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The work of MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY™ is the main subject of a pier reviewed article called “Prototypical Architecture” (title borrowed from THEVERYMANY’s agenda) by Djordje Stojanovic and featured within ” CAADRIA 2012 conference: Beyond Codes and Pixels ”.
Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY™ has been awarded a TED 2012 Fellowship - and will give a first talk at the 2012 TED conference in Long Beach. Looking forward!
MARC FORNES :: THEVERYMANY™ has kindly been invited to the GLOBAL Design: Elsewhere Envisioned exhibition & symposium in NYC.
GLOBAL Design: Elsewhere Envisioned | Exhibition | NYU | Opening May 25th.
NYU Gallatin Labowitz Main Gallery, One Washington Place on May 25, 2011.
GLOBAL Design: Elsewhere Envisioned | Symposium | NYU | May 26th.
“The Executive Committee of Architecture at Gallatin, NYU will present the 2011 GLOBAL [Global Local Open Border Architecture and Landscape] speaker series and exhibition. The event is entitled; GLOBAL Design: Elsewhere Envisioned.
GLOBAL Design NYU has as its mission to bring together current designers, educators, and innovators who are clustered in certain locations, but whose work is far-reaching in outlook.
The GLOBAL Design lecture series are comprised to showcase potent innovation processes as it relates to visionary architecture, urbanism, ecological planning, and how this process of innovation ties to education.
In our inaugural year the panel discussions bring together world-renowned urbanists, historians and theorists. We are excited to offer the exhibition this year at the prestigious NYU Gallatin Labowitz Main Gallery, One Washington Place on May 25, 2011.”
San Francisco | CCA / California College of the Arts | 2011 Feb 21st | 7-9pm
Marc Fornes will give a talk on the latest work of THEVERYMANY™.
Many thanks to Ila Berman, Andrew Kudless & Jason Johnson for their kind invitation.
Los Angeles | Woodbury School Of Architecture | Nov. 12th – 6pm
Marc Fornes will give a talk on the latest work of THEVERYMANY™. Many thanks to Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, Barbara Bestor and Jennifer Bonner for their kind invitation.
LOS ANGELES | SCI-ARC | Lecture Series | Nov. 10 2010
Marc Fornes is part of Sci-Arc Fall 2010 Lecture series – together with: Sir Peter Cook, Patrik Schumacher, David Benjamin, Bernard Tschumi, Coy Howard, Geoff Manaugh, Zvi Hecker, Brandon MacFarlane, Alexis Rochas, Coy Howard, Hans Hollein and Hilary Sample from MOS.
Thank you to the Sci-Arc staff and students for the kind invitation.
FUTURE OF TECHNOLOGY | Michigan Taubman College | Sept 24-25 2010
Marc Fornes has been kindly invited by Dean Monica Ponce de Leon as guest speaker at the Future of Technology 2010 conference at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
Friday, September 24, 2010 1:30 PM–6:00 PM
Saturday, September 25, 2010 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Associate Professor, Yale School of Architecture
Director, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis; Professor of Planning, The Bartlett, University College of London
AIA, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Co-founder, Near Future Laboratory; Designer, Technologist, Researcher, Design Strategic Projects studio, Nokia Design, Los Angeles
Researcher, Delft University of Technology
Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences and Director of the High-Low Tech research group, Media Lab, MIT
Professor of Innovation, Director, Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology; Executive architect, researcher, Temple Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.
Professor and Architecture Section Head, Knowlton School of Architecture, The Ohio State University
Founder, principal, Xefirotarch
Dean, School of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Principal, Evan Douglis Studio
Program Director, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Director, Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (C.A.S.E.); Director, MATERIALAB
Founder, Pachube; Director, Haque Design + Research Ltd; CEO, Connected Environments Ltd.
Principal, Hood Design; Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design, College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley
Associate professor of Visual Art, Steinhardt School, New York University
Principal, Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Ltd.
