Architecture

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...

Operative Transformation. Part 2

This two-part essay offers a critical investigation into the notion of operative transformation and its role in the evolution of animation as a means of spatial morphogenesis in architecture, as explored in conjunction with its broader scientific and design contexts.... READ MORE...

Operative Transformations. Part 1

This two-part essay offers a critical investigation into the notion of operative transformation and its role in the evolution of animation as a means of spatial morphogenesis in architecture, as explored in conjunction with its broader scientific and design contexts.... 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...

Revealing Interstitial Spaces. Part 2

This essay offers an investigation into the notion of interstitial space and its creative exploration in various site-specific art practices as realised mainly with the use of digital technology. This is the second part of this three-part essay.... READ MORE...

Realities: United Featuring. Light As Gazes Conveyor

Realities: United is a Berlin based studio founded in 2000 by brothers Jan and Tim Edler, dealing with the contiunuous experimentation of the ephemeral boundaries between digital art and architecture. The studio, by now very renowned, has received in the last few years lots of international recognitions for the design and production of some architectural works and artistic projects, a lot of which are part of art centers collections of worldwide importance such as Moma and the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Reid.... READ MORE...

Susa Pop: Connecting Cities. New Formats Of Urban Communication

In September and October 2010 the first edition of MFFE (Media Facade Festival) began, a European pilot project featuring the participation of different digital artists and designers. The festival is organised by the Berlin Public Art Lab, in collaboration with the artistic centers of other six European cities: Liverpool, Brussels, Helsinki, Linz, Madrid and Budapest.... 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...

The Softspace Of Usman Haque. Choreographies Of Sensations

Architecture, according to Vitruvius, is the sum of three factors: utilitas, venustas and firmitas. Usefulness and beauty are for sure features that cannot be renounced in order not to cross the border into sculpture or into the simple and unfortunately rampant building industry. But what about permanence? Is it truly something that cannot be renounced ? Is it truly a must that an architectural work has necessarily to be solid and lasting over time ? When, on the contrary, a work is ephemeral, short-lived , transient cannot belong anymore to the domain of architecture ? And if the term 'ephemeral' rather than bearing the negative connotation of something fragile and subject to speculation, could instead carry a different meaning?... READ MORE...

Medi/action And Mediam(bi)ent. The Nuformer Digital Media Method

Projectable surfaces in metropolis have become big buildings' facades. We already wrote on this subject in the previous Digimag issue and this time we are putting forward our interview with Rob Delfgaauw from NuFormer, a Dutch firm which has diffused worldwide the sensationalist technique of mapping and screening 3d videos on edifices thus precisely reflecting existing volumes and altering in the public the way of perceiving the static object. Performances, advertising campaigns, big public events. Their promotional video, Projections on Buildings, a video-live performance in which buildings seem to be flaking off in front of spectators or else to be filled up with colorful small balls, was everywhere on the web. NuFormer style gets popular and turns into an example for many... READ MORE...

Art And Architecture: Investigation At The Boundaries Of Space

Our changing understanding of reality has inspired the invention of new concepts of space and strategies for spatial research and practice across disciplines. There have been several radical changes in cosmology, science, art, design and philosophy, concerning the ways in which reality and our experience of it may be understood. As can be seen in recent studies by scientists, artists, designers and thinkers, such changes have encouraged the development of new philosophies and theories on space, new types of spatial perception, interaction etc... READ MORE...

Hypersurface And Mediafacade. Urban Screen And Nu Former

Lev Manovich once said that the deep change which is affecting culture in the era of computerized media revolution also concerns space and its representation and organization systems. Space becomes a media itself: Just like all other media - audio, video, images and text - nowadays space can be transmitted, stored and recovered in a snapshot. Space can be squeezed, re-formatted, changed into a flow, filtered, computerized, programmed and interactively managed (L. Manovich, Il linguaggio dei nuovi media)... READ MORE...

Fluid Architectures

The exhibition Fluid Architectures gathers spaces of flow and immateriality created by artists in response to these contemporary notions the city. These fictional spaces made of light, moving image, and other media extend the idea of physical architecture to the construction of dynamic and seemingly infinite spaces enabling a sensory experience... READ MORE...

Interspatiality & Dystopia

The growth of non object-centred thinking, the cosmological understanding of space as an uncontrollably changing informational substance and the expanded use of virtual environments, necessitate new strategies for developing spatial research in order to advance art and architecture.... READ MORE...

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