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Attendance at architecture conference soars

Record crowd turns out for this week’s workshops with designers and researchers

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The Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture is meeting at USC this week, and the conference is attracting a record crowd.

Conference co-chairs David Gerber, Alvin Huang and Jose Sanchez — all assistant professors at the USC School of Architecture — were expecting about 400 architects, designers and researchers from around the world, which in itself would have been a record turnout for the event. On Wednesday, Gerber said that 550 people had registered.

Three days of workshops ended Wednesday, and keynote talks and panel discussions will continue through the week. The highlight is a Visions and Voices talk by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid at Bovard Auditorium on Friday evening.

The conference will conclude on Oct. 26 with a hackathon in the new innovation lab at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. That event will feature Charlie Roberts, a DJ who performs music by writing live code that will be displayed on a screen as the music plays.

For the rest of this week, the public is invited to view several exhibitions on display throughout Watt Hall and Harris Courtyard. These include 3-D printed works; 70 peer-reviewed project posters; two interactive installations; and the full-scale mockups of finalists for the TEX-FAB digital fabrication competition, whose winners will be announced at the conference.

Los Angeles media artist Catherine Griffiths created a video for the conference, which involved drones flying over the USC Architecture buildings.

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