[P]a

Performative Design Processes for Architecture ( [P]a) is a research and education initiative launched in 2007 by Marco Verde. [P]a agenda is rooted in the field of emergent technologies and especially focuses on the investigation of integral strategies and processes for architectural design and production. [P]a is an expression of the research work in Contemporary Strategies and Processes for Architecture to which Marco is dedicated since 2005. [P]a is grateful to all practitioners, scholars, and students who demonstrate their interest in this intense and systematic work and contribute to the intellectual and technical development behind the production of the sample material here collected. Marco Verde 2013


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DOC0.0 | Marco Verde Engineer, MArch | Bio :: last update 09.2011
Marco Verde, educated as an Engineer at Università degli Studi di Cagliari (Italy), earned his post-graduate Master’s degree in Architecture (2005) and a DEA’s degree (2008) at EsArq-UiC, Barcelona (Spain). Marco is an interdisciplinary practitioner focused on integral design strategies and processes for Non-Standard Architecture. He is also an expert in material systems, parametric-associative design strategies, digital fabrication, and file to factory processes. MV


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ACA0.0 | Brief :: check out the latest updates [ 04.2013 ]
[P]a agenda agenda is developed through Studios and Workshops held within undergraduate and post-professional programmes. Since 2006, a broad spectrum of investigations have been developed within a number of schools across Europe and North-America especially focusing on topics such as Computational Design, Material Systems, Interactive Structures of Variable Geometry, Composites Materials In Architecture and Computer-Aided Manufacturing Processes and Protocols for industrialized customization in Architecture. Computation in Design and Fabrication, Design of Material Systems, and Deep Formations are the three strands through which Marco's teaching practice unfolds contributing to the investigations and development of the intellectual background and practical know-how that support a contemporary discourse within the architectural domain. The three strands explore different territories; approach, implementation, and expected outcomes are different, however, contents and intellectual backgrounds are complementary. MV


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RES0.0 Brief :: last update 12.2010
The architectural domain seems increasingly interested in investigating novel strategies and processes from design to final materialization. Especially the advent of an empirical aptitude is setting the basis for the replacement of exhausted rationalistic design approaches and already acquainted processes of metaphorization.
The research in Performative Design Processes for Architecture targets a non-linear and holistic approach to architectural design while stressing the necessity for an interdisciplinary aptitude. In this framework, the process of design becomes a performative process that generates knowledge at every stage, from design to final materialization, while it aims to blur the boundaries of disciplines.
Studies in computationally advanced design techniques, data-driven fabrication processes, composite materials (i.e. structures), form-finding techniques, material systems, mass-customization and morphogenetic design strategies are at the core of [P]a's agenda. MV


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PRO0.0 Brief :: last update 10.2010
Project files is a sneak preview of the latest projects developed by Marco Verde, under his guidance or in collaboration with [P]a. The collection illustrates the interdisciplinary nature of the studies in Performative Design Processes for Architecture. Computationally advanced design techniques, parametric associative strategies for design and manufacturing, digital manufacturing, as well as research in materials performances and interactive systems catalyze into novel productions. Actual project practice is the crucial activity that motivates the studies in Performative Design Processes for Architecture. The greatest challenge is to bring [P]a’s know-how to full-scale innovative architectural proposals.MV


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Here is a list of the latest news about Performative Design Processes for Architecture. Stay tuned!

07.12
Marco Verde has been invited as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Waterloo School of Architecture in Cambridge (CDN). Marco will direct the ARCH 393 Option Design Studio within Fall Term 2012.
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06.12

READY TO FABRICATION WORKSHOP.
La Sapienza, Rome.
Attività didattica integrativa offerta da CeSMA e riservata agli studenti iscritti presso La Sapienza.
Per informazioni
WEB: http://cesma.arc.uniroma1.it
MAIL: cesma[at]uniroma1.it
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01.12

New job opportunities @ ALO
ALO is currently looking for two highly motivated interns. Find more information here

File to Factory Workshop 3.0 at ELISAVA, School of Design and Engineering, Barcelona. Marco Verde will lecture at Facoltà di Architettura di Cagliari, Italy. 7th February 2012.
ALO is glad to annunciate that Marco Verde has been invited to lecture at the Faculty of Architecture in Cagliari within the course: "Teorie del Progetto Contemporaneo" lead by Silvio Carta. Place and time will be communicated within the coming days. Stay tuned!

