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  • AA >> Advanced Architecture>> Action>> Antytipe

  • AA >> Advanced Architecture

    An action (an architecture) that is advanced is an action (an architecture) which is necessarily projective: propositive and anticipatory/anticipating. An action (an architecture) with the capacity to connect with technological change (industry and technique), with cultural progress (thought and creation) and with scientific logic (research and development).

  • Action and activity in public space, Temporary installations for ludic uses, Abalos & Herreros, Vincente Guallart, MVRDV, Riegler & Riewe, Barcellona 1998

  • Action

    What we are interested in today is an action architecture defined by a desire to act, to (inter)act. That is to activate, to generate, to produce, to express, to move, to exchange and to relate.

    To promote interaction between things, rather than interventions on them. Movements, rather than positions. Actions rather than figurations. Process, rather than occurrences.

  • nArchitects, Party Wall, 2005

  • ma0, Elastic Space, Berna, 2006

  • West 8, Schouwburgplein, Rotterdam, 1991-96

  • ma0, Playsacpe, Drancy, 2003

  • Alejandro Aravena, Elemental, Cile, 2003-2004

  • In France an important public program is being mounted to deconstruct the high-rise housing estates from the 1960s and 70s (demolition/reconstruction on a one-to-one basis), thus expressing a strong will to transform the image of the city.At the same time an important deficit is observed of public housing, one which would, on the contrary, call for an increase and an acceleration in building terms.In this context, we consider that demolition is aberrant and that transformation would permit one to respond to needs in a more economic, more effective and more qualitative way.PLUS -Les grands ensembles de logementsMinistre de la culture et de la communication, 2004

  • Antitypes

    A surprising image shows a car coupled to an aeroplaneThis is not an univocal object it is not a typological design, but rather an a-typological mechanism; an antitype.

  • Lotek, Skateboard Park, New York

  • MVRDV, Pig City, 2001

  • MVRDV, Frosilos, Copenaghen 2005

  • IAN+, Sportcity, HiperCatalunya,

    consultazione internazionale per la regione Catalana,

    Barcellona 2003

  • >> Form (and no-form) >> ambiguity>> Interfaces>> Devices>> Dispositions>> Situation >>Excited place >> form >> ambiguity

  • Nox, Fresh H2O eXPO, 1994-97

  • Form (and no-form)The interest lies in an architecture that has neither image nor form. That does not express explicitly the scale in which it is produced.Today shape is disposition.

  • AQ architettura quotidiana, Mar dei piccoli, Taranto, 2004

  • Ambiguity

    Univocal space now yields to a space decidedly ambivalent

    In a multifaceted, polyphase, definitively non-essential reality, architecture can create spaces that are more plural, by virtue, precisely, of being indeterminate. Implicitly changing and (in)formal. Multiple. Multiplied and multiplicative.

    A building can be a garden. A garden, a building.

  • Francois & Lewis, Stazione di trattamento dell'acqua, Nantes, Francia 1995

  • Francois & Lewis, Case Rurali, Jupilles, Francia 1996

  • Francois, Tower Flower, Parigi 1999

  • Patrick Blanc e Jean Nouvel, Branly Museum, Parigi 2006

  • Herzog & De Meuron, Caixa Forum Contemporary Art Museum, Madrid 2008

  • MVRDV, 3D-Garden, 2001 Hangelo, Netherlands.

  • NL, Basketbar, Utrecht, 2003

  • FOA, International Port Terminal, Yokohama, Giappone, 2002

  • Francois Roche, Silverelif, B-mu, Contemporary art Museum, Bangkok, Thalande 2002

  • 2a+p, Round Blur, Torino, 2002-05

  • DevicesOur challenge as architects is to produce new devices of action Dispositifs (devices) (open and evolutionary) rather than design (closed and exact).

  • PPAG, Blocchi di polistirene aggregabili, Vienna, 2002

  • Topotek 1, Temporary Playground, Garden Show, Wolfsburg, Germany 2004

  • ma0, Piazza Risorgimento, Bari, 2002-2006

  • >> Diversity>> Housys>> Inhabiting>> Livrid (live+hybrid)>> Lightness>> Precarious(ly)>> Reversible

  • DiversityOurs is a time of diversity, calling for constant simultaneity of individual events in global structures evidencing the impact the emergence- of the singular upon the collective, not as part of the whole, but rather as specificity interconnected with the whole.In our time there exists the conditions for assuming creatively this fragmentation, and thereby attaining an anthropological universality which also integrates plurality, difference and discontinuity.

  • MVRDV, Hageneiland , Netherlands, 2001

  • InhabitingToday, we are witnessing the generalised collapse of the mythical residential stereotype: the sitting room-dining room-kitchen-laundry- room-bathroom- plus three bedrooms, all in ninety square metres scheme as the commonly accepted formula.

    There is also new awareness of a wandering type of domestic life, increasingly disseminated throughout the metropolis: replacement of private space with service space scattered at the urban level (bar, restaurants, laundries, sports clubs, leisure centres, etc) in a city converted into a large dispersed home for nomadic user.

