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An operating manual for the Self-Organizing City
Curated by Marco Poletto
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Torre David by Urban-Think Tank and Justin McGuirk

Torre David by Urban-Think Tank and Justin McGuirk | Systemic Architecture | Scoop.it

Justin McGuirk and Urban-Think Tank win best project at the Venice Architecture Beinnale for Torre David vertical slum installation

 

...congrat to my friends Alfredo and Hubert,  a well deserved price for their work on bottom-up urbanism

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Will 3D printers make food sustainable?

Will 3D printers make food sustainable? | Systemic Architecture | Scoop.it
Green Futures: Andrew Purvis investigates whether 3D printers, artificial meat and GM can reduce food's future environmental footprint...

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cyber-GARDENS - News - Domus

cyber-GARDENS - News - Domus | Systemic Architecture | Scoop.it
A summer workshop by ecoLogicStudio sets out to create a series of ''growing'' experiments set within the emergent bio-farming network on the outskirts of Milan.
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WATER CATHEDRAL by GUN Architects

WATER CATHEDRAL by GUN Architects | Systemic Architecture | Scoop.it
“The Water Cathedral is a large, horizontal urban nave for public use, discreetly exposed so that enigmatic and semi-dark atmospheres can be made out through its topographic lines of floor an...

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Cummulus - Ciro Najle

Reportage vidéo sur la treizième expérience présentée par Le Laboratoire : cummulus, du design aux expériences atmosphériques de Ciro Najle Un film réalisé p...

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China's Electronic Waste Village - Photo Essays

China's Electronic Waste Village - Photo Essays | Systemic Architecture | Scoop.it

Guiyu, China breaks down much of the world's discarded electronics; we will report from there next week...

Photographs by Chien-min Chung / Reportage by Getty...

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Urbanistica ecologica _ ecologic urbanism

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A Londra una mostra mette insieme paesaggio, giardinaggio ed energie rinnovabili: ed è targata Italia | Artribune

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This is What Happens When You Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids | Colossal

This is What Happens When You Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids | Colossal | Systemic Architecture | Scoop.it

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Tomas Saraceno: Cloud Cities. Interview

http://www.vernissage.tv | Interview with artist Tomas Saraceno on the occasion of the installation of his huge solo exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum...

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It's a memory thing - Tales of Things

It's a memory thing - Tales of Things | Systemic Architecture | Scoop.it

Connecting anything with any media, anywhere!
Wouldn't it be great to link any object directly to a 'video memory' or an article of text describing its history or background? Tales of Things allows just that with a quick and easy way to link any media to any object via small printable tags known as QR codes. How about tagging a building, your old antique clock or perhaps that object you're about to put on eBay?

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Le Jardin Planétaire

Le Jardin Planétaire | Systemic Architecture | Scoop.it
Le jardin Planétaire,...

[...]The Planetary Garden is a concept which views as a solidly entwined knot
-the diversity of human beings on the planet
-the role of man in managing this diversity

The concept of the Planetary Garden emerges from a triple observation:
-ecological finality
-planetary stirring
-human engagement

The notion of ecological finality dates to the middle of the twentieth century, concurrent with the ecological knowledge about our planet. The idea that the planetary biomass is limited makes life precious and precarious, incapable of eternal renewal, hence subject to depletion. Human beings, to be responsible, are therefore confronted with need to guarantee an unconscious diversity, dependent upon their acts. Furthermore, the limited enclosure upon which the future of human diversity depends becomes evident: the biosphere, a thin layer surrounding the planet, frontier of the emergence of life. The word « garden » stems from the German « Garten » which signifies “enclosure”. Historically, the garden is a place where « the best » is accumulated: the best fruits, flowers, vegetables, trees, « savoir-faire », ideas….. The Planetary Garden is a place where all diversity subject to evolution accumulates. Today it is guided by human activity and hence in danger[...]

 

Image: courtesy A.Bava - AA INTER10 2009/10

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On Systemic Architecture

Patrik Schumacher in conversation with Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto
Published in: Marco Poletto & Claudia Pasquero, Systemic Architecture - Operating Manual for the Self Organizing City, Routledge, London 2012.