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10.11


"Hello World". ALO is online
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09.11



FORM-FINDING. SPATIAL FORMATIONS THROUGH MATERIAL INTELLIGENCE
In Nature, “Morphogenesis” is the process that causes an organism to develop its shape. During morphogenesis, nutrients are metabolized into the building materials that are well organized in space and over time. To save energy, only the minimum necessary amount of material is produced; its strategic arrangement provides strength and multiperformative capabilities. Hence, formal articulation emerges as a necessity.

As the preservation of resources increasingly demands our attention, many industries already aim to rethink their approaches, processes, and products. In aerospace engineering, for example, the mechanistic segregation of functionalities in simple parts (e.g. fuselage, engines, and wings) is being replaced by a holistic understanding: the aircraft becomes a multifunctional body without dichotomy among the parts (Blended Wings). This shift will radically change the way aircrafts will be designed, built, and their conformation.

Within the architectural domain, the customary processes of production and operation of the built environment imply high material and energy consumption. Waste is often further increased by a linear and fragmented approach with a gap between design and construction. The development of new integral strategies becomes therefore crucial to innovate the way of thinking and building spaces. Ultimately, as in aerospace engineering, also architecture and its processes may undergo a radical change.

The 5-day research-based program will approach this problematic while investigating form as expression of an efficient process of adaptation and self-organization that occurs in space and time. Students will be challenged to study how minimum amounts of materials can produce stable articulated organizations when stressed by extrinsic forces. For this purpose, a number of Form-Finding techniques will be investigated (Minimal Surfaces, Catenaries, Grid Shells, Minimal nets).

At first, students will develop controlled physical experiments to learn and abstract the principles of materials’ behaviour. Later, this knowledge will become instrumental to the design of systems and processes responsible of articulated integral morphologies. These bodies can behave at the same time as structures, envelopes, and filters of environmental conditions as well as they define heterogeneous spaces for inhabitation.

Final aim of the course is to develop articulated prototypes that are expression of the qualities of the materials employed, the forces involved, and the construction strategy implemented. The final discussions will be focused on whether or not the students’ proposals pave the way for a more efficient production and a holistic understanding of the processes of design and construction as well as of space and its qualities. Comprehensive and systematic documentation of all stages of the process will serve as critical operative instrument.

DIRECTOR/INSTRUCTOR
Marco Verde Eng, March
Founder of ALO and ALO Co.Re.Division
www.marco-verde.blogspot.com

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Applications: The 5-day workshop will be a full-time session (9.30 a.m. to+9.30 p.m.). The workshop is open to worldwide architecture, engineering and industrial design students.

Date: 28.10 to 01.11.2011
Venue: Ex Caserma, Piazza Pino Piras, 07041 Alghero (SS), Italy
Maximum number of students: 18
Language: English, Italian
Tuition fees: 270 Euro

Applications/Scholarships: Selected students from the University of Sassari will be awarded a scholarship that covers 50% of the tuition fees. Eligible candidates (up to 8) will be selected on the basis of the quality and relevance of their motivation letter (academic content, personal motivation). Submissions at educationatalo-architettura.com
ECTS: Participants who will regularly attend the workshop will receive a certificate and 1 ECTS may be validated by the home university

Application deadline: 19th of October 2011. For applications and info, please contact educationatalo-architettura.com

Materials: A Starter Kit is included. Additional materials will be needed and provided by students.

An event organized and sponsored by: ALO

In collaboration with: Facoltà di Architettura di Alghero.


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FORM-FINDING. FORMAZIONI SPAZIALI ATTRAVERSO L’INTELLIGENZA MATERIALE.
In Natura, la "Morfogenesi" è il processo di sviluppo della forma di un organismo. Durante la morfogenesi, i nutrienti sono metabolizzati nei materiali da costruzione che sono ben organizzati nello spazio e nel tempo. Per risparmiare energia, solo il minimo quantitativo di materiale necessario è prodotto. La sua disposizione strategica fornisce massima resistenza meccanica e capacità multiperformative. Pertanto, l’articolazione formale emerge come una necessità.