  • Lotek, Container House

  • IAN+, Teletubi, Mostra Lavorare in Casa, Tokio, 2003

  • Stalker/Osservatorio Nomade, Immaginare Corviale, 2003-2005

  • Edouard Francois, Eden Bio, Paris, 2008

  • Eden Bio is a 100-unit social housing development in Paris.The project features terraced houses along pedestrian alleyways. Staircases to reach upstairs units will be mounted externally and covered in plants. The lush, green atmosphere of the development will be enhanced by the organic gardens all along the pedestrian alleys, as well as the greenery covering the buildings facades.

    Francois planned a vertical garden ...not forgetting to furnish each flat with some flowerpots, so that everybody got the chance to grow his/her own plant on the window board!

  • LightnessLightness is a term, along with levity, that can amply claim to be characteristic of current architecture. Insulating layers have lost weight, becoming habitable spaces, and the concepts of interior and exterior have lost their definition, having become mixed one another, thereby suggesting other interventions.

  • "catalogue house"

    Lacaton e Vassal, Casa Ferret, 1988

  • Junia Ishigamil, KAIT Studio for the Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, 2008

  • Precarious(ly)An approach made up of reversible relationship, unstable links, impermanent constructions, lightweight structures and fragile presences.Certain forms of architecture can accept their inconsistency, their physical and conceptual precariousness, as a new value rather than as a negative quality.

  • Lacaton e Vassal, Maison Latapie, 1993

  • ReversibleReversible is action which is capable of changing the direction of its own movement. There is something of an elastic braid about it. It has an unstable presence.Such strategies could possibly even throw into crisis the old idea of permanent colonization of and on the territory dynamics which would suggest the capacity to act with the place and with the user with a less formal, and more informal unstable and mutable- attitude.

  • A12, LAB, Krller Mller Museum, Temporary pavillion, Otterlo, Netherlands, 2004

  • HybridLand-archLand(s) in landsEcology >> Ambiguity

  • Land-archas an instrument. This shift has been favoured by the passage from a generation obsessed with the relationship between architecture and city to another, the latter more aware of a new contract with nature (a nature evidently epic, mongrel, manipulated, rather than domestic and bucolic).

  • MVRDV, Dutch pavilion Expo 2000, Hanover

  • New dynamics conform to an incipient vocabulary of a hybrid contract Construction that would artificially integrate movements or moments- of nature, in some cases architecturalising the landscape (modelling, cutting, folding), proposing new topological shapes (reliefs, waves, folds)

  • in others, landscaping (lining, enveloping, covering) an architecture in ambiguous synergy with the strange nature that surrounds it.

  • Imaginative formulas capable of favouring this new natural contract would reside precisely in its capacity to incorporate the technical, plastic and perhaps unheard-of solutions neither paralysed nor diminished by the presence of the nature, but rather stimulated precisely by the possibility to incorporating it, of spurring it, of reformulating it of enriching it rather than conserving it.

  • Tods Shop, Tokyo, 2004

  • Toyo Ito, Mediateca, Sendai, 2001

  • Land(s) in landsOperative landscapes rather than host landscape.As with the city, which has blurred the boundaries separating it from former extramural territories, today the architectural project too can blur its profiles and its edges- in new geographies of transition. The application of new structural and technical concepts now permit the positing of a deformation of the old Euclidean structures, transforming them into multilayered spaces towards almost geological processes spaces of folding rather than prismatic volumesTopographies rather than volumes.Lands over other lands.Constructed geographies rather than architectures.No longer lovely volumes under the light, but rather ambiguous landscapes under the sky.Fields within other fields. Lands in lands.

  • Sejima, Multimedia Studio, 1996

  • SANAA, Rolex Learning Center, EPFL Losanna, 2004-2010

  • NL, Het Funee, 10 individual houses, Amsterdam 1999 - 2009

  • Plot, Maritime Youth Centre, Copenhagen 2004

  • Francois, Urban Development, Marne la Valee 2003

  • ma0, giardini del Pincetto, Perugia, 1998/2004

  • Lugar Especifico, Calaf, Spagna, 2A+P architettura, 2007

    Vincente Guallart, Dnia Mountain Project, 2002

  • EcologyInstead of old nostalgic or pseudobucolic ecology (which freezes landscapes, territories and environments), we suggest a bold ecology. Based no longer upon a timid, merely defensive resistant- non-intervention, but rather upon a non-impositive, projecting and qualifying restimulating- intervention in synergy with the environment and, also, with technology.An ecology in which sustainability is interaction.In which nature is also artificial.In which energy is information and technology is vehiclisation.In which to conserve implies always to intervene.

  • Diller + Scofidio, Blur

  • SustainabilityEcology >> Active>>nature

  • Ecoboulevard, Ecosistema Urbano, Madrid 2007

  • Bosco verticale, Studio Boeri, Milano, in costruzionee

  • IaN+, Re-living the historic center, Biennale di Venezia 2008

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