Unit 20 2014 - 2015: Incredible India

Liminal Geometries - Radical Materiality - Extreme Reality - Awesome Beauty

Marcos Cruz, Marjan Colletti, Richard Beckett

India is one of the most incredible places on earth. With its amazingly diverse culture and history, deep spiritual dimension, social richness, as well as extraordinary landscapes, it forms a (sub) continent in its own right. India is growing and changing at a phenomenal pace, yet maintains great economic and infrastructural disparities. For example, medical facilities range from non-existent in rural areas to world-class in some cities and still only 60% of homes have toilets, whilst Bihar State authorities have unveiled a model of the world's largest Hindu temple... Similarly, the very latest machinery and IT skills may be used in some construction projects, whereby most workers do without mechanization on construction sites. Around 16% of the nation's working population depends on construction for its livelihood.

Additionally, increasingly extreme weather conditions are affecting India’s climate, which is leading to regular droughts and floods on unprecedented scale. In this context, Unit 20 will explore notions of the extreme, a phenomenon implicit to our times. Not only India, but also the world by and large is becoming more and more extreme and overcrowded, leading to unparalleled contrasts, scales and complexity, especially in what concerns our beliefs, habits and technological capabilities. The unit is interested in exploring the extreme geometric (form), material (perception), social (reality) and aesthetic (beauty) dimensions of architecture.

- Relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process
- Occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold

- Maximum, greatest, ultimate, supreme, paramount, acute, major, enormous, severe, exceptional
- Drastic, serious, forceful, desperate, dire, far-reaching, momentous, consequential, substantial
- Extremist, immoderate, exaggerated, intemperate, outrageous, unreasonable
- Fanatical, revolutionary, rebellious, subversive, militant, combative, dangerous, risky
- Utmost, furthest, highest, most distant, final, last, terminal, remotest

- Total, entire, absolute, comprehensive, exhaustive, complete, far-reaching, extensive
- Fundamental, basic, quintessential, thorough, serious, rigorous, profound, deep-seated, profound
- Severe, drastic, draconian, stringent, violent
- Revolutionary, progressive, reforming, revisionist, fanatical, militant

- Breathtaking, amazing, stunning, stupendous, staggering, extraordinary, incredible, magnificent
- Unbelievable, phenomenal, awe-inspiring, sublime, miraculous, wonderful, spectacular
- Formidable, imposing, impressive, mind-boggling, mind-blowing, out of this world

Crit GAD, 11.07.14 Bartlett UCL

Marjan joins final reviews of Bartlett/GAD's Cluster 4 (Manuel Jiménez García and Gilles Retsin) on 11 July 2014 - 9:30 am at the Royal Ear Hospital / 21 Capper Street, London WC1E2QG

Paired with Alisa Andrašek RC1, jury with Alan Penn, Patrik Schumacher, Mario Carpo, John Frazer, Marjan Colletti, Filip Visjnic, Gary Freedman, Roberto Bottazzi, Daniel Widrig, Isaïe Bloch, Moa Carlsson.

Peer reviewer for What's the Matter

Peer reviewer for What's the Matter. Materiality and Materialism at the Age of Computation, International Conference, COAC, ETSAB, ETSAV, Barcelona, September 4-5-6, 2014

Conference at the Chamber of Architects Barcelona, ETSAB and ETSAV

Co-organized by ENHSA, EAAE and COAC

Out now: poroCITIES - Architectures of Permeability for Contemporary Urban Dwelling

Out now (currently available at the Slade for a special price):

Unit 20 - poroCITIES
Architectures of Permeability for Contemporary Urban Dwelling
eds. Marjan Colletti, Marcos Cruz, Richard Beckett
layout/ass. ed. Anahita Chouhan
Publ. ListLAB Trento, Italy
ISBN: 9788898774371

Unit 20 at the Bartlettshow

Unit 20 at the Bartlettshow
Photo: Richard Beckett


Opening of the Bartlett Summer Show 2014 at the Slade School of Art / University College London, UK. Guest Opener: Michael Webb

Peer reviewer for 2014 Acadia

Peer reviewer for 2014 Acadia.
Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture 2014 International Conference

CONFERENCE: October 23-25, 2014
Los Angeles, California, US

WORKSHOPS and TOUR: October 20-22 & 26, 2014
Los Angeles

25.06.2014 Exp|Arch Innsbruck final crits

25.06.2014 Exp|Arch and ioud Innsbruck final Bachelor crits at Die Bäckerei.
With Theodore Spyropoulos, Marjan Colletti, David Ruy, Peter Trummer and Reiner Zettl.
Photo: Alexander Nikolas Walzer

