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ARCHILAB 2013 – Naturalizing Architecture

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Date(s) - 14/09/2013 - 30/03/2014
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ARCHILAB 2013 – Naturalizing Architecture

14/09/2013 – 30/03/2014 FRAC Centre, Orleans



Created in 1999, the prerogative of this internationally renowned event is to be a true laboratory for architecture, presenting the most advanced research in terms of architectural creation on each occasion.

Curated by its founders, Marie-Ange Brayer, Director of FRAC Centre and Frédéric Migayrou, Deputy Director of the Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, this new event ‘Naturaliser l’architecture’ (Naturalizing Architecture) is devoted to the interaction between digital architecture and the sciences, exploring the challenges faced in simulating the living world.

Today, through recourse to the most advanced digital tools, architects envisage projects which evolve according to principals similar to those found in nature. In close proximity to science, they develop a high level of proficiency in mathematics, which enables them to artificially simulate formation and growth processes unique to the kingdom of life.

The architecture is therefore designed like an organism in constant adaptation, with the ability to evolve in close interaction with the material conditions of its environment.

Broadly exceeding the boundaries of their practice, architects now develop a practice at the crossroads of design, computer science, engineering and biology. Conditions for production in the domain of architecture are radically redefined by this convergence, as well as by the constant evolution of the processes and tools for digital manufacturing.

For the first time, these new design processes which integrate the fields of robotics, nanotechnology, genetics and biotechnology are presented through research of a new generation.

The 9th ArchiLab is an opportunity to discover projects by 40 architects, designers and artists through interactive environments, installations and pavilions, designed specifically for the exhibition.



Architects: [Ay] A Studio (Jorge Ayala),
 B+U, Biothing (Alisa Andrasek), Bloom Games (Alisa Andrasek & Jose Sanchez), 
Niccolo Casas, EcoLogicStudio (Marco Poletto & Claudia Pasquero), Eragatory (Isaie Bloch), EZCT (Phillip Morel), Faulders Studio (Thom Faulders), Gage / Clemenceau Architects, Gramazio & Kohler / Raffaello d’Andrea,
Michael Hansmeyer & Benjamin Dillenburger, Akihisa Hirata architecture office (Akihisa Hirata), Junya Ishigami, Kokkugia (Roland Snooks & Robert Stuart-Smith), MAD Architects, Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY™, marcosandmarjan (Marcos Cruz & Marjan Colletti) with Guan Lee and Richard Beckett, MaterialEcology (Neri Oxman), Matsys (Andrew Kudless), Achim Menges, Minimaforms (Stephen Spyropoulos and Theodore Spyropoulos), Plasma Studio + Grounlab, Ruy Klein, Jenny Sabin, SERVO (Ulrike Karlsson), SOMA (Kristina Schenigger & Stefan Rutzinger), SJET (Skylar Tibbits), SPAN (Matias del Campo & Sandra Manninger), Supermanoeuvre, Wendy Teo, Daniel Widrig, Xuberance (Steven Ma), X_TU Architects

Designers and stylist: Cmmnwlth., Iris van Herpen, Joris Laarman Lab

Artists: Federico Diaz, Perry Hall, Casey Reas, Marius Watz

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