[SNEC] Early Registration Ends Sat & more details for Symposium

CJ Fearnley cjf at SynergeticsCollaborative.org
Thu Nov 3 11:46:40 EDT 2011

Early registration ($225 per person, $30 for students, no cost with a
RISD ID) ends this Saturday November 5th.  If you or your friends or
colleagues cannot mail a check by then, at the door registration will
be $250.  Pre-registration required:  please fill out this form to attend:

Here are some additional program descriptions and participant bios for
the Design Science Symposium,

Panel:  Exploring the Science of the IVE/VE/Close Packing in Nature's Design

The Isotropic Vector Matrix (IVM), derived from the close packing of
spheres is, in Fuller's words, "a multidimensional matrix in which the
vertexes are everywhere the same and equidistant from one another." It
not only provides a framework for visualizing the ordering and symmetry
of space but also finds physical realization in myriad structural
applications.  The closely allied notion of the Vector Equilibrium (VE)
also provides insight into these systems.  Join the discussion as we
explore the IVM's significance in topics ranging from atomic structure, to
computational cosmology, to issues of space and geometry.  Participants:
Russell Chu, Jim Nystrom, and Ed Suzuki with Carl Fasano moderator.

Panel:  Nature's Coordination and Design

Fuller hypothesized that the structuring of the physical (and
metaphysical) world was governed by a universal, energetically economical
system of coordination that, once understood, could be applied to solving
the problems of humanity through Design Science.  Design Science itself
demands rigorous testing and empirical verification of ideas and concepts.
Join our panelists as they share their views on Nature's Coordination,
its application in design, and its scientific validity.  Participants:
Peter Jon Pearce and Don Briddell with Kyna Leski moderator.

James Nystrom

Dr. Nystrom is an advocate of using Fuller's geometrical and synergetic
ideas to explain all aspects of the physical and metaphysical world(s). He
holds four university degrees and has internationally recognized
research accomplishments in statistical mechanics, computational
electromagnetics, and cellular automata. Currently, besides teaching a
full load in computer science and mathematics, he conducts research into
computational cosmography, the quantum mind, and the New World Order.
He is currently Associate Professor of Mathematics at Ferris State
University in Michigan. He has a number of papers on his web site

Edward Suzuki was born in born in Saitama Prefecture, Japan and
graduated in 1971 with a BArch from the University of Notre-Dame,
Ind., on Ford Scholarship.  In 1973 he pursued graduate studies in
Urban Design at Harvard University earning a Fulbright Fellowship from
1973-74 and graduating with a M. of Architecture in 1975.  In 1974 he
worked with Buckminster Fuller and Sadao, Inc., Cambridge, MA, Isamu
Noguchi Studio and from 1975-76 with Kenzo Tange and URTEC, Tokyo.
In recent years he has been Visiting Professor at the Rhode Island
School of Design, Providence, RI, and Visiting Critic at the Graduate
School of Design, Harvard University, MA.  Since 1977, he has led
the architectural firm Edward Suzuki Associates, Inc.  His work has
earned many design awards, including a Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of
Architecture and Design "International Architecture Award" for each of
the past three years.  Ed has a web site http://www.edward.net a blog
http://blog.bookpeople.jp.atlas/edward_suzuki/ and you can follow him
on twitter  http://twitter.com/esa_edward/.

Gary Doskas

Gary Doskas graduated with Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from
Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec Canada in 1984 and has been
working in the semi conductor industry for 27 years.  Since April 2010 he
has been researching (self-taught) structural shapes within a spherical
geometric context.  His most recent book published in Jan 2011 is entitled,
 "Sphere of Life VI:  The Harmonic Relationships of Cones, Spheres and
Platonic Solids."

Eric Heller

Eric Heller has been studying and modeling polyhedra since he was a kid.
He has devised many techniques, the favorite being his invention, KlypStyx
(pronounced "clip sticks") - a system for clipping sticks together
resulting in the 1-skeletons (edges) of polyhedra and related structures.
Some of these structures are rigid and some are not.  The non-rigid
structures are great fun and produce many surprising transforming
structures.  KlypStyx can be found on-line at http://klypstyx.com/.

Caryn Johnson

Caryn Johnson was a teaching assistant for Dr. Arthur Loeb in his Design
Science classes at Harvard during the years 1991 to 2001, and worked with
his widow, Charlotte Loeb, to organize his academic materials after his
death in 2002. Ms. Johnson helped bring the materials of his Teaching
Collection to RISD in 2004.

