Wednesday, October 31, 2007
posted by DAVIDE DEL GIUDICE at 12:52 PM

ArchiBlog collects articles from architecture blogs and includes them in its daily digest.
From yesterday we're published on this site with our posts about research in Architecture.
Thanks to all staff of Archiblog.


Tuesday, October 30, 2007
posted by DAVIDE DEL GIUDICE at 10:54 AM

Castello del Valentino
Salone d' Onore
Martedì 6 Novembre 2007

"While making full use of computer algorithms, Mutsuro Sasaki is now actualising the concepts of Gaudì's unfinished inverted suspension experiments. At the beginning of twenty-first century, these previously unseen architectural structures are making their first appearance."
Arata Isozaki

"The resolve to take on the challenge of the unknown can be perceived in structures designed by Mutsuro Sasaki. This tension brings a finely honed beauty to space."
Toyo Ito

thanks to Alberto Pugnale for info.


Thursday, October 25, 2007
posted by Pier at 9:39 AM

From my office, it takes about 55 minutes to get to sci-arc in downtown. I don't know, but it seems really far. When Delgiu told me to go to the Andrew Kudless's lecture, scheduled for today, I thought: "Oh well, around here it is all smokey (because of the huge fires around LA),
it is not healthy to ride a bike. But anyway let's go, hopefully will be worth", we decided (me and DaG).

Andrew Kudless, showed us what I have been looking for for years. The relationship between the '60s module research, nature and industrialization.
He thinks about scripts that are like tools. He learned how to build wood houses in Japan. But, he said, the first thing you learn, it's not to cut or to shape the wood in the way you'd like to, instead you learn to know your tools. That's the first thing: understand deeply the tools, before even touching the material.

Often in architecture we get lost in the shape - a cool shape that doesn't go further than to be just a shell. Andrew's orientation though, goes in the same direction of Kengo Kuma's philosophy. The shell is the body, it is the architecture itself, not just a skin, but a structural skin, like in the human body the skin that is a part of a whole complex system.

Starting his research with the honeycomb structure, he undertands that nature adapt a structure slightly depending on the forces that the structure has to deal with. Working on a project, dealing with the finished object, he started noticing the natural deformations that occur in the the honeycomb structure under the force of gravity.

The complexity of such problems finds a partial solution thanks to the Voronoy script applied in Rhinoceros, that he started using a few years ago. It allows him to get closer to "nature's rule". The Voronoi diagram, well known in mathematics, has lately also found applications in architecture and design.
From the same repetitive module of the 60's to a system that changes slightly the basic module adapting it to the contest/forces.

I still remember when professor Ceragioli, of the Politecnico in Turin, once said that in Africa the walls that surround the house are more expensive than the house itself. If they would use high tecnology, like infrared systems alarms with solar panels, it would cost a lot less than building a brick wall, allowing them to invest more money into the house itself.

I was a little skeptical at the beginning about the whole Voronoy idea, but now I think that the tecnologies, like laser cutters, are getting more and more accessible, allowing us to build these systems more easily than decades ago.

From the 60's module concept, architecture is today developing a new way of rethinking the same idea, getting even closer to nature, the best architect ever.

Pictures by DaG

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Saturday, October 20, 2007
posted by massimiliano de leo at 2:35 PM

Politecnico di Torino will have the honor to accommodate the architect Renzo Piano for a meeting with students and the university staff.
Friday, October 26. from 16.00.

Visualizzazione ingrandita della mappa
Thursday, October 18, 2007
posted by DAVIDE DEL GIUDICE at 5:12 PM


Wednesday, October 17, 2007
posted by DAVIDE DEL GIUDICE at 11:06 PM

We've received a copy of this new software from Bentley.
"Bentley Architecture is an advanced, yet intuitive and easy-to-use architectural building information modeling (BIM) application that empowers architects and designers to create with unlimited freedom".

See this video for more info.

Thanks to our president Massimiliano.


posted by dag at 6:54 AM

Wednesday, October 10 @ 7PM
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall (Formerly the Main Space)

Meejin Yoon + Eric Höweler
Public Works: Projects in Play

MY Studio/ Howeler + Yoon Architecture is a multidisciplinary practice, operating in the space between architecture, art, and landscape. Engaged in projects of all scales, they believe in an embodied experience of architecture, seeing media as materials and its effects as palpable elements of architectural speculation.

Southern California Institute of Architecture
All SCI-Arc events are free and open to the public. No reservations are required
The school is located at 960 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 The parking lot entrance is at 350 Merrick Street, between 4th Street and Traction Avenue Lectures begin at 7pm in the W. M. Keck Lecture Hall and are broadcast live at

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posted by DAVIDE DEL GIUDICE at 12:00 AM

Surfacer Dag has created this fantastic set of photos from LA.


Tuesday, October 16, 2007
posted by DAVIDE DEL GIUDICE at 10:18 PM

Our friends Maurizo Pol and Federico Perino (+MODEL WORKSHOP students) send me their last project for urban design theories course at Politecnico di Torino with March ( AADRL) Cesare Griffa as a tutor of course.

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posted by DAVIDE DEL GIUDICE at 12:39 PM

"Andrew Kudless is an architect based in San Francisco where he is an assistant professor at the California College of the Arts. He is the founder of Matsys (, a design studio exploring the emergent relationships between architecture, engineering, biology, and computation. Andrew has taught design studios, workshops, and seminars at The Ohio State University, the Architectural Association (London), Yale University, and Rice University. In 2005 Andrew was the Howard E. LeFevre Fellow for Emerging Practitioners at OSU. He earned a Master of Arts with distinction from the Architectural Association’s Emergent Technologies and Design graduate program and a Master of Architecture with honors from the Tulane University School of Architecture. In 2004 he was the recipient of a Design Merit Award in the Far Eastern International Digital Architecture Design (FEIDAD) competition and in 1998 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to research architectural design and urbanism in the Kansai region of Japan. He has worked as a designer for Allied Works Architecture in Portland and New York and as a digital design, modeling, and fabrication consultant for Expedition Engineering in London. Andrew’s work has been exhibited in the US, England, France, Japan and China."

more at

rendering made with materialsystems Honeycomb basic rhinoscript.

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posted by massimiliano de leo at 1:33 AM

The Dubai real estate market, which is moving ahead of times in building designs and architecture, will be home to and international hub for an innovative skyscraper, which will keep changing its shape and generate surplus energy from the wind as well as the sun.


Monday, October 15, 2007
posted by massimiliano de leo at 9:33 PM

"For the first time an Italian city hosts a World Congress of the International Union of Architects. Torino will be the location of this prestigious event which every three years reunites thousands of professionals and students to cover a theme analysing the future prospects of the profession and its relationship with the social and cultural problems of the moment. The theme chosen for the event in 2008 is Transmitting Architecture."

for more info:
Friday, October 05, 2007
posted by DAVIDE DEL GIUDICE at 4:02 PM

Elena Scripelliti, Federica Stella e Maurizio Pol young architect from today :)


posted by DAVIDE DEL GIUDICE at 1:34 AM

Max e Delgiu at work for a new competition.