21.06.2014 AA DRL phase 1 crit

invited guest to AA DRL phase 1 crit

Theo Spyropoulos, Marta Male Alemany, Werner Sobek, Brett Steele, Patrick Schumacher, Rob Stuart-Smith, Shahaj Bhoosan, Christine Yogiaman, Ken Tracy, Marjan Colletti

06.06.2014: Panel Discussion at the Arsenale, Venice Biennale 2014

06.06.2014: Panel Discussion at the Arsenale, Venice Biennale 2014
Interspace - Estonian pavilion at la Biennale di Venezia
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Interspace - Estonian pavilion
REMINDER: INVITATION Freeport programme seminar "Interspace: architecture in a data-society"
Location: Arsenale, TeatroPiccolo Arsenale
Date: 6 June 2014
Time: 4 pm to 6 pm, followed by a networking night with music & drinks at Teatro Fondamenta Nuove from 6.30 pm to midnight.

"Interspace" is a discussion panel on architecture in a data society. The curators of the Estonian pavilion have invited eight architects and theorists whose architectural agenda complements their approach, to present their interpretation of the social and spatial consequences of a data-society according to their specificity. The short lectures about the different aspects of architecture in a data society will be followed by a round table discussion on the contraries and concordances of their stances. The aim of the discussion panel is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the matters concerning architecture in such a societal condition where data has become the main currency and being online is a way of participating in society.

Photo: Marta Piaseczyńska

Sille Pihlak - host of the evening
Johanna Jõekalda - curator of the Estonian pavilion Interspace
Johan Tali - curator of the Estonian pavilion Interspace
Siim Tuksam - curator of the Estonian pavilion Interspace

Presenting and contributing to the discussion:

prof. Roemer van Toorn - speaker; architecture theorist; theory and communication professor at the Umeå School of Architecture
Ülar Mark - speaker; architect; commissioner of the Estonian pavilion Interspace
Walter Nicolino - speaker; architect; supervisor at the architecture department of the University of Ferrara and MIT Senseable City Lab
prof. Toomas Tammis - speaker; architect; dean of the Faculty of Architecture at the Estonian Academy of Arts
prof. Mark Foster Gage - speaker; architect; assistant dean and tenured professor at the Yale School of Architecture
prof. Marjan Colletti PhD - speaker; architect; head of the Institute of Experimental Architecture at Innsbruck University and director of computing at the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL
prof. Mario Carpo PhD - speaker; architecture theorist; architectural theory professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL
prof. Mart Kalm PhD - speaker; architecture theorist; vice rector of the Estonian Academy of Arts; member of the Estonian Academy of Sciences; member of DOCOMOMO

All the participants have been contributing to the collection of essays on the digital and the public named “Interspace” - the official catalogue of the Estonian pavilion, edited by the curators Johanna Jõekalda, Johan Tali and Siim Tuksam.

“Interspace” is produced by Estonian Centre of Architecture (ECA), a non-profit institution developing architectural culture in Estonia and promoting contemporary Estonian architecture abroad. “Interspace” is organised with generous support from Gold Sponsor Metro Capital, Main Partners Ruukki Products, Eventus Ehitus and KSA Vision Clinic; Partners Sadolin, Elmaks Hulgikaubandus, Estonian Museum of Architecture, Reinis Adovicš (WARP), Lugemik, Makerlab and Silman Elekter, 206 kickstarters from Hooandja.ee and dozens of volunteers. The Estonian pavilion at the 14th La Biennale di Venezia International Architecture Exhibition is funded by Estonian Ministry of Culture, Estonian Cultural Endowment, and European Regional Development Fund.

Unit 20 final crit, the Bartlett 09.05.2014

Unit 20 final crit, the Bartlett 09.05.2014

Andy Bow (Senior Partner, Foster and Partners)
Christine Hawley (Director of Design, Bartlett)
Christos Passas (Associate Director, Zaha Hadid Architects)
Claudia Pasquero (EcoLogic Studio / Bartlett)
Eric Behrens (Director AECOM London)
Maria Eugenia (Atelier 1)
Robert Stuart Smith (Kokkugia)


Round Table @ Exp.Arch 30.04.2014


Theodore Spyropoulos, Marjan Colletti, Ali Rahim
3Es - Ecologies / Exuberance / Elegance
Moderator: Prof. Peter Trummer
Roundtable Discussion
30.04.2014 19:00
Ort: Foyer, Experimentelle Architektur.Hochbau
University of Innsbruck

