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interview ISSN 2175-6708


O francês Antoine Picon, professor da Harvard Graduate School of Design e teórico preocupado com as múltiplas relações entre a arquitetura e a tecnologia digital, é entrevistado pela dupla de professores brasileiros Gabriela Celani e David Sperling.

Antoine Picon, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a theorist who is concerned with the multiple relationships between architecture and digital technology, is interviewed by the Brazilian duo Gabriela Celani and David Sperling.

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CELANI, Gabriela; SPERLING, David. Architecture makes life meaningful. Interview with Antoine Picon. Entrevista, São Paulo, year 19, n. 074.02, Vitruvius, jun. 2018 <>.

Capa de “Ornament: The Politics of Architecture and Subjectivity”, de Antoine Picon
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Antoine Picon

Engineer and architect, with a PhD in History, Picon is Director of Research at the École nationale des ponts et chaussées in Paris, and a member of the Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés ( He is also a professor at the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University (GSD). He has published numerous articles and books in both English and French on the relations between the built space and science and technology, and on the limits between between architecture and engineering. He has edited special issues of Architectural Design on Ornaments, Smart Cities and Open Source Architecture.

Gabriela Celani

Celani holds a BA and a MSc in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of São Paulo (USP) and a PhD in Design and Computation from MIT. She was a visiting scholar at the Technical University of Lisbon (UTL) and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is a Professor of Architecture and Urban Design and Technology at the University of Campinas (Unicamp) since 2004, where she founded the Laboratory of Automation and Prototyping for Architecture and Construction (LAPAC). She was vice-president of the Iberoamerican Society of Digital Graphics (SIGraDi) and is presently a member of the executive board of of the CAAD Futures Foundation. In 2017, she received from SIGraDi the Arturo Montagu prize for her Academic Trajectory. Among other publications she has edited, with Maycon Sedrez, the book Arquitetura contemporânea e automação: prática e reflexão (ProBooks, 2018).

David Sperling

David Sperling holds a BA, a MSc and a PhD in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of São Paulo (USP). He is a Professor of the Institute of Architecture and Urbanism at USP and head of the Center for Contemporary Spatialities Studies (NEC.USP). He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC) and of the Journal of Architectural Research and Development (JARD). Among other activities, he was member of the Excutive and Advisor Committees of the Iberoamerican Society of Digital Graphics (SIGraDi) and was curator of the exhibition Homo Faber: Digital Fabrication in Latin America. He is the chair of the XXIIth Conference of the Iberoamerican Society of Digital Graphics 2018 – Technopolíticas.


The interview with Antoine Picon, by Gabriela Celani and David Sperling, took place on April 23, 2018 at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.


We would like to thank Fapesp, the São Paulo State Research Foundation, for funding Gabriela Celani’s visiting scholarship at MIT in the Spring semester of 2018 (grant #2017/08171-0).


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