'Remetabolising Paljassaare' Exhibition @ the Museum of Estonian Architecture | TAB 2017

MASTER_PLANVIEW_NewRender_B&W-smaller.jpg

Pleased to announce that our project entitled 'the Stones of Paljassaare' will be a part of the Tallinn Architecture Biennale's 'Vision Competition' exhibition. The exhibition, which will take place at the Museum of Estonian Architecture, opens September 14, 2017.

TAB_TALLINN_Promo-Image-Logo_Smaller.jpg

TALLINN ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE / TAB 2017 will take place from 13 September to 27 October 2017. bioTallinn is the theme for TAB 2017 curated by architect, urban designer and ecologist Claudia Pasquero.

 

Visit www.arch-or-studio.com/#/the-stones-of-paljasaarre/

Exhibition details 2017.tab.ee/event/exhibition-vision-competition-opening/

 

 

Interview with Gilles Retsin for Arch2o

Pleased to have had the opportunity recently to interview Gilles Retsin of Gilles Retsin Architecture, SoftKill Design, co-founder of the UCL Design Computation Lab and director of the M.Arch Architectural Design (AD) Program at the Bartlett School of Architecture.

 

This is the latest in a series of interviews which delve into the work and philosophy of a handful of contemporary architects who are actively re(de)fining not only architecture proper, but what it means to be an architect today and, perhaps, in the future.

"The 'part' really becomes a kind of digital building block, an element like a Lego, with a specific set of possible connections. This way of working came out of a questioning if it would be possible to make buildings that are physically digital – a kind of criticism towards the project of the digital. But it’s at the same time also really concerned with certain aesthetic questions, compositional issues, et cetera."

Gilles Retsin is a London based architect and designer investigating new architectural models which engage with the potential of increased computational power and fabrication to generate buildings and objects with a previously unseen structure, detail and materiality. His work is interested in the impact of computation on the core principles of architecture – the bones rather than the skin. The practice has developed numerous provocative proposals for international competitions, and is currently working on a a range of schemes, among them a 10000 m2 museum in China. His work has been acquired by the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and he has exhibited internationally in museums such as the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil-am-Rhein, Design Exchange Toronto and the Zaha Hadid Gallery in London. He has been invited professor at the Texas A&M University, and has lectured and acted as guest critic in numerous universities internationally. His practice, Gilles Retsin Architecture, will be constructing a pavilion at the upcoming Tallinn Architecture Biennale in Estonia.    

Gilles Retsin studied in Belgium, Chile and the UK, where he obtained a master’s degree from the Architectural Association’s Design Research Lab in London. Gilles gained professional experience while working in Germany and Switzerland, an architect with LAVA in Stuttgart, as a project architect with Christian Kerez in Zurich and research-based practice Kokkugia in London.

18121645_1823535971006182_6694112747963984622_o.jpg

Recently he was appointed the Program Director of the B.Pro Architectural Design (AD) Master’s program at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. Within the AD program, together with Manuel Jimenez Garcia and Vicente Soler, he leads Research Cluster 4 (RC4), which focuses on developing design methods for robotic fabrication. A new generation of research initiated by RC4 moves from 3D-printing to Discrete Robotic Assembly, utilizing principally simple building blocks to assemble incredibly complex forms while exploring the possibilities of utilizing robotic fabrication on an architectural scale.

The full interview can be found here: www.arch2o.com/interview-gilles-retsin/

2017.

Interview with S/he (by way of François Roche) for Arch2o

Pleased to have had the opportunity to interview S/he, principal of New-Territories, by way of François Roche.

 

This is the latest in a series of interviews which delve into the work and philosophy of a handful of contemporary architects who are actively re(de)fining not only architecture proper, but what it means to be an architect today and, perhaps, in the future.

"What else can we do but to oppose this system’s obscenity, the obscenity of our pathologies … generated by this very system, affected by an impossibility to the world, facing these multiple disorders … to say, to make-say and make-know … that we as well are pathogen elements … of this very disorder, but in a critical mode, activist, solitary … to produce with this repulsion … this rejection … in a metabolized loop … constitutive of the obscene chain … of these little tales. (...) Yes, we are only left with obscenity in order to say, to make, to make-say and make-know. (...) This is what we offer here … our pathologies as paranoid-criticism … the obscenity is not so much the subject than the voyeurism apparatus which forces us to look at it, frontally … In front of the miserabilism of cretinous niches with their hypocritical formulas, we have to re-evaluate what we used to call “Design” as a process of synesthesia of knowledge … crossing the multiple conflicts and embarrassing waste of ideology, criminal positivism, voluntary ignorance, per formative cynicism … To secrete from its ambiguity, ambivalence … even non sense… absurdity … "

New-Territories (R&Sie(n) / [eIf/bʌt/c]) has exhibited its work at, among other places, the Centre Pompidou, SF MOMA, the Tate Modern, Barbican London, the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) Montreal, has been selected 8 times for participation in the Venice Biennial, in national and international Pavilions – last showing at the Chicago Biennial of 2015, the Istanbul Biennial of 2016 – and a recent major solo exhibition at the Frac Centre, Orleans, France entitled “s/he would rather do FICTION MAKer”.

….. Although it already understood the full potential of digital technologies as early as 1990, New-Territories never stopped revealing their disorders and limitations. In its own words: “Architecture is not a matter of projection, but a matter of ‘distortion of reality’.” In “s/he would rather do FICTION MAKER”, the public is  invited on a “paranoiac odyssey” through a series of historic projects (most of which are part of the Frac Centre-Val de Loire collection) and “anthropotechnic” scenarios, (including New-Territories’ latest venture : M4 -mindmachinemakingmyths). New-Territories is a polymorphous architecture organization. Founded in 1993, it has embraced different labels, names, strategies and purposes.” 

‘S/he’, an androgynous, trans-gender avatar, is the principal of New-Territories. Created in 1993, ‘S/he’ authorized François Roche to write, talk and teach on his/her behalf, as a PS / personal secretary, an Ariadne’s wire of his-her ectoplasmic system and paranoiac mind … François Roche is based in Bangkok [eIf/bʌt/c], Paris, R&Sie(n), NY with M4, all part of the New-Territories network. Recent work by MindMachineMakingMyth (M4), described as a studio of ”contingent scenario’’, seeks to articulate the real and/or fictional geographic situations and narrative structures that can transform them, with technology, robotic and human natures – both physiological and psychological.

In 2017, ‘S/he’ got her-his first position in Vienna at ‘The Academy of Fine Arts’. Among the teaching positions held by his-her P.S. François Roche, over the last decade, is guest professor at the Bartlett School in London in 2000, the Vienna TU in 2001, the Barcelona ESARQ in 2003-04, the Paris ESA in 2005, the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 2006, the Angewangde in Vienna in 2008, the USC-Los Angeles in 2009-10-11-12-13, from 2006 to 2013 at Gsapp, Columbia University, in 2013-14 Upenn, Philadelphia and this last four years at RMIT, Melbourne.

The full interview can be found here: www.arch2o.com/interview-way-francois-roche/

2017.

Interview with Liam Young for Arch2o.com


Pleased to have had the opportunity recently to interview Liam Young, of Tomorrow's Thoughts Today and the AA's Unknown Fields Division, for Arch2o.com.

This is the latest in a series of interviews which delve into the work and philosophy of a handful of contemporary architects who are actively re(de)fining not only architecture proper, but what it means to be an architect today and, perhaps, in the future.

These speculative projects are not at all about the future, really, they’re about the present. (...) It’s just a distancing lens that allows us to look back in on the present in new and unexpected ways. Perhaps a better way to describe these speculative projects is not ‘the future’ at all, but as a kind of ‘visionary present’, a re-framing of the present that allows us to see it in new ways.

Liam Young is an architect who operates in the spaces between design, fiction, and futures. He is a founder of the think tank Tomorrows Thoughts Today, and also co-runs the ‘Unknown Fields Division’ at the Architectural Association, all while holding numerous teaching positions worldwide. The Unknown Fields Division is a nomadic studio that sets off on annual expeditions to the ends of the earth exploring the alternative worlds, alien landscapes, industrial ecologies and precarious wilderness set in motion by the powerful push and pull of the city’s desires. Tomorrows Thoughts Today is a London-based futures think tank exploring the consequences of fantastic, speculative and imaginary urbanisms. Liam’s projects develop fictional speculations as critical instruments to survey the consequences of emerging environmental and technological futures.

The interviewer, Zack Saunders (founder of ARCH[or]studio in the US and Arch2O contributing editor) takes this opportunity to speak with Liam on the recalibration of the Unknown Fields Division, its’ recent book-launch, his plans to coordinate a curious new program at Sci-ARC, his two recent short-films, and how new technologies might generate new forms of culture, among other things …

The full interview can be found here: www.arch2o.com/interview-liam-young-arch2o/

2017.

SOILED'S Deathscrapers Release Party


Deathscrapers is currently at press, and is ready to be shipped your way!

Each issue of SOILED is accompanied by a live launch event. As a direct corollary to the printed artifact, the events typically feature more interactive versions of the printed contributions, in formats not limited to the printed page.