Symposium: “What does it mean to make an experiment?” 25.04.2014

“What Does It Mean to Make an Experiment?”
symposium: "What does it mean to make an experiment?"
copenhagen DENMARK
A symposium that reflects and concludes the exhibition and project “What Does It Mean To Make An Experiment?”—a research project between the School of Design and the Centre for Information Technology and Architecture / CITA. . .
symposium: “What does it mean to make an experiment?”
Friday, 04/25
10.30 a.m. – 05.00 p.m. / Auditorium 2, Holmen
Danneskiold-Samsøes Allé 51
Copenhagen, Denmark

In architecture and design an experiment can take on many more roles than the proof of a thesis. The experiment is instead a particular mode of exploring the multiple and heterogeneous intersections that emerge from social, conceptual, technological, material and cultural contexts in which it is sited.
Within the symposium experimentation in design and architectural practice is discussed in respect to its site in knowledge production, the instruments used to execute these and the aims and methods that are linked to it. Three sessions will expand on this – each with a focus on a different scale of inquiry.
10.30 a.m. / Session 1 – Practice & Experiment
Moderator: Mette Ramsgard Thomsen (KADK)
1. Welcome and Intro: Martin Tamke (KADK, CITA), Troels Degn Johanson (KADK)
2. Daniel Charny (Designer, curator of the In the making exhibition V&A, London)
2. Burkhard Schmitz (Designer 7.5 studio | projektgruppe, Berlin)

1.15 p.m. / Session 2 – Research & Experiment
Moderator: Thomas Binder (KADK)
1. Flemming Tvede Hansen (KADK, SuperformLAB, Copenhagen) KADK
2. Carol Collet (Textile Futures Research Centre, designer and curator, Central Saint Martins, London)
3. Ulrika Karlson (Architect, KTH Stockholm)

03.15 p.m. / Session 3 – Experiments and Scale
Moderator: Mette Ramsgard Thomsen (KADK)
1. Paul Nicholas (KADK, CITA) CITA
2. Marjan Colletti (Architect, The Bartlett, London, Univ. Innsbruck)
3. Jenny Sabin (architectural researcher, Cornell University, USA)

15.15 p.m. / Expected conclusion of event
Entry to this symposium is free for public and academia, but we ask for a registration via email to martin.tamke@kadk.dk

upcoming in April-May-June

upcoming in April-May-June:
participation at conference in Copenhagen / participation at conference at the Venice Biennale, Estonia Pavilion / keynote at conference in Mashhad Iran / mini-conference Elegance-Exuberance-Poetics Innsbruck / final crit Unit 20 / external exams Bartlett / Bartlett Summershow

upcoming: Rob|Arch 2014 Pittsburgh Workshop: Exp.Arch. REX|LAB with Harvard GSD, 14.-16.05.2014

Rob|Arch 2014 Workshop: Exp.Arch. REX|LAB with Harvard GSD, 14.-16.05.2014
Phase Change: Explorations in Robotic Forming with Thermoplastic Materials

This workshop will explore opportunities to overcome tooling limitations in the formation of individualized thermoplastic building components using robotic formation during phase change and speculative additive robotic processes (3D Printing). Explorations will include the translation of the rigid ideal of computational design space to the soft reality of an uncertain built environment as mediated by the industrial robotic work cell. In this case, the industrial robot precisely translates the digital geometry but the final form is characterized by the uncertainties of the thermoplastic material behavior during phase-change. The resulting artifacts will emerge from the integration of the precise and the imprecise through a feedback loop between the digital design environment and the results of a series of physical material experiments. Material properties are considered intrinsic to the design process and the robotically controlled fabrication process will be saturated by feedback from the behavioral logics of the material itself. The exploration of complex material behavior during phase-change will extend to the introduction of novel additive manufacturing technologies through the combination of generic robotic manipulators and custom end effectors. The introduction of additive processes begins to speculate on fabrication scenarios that distance themselves from current linear file-to-factory based methods and industrialized production-modes as well as introduces opportunities for the eventual introduction of Additive Manufacturing in Architecture.
This workshop is kindly supported by the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design-Center for Design Research, University of Innsbruck’s Institute for Experimental Architecture-REX | LAB, and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design- Design Robotics Group.

More info here

Workshop leaders:

Chip David Clark – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Marjan Colletti – University of Innsbruck
Georg Grasser – University of Innsbruck
Nathan King – Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Kadri Tamre – University of Innsbruck
Allison Weiler – University of Innsbruck