Ms. Johnson spent her childhood in Cambridge and Newton, Massachusetts,
with various trips to Africa and Europe as her parents (both university
professors) pursued their studies. After graduating from Yale in 1982 with
a Bachelor of Science, she began her career as an electronic engineer,
but switched to the world of Design Science in 1989. She completed
her Master's Degree at MIT in the Architecture department's Center
for Advanced Visual Studies, with Dr. Loeb as one of her advisors. She
worked in both the high tech and the art world for a while, learning to
make stained glass while consulting at Sun Microsystems. In 1996, after
several years working at Lyn Hovey's stained glass studio in Boston,
and having created artworks for events such as Boston's "First Night,"
Ms. Johnson left the working world to raise her family. She currently
homeschools her two sons, ages 10 and 15, teaches a variety of classes
at a homeschooling cooperative, occasionally tutors geometrically-minded
kids and adults in mathematics, and has recently gotten back to her
artistic pursuits, having set up a paper sculpting studio this Fall at
the Wheelhouse in West Concord, Massachusetts.

Samuel Lanahan

Sam Lanahan had the great fortune as a young man to travel with Buckminster
Fuller on a trip to Southeast Asia where he was the guest of many heads of
State. His influence on Sam was immeasurable and afterwards he spent two
years exploring the geometry of geodesics and tensegrities with Joe Clinton
at Union College. He earned a MS in Environmental Studies from the
University of Oregon, after which he founded a company with others that
pioneered Geographic Information Systems applications for mobile data
collection in the electric, cable, and telephone industries. Naturally,
this work dovetailed nicely with his interest in spatial topologies.  In
2004 Sam reinvigorated 'Flextegrity' by continuing earlier explorations
into the development of a 'universal material.' He now holds two patents
and a third pending in structural optimized materials based on icosahedral
arrays.  Flextegrity can be found on-line at http://www.flextegrity.com/.

George Mokray

George Mokray is founder of the Solar Work Group which built demonstration
solar devices in the 1970s, some of which went on to the Northeast Coastal
Power Show, a traveling energy show that went from Maine to Washington
DC and Cape Cod to Pennsylvania teaching about renewables and energy
efficiency.  George was also one of the founders of the Urban Solar
Energy Association, which did solar barn raisings in the Boston area
in the 1970s and 1980s.  He has been writing about and studying energy
issues for more than 30 years and presently hosts two on-line blogs
(http://solarray.blogspot.com; http://www.dailykos.com/blog/gmoke)
and a widely distributed weekly listing of energy related events at

Eleftherios Pavlides

Eleftherios Pavilides, AIA, holds a PhD in architecture from the
University of Pennsylvania and a March from the Yale School of
Architecture.  He has practiced architecture in the US and Greece since
1977 and taught architectural studios and courses examining architectural
form as cultural and social expression since 1981.  He has extensively
researched and published on inhabitant perceptions of architecture,
including of wind turbines in the landscape.  In 2007 he received a
Rhode Island Legislature's Citation and a Governor of Rhode Island's
Commendation for his contributions to helping set and implement Rhode
Island's 15% wind electricity goal.  In conversation with Carl Fasano of
RISD, he has started working on a book chronicling four decades of paper
folding as a Bauhaus paper exercise on how form results from exploring
material properties.

Wayne Trantow

Wayne D. Trantow, a.k.a Skip, is a software engineer with twenty-five
years of experience spanning all aspects of software development. Raised
in the Wisconsin north woods he attended the University of Wisconsin
until the curiosity of travel set in.  In the early 70's after travelling
throughout the US he was drawn to Oregon where he settled.  He began
studies in jewelry design and metalworking at a small private school,
Thundering Seas School of Design and practiced art under the tutelage
of Delphine Kreielsheimer.  In the eighties, when PC revolution started
he returned to school for a degree in Computer Science.  He is now a
twenty four year veteran of software engineering currently working at
Intel Corporation.  Yet an interest in philosophy and history and a
curiosity of how nature works was an ever-present undercurrent that
inspired a life-long exploration of intrinsic geometric symmetries.
Tales of this journey can found at http://omnigarten.org.

The most important fact about Spaceship Earth:
an instruction manual didn't come with it.
--- R. Buckminster Fuller

CJ Fearnley                         |  Executive Director
cjf at SynergeticsCollaborative.org    |  Synergetics Collaborative
http://SynergeticsCollaborative.org |  "Dare to be Naive" -- Bucky Fuller

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