Poiché la tutela delle risorse richiede sempre di più la nostra attenzione, molte industrie ripensano già i loro approcci, processi e prodotti. In ingegneria aerospaziale, ad esempio, la segregazione meccanicistica delle funzionalità in parti semplici (fusoliera, motori e ali) è in fase di sostituzione alla volta di una comprensione olistica: l'aereo diventa un corpo multifunzionale senza dicotomia tra le parti (Blended Wings). Il cambio altererà radicalmente il modo in cui l’aereo sarà progettato, costruito, e la sua conformazione.

In architettura, i processi abituali per la produzione e il funzionamento dell’ambiente costruito implicano un elevato consumo di materiale ed energia. Gli sprechi sono spesso ulteriormente amplificati da un approccio lineare e frammentato con una grave disconnessione tra disegno e costruzione. Lo sviluppo di nuove strategie integrali diventa dunque fondamentale per innovare il modo di pensare e produrre spazi. In definitiva, come in ingegneria aerospaziale, anche l'architettura e i suoi processi potranno subire un cambiamento radicale.

Il programma di design-research di cinque giorni affronterà questa problematica mentre indagherà la forma come espressione di un processo efficiente di adattamento e auto-organizzazione che accade nello spazio e nel tempo. Gli studenti saranno chiamati a indagare come quantità minime di materiale siano in grado di produrre organizzazioni articolate stabili quando soggette all’azione di forze estrinseche. A tal fine, saranno investigate diverse tecniche di Form-Finding (Minimal Surfaces, Catenaries, Grid Shells, Minimal nets).

Inizialmente gli studenti investigheranno attraverso esperimenti fisici il comportamento di sistemi materiali per comprenderne e astrarne i principi regolatori. Questa conoscenza diventerà poi lo strumento fondamentale per la progettazione di sistemi e processi generatori di morfologie integrali spazialmente articolate. Questi corpi possono integrare simultaneamente le capacità perfomative di struttura, involucro e filtro di condizioni ambientali così come definire spazi abitabili eterogenei.

Scopo finale del corso è di produrre prototipi spazialmente articolati che siano espressione delle qualità dei materiali impiegati, delle forze coinvolte, e della strategia di costruzione sviluppata. La discussione finale approfondirà se le proposte degli studenti aprano o no la strada ad una produzione più efficiente e ad una comprensione olistica del processo di progettazione e costruzione cosi come dello spazio e delle sue qualità. Un’ampia e sistematica documentazione di tutte le fasi del processo servirà come strumento operativo fondamentale.

DIRETTORE/ISTRUTTORE
Marco Verde, founder of ALO and ALO Co.Re.Division
www.marco-verde.blogspot.com

INFORMAZIONI IMPORTANTI
Il workshop sarà una sessione intensa di 5 giorni (dalle 9.30 alle +21.30) aperta a studenti di architettura, ingegneria e disegno industriale provenienti da tutto il mondo. Per iscrizioni e informazioni contattare educationatalo-architettura.com

Data: 28.10 to 01.11.2011
Indirizzo: Ex Caserma, Piazza Pino Piras, 07041 Alghero (SS), Italia
Numero di studenti: 18;
Lingua: Inglese, Italiano
Quota di iscrizione: 270 Euro;

Iscrizione/Borse di studio: Agli studenti dell'Università di Sassari che saranno selezionati tra gli iscritti sarà assegnata una borsa di studio che prevede una riduzione del 50% della quota di iscrizione. I candidati ammissibili (fino a 8) saranno selezionati sulla base della qualità e rilevanza della loro lettera di motivazione (contenuto accademico, motivazione personale). Richieste a educationatalo-architettura.com
ECTS: Tutti i partecipanti che frequenteranno regolarmente il corso riceveranno un attestato e potranno aver riconosciuto 1 credito ECTS Universitario dalle loro Università di appartenenza.

Scadenza iscrizioni: 19 Ottobre 2011. Per iscrizioni e informazioni contattare educationatalo-architettura.com

Materiali: Un kit base di materiali è incluso nel prezzo. Altri materiali saranno necessari e a carico degli studenti.

Un evento organizzato e sponsorizzato da: ALO

In collaborazione con: Facoltà di Architettura di Alghero.