Assistant Professor, Princeton School of Architecture
Founder, WEATHERS; Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago
Founder, Linda Loudermilk and luxury eco™
Dean, School of Information, University of Michigan
Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto
Senior writer, Gensler; Editor-at-large, Architect Magazine
Director, Undergraduate Program of Architectural Studies, Assistant Professor, Architecture and Urban Design, University of California, Los Angeles; Principal, Murmur
Associate Professor, Knowlton School of Architecture, The Ohio State University; Editor and Co-founder, Praxis
Principal, Iwamotoscott Architecture; Associate Professor of Architecture, California College of the Arts
Professor of Geography, University of Minnesota
American Science Fiction Author; Professor of Internet Studies and Science Fiction at the European Graduate School
Director, MIT Mobility Lab
PARIS | ENSA PARIS-MALAQUAIS | Conference
Conférences et discussion avec les étudiants, Mercredi 24 mars 2010
Dans le cadre du Master 2 P10 Digital Knowledge
Amphithéâtre 2. / 17h30-19h30 ; accès libre
Last minute note from the organizator:
“Due to the unprecedented interest in the conference, we understand that the venue has now changed to a larger auditorium, Taper Hall 101, and that a few more tickets have become available.”
For some time now, digital technologies have had a substantial impact on architectural design. From the use of standard drafting packages to the more experimental use of generative design tools. But how might these digital technologies – and parametric design tools in particular – help us to design cities?
The conference brings together USC Professors Francois Roche, Marc Fornes, Roland Snooks, Qingyun Ma, Neil Leach, Roland Ritter and Anne Balsamo alongside other leading experts from the world of digital technologies, cultural theory and urban design, including Patrik Schumacher, Manuel DeLanda, Tom Kovac, Marcos Novak, Benjamin Bratton, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Elena Manferdini, Casey Reas and Greg Lynn.
(Entrance is free on registration: http://arch-pubs.usc.edu/INTENSIVEFIELDS/)
From the Design Modelling Symposium Berlin website:
The Symposium sees itself as an international interdisciplinary platform of designers, developers and scientists of the disciplines architecture, design and engineering.
The fundamental technological principals of designing, planning and building have changed radically. CAD (Computer Aided Design) and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) are nowadays an integral part in concept and planning processes. FEM (Finite Element Method) helps in analysing and optimising more and more complex structures. It is now possible to simulate and explore complex coherences between material, structure and climate. New materials open up the development of more effective constructions, new spatial and material experiences.
The Design Modelling Symposium would like to encourage discussion about the target course of this development by exchanging the experiences in appliance of such new technologies. Rather than the prospects of modelling complex geometries and structures, the main focus lies in new concepts and design strategies emerging from the application of new technologies. Another emphasis is the discussion of the role of analogue and digital models in the design and planning process as well as questions regarding realisation of complex geometries and construction systems.
Invited Key Lecturers
-Robert Aish, Autodesk, Inc.
“Language and Interaction for Design Computation”
-Marc Fornes, Theverymany, New York
“Different, Similar, Identical“
-Axel Kilian, TU Delft
-Wolf Mangelsdorf, Buro Happold London
“Complex Geometries: Strategies for Design and Realisation“
-Andrew Marsh, AEC-Simulation Autodesk, Inc.
“Generative and Performative Design Techniques”
-Norbert Palz, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen
“Materiality without a Past“
-Helmut Pottmann, Geometric Modeling and Industrial Geometry Group, TU Wien
“Paneling Architectural Freeform Surfaces“
-Dennis R. Shelden, Gehry Technologies
“Parametric Modelling and Integrated Project Delivery”
-Kai Strehlke, Herzog & de Meuron, Basel
“CAD-CAM in the design process of HdM- the glas pattern of the Philharmonic Hall in Hamburg”
-Oliver Tessmann, Bollinger + Grohmann, Frankfurt
“Collaborative Design Procedures of Architects and Engineers“
-Rivka Oxman, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion, Haifa
“Digital architecture as a challenge for design pedagogy: theory, knowledge, models and medium”
On July 31, to mark the close of Reef, Storefront for Art and Architecture will host a discussion among a group of practitioners whose work focuses on digital design, material logic and innovative fabrication techniques. With the crucial objective of forging new relationships between research and practice in mind, this discussion will explore how new methods of fabrication and advances in computational geometry cyclically feed into one another.
