Architecture

Mediacities 2013: International Conference

The fourth MediaCity reflects on pluralities and globalities, on MEDIACITIES everywhere. What new lines of inquiry and emergent relations between urbanity and digital media are found in non-Western cities, in post-Capitalist cities, in cities hosting civic turbulence or crossing international boundaries? What urban-medial relations are taking shape differently in urban milieux that may have been heretofore overlooked?... READ MORE...

Urban Escapism – Part 1. The Thousand Lights Of Tokyo’s Streets

Toshio Iwai, born in Japan in 1962, has been internationally defined as a new-media artist. In the following pages, I will address one of his experiments, Sound-Lens , which he made in 2001, when he was 39. Following this piece, a couple of Japanese contemporary authors are offering a totally new point of view of Tokyo through the everyday's unseen: Iwai is one of these explorers.... 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...

Light Spectrum Glasses. Looking Beyond White Light

Spectral glasses enable a pragmatic approach to evaluate the colour rendering of light. This technique could help architects, interior and lighting designers to analyse quickly how light reproduces colours on objects. The film by Thomas Schielke covers vivid impressions of our architectural and urban environment with a variety of light sources ranging from sunlight to modern LEDs. The images reveal a fascinating look beyond white light to search for inherent light colours.... 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...

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...