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22nd AUGUST >> 1st SEPTEMBER 2011
DIFFERENTIAL POROSITY


10-Day Workshop at the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering at the University of Cyprus. Read more on Differential Porosity.
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11.10



[P]a students' studies in deepFORMATIONS exhibited within the Educational Projects Selection at the "Machinic Processes: Architecture Biennale Beijing 2010".

The exhibition offers a showcase of the most progressive digital design work from 55 talented emerging architects and 27 leading schools of architecture in the world. We can see here that the use of digital tools for design has become a sweeping trend in the architecture world.

ABB Co-Curators: Neil Leach and Xu Wei-Guo
Red more on Machinic Processes
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11.10


READY TO FABRICATION WORKSHOP
ELISAVA BIODESIGN RESEARCH LAB AND TU DELFT HYPERBODY RESEARCH GROUP / TU Delft WORKSHOP 29/11 to 04/12
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11.10


protoDECK and protoNODE. The design of an interactive floor in protoSPACE 3.0 (Verde & Hosale) Selected work at FABRICATE2011 among 240 submissions.

Read more on:
FABRICATE 2011
protoDECK and protoNODE
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10.10


TAC Technically Advanced Construction is a new postgraduate course for graduates and professionals established by the Department of Building Environment Science and Technology (BEST), Politecnico di Milano. It will run for three months and will allow participants to achieve high levels of knowledge in the design-to-production process through the use of advanced digital tools for design and machines for the creation of physical models.

TUTORS*
- Evan Greenberg [AA_London, EmTech] 1st week
- Christina Doumpioti [AA_London, EmTech] 1st week
- Matias del Campo [SPAN Architects] 2nd - 3rd week
- Sandra Manninger [SPAN Architects] 2nd - 3rd week
- Oliver Tessmann [Bollinger + Grohmann] 4th week
- Luis Fraguada [LaN + IaaC Barcelona] 5th -6th week
- Edmondo Occhipinti [Gehry Technologies] 7th - 8th week
- Marco Verde [HYPERBODY TU Delft] 9th week
- Luca Dal Cerro [DeCoDe Paris] 11th week
- Valerio Bonora [DeCoDe Paris]11th week
- Giammichele Melis [Buro Happold] 12th week

DIGITAL TOOLS TUTORS*

- Alessio Erioli [Università di Bologna, Co-de-iT]
- Andrea Graziano [Co-de-iT]
- Federico Rossi [London Southbank University, bloomlab architects]
- Emanuele Naboni [Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts]

Read more on:
http://www.tac.polimi.it
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09.10

F(AA)SHIONS/ AA Visiting School Paris, Spring 2011
The Architectural Association School of Architecture | Musées des Arts Décoratifs Paris

Our objective is the exploration of novel productions in fashion and architecture. Fashion scene today has become an ensemble of socio-morphological forces connecting people, catalyzing experimental open design. Fashion per se, with its affinity for transformation, sets a terrain of becomings, architectural identities, scenery and performance.
Unlike many fashion designers whose brandings, shows and stores are broadcast by ‘pop’ promoters, we will seek to reject the features of the fashion system, such as: its emphasis on seasonal novelty and the repetitive ideas and shapes across collections.
Rather, on the edge of technological couture transformation, F(AA)SHIONS will rapid prototype concepts that stage sharp, raw, urban, experimental and unsentimental spatial/apparel logics.

AA Paris School will foster integral dynamic qualities opening to surprising typologies intrinsic to temporal bodies, fluid matter(s), and singular proportions, morphed together onto large organic systems.

The workshop will take place from the 21st to 31st March 2011 and will be hosted by Musées des Arts Décoratifs -a Parisian internationally prominent contemporary art hub- 111 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris.

Notre objectif est l’exploration des productions nouvelles du monde de la mode et l’architecture.

La scène de la mode constitue aujourd’hui un ensemble de forces socio-morphologiques reliant des individus, catalysant un design ouvert et expérimental. La Mode en soi, par son affinité pour la transformation, est capable de préparer les terrains à venir: identités architecturales, scénographies et performances.

S’alignant à l’univers changeant de la mode, AA Paris School développera des qualités intégrales et dynamiques s’ouvrant vers des typologies singulières intrinsèques aux corps temporels, matières fluides, et proportions singulières, les mettant ensemble en systèmes larges et organiques.


