities that the use of computer programming brings to the process of architectural design, and more specifically on the development of bidirectional cybernetic conception systems. In fact, all design presupposes a large number of constraints that maintain relations of mutual dependency: any modification brought to one of these parameters will have an impact on the others and vice versa. Kilian experiments with taking this type of interaction into account and he integrates it into his exploration of new solutions, both in the field of furniture design (Chair, 2006) and that of automobile design (in 2003, with Frank Gehry and General Motors).

Born in 1971 in Ulm, Germany, Axel Kilian is a graduate in Architecture from the University of Arts in Berlin. In 1998, he completed his education with a Master of Science in Architectural Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, then, in 2006, with a doctorate in computation. He taught at Delft University of Technology from 2007 to 2009, then at the Princeton University School of Architecture. His work has been published in many magazines and he regularly exhibits the results of his research (Digital Salon, 2001; Venice Biennale of Architecture, 2004; Gardenlab, Los Angeles, 2004).

Gilles Rion