The evening will begin with each of the participants presenting images of current work and research, creating a common pool of references open to group discussion. Each participant will be asked to present 10-15 slides within a 5-10 minute period. The discussion will be followed by music and refreshments.
THEVERYMANY | Marc Fornes, Skylar Tibbits
Urbana | Rob Ley
LabDORA | Peter Macapia
Oyler Wu Collaborative | Dwayne Oyler
11.1 | Axel Schmitzberger
Radical Craft | Joshua G. Stein
Aranda\Lasch | Chris Lasch
Mark Morris (Cornell University)
CHILE | Valparaiso | August 10-14th
Marc Fornes will be running a week long workshop:
-partly technique oriented (rhinoscript)
-partly looking at protocols of “Precise Indetermination” into design…
(more information on their website)
# FORM FINDING and COMPLEX MORPHOLOGY
Chair: Filippo Innocenti (Zaha Hadid Architects)
Sense and Advanced Sensiblity – about the relationship of sensuality, obsessions and advanced design techniques
Matias del Campo – SPAN Architects, Vienna
Partly logic / Logic of parts
Marc Fornes – THEVERYMANY
Parametric models: formal thinking for architects
Arnold Walz – DesignToProduction
Liquid parametrics: fluidity of form and process
Cristiano Ceccato – Zaha Hadid Architects
# ENGINEERING FOR CONSTRUCTION
Chair: Massimo Majowiecky (Studio Tecnico Majowiecky)
From structure to fabrication
Nathaniel Stanton – Buro Happold Special Projects, New York
Shrikant Sharma – Buro Happold SMART Group- London
Geometrical approach to complex architecture
Luca Buzzoni -Arup Italia
Digital methods in structural design
Oliver Tessmann– Bollinger & Grohmann
Complex Building Shapes – a Developer’s Perspective
Bruce Frey, Hines
# DIGITAL FABRICATION and FILE TO FACTORY PRODUCTION
Chair: Stefano Converso (Dipartimento DIPSA, Università degli studi Roma Tre)
A bottom-up approach to the implementation of advanced fabrication methods
John Nastasi – Product-Architecture Lab, Stevens Institute of Technology / Nastasi Architects
Architecture = Information
Marthijn Pool – ONL Oosterhuis – Lénard
Compound curved building surfaces with shaped stone blocks
Christian R Pongratz – Pongratz Perbellini Architects
Application of new “fit-for-use” materials in building and construction market
Erwin van Maaren – Nedcam
# TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION and MASS CUSTOMIZATION
Chair Ingrid Paoletti (Dipartimento BEST, Politecnico di Milano)
Martin Bechthold – Harvard GSD
Evolution of Technical Rationalization in Complex Curtain Wall components
Christian Florian – Permasteelisa Group
Composite Blob Shells
Mike Eekhout – Octatube
Design Driven Innovation
Roberto Verganti – DIG, Politecnico di Milano
SAN FRANCISCO | RHINOSCRIPT WORKSHOP | March 28-29, 2009
Marc Fornes will be teaching for MCNeel US a two days Rhinoscript workshop as part of FLUX, an event hosted by CCA – California College of the Arts.
Invitation: McNeel US – Scott Davidson
Location: California College of the Arts, San Francisco Campus
Eligibility: Open to all design students and professionals
(Thank you to Andrew Kudless from MATSYS – http://www.materialsystems.org/ – to make it happen!)
Note: that event is somehow victim of its success and got fully booked within less than a week time! Never mind further Rhinoscript workshops can be organized! if you are interested to host one (or a summer course) do not hesitate to contact directly McNeel or me – it can easily be organized within a University framework or custom tailored for offices to specific problems solving…
LOS ANGELES | ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN | Friday February 27th
Colloquium – Design Dialogues | Environmental Design Program
Marc Fornes will be doing a lecture as part of “Efficient, See!”
