Sabina Barcucci

The Functional Art of Alberto Cairo. Shaping data to generate opinions

We had the opportunity to interview Alberto Cairo, designer and journalist, and author of ”The functional Art. An introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization", during a series of presentations called "The Exhibitionist" he delivered in Milan at the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia, at the beginning of May... READ MORE...

#Advancity. An antidisciplinary Manifesto for design, art and science

“Facts, not opinions” this is the inscription engraved on the gable at the entrance of an eccentric museum in the city centre of London. The museum hosts the machinery tried by David Kirkaldy, the first scientist who in 1865 tested industrial steel in order to make it a construction material for bridges, ships and railways. The inscription is a real declaration of intentions that describes the main role played by the scientific method and thinking within the paradigmatic shift occurred in the second half of the 19th century.... READ MORE...

Designing Complexity. Remarks About Design Modeling Symposium

The consequences of Information Technology for big architectural systems have to cross huge amounts of digital data with new design methodologies and revolutionary techniques of material production. The third edition of Design Modelling Symposium, held in Berlin at the Universität der Künste Berlin (UDK) from 7th to 12th October, turned into a privileged observatory of the challenge that researchers and designers from disparate fields are facing in the attempt to control these complex systems... READ MORE...

The Italian Hub. Interview With Co.de.it

Co-De-iT is an independent group of research on digital and scripting-based architecture, born in Italy yet strictly connected with the rest of the world. Their activity is guided by a mission: to bring to Italy some innovations usually characterizing other most advanced international contexts. The request for innovation is clear and concrete, as confirmed by the interviews with Andrea Graziano, Alessio Erioli and Davide Del Giudice. A more and more increasing number of students and professionals rely on Co-De-iT, attracted by its hub role for all those information and projects that encounter problems in penetrating the Italian context.... READ MORE...

Voluptuous Data. Matias Del Campo And Span Architects

Talking about design and architecture with Matias Del Campo (SPAN Architects, with Sandra Manninger) opens the mind toward an unexpected miscellanea of technology and romanticism. It clarifies that the work of those that, like SPAN, are developing new paradigms in material production through architecture act in a world where the combination of technology and sensibility has yet to be questioned and investigated. As Del Campo himself states, in this field we have just scratched the surface: everything still has to be imagined, discovered and defined.... READ MORE...

The Machine That Makes Art. Form+code In Art, Design And Architecture

A perfect candidate for this role is FORM + CODE, a book by Casey Reas, Chandler McWilliams and LUST, recently published by Princeton Architectural Press. Contents are clearly expressed through an historical overview on the code development in electronic art, and in some of its conceptual art natural language programming forerunners(based on instructions series set up not for the machines but for the public). The graphic layout is a well-kept and an inseparable part of the publishing project, including a selection of pieces of work and breathtaking images (at a very reasonable price, it must be said).... READ MORE...

Live Architecture Network. The Net As A Design Project

The parametric or associative design is based on the use of integrated systems of CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing) which allow a direct dialogue between the machine that models and the machine that makes the constructive elements and assembly pieces, generating a new process of ideation/production. The traditional relationships between the actors of this process change: every project can be planned out in an super-customized way and the variables which can be immense enlarge exponentially... READ MORE...