The Deathscrapers launch event will be on Saturday, September 17, from 7–10pm in Chicago. Check it out if you're in town!

SOILED is a periodical of architectural stories that makes a mess of the built environment and the politics of space. Our stories are unexpected, accessible, and they instigate mischief! This means a close and serious - and sometimes humorous - examination of the mundane and in-between spaces we inhabit or traverse on a daily basis; a license to boldly, creatively, and irreverently challenge conventional architectural interventions and interpretations. Rather than imagining what the world should be, SOILED delights in envisioning what the world could be. We believe that by intensifying the fictive and storytelling potential in architecture, we might engage a broader public in architectural ideas from discourse to action. (soiledzine.org)

SOILED continues to be reviewed alongside fellow internationally acclaimed journals including New Geographies, LOBBY and MAS Context, among others. Prior to the release of Issue No. 6, Artwort interviewed Editor-in-Chief Joseph Altshuler where they talk about death, architecture and the then-upcoming issue: Deathscrapers.

 

 

featured on artwort

 

www.soiledzine.org

www.arch-or-studio.com

 

#archorstudio #mementomori #soiled #soiledmagazine #soiledzine #deathscrapers #cartogram #neonatalarchitecture #architecture #architecturaljournal #architecturaltheory #bodymodification #geneticengineering #daedalus #syntheticbiology #myth #bioengineering #conceptualart #art #futurearchitecture #death #futurist #artwort #archidose #adailydoseofarchitecture #digitaldesign #drawing 

Pleased to be shortlisted for this year's BLOOOM Award


Pleased to be shortlisted, out of over 2000 entries, for this year's BLOOOM Award by Warsteiner!

Finalists and winners will have the opportunity to present their works at BLOOOM - the converging art show in Cologne, Germany.

.

BLOOOM AWARD BY WARSTEINER

Visual arts, Design, Urban art or Video – the artistic potential has no limitations at BLOOOM Award by WARSTEINER. We are looking for artists who knowingly work at the interfaces between art and creative industries, whose works blur boundaries of traditional forms of expression. Since its beginning in 2010, BLOOOM Award by WARSTEINER emphasizes interdisciplinarity, power of innovation, courage and progressiveness. For the last edition, more than 1,500 artists applied from 75 countries.

Discovering new forms of expression, blurring the lines between visual arts, design, street art or photography – this is what BLOOOM - the converging art show in Cologne stands for. Since 2010, the first fair for converging art promotes young galleries, off spaces and projects, providing the perfect setting for BLOOOM Award by WARSTEINER. Set within the same place and time frame as ART.FAIR | Fair for modern and contemporary art both fairs count 36,000 visitors.

http://www.blooomawardbywarsteiner.com/home_EN

http://www.art-fair.de/artfair_en

#blooomaward #WarsteinerArt #ARTFAIRcologne #archorstudio 

Parado(e)xotic Abundance, now available in Tarnished Gold Leaf


... while obsessively protecting its host as a protective shell for an iPhone 6, Parado(e)xotic Abundance is designed with another purpose in mind ... once disused, the cases are to be deposited into the ocean en masse, an aggregation of consumerist waste forming a synthetic reef-scape, providing shelter for scores of underwater creatures to inhabit, breed and thrive ...

3D printed prototype with tarnished gold leaf finish.

 

now available for purchase

 

full project description

 

 

#‎archorstudio‬ ‪#‎3dprintedfashion‬ ‪#‎fashionaccessories‬ ‪#‎syntheticecology‬ ‪#‎ecologicaldesign‬ #iphone #iphoneaccessories #art #design #designresearch #architecture #conceptualart #3dprinting

ARCH [or] studio @ FUORISALONE / MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2016


Very pleased to be exhibiting at MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2016 / FUORISALONE, as part of the Raw Edition, curated by SBODIO32.

 

"SBODIO32 is a project based exhibition of 800+sqm during Fuorisalone/ Milan Design Week that interacts with the public through a series of events, seminars and workshops. The exhibition is held at the Ventura Design District in Lambrate area; one of the most vibrant areas of Milan's design week. It showcases innovative works produced by a range of contemporary emerging talents within the fields of Industrial Design, Product Design, Fashion Design and Architecture in the era of the design paradox between materiality and design  techniques." - sbodio32.com

 

ARCH [or] studio will exhibit prototypical models and drawings of Parado(e)xotic [par-uh-doks-zot-ik ]  Abundancean iPhone 6 / 6s case which paradoxically pursues competing cultural agendas while displaying exotic yet grotesque and even objectionable formal and textural qualities; and  f.a.s.e. V2 (flavor augmenting scent emitters), an alternate version of the externally worn apparatus (f.a.s.e. V1exhibited at NYCxDesign 2015), here the device is surgically and permanently implanted in the subject's nasal cavity, seamlessly integrating  f.a.s.e. with the user's own body.

