Deep Structures

Deep structure is felt in all of us, informing our everyday interactions and acts of creation. These primal memories are ancient, and as Cecil Balmond explains, inescapable. Here he contemplates how we came to make sense our world and the mysterious power of these very first archetypes.

Deep structure is a drum that beats behind organisation – a primal memory of the algorithms that paved the way for survival.

Deviant Geometry

With his focus on how a piece resonates with a viewer, artist Olafur Eliasson creates works to captivate the senses; turning the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern into The weather project, a misty expanse of sun and sky to play with our notions of experience and representation, and creating four monumental waterfalls along the waterfront of New York Harbour to encourage viewers to consider public space and enhance their connectedness to the city.

Think the World Differently

Modern human is called Homo Sapiens ‘the man who knows’ but what is it that we really know?

We generate what we perceive as knowledge and meaning from subjective experience. This process is influenced by societal values, preconceptions and definitions. Knowledge is ultimately a human construct.

The Otherness of The Machine

Dr Willmann, you trained as an architect but now primarily work on mapping the connections between architectural theory and computer aided design. Can you explain a little about how these interests converged and how your interest in robots in architecture arose?

In my opinion, today’s very specific implementation of robotic fabrication processes – in comparison to the lack of material substance in the early days of architecture’s digitalisation during the 1990s – is practically forcing architecture’s arrival in the digital age. Particularly from a theoretical/historical perspective this is very interesting since we are no longer witnessing the delayed modernisation of the discipline, but rather the advent of a uniform technological basis for architecture, which since the onset of building industrialisation in the early 20th century has remained more vision than reality. Clearly, this has a number of substantial implications; for instance, with this shift in the production conditions, the Albertian division which has determined architectural practice for the past 500 years, between intellectual work and manual production – between design and realisation – is now being rendered obsolete.

The Incredible Science Behind How Nature Solves Every Engineering Problem

New trend is emerging, where researchers, designers, and everyone in between are starting to ask, "how can we be more like nature — more renewable, more constructive and more sustainable?" 

In a world filled with 7 billion people crammed into mega cities, human kind will have to adapt before we can continue to grow, or else we will destroy the only home we've ever known. We need to look to nature for instructions on how to survive on this planet in ways that are "conductive to life," according to biomimicry pioneer Janine Benyus.

Parametric Design: the only option for high performance façade design

After a few days in Jakarta looking at super reflective glass boxes, now stuck in an airport (that sells no beer on a 35 degree day!), i cannot help but reflect on how import the role of parametric design is to design teams.

No doubt many of us can already appreciate, parametric design is a true enabler of creativity, allowing designers the ability to model the relationship between elements to inform the design of complex geometries and structures.

Digital Materials. A new “biologically digital” materiality

New materials
Enza Migliore
In 1902 Georges Méliès produced what is considered the first science fiction film of the history: “Le voyage dans la lune”. It was a virtual imaginary about a fictional spacecraft crashing into the eye of the moon. Decades later, that image on the screen takes shape, becomes aluminum, titanium, metal alloys, ceramics.
Subsequently, a few decades from the materialization of that dream, in the 80s, the bits start to pervade our daily lives and the whole world, from philosophers to artists, sociologists and designers, believe that these small units are decomposing the reality to recompose it in a virtual universe. A process of dematerialization seems to take place which blots out time, space and physicality. The real and living spacecraft looks like returning to its antecedent entity, a projection on the screen.



Poreform is an urban surface—an intelligent and flexible system of pores—that absorbs and collects water likeskin for a city. Capable of rapid saturation and slow release, the pores of this urban skin are inlets to a new adaptable infrastructure below its surface.

Las Vegas is an arid city that suffers from periods of extreme water scarcity punctuated by destructive flooding in the densest urban areas. The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), which governs the water resources of the city, continually strains against the outer limits of the available supply in an effort to prevent systematic shortages. Meanwhile, because of Las Vegas’s position in the center of the Las Vegas Valley hydrographic basin, the water infrastructure of the city is incapable of absorbing the 27.1 billion gallons of rainwater that flood the center of Las Vegas every time it rains.

The Next Generation of Computational Design

A scrum meeting at Case Inc.
It has become unusual to design architecture without computers, but the convenience and expedience come at a price. Many firms now must spend time developing their own algorithms, scripts, and plugins to coax the software into producing the designs they want. To aid this process, they often hire computational designers and expect their design staff to be familiar with computational concepts, such as programming and parametric modeling.


Self-Driven City - Tallinn Architecture Biennale

Main Exhibition "Body Building"
The main exhibition of this year’s Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB 2015 is looking at hybrid forms of construction where cutting-edge technology and science meets the self-driven variability of material systems and where the degrees of freedom and control define an outcome of multiplicity within tolerance, trying to find a balance between the unruly and the predictable - body and building.


Tesla unveils a battery to power your home, completely off grid

CEO of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, landed an official message unveiling the Powerwall, a battery designed to power your home.  The message came at a convention center powered completely by renewable battery power.

The battery unit itself contains the same batteries present in the Tesla electric cars.  The 7kWh unit will ship for $3,000, while the 10kWh unit will go for $3,500 (get the big one). They will store electricity from the grid or from solar and wind generators on site and if the grid goes down, they will continue to power your home indefinitelyThis feature makes them ideal for developing nations that are leap-frogging power grids completely.

Musk refers to it as changing the "entire energy infrastructure of the world."



3.09.2015 · by Co-de-iT · in code, digital fabrication, Education, inFORMed matter, research, upcoming workshops

inFORMed Clay matter 2.0
grasshopper & robotics workshop
October 23-25 2015
Fablab Torino, Italy

[.]  Brief:
The workshop idea rises from a collaboration between Co-de-iT, Fablab Torino, Officine Arduino, based on an ongoing Co-de-iT research called “inFORMed matter“.



ArchAgenda Debates!
OCTOBER 5, 2015 | 5:30-9:30PM
DEBATE PROVOCATION>>> The Chicago Architecture Biennial asks "What is the state of the art of architecture?” The ArchAgenda Debates aim to spark lively and candid debate on the direction contemporary architecture should take. What should be the agenda of 21st century architecture? "Is there such a debate? Before such a debate can commence we need to answer a fundamental question concerning our discursive culture: should we – the participants/ protagonists of architecture – commit/submit ourselves to a collective debate arguing about the broad direction in which architecture should progress?" [1]