Instructors:

Jorge Ayala Architect (Director)
MA Architectural Association School, Founder of [Ay]A Studio

Marco Verde, Eng, March (Curator)
Assistant Professor, HYPERBODY, Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft

Marc Fornes, Architect, AA March
March Architectural Asoociation School, Principal of THEVERYMANY

Alexandra Verschueren, Fashion Designer
Master in Fashion Design, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp
Awarded Winner Designer at Hyeres Fashion Festival 2010

Eligibility
The workshop is open to worldwide emerging designers -in architecture and fashion design, students, recent graduates and young professionals. Digital and physical model skills are recommended. Portfolios to be submitted to Jorge Ayala at visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk

Read more on:
http://aaschoolparis.tumblr.com
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05.10

Please check all details out at
http://www.elisava.net/
http://www.ma-s-lab.blogspot.com
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05.10
protoSPACE 3.0 OPENING. Follow the event on hyperBODY Live
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09.09

Marco Verde presents his paper "MULTIPERFORMATIVE EFFICIENT SYSTEMS (MES). TOWARDS SYSTEMS THINKING" at the ACADIA09 Conference in Chicago
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05.09
FRICTION
experiencing computation, matter, and data-driven manufacturing

Marco Verde, [P]a, will give a keynote Speech at ENHSA-EAAE, Architectural Design Teachers’ and Construction Teachers’ Networks, Joint Workshop:
Architectural Design and Construction Education. Experimentation towards Integration
Genoa 11-13 June 2009
Faculty of Architecture, University of Genoa
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04.09
ADVANCED DESIGN OF SPACES AND MATERIALS
Elisava Escola Superior de Disseny, affiliated to Universitat Pompeu Fabra, has already available for the academic year 2009/2010 the New Master: Advanced Design of Space and Materials.
The master in Barcelona is divided in two parts of five months graduated diploma.


Please check all details out at
http://www.elisava.net/
http://www.ma-s-lab.blogspot.com/


Teaching Staff and Lecturers
Francesc Arbos/Enginyer Industrial. Director General- Director Tècnic Bellapart.
Guillem Baraut/Enginyer per la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Máster Emergent Technologies and Design per l’Architectural Association. Professor d’estructures a ESARQ-UIC.
Daniel Coll/ Arquitecte. Llicenciat per l’Architectural Association. Soci d’OCEAN NORTH. Professor del Máster en Emergent Technologies and Design a l’Architectural Association.
Sylvia Felipe/Arquitecte llicenciada per l’ETSAB. Máster en Emergent Technologies and Design per l’Architectural Association. Sòcia fundadora d’HYBRIDa.
Dr. George Geronimides/Enginyer mecànic. Professor i Director del Centre de Biomomètica de la University of Reading.
Ignasi Pérez Arnal/ Fundador de l’agència d’arquitectura axe Arquitectura y Entorno. Dirigeix l’Àrea de Sostenibilitat de l’Escola d’Arquitectura de Barcelona de la Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (EsArq_UIC) d’ELISAVA.Dr.
Javier Peña/Professor i cap de l’àrea de Ciència i Tecnologia d’ELISAVA. Professor de la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).
Anna Pla/Arquitecte i dissenyadora llicenciada aELISAVA i l’Arquitectural Association. Llicenciatura superior a GSAPP, Columbia university. Professora d’Advanced Design Studio a Upenn. Professora d’Advanced Design Studio al IaaC.
Hector Soler/Director de TECNOCIM. Expert en software paramètric.
Jordi Truco/Arquitecte per la E.T.S.A.B. Distinció en MArch Emergent Technologies and Design en la Architectural Association of London. Soci d’ HYBRIDa. Director del simposi internacional d´arquitectura emergent SIMAE.
Marco Verde/Enginyer d’edificació per la Universitat de Cagliari. MArch en Biodigital Architecture. Assistant Professor at Hyperbody TU Delft.
Mike Weinstock/Arquitecte, cap d’estudis de l’Architectural Association (Regne Unit). Director emergent de Technologies and Design Architectural Association. Director Technical Studies AA. Membre de Emergence and design research group.