Times Media Center | Hillside Campus
Invitation: Jenna Didier & Oliver Hess
SPRING 2009 /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
ANN ARBOR | UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN | Spring 09
TAUBMAN COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN PLANNING
Marc Fornes has been kindly invited by Tom Buresh (Chair of Architecture at TCAUP) to lead a design studio as visiting faculty.
(Thank you to Karl Daubmann from http://www.paramod.net to make it happen!)
NOTE: Marc Fornes will give an Informal Lecture/Presentation on Wednesday February 18th – A+A Building East Review Space
JANUARY 2009 ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
BOSTON | MIT | Jan 26th 2009
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Marc Fornes was invited as guest critic to the final review of “Commands and Control”, a design and Rhinoscript workshop hosted at MIT.
Invitation: Simon Kim and Skylar Tibbits
With: Dave Pigram, Kyle Steinfeld, Ana Miljacki, Juhong Park and Sigurdur Adalgeirsson (HRI – Human Robot Interface)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA | DIE ANGEWANDTE | January 22nd 2009
Final review – Cross Over studio 2008/09
Studio Francois Roche, Marc Fornes & Stephan Heinrich
With: Kivi Sotamaa & Alisa Andrasek (Biothing)
CALGARY, CANADA | RHINOSCRIPT WORKSHOP | January 05-07th 2009
Marc Fornes gave a three days Rhinoscript workshop at the FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN | University of Calgary | Canada
Invitation: Jason S. Johnson
DECEMBER 2008 ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
NEW YORK | GSAPP | December 5th 2009
Final review – Columbia University (Advanced studio)
Studio Francois Roche, Marc Fornes
with Paula Antonelli (MoMA), Bruce Sterling (cyber punk writer – Italy), Marco Vanucci (AKT – London), Mark Wigley (GSAPP), Roland Snooks (kokkugia)
THURSDAY 29 MAY (afternoon) / La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA
National Science Foundation CPATH Grant
Revitalizing Computer Science Education Through the Science of Digital Media
Jennifer Burg, Wake Forest University, Principal Investigator
Conrad Gleber, La Salle University, Co-Principal Investigator
While computers have become indispensable in communication, social networking, creativity, business, science, academics, and research, the number of students majoring in computer science has fallen dramatically in recent years. Clearly, computer science educators are not taking advantage of the exciting and relevant nature of their discipline. This project investigates ways to make computer science curriculum more interesting and relevant to today’s students by linking it to the science of digital media. The interdisciplinary nature of digital media — with connections to the visual arts, engineering, music, scientific visualization, movies, television, and mobile media — will be explored through workshops at seven colleges/universities throughout the United States. Representatives from business and industry and diverse academic fields will be asked to identify the knowledge and skills they would like to see in computer scientists involved with them in interdisciplinary collaborations. Over a three-year period, a proposal for college-level computer science curriculum changes will be made that reflects input from educators, industry representatives, artists, and practitioners in areas involving digital media. The resulting curriculum is intended to have a strong scientific base linked to practice in other disciplines in ways that motivate learning and take advantage of the centrality of digital media in modern-day life.
La Salle University: Algorithms, Scripting, and Programming for Visual Art
Can computer programming in a visual context serve as a foundation for teaching computer science? This workshop will research the use of programming for architecture, 3-D design and prototype development, data visualizations, dynamic and interactive displays and will look at the use of computer programming in commercial and academic fields. The aim is to suggest ways to incorporate the findings into computer science curricula.