 

Milan's Design Week is the most important event worldwide for design and innovation, with more than 400,000 visitors each year. Fuorisalone is the set of events distributed in different areas of Milan coinciding with the Salone Internazionale del Mobile. Every year, in April, Salone and Fuorisalone define the Fuorisalone Milan Design Week, the most important event in the world for the design addicted.

 

 

Events are open to all from 12th - 17th April, 2016 @ Via Sbodio 32/2 Milano.

 

www.arch-or-studio.com

 

www.sbodio32.com

 

ARCH [or] studio, established in 2015, is a design studio engaged in investigative architectural experimentation, writings, concoctions and conceptual art projects situated at the intersection of architecture and art, illustration and product design.

F.a.s.e. V2 was designed and conceived in collaboration with Oscar Salguero, a toy designer, street photographer, poet, and conceptual artist interested in addressing complex issues via the concepts of play and human ingenuity.

#fuorisalone #milandesignweek2016 #archorstudio #art #design #designresearch #architecture #sbodio32 #conceptualart #iPhoneAccessories #3dprinting #salonedelmobile  #milandesignweek #ventura #lambrate

SOILED No.6 Deathscrapers


Pleased to be included in the upcoming issue of SOILED ...

Neo-Man_NEW_Exploded_V0.jpg

SOILED - Issue No. 6 - Deathscrapers:

"I am not afraid of death, I just don't want to be there when it happens." - Woody Allen

Deathscrapers summons the architecture that surrounds the dearly departed. If Woody Allen’s aphorism generalizes a broad American apprehension for openly discussing matters of death, Deathscrapers is its architectural antidote and seeks to knock at death’s (literal) door to uncover issues of narrative, memory, and form. Deathscrapers spans all scales of spaces for the dead and the bereaved, from urns and caskets, to morgues and mortuaries, mausoleums and cemeteries, even enormous necropolises. Adolf Loos declared, “Only a very small part of architecture belongs to art: the tomb and the monument.” Deathscrapers will purvey playful stories that are simultaneously as serious as the grave. How can architecture bring new life into rituals and environments for the dead? How might aesthetics participate in a new necropolitan culture? Is it productive to render the morbid more social? Akin to previous issues of SOILED, Deathscrapers welcomes ideas that might transcend their mortality on the printed page. Queue the requiem and warm up the hearse: are you ready to go?

SOILED is a periodical of architectural stories that makes a mess of the built environment and the politics of space. Our stories are unexpected, accessible, and they instigate mischief! This means a close and serious - and sometimes humorous - examination of the mundane and in-between spaces we inhabit or traverse on a daily basis; a license to boldly, creatively, and irreverently challenge conventional architectural interventions and interpretations. Rather than imagining what the world should be, SOILED delights in envisioning what the world could be. We believe that by intensifying the fictive and storytelling potential in architecture, we might engage a broader public in architectural ideas from discourse to action. (soiledzine.org)

Pre-order a printed copy for US delivery or international delivery. Deathscrapers will print towards the end of summer 2016.

 

pre-order here

Exhibition @ NYCxDESIGN 2015


Very thankful for the opportunity to showcase an original design fiction concept, in collaboration with Oscar Salguero, called f.A.S.E (flavor Augmenting Scent Emitters) for the "Feed Me: Designers Addressing the Future of Nutrition" exhibit during the city-wide NYCxDESIGN 2015 event!

If you missed the exhibition from May 8th - 10th stay tuned for photos of the 3d-printed prototypes displayed during the event!

Thanks to GROUPHUG and NYCxDESIGN!!!

NYC Design Week 2015

  Excited to be exhibiting at this year's New York Design Week alongside other interesting and thought provoking projects. Details about our project will be released on the day of the exhibit. Updates to follow! http://nycxdesign.com/events/feed-me-2015-05-08/… In collaboration with Oscar Salguero, NYC. ‪#‎nydesignweek‬ ‪#‎newyorkcity‬ ‪#‎design‬ ‪#‎designweek‬ ‪#‎nyc‬ ‪#‎archorstudio‬

 

Excited to be exhibiting at this year's New York Design Week alongside other interesting and thought provoking projects.

Details about our project will be released on the day of the exhibit.

Updates to follow!

http://nycxdesign.com/events/feed-me-2015-05-08/…

In collaboration with Oscar Salguero, NYC.

