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

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

FRAC incorporates Algae Cellunoi into permanent collection.

FRAC incorporates Algae Cellunoi into permanent collection.

The ArchiLab Naturalising Architecture exhibition closed last night at the FRAC in Orleans. But our Algae Cellunoi is now officially part of the FRAC permanent Collection and will be available for future exhibitions and international loans.

marcosandmarjan 'Algae-Cellunoi

Wall installation at 9th ARCHILAB - Naturalizing Architecture, Orleans France 
Location: FRAC Centre, Orleans Duration: 14.09.2013 - 02.02.2014 
Design: marcosandmarjan and Guan Lee, with Richard Beckett 
Fabrication: Grymsdyke Farm; DMC London 
Algae technology: Marin Sawa with Nixon Group and Hellgardt Group (Imperial College); Richard Beckett (UCL) 
Collaboration: Olivia Pearson: Emu Masuyama; Jessie Lee; Keith McDonald; Jonas Brazys; Cullum Perry  
Sponsors: Bartlett School of Architecture; Grymsdyke Farm; Innsbruck University

THESIS REVIEWS, 28.03.2014

THESIS REVIEWS, 28.03.2014
Urban Strategies
Postgraduate Program 
The University of Applied Arts Vienna

With Hernan Diaz Alonso and Reiner Zettl
Guests: Marjan Colletti, Robert Stuart-Smith

Friday, 28 March 2014
Urban Strategies Studio
Vordere Zollamtsstraße 3
1030 Vienna

A House in Three Acts, EXCESSIVE IV
Plasiticity Dublin, URBAN TECHNIQUE

UD crit Bartlett UCL 26.03.2014

UD crit Bartlett UCL 26.03.2014

with Claudia Pasquero, Marco Poletto,
Carole Collet, Philippe Morel, Mollie Claypool, Ulrika Karlsson, Maj Plemenitas, Eduardo Rico, Enriqueta Llabres, Marjan Colletti.

GAD crit Bartlett UCL 25.03.2014

GAD crit Bartlett UCL 25.03.2014

with John Harding, Robert Stuart-Smith, Shajay Bhooshan, Davide Quayola, Xavier De Kestelier, Peter Scully, Tommaso Franzolini, Gilles Retsin, Isaie Bloch, Philippe Morel, Mollie Claypool, Marjan Colletti.

Cross Crits Unit 20 and Unit 16 at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London UK, 04.03.2014

Cross Crits Unit 20 and Unit 16 at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London UK. 
Critics: James O'Leary, Johan Berglund, Marjan Colletti, Marcos Cruz, Richard Beckett.

Cross Crits Unit 20 and Unit 15 at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London UK, 28.02.2014

Cross Crits Unit 20 and Unit 15 at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London UK. 
Critics: Kristina Schinegger, Maren Klasing, Marjan Colletti, Marcos Cruz, Richard Beckett.

Publication: (Fr)Agile Materiality: Approximating uncertain fabrication processes

'(Fr)Agile Materiality: Approximating uncertain fabrication processes'
Kadri Tamre, Marjan Colletti, Georg Grasser and Allison Weiler – University of Innsbruck
published in
FABRICATE 2014 Publication: Negotiating Design & Making, eds. Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler & Silke Langenberg, gta Verlag.

+++ read it here

Fabricate 2014 conference, 14-15.02.2014

Exp.Arch. paper 'FrAgile Materiality: Approximating uncertain fabrication processes' delivered at Fabricate 2014, 14-15.02.2014

Book (monograph): DIGITAL POETICS - An Open Theory of Design-Research in Architecture, Ashgate Publishing 2013

Out now:
Digital Poetics
An Open Theory of Design-Research in Architecture

Imprint: Ashgate
Illustrations: Includes 95 colour and 223 b&w illustrations
Published: December 2013
Format: 220 x 240 mm
Extent: 302 pages
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-4094-4523-4
ISBN Short: 9781409445234
BL Reference: 720.285--dc23
LoC Control No: 2013020844

Series : Design Research in Architecture

Digital Poetics celebrates the architectural design exuberance made possible by new digital modelling techniques and fabrication technologies. By presenting an unconventional and original ‘humanistic’ theory of CAD (computer-aided design), the author suggests that beyond the generation of innovative engineering forms, digital design has the potential to affect the wider complex cultural landscape of today in profound ways.

The book is organised around a synthetic and hybrid research methodology: a contemporary, propositional and theoretical discursive investigation and a design-led empirical research. Both methods inform a critical construct that deals with the nature, forms, and laws of digitality within a contemporary architectural discourse that affects practice and academia.

The chapters spiral at, from, towards, around, outside-inwards and back inside-out digitality, its cognitive phenomena, spatial properties and intrinsic capabilities to achieve, or at least, approach Digital Poetics. The book presents speculative and small-scale constructed projects that pioneer techniques and experiments with common 3D and 4D software packages, whereby the focus lies not on the drawing processes and mechanics, but on the agency and impact the image (its reading, experience, interpretation) achieves on the reader and observer.

Contents: Foreword; Preface; Introduction: advolution; Devolution; Evolution; Involution; Revolution; Conclusion: deconvolution; Bibliography; Index.

Essay: 'An Example of [En]coding Neo Materialism: ProtoRobotic FOAMing', pp. 56-65.
Published in [En]Coding Architecture. The Book, ed. by Liss C. Werner, Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University - School of Architecture, 2013.

+++ read it here

Publication: Peter Cook: Drawing (2nd edition)

Marjan's further contributions (text and images) to Peter Cook's new edition of his book Drawing (Wileys) are featured in the newly added chapter.

 +++ read Peter's interview with Marjan - partly published in the book.

forthcoming: Keynote: the University of Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria Australia, 27-29.11.2013

Keynote: '(Neo-baroque?) Post-digital Neo-materialism in Contemporary Architecture'
at the conference Baroque to neo-baroque: Emotion and the seduction of the Senses 

University of Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria