Qatar University (QU) College of Engineering (CENG) and Department of Architecture and Urban Planning (DAUP) organised the GSM4Q conference, the 4th in a series of Game Set and Match conferences on the state of mind in architecture and urban design.
The conference was under the theme ‘Connecting People, Spaces and Machines: The Informed Nomadic Monad’. It covered a variety of specific yet strongly connected topics like swarm behaviour, distributed climates, robotic buildings, informed materials, monads, nomads, scalable interactions, smart environments.
The event was attended by QU president Dr Hassan al-Derham, CENG dean Prof Abdulmajid Hamouda, associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies Prof Abbes Amira, DAUP head Dr Fodil Fadli, Prof Kasper Oosterhuis, students, faculty members and other representatives from fellow higher education institutions in Qatar, as well as professionals and practitioners from governmental and private institutions.
In his opening speech, Dr Fadli said the event triggers interaction between faculty members, students and professionals with international speakers and scientists, who come from different backgrounds and different areas of expertise. “We are here to discuss connecting people, spaces and machines in the realm of 21st century architecture. Our department is ready to explore and reach new horizons to empower next generation architecture students.” Professor Oosterhuis added, “The leading theme of the GSM4Q conference is ‘The Informed Nomadic Monad.’ The monad is considered to be a design pattern that defines how inputs, processes and outputs together build generic types, as in functional programming.
The nomad links back to the Bedouin history of Qatar and forward to its potential for today’s strategic planning.”
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