Ken Baldauf, Florida State University, Director of Interdisciplinary Computing
Tom Blum, La Salle University, Computer Scientist
Deloy Cole, Greenville College
Cezanne J. Charles, rootoftwo and ArtServe Michigan
H. Quynh Dinh, Stevens Institute, Computer Scientist
Marc Fornes with Skylar Tibbits, THEVERYMANY, Architects
Ira Greenberg, Miami University, Associate Professor, Interacitve Media Studies/Art
Kyle Gower-Winter, Florida State University, Program in Interdisciplinary Computing (PIC)
Hubert Johnson, Montclair State, Computer Scientist
Dan Falabella, Albright College, Computer Scientist
Abbe Forman,Temple University, Computer Scientist
Jeff Nyhoff,Calvin College, Computer Scientist
John Marshall, University of Michigan, School of Art & Design
Margaret McCoey, La Salle University, Computer Scientist
Todd Pashak, Miami University
Mike Redmond, LaSalle University, Computer Scientist
Gail Rubini, Florida State University, Visual Art and Design
“let’s go MENTAL”
Lopud Seminar 2008
DURATION: May 9 – May 12, 2008
LOCATION: Lopud Island, Croatia
The most prominent interdisciplinary areas of human interest today are probably those often referred to as generative sciences. The chaos theory, information theory, social network analysis, philosophy of science, epistemology, cybernetics, systems theory and process physics, to mention just a few, belong to this category.
A salient “member” of the group, the complexity theory, explores concepts essential for our understanding of nonlinearity underlying to all reality. It deals with emergence, a construct used to describe a universal phenomenon of a system’s increasing complexity spawning processes and/or properties which cannot be detected in the constituting elements or subsystems. The logic of this quantum leap relentlessly applies in a single cell or a living organism, whole eco-systems or man-made structures and systems, whether they are real or virtual, concrete or abstract, material or theoretical.
Often, the related dependency graph is counter-intuitive and a largely non-symmetrical function – our knowledge of any particular level may be useless when it comes to understanding the workings of the next one. We need a different set of tools and concepts. New sciences. Cognition itself is a generative process.
This is a broadening field, which we believe to incorporate an intellectual synthesis of art, architecture music and science which is reflected in the foundation’s commissions and events. Peter Corning wrote in 2002: “The synergies associated with emergence are real and measurable, even if nobody is there to observe them.” This 2008 workshop, organised on the occasion of the reopening of Your Black Horizon art pavilion by David Adjaye and Olafur Eliasson on Lopud, is the third in a series of such investigations and shall deal with conservation, architecture, design, music, toxicity and botany as well. Experts from all fields are invited.
Shamanism, healing, religious practice, collective experiences, rituals… Indigenous medicine appears to implicitly rely on emergent properties of both the cure and the organism. This opposes the reductionist approach reflected in extraction of active substances and division of the body to subsystems treated independently. Is this holistic view inherent to all traditional healing techniques? If so, assumed these sets of practices are supervenient to the respective social contexts, how is this cross-cultural feature explained? To which extent was discontinuity of these techniques a transformative process rather than manifest suppression? How much of it was assimilation and/or diffusion into other domains and how did those changes occur? Who are today’s shamans? If rituals can be understood as markers of transformation, does the proverbial use of entheogens have an analogue function? Arcane nature of the knowledge involved affords authority – does that make shamanism as such virtually impossible in a culture increasingly defined by instant access to an accumulated abundance of information – an emergence we’re only beginning to evaluate?
The Garden of Earthly Delights alias Toxic Garden engages with the historical site of the Renaissance garden on Lopud by trying to create a continuity of its actual history and adding a new layer. In this case, the architects introduce the rumours of fear and awe, as it is well documented that the monks of the region actually had standardized their expansive pharmacological knowledge on the medical as well as toxic use of plants and experimented with dosage and effectiveness (possibly on themselves) and the production of antidotes and forms of decontamination. Alongside with the tangible, the intangible heritage is revived and further transformed into an active element of the project – an experiment involving (phyto-) therapy and the confrontation, incorporation and embracement of danger and fear through the actual presence of the toxic substance. More than just participation is taking place: a cathartic cleansing, actively keeping the history intact/alive by accepting it in its very nature. This is also expressed in the morphology of the green house, the form of which actually follows the gravity force by sliding and dripping over the existing terraces – wild in nature rather than domesticated. But, while the randomness is just apparent on the material layer of the carefully “architected” project, the interactions that it triggers represent its indeterminable and experimental aspect.