 

[...]MP: Machines have been always part of the history of architecture; however recently the “machinic” in architecture has acquired a new meaning, expanding the mechanical significance it has acquired during the industrial
revolution. What relevance do you think the notion of the machine can acquire in redefining architecture and its relationship with technology?

PS: There are a number of avenues to consider here. “Machinic” sometimes means nothing other than avoiding preconceived ideas by harnessing blind material or computational processes. This is certainly a powerful heuristic. I also like your insistence on a new conception of materiality where the matter of architecture is freed from the essentialist conception that considers it as a formless entity regulated by transcendental geometric rules, and it becomes an active, generative force instead. I also would subscribe to your concept of the eco-Machine[...]

http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415596084/

 

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'Earth 2.0's Bionic Woman heads to Barcelona', IAAC Lecture Review, May 2012

'Earth 2.0's Bionic Woman heads to Barcelona', IAAC Lecture Review, May 2012 | Systemic Architecture | Scoop.it

Earth 2 Hub's review of Melissa Sterry's lecture to the Masters students at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Barcelona. 'In her lecture, titled ‘Building a Bionic City: The Place Where Science Fiction Becomes Fact’ Melissa illustrated a range of possible future city scenarios.  She highlighted how emergent disruptive technologies could dramatically undermine many of the assumptions being embedded into city planning on a global scale....'

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Systemic Architecture Book Launch _ AA BOOKSHOP _ 17th May @ 6:30pm

Systemic Architecture Book Launch _ AA BOOKSHOP _ 17th May @ 6:30pm | Systemic Architecture | Scoop.it

I'm very excited about this event which will celebrate the launch of our first main book collecting all ecoLogicStudio's best research projects. I wish to invite all friends, collaborators and followers to join us for some drinks at the new amazing AA BOOKSHOP, on the 17th of May at 6:30pm.

Looking forward to see you all there, Marco

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Composers As Gardeners | Conversation | Edge

Composers As Gardeners | Conversation | Edge | Systemic Architecture | Scoop.it

"My topic is the shift from 'architect' to 'gardener', where 'architect' stands for 'someone who carries a full picture of the work before it is made', to 'gardener' standing for 'someone who plants seeds and waits to see exactly what will come up'. I will argue that today's composer are more frequently 'gardeners' than 'architects' and, further, that the 'composer as architect' metaphor was a transitory historical blip."

BRIAN ENO is an Artist; Composer; Recording Producer: U2, Coldplay, Talking Heads, Paul Simon; Recording Artist ( Drums Between the Bells, Small Craft on a Milk Sea, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, Another Green World).

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A VILLAGE BY THE SEZ: THE DAFEN SAMPLE OF CHINA’S URBANIZATION

A VILLAGE BY THE SEZ: THE DAFEN SAMPLE OF CHINA’S URBANIZATION | Systemic Architecture | Scoop.it

A territorial network can work at different scales and contexts. This is the case of Dafen, a village on the outskirts of Shenzhen Special Economic Zone. Through the essay by Jiang Jun, the diagrams by Underline Office, and the images of photographer Haibo Yu we understand the territorial strategy and building network of this town known for its replication of masterpieces and popular oil paintings.

 

we will report fron there next week...

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» The Rise and Fall of Bitcoin

» The Rise and Fall of Bitcoin | Systemic Architecture | Scoop.it
Wired follows the story of Bitcoin, the virtual currency you can actually spend—if it doesn't get stolen first.
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H.O.R.T.U.S., a cyber garden - Architecture - Domus

H.O.R.T.U.S., a cyber garden - Architecture - Domus | Systemic Architecture | Scoop.it
At the Architectural Association, ecoLogicStudio has devised an oxigenated room where physical and virtual dimensions collide...
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Vittorio Giorgini, 1925-2010 - The Architect's Newspaper

Vittorio Giorgini, 1925-2010 - The Architect's Newspaper | Systemic Architecture | Scoop.it
Two colleagues recall the longtime Pratt Institute professor and designer of visionary topological architecture - Short, direct, and lively, The Architect's Newspaper is the essential read in the field.

