Since regulations did not allow to fix cladding onto the vaults, the digitally fabricated structural system consists of CNC-cut plywood boxes and beams placed using dry-joint techniques to support the insulating lining and the facade polycarbonate...
A digital algorithm simulates the growth of a substratum inspired by coral morphology. Photosynthetic cyanobacteria are inoculated on a biogel medium into the triangular cells, forming the system’s units of biological intelligence, which convert radi
Born as a critique of temporary events that leave abandoned constructions, the pavilion is formed by a wood structure with which the mycelium is merged and from which it eats, and it will grow until it dies once its purpose is fulfilled...
The project analyzes the necessary transition towards bioeconomy, and defends the ecological and also aesthetic value of biologically based materials, which create unique colors and textures like those of the mycelium panels of the pavilion...
The complex is built entirely with organic and biodegradable bricks made of corn stalks mixed with live fungal organisms, creating a light and porous wall that makes it possible for the pavilion to function as a bioclimatic building...
Created from generative algorithms and oyster mushroom mycelium on straw, Breeding Space is alive, grows, is harvested, and generates edible subproducts; from the inside it reveals the endoskeleton of welded iron rods and the timber formwork. Of the
The dynamic digital facade evokes the clouds in traditional Chinese paintings. The building marks the entrance to the commercial district of Qianhai, and symbolizes its innovative drive. The planted terraces bring users contact with nature... [+]
Local-In is an open source web and cell phone digital tool designed to promote creative, participatory, and collective creative urban processes that make it easier to consult, explore, and visualize a huge variety of geo-referenced data... [+]
Based on the combination of vernacular methods and materials and digital techniques, the bamboo village represents a natural, artisanal, and socioeconomic utopia.
The building’s 3,600-strong panels of hardened and stratified glass are supported by a highly complex triangulated structure of steel and wood that has been calculated digitally.
Diseñada a partir de criterios de Diseño Computacional, la piel del pabellón está formada por escamas de madera contrachapada de 6,5 milímetros de espesor, fabricadas por un robot y ensambladas para optimizar su comportamiento estructural, formando u
The project studies the the genetic creation of bioluminescent trees for urban and domestic use by introducing in the plants the gene responsible for the GFP (Green Fluorescent Protein), obtained from the Aequorea victoria jellyfish...
Born in China and based in New York City, the architect Quin Wu produces digital images where the logos of Western brands like McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Nike, or Chanel are grafted on extreme natural environments in the East.
Operation Night Watch is the largest and most wide-ranging research and conservation project in the history of Rembrandt’s masterpiece. The goal of Operation Night Watch is the long-term preservation of the painting. Read more about Operation Night W
There’s a new way to take in the skyline. For Kenzo Digital, a lifelong New Yorker who designed its dreamlike interior, the city was his muse. One Vanderbilt, a new construction at the corner of 42nd Street, opens its observation deck, SUMMIT. From f
‘This will kill that.’ In Victor Hugo’s prophecy – which was also McLuhan’s – ‘this’ referred to books and ‘that’ to cathedrals. It was a process of creative destruction that lasted as long as it took digitalization to arrive, and with it a new proph
The vogue for immersive exhibitions has implications for the market, too. Across all four walls of a vast hall, Vincent van Gogh’s blue irises begin to sway. They bloom gently at first, then more violently, as the music builds to a crashing crescendo
Beeple’s collage Everydays: The First 5000 Days is a purely digital artwork (an NFT, non-fungible token) which sold for a record-breaking figure, paid in cryptocurrency at a Christie’s auction. The NFT bubble is already comparable
Le Corbusier said that architecture is a problem solved in the floor plan; a sentence which the algorithm recently launched by Wallgren Arkitekter and BOX has completed in this manner: architecture is a problem that is solved through the floor plan,
There is no doubt whatsoever that robotization and artificial intelligence are proof of great technological progress, but as sociologists and economists keep warning us, they are also a serious threat to the survival of many jobs. Architects, for the
Students of the Master of Advanced Studies in Digital Fabrication and Architecture program at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich have built ‘Concrete Choreoraphy,’ an installation of columns made of special concrete with the assistanc
The most basic information one needed to understand a city – to recognize its hierarchies, know its workings, identify its routes – historically required a physical reality (heights, schemes, structures, geometries, axes). This link between informati
Twenty to thirty years is a long time in the annals of information technology – long enough to allow us to discern a fundamental rift between the inner workings of yesterday’s and today’s computational tools.
Already in its inaugural issue, back in June 1988, this magazine made room for commentary on architecture’s new digital tools, which were changing the way architects graphically represented the buildings that they imagined, and gradually even the act
In the digital transformation process that is already happening in all production sectors, a new fabrication model has been developed, based on digital information; one that yields objects on site, eliminating the need for transport, through an addit
One of the direct consequences of the proliferation of chips and sensors is a massive accumulation of data relating to the city and how it functions. Mobile phones alone supply large quantities of information about, for example, their owners’ locatio
It is taken for granted that China’s competitive edge is partly due to its lack of concern for safety at work and for the environment. But building in Shanghai requires 25% prefabrication, replacing traditional methods, and is aiming for 50% in the m
A new Third Industrial Revolution manufacturing model has seized the public stage and is growing exponentially. Hundred of companies are now producing physical products the way software produces information in the form of video, audio, and text. It’s
We cry out for transparency while clamoring for privacy. The blurred lines between public and private, however, make it hard to address these opposed demands. On one hand, the political conflict extends to the personal lives of elected and appointed
La principal tesis de mi último libro, The Alphabet and the Algorithm (véase artículo en Arquitectura Viva 124) era sencilla. En el principio fue lo hecho a mano. La mayoría de los objetos artesanales, aunque se conformen siguiendo una secuencia orde
Incluso el ‘genio’ que le atiende en la tienda más cercana de Apple podría admitir que un euro invertido en un PC aporta una capacidad significativamente mayor de poder de computación que el gastado en un Mac. Todos sabemos, además, que navegar por i
Vinculada antaño a la construcción artesanal, la madera es hoy el material preferido para experimentar con los nuevos métodos de diseño y fabricación robotizada.
La madera, uno de los más antiguos materiales de construcción, puede redescubrirse con su uso en inéditas formas surgidas de las nuevas herramientas de diseño informático.
La creciente digitalización de los libros supone un reto para las bibliotecas que, lejos de desaparecer, mantienen su carácter simbólico y adoptan formas evanescentes e inéditas.
Se ha escrito mucho acerca de la dependencia —para algunos incluso identificación— entre la arquitectura y su representación. El progreso de la arquitectura en paralelo al desarrollo de los medios impresos, libros y revistas principalmente, y audiovi