Concepts of sustainability and sustainable environmental technologies are essential when contemplating development ranging from the urban landscape to Mediterranean islands. Ecological strategies play a crucial role in redesigning and rehabilitating of cultural landscapes. But concepts of sustainability and environmental solutions often function as ethical branding, driven by market interests, whereas tourism as the main industry of any region involves tendencies that contradict the principles of both sustainability and conservation alike. Many areas suffer from a paradoxical discrepancy between the growing interest they generate and the banality of the daily problems resulting from unresolved environmental and infrastructural issues. Lopud is no exception. Which usable options are presently offered by environmental technologies to a site defined by parameters similar to Lopud’s? What are the limits of deployability of such solutions? Which constraints are to be considered? Which experiences can the local community benefit from? Which emergent processes have been reported? Ideally, such solutions should be part of a sustainable strategy that would integrate social and economical aspects as well. Is it conceivable to devise one that would restrain the negative implications of tourism? Which role could and should be played by architects in designing and implementing those strategies? What are the incentives for artists and architects to work with and within such systems in introducing change?
How can one actively make use of or revive the information that is stored in today’s places of memory? What strategies do art and contemporary architecture follow in this process? How can cultural heritage be made accessible without transforming the city and countryside into a big open-air museum? An integral part of a conservation process, rehabilitation by definition implies enabling either continuity of original or compatible contemporary use of a historic site. Is it possible to formulate an approach that would more aptly take into account the evolving and fluctuating circumstances of the site? If the measures of preservation are given the necessary attention – does conservation have to be conservative?
Implementing the results of our experiments and the creation of new radical projects as a result of these departures is instrumental to create a spirit of change and collaboration. We all want that so lets go MENTAL!
Participants of the Debate Sessions are:
Alisa Andrasek (architect, Biothing)
Ben Aranda/Chris Lasch (architects, Aranda/Lasch)
Allora Calzadilla (Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla)
Beatriz Colomina (theoretician, Princeton University)
Klaus Daniels (ecological sustainable architecture / technical)
Marc Fornes (architect, THEVERYMANY)
Helene Furjan (architect, Princeton University),
Vit Havránek (curator, tranzit Prague)
Florian Hecker (artist)
Russell Haswell (artist)
Carsten Höller (artist)
Mark Oppitz (ethnographer, Ethnographic Museum, Zurich)
Boris Ondreicka (artist / curator, tranzit Bratislava)
Damian O’Sullivan (designer)
Jorge Otero-Pailos (architect, preservation, Columbia University)
Neri Oxman (architect, MATERIALECOLOGY)
Barbara Ozimec (botanist)
Antonia Majaca (curator, critic)
Marina Mlakar (Rudjer Boskvic Institute)
Maroje Mrduljas (journalist, ORIS)
Tony Myatt (MRS York)
Christian Rätsch (anthropologist)
François Roche/Stéphanie Lavaux (architects, R&Sie(n))
David Rych (artist)
Ognjen Skunca (UNDP Coast Project)
Goran Stojanovic (Dolphin Dream Organization)
Slaven Tolj (artist)
Superflex – Jakob Fenger/Bjørnstjerne Christiansen (artists)
Mark Wigley (architect, Columbia University)
as part of the program we will visit the historic gardens, the proposed site of “The Garden of Earthly Delights” by R&Sie(n) – François Roche and Stéphanie Lavaux.
“The Garden of Earthly Delights” reintroduces rumor and the unknown as a potential narrative of the site, and proposes to keep its vitality and productive imaginary. It is a toxic garden which serves as a link to the historical presence of medicinal gardens, medieval botany, and the preparation of medical tonics, poisons and antidotes by the knowledgeable Franciscan and Dominican monk community in Dalmatia, with contemporary architectural form. This biosphere will serve as a water harvester, a green house, a tea-room (for phyto-therapy) and will be energy self-sufficient. It will serve as a model for eco tourism in Croatia, as well as becoming a historical reference to the past and the distant future of the region.