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A Billion Brains are Better Than One

"MIT Sloan's Thomas W. Malone, author of The Future of Work, on how the smartest companies will use emerging technology to tap the power of collective intelligence."


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AA School of Architecture - Exhibitions - HORTUS

AA School of Architecture - Exhibitions - HORTUS | Systemic Architecture | Scoop.it
H.O.R.T.U.S HYDRO. ORGANISMS. RESPONSIVE. TO. URBAN. STIMULI
Front Members’ Room
14.01.2012 - 11.02.2012
Private View Friday 13 January

 

HORTUS (Hydro Organisms Responsive To Urban Stimuli) is a new exhibition from ecoLogicStudio that engages with the notions of urban renewable energy and agriculture through a new gardening prototype. Over a four-week growing period, flows of energy (light radiation), matter (biomass, carbon dioxide) and information (images, tweets, stats) will be triggered to induce multiple mechanisms of self-regulation and evolve novel forms of self-organisation. HORTUS proposes an experimental hands-on engagement with these notions, illustrating their potential applicability to the masterplanning of large regional landscapes and the retrofitting of industrial and rural architectural types, as exemplified in the project ‘Regional Algae Farm’ developed by ecoLogicStudio for the Swedish region of Osterlen.
AA students, staff and visitors are invited to engage daily with HORTUS to invent new protocols of urban biogardening. A virtual organism such as this offers the opportunity to capture and build up information and cultivation practices, enriching the material experience of the visitor turned urban ‘cyber-gardener’.


HORTUS Roundtable Discussion and Harvest Night
24 January, AA Lecture Hall/Front Members' Room
Schedule:
17.00 Introduction in the Lecture Hall
17.15 HORTUS and the cyberGardens series
AA.exhibitions_HOR Marco Poletto (director ecoLogicStudio – AA INTER10 Unit Master)
The ‘Simrishamn Regional Algae Farm’ Claudia Pasquero [director ecoLogicStudio – AA INTER10 Unit Master]
18.00 HORTUS roundtable, Lecture Hall
Moderator Lucy Bullivant, with Claudia Pasquero, Marco Poletto and Andrea Bugli [ecoLogicStudio] and invited guests
19.30 The Harvest
Front Members' Room and AA Bar
Curated by AA INTER10 students
Practice1: bio-OIL extraction
Practice2: cooking super-snacks
Practice3: weaving bio-fabrics

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The ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower

The ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower | Systemic Architecture | Scoop.it

Kieran Long's sharp analysis of the nonsensical new icon of London 2012 Olympic Games...

[..]The twisted logic behind the totem of the upcoming London Olympics, a monument that means all things to some people[...]

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stelarc // Ear on Arm

stelarc // Ear on Arm | Systemic Architecture | Scoop.it
This is the official website of STELARC. Stelarc is a performance artist who has visually probed and acoustically amplified his body. Between 1976-1988 he completed 25 body suspension performances with hooks into his skin.

 

[...]The body now performs beyond the boundaries of its skin and beyond the local space that it occupies. It can project its physical presence elsewhere. So the notion of single agency is undermined, or at least made more problematic. The body becomes a nexus or a node of collaborating agents that are not simply separated or excluded because of the boundary of our skin, or of having to be in proximity. So we can experience remote bodies, and we can have these remote bodies invading, inhabiting and emanating from the architecture of our bodies, expressed by the movements and sounds prompted by remote agents. What is being generated and experienced is not the biological other - but an excessive technological other, a third other. A remote and phantom presence manifested by a locally situated body. And with the increasing proliferation of haptic devices on the Internet it will be possible to generate more potent phantom presences. Not only is there FRACTAL FLESH (bodies and bits of bodies, spatially separated but electronically connected, generating similar patterns of recurring activity at different scales); there is now PHANTOM FLESH(Phantom not as in phantasm, but as in phantom limb. Haptic technologies generating tactile and force-feedback that results in a more potent presence of remote bodies). The biological body is not well organ-ized. The body needs to be Internet enabled in more intimate ways. THE EAR ON ARM project suggests an alternate anatomical architecture - the engineering of a new organ for the body: an available, accessible and mobile organ for other bodies in other places, enabling people to locate and listen in to another body elsewhere[...]

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