With the University of San Diego (USD)

July 10 – 12, 2014

IUAV & OfficeUS, Venice 


To continue its architectural investigations, OfficeUS hosted a series of workshops with a diverse cast of visiting experts. The office explored Network Patents, one of the 25  OfficeUS Issues  with a team organized by the University of San Diego (USD), who visited us on the occasion of Buckminster Fuller’s 119th birthday. 

Bucky Fuller’s Artifacts, Concepts, Inventions

Thursday, July 10th  5-6:30pm, IUAV

Daniel López-Pérez Ph.D.  (Department of Art, Architecture and Art History, University of SanDiego)


López-Pérez spoke about Fuller’s Artifacts (Prototypes), Concepts (Synergetic Definitions), Inventions (Patents) and the search for “Network Thinking” into the present.

Network Thinking: Contemporary Notions of Research and Practice

Friday, July 11th, 11:00-12:30pm, IUAV

Hanif Kara  (FIStructE) (Hon FRIBA) (AKTII, Harvard’s Graduate School of Design)


Kara spoke about “Design Engineering” through the work of AKTII, the difference between “Research” and “Design (Re)search” through the work of P.ART; contemporary design trends and opportunities for future research projects.


Commemorating R. Buckminster Fuller’s 119th Birthday!

Saturday, July 12th, 11:00-1:00pm, OfficeUS in the Pavilion

Joachim Krausse Ph.D.  (Dessau Department of Design, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences) and Daniel López-Pérez


Krausse spoke about Fuller’s notion of Planetarium, the Geodesic Dome as “your private sky,” and the geometrical explorations with the “Jitterburg Transformation”. López-Pérez spoke about Fuller’s “World-Man” lecture, delivered at Princeton in 1966, along with a number of experiments that explored the concepts of Tensegrity, Geoscope, Wealth and Total Challenge. 


From Fuller´s Manhattan Dome to Aerópolis

Saturday, July 12th, 11:00-12:00pm, OfficeUS in the Pavilion 

Nerea Calvillo Ph.D. (Goldsmiths, University of London) 


Calvillo spoke about contemporary practices focused on environmentalism, and Fuller’s legacy upon these.  


Network Patents at OfficeUS has been organized in partnership with The University of San Diego.