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 07.2014
Marco Verde, educated as an Engineer at Università degli Studi di Cagliari (Italy), earned his post-professional Master’s degree (2005) and DEA’s degree (2008) in Genetic Architectures (a.k.a. Bio Digital Design) at EsArq-UiC, Barcelona (Spain). Marco is an interdisciplinary practitioner and educator focused on integral design strategies and processes for Non-Standard Architecture. Marco is specialized in emergent technologies and advanced design and he is an expert in the design of material systems, interactive composite structures of variable geometry, interactive systems and parametric-associative systems. With 10 years of professional and academic experience, Marco also masters the territory of digital and rapid fabrication in Architecture, engineering and industrial design. 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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DYNAMIC SYSTEMS WORKSHOP 25-26-27 / 07 / 2014
Serra dei Giardini della Biennale di Venezia – XIV Mostra Internazionale di Architettura.

In Nature, form is an expression of temporal processes of adaptation and occupation of space. In time, matter interacts with the surrounding forces and energy flows while it self-organizes in differentials structures and patterns. Time is therefore the instrument to understand form and space rather than a fourth dimension. Participants will delve into these issues while approaching a procedural and integral understanding of form: procedural as form will be investigated as derived from processes of self-organization that take place through space and over time; integral because form will be regarded as expression of the equilibrium among structural, performative and organizational features.
Going beyond the mere visual appeal of the formal exuberance of natural systems, participants will be challenged in the execution of systematic and controlled physical experiments of Form-Finding that, through the adoption of various photographic and analysis techniques, will allow the study of the temporal organization of matter. The workshop will especially focus on dynamical systems, aggregates and tensile structures; the results of the experiments will be catalogued and analysed as pre-materials of possible architectures exploring a holistic understanding of form, structure and performance.
The final goal of the course is to develop a rich and evocative collection of prototypes, photographic images and digital representations to evaluate, at different scales, possible architectural applications for the studies carried out. These will be instrumental to open a discussion on the implications of an empirical design approach that exploits the inherent intelligence of matter to create form and space. A comprehensive and systematic documentation of all stages of the process will serve as an operational and critical instrument.

Marco Verde Unica Eng, EsArq March
Founder of ALO and ALO Co.Re.Division


For informations ask your questions at: education@alo-architettura.com

DATE 25-26-27 July 2014 9,30 a.m. To 7,00 p.m.

10 -15 participants

Venice, Serra dei Giardini della Biennale di Venezia – XIV Mostra Internazionale di Architettura. 

Students ( a valid certificate will be necessary): 405 Euro + vat (22%)
Professionals: 485 Euro +vat (22%)
Basic materials for the physical experiments are included.

To be included in the list of pre-registration a deposit of 250 Euros (VAT included) is required. This deposit will be returned only and exclusively if the workshop will be postponed or cancelled for reasons beyond the control of the instructor (i.e. in the unlikely event the minimum number of participants is not reached). The payment of the fees must be completed by Friday 19th of July 2014.

 Each student will need a digital camera capable of recording HD movies and a medium sized tripod. Each student will need a laptop computer preloaded with the following software: Photoshop, Illustrator, Rhinoceros, Autocad and QuickTime Pro. The above equipment will be used for the entire duration of the course.