‪#‎nydesignweek‬ ‪#‎newyorkcity‬ ‪#‎design‬ ‪#‎designweek‬ ‪#‎nyc‬ ‪#‎archorstudio‬

Interview with Marjan Colletti for Arch2o


This is the first in a series of interviews which delve into the work and philosophy of a handful of contemporary architects who are actively re(de)fining not only architecture proper, but what it means to be an architect today and, perhaps, in the future.

I believe that technology can act as a great prosthetic aid to transfer mental fluidity to design/material fluidity. However, what I endeavor to discuss in the book is that technology alone will not suffice. On the contrary, technology produces and is a product of innovation, but also, maybe most of all, laziness! Dynamism becomes vital; thus, one must not become dependent on technology and/or methodologies alone. Can this be learned? I think so – at least it can be experienced. One may still not get it. Can it be taught? Maybe. I see this as the most fundamental aspect of what/ the way I teach, whereby I prefer the term ‘coaching’ to ‘teaching’. In a sentence: Architecture begins where common sense ends.

Architect-educator-author-researcher Marjan Colletti, co-founder of marcosandmarjan design limited in London, is currently University Professor and Head of the Institute for Experimental Architecture at the University of Innsbruck Austria; while also acting as Senior Lecturer, Unit 20 Master and Director of Computing at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. His personal work, the work of his students and of his studio marcosandmarjan have been widely published and exhibited world-wide.

Most recently he is the author of Digital Poetics. An Open Theory of Design-Research in Architecture, a monograph wherein he presents “an unconventional and original ‘humanistic’ theory of CAD”, further suggesting “that beyond the generation of innovative engineering forms, digital design has the potential to affect the wider complex cultural landscape of today in profound ways”. In parallel with his rigorous intellectual pursuit of Digital Poetics, his design and research projects continuously push the boundaries of digitality as it relates to architectural design and discourse; including projects as diverse as proposing a self-sufficient city (AgroPolis) along the Delta in Khataba, to a wall comprised of intricately milled cellular components (Algae-Cellunoi) which host 3d-printed vessels designed to cultivate a garden of liquid algae strains.

The interviewer, Zack Saunders (founder of ARCH[or]studio in the US and Arch2O contributing editor) takes this opportunity to speak with Marjan Colletti on teaching, the current/ future state of Architecture, digitality and sterility, his design methodologies, and his latest book. What follows is an interview, though the attempt is to do so with the etymological meaning of the word ‘interview’ in mind: ‘to glimpse’.

The full interview can be found here: www.arch2o.com/interview-with-marjan-colletti-arch2o/

2015.

surrogate bodies


Part 1 of 3 / architecture [or] individuation (...)

Surrogate Bodies (...)

[published via arch2o.com]

Algae-Cellunoi / marcosanmarjan @ FRAC Centre's ARCHILAB


Zack Saunders of ARCH[or]studio was pleased to have the opportunity to assist with the fabrication of this exquisite work by marcosandmarjan! On view at the FRAC Centre thru 02.02.2014.

The installation is an ornamental wall structure for external use composed of numerous cellular components that work as a scaffold for algae to grow. 

The patterns have multiple patterns with gaps and crevices that aim for a gradual involvement of nature in its three-dimensional surface. The wall is made out of foam which is a quintessential insulation material. What is usually hidden in external walls is here turned inside out and exposed as an ornate thick surface.Each cellular component is seeded with terrestrial algae that grows in the ridges of the variable patterns.

The selected algae strains are Neochloris texensis - a soil based algae of the Neochloris genus and Trentepohlia - a filamentous green chlorophyte algae traditionally living on tree trunks, rocks or housing facades. The filaments of Trentepohlia have a strong orange colour caused by large quantities of carotenoid pigments which mask the green of the chlorophyll.

Particular to this fast growing algae is that they live symbiotically in lichens which grow much slower, but ultimately create an enduring natural outer protection for the insulation wall. Each cellular component is also designed to host a variety of flasks in which liquid algae can grow for ground fertilization or simply to help creating a varied ecology of natural elements on the wall.

Project team:
Design team: marcosandmarjan with Guan Lee and Richard Beckett
Fabrication: Grymsdyke Farm; DMC London
Algae Technology: Marin Sawa with Nixon Group and Hellgardt Group (Imperial College); Richard Beckett (UCL)
Sponsors: Bartlett School of Architecture; Grymsdyke Farm; Innsbruck University


Status:
Completed/ Wall installation at 9th ARCHILAB - Naturalizing Architecture, Orleans France. Location: FRAC Centre, Orleans. Duration: 14.09.2013 - 02.02.2014.

          All images Copyright marcosandmarjan and Guan Lee, with Richard Beckett.