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Saturday, 5 April 2014
Sunday, 2 June 2013
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Thursday, 18 April 2013
On April 19th, 16.00 at La Casa dell'Architettura - Piazza Manfredo Fanti 47 Rome - AIAC the Italian Association of Architecture and Critica_ presS / Tletter will organize a brainstorm with the best 20 studios participating in Young Italian Architects, 2012: the competition aimed at identifying project ideas of young Italian architects who have distinguished themselves for their research, innovation and the reading of contemporary reality.
Each practice selected for the show will be presented through the use of three words that sum up the poetic and conceptual approach to architectural design. / letter.
At 19.30, the brainstorming session will be followed by the opening reception of the exhibition Young Italian Architects 2012 at 14_lo Interior space AIAC - Via Carlo Alberto 63 Rome.
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
Monday, 26 November 2012
OPENSYSTEMS was awareded the third price of the Competition “THINK SPACE | The Peak, Hong Kong”. The competition was part of the Think Space / Past Forward cycle.
This cycle of competitions aims to hold a mirror to the discipline to reflect the changes of the last thirty years by re-visiting three competitions that radically transformed architectural culture: The Peak (1982), Yokohama Port Terminal (1994) and Blur Building (1999). All three winning entries emerged under unique conditions to take up critical positions on the predominant tendencies of their time. Though they have radically different ambitions, these three projects continue to reverberate throughout contemporary architectural culture in some way, introducing new attitudes to the ground, surface and atmosphere. Any current condition lacks coherency and the task of this competition is not to assert one, but to begin the work of constructing a passage between the indistinct and the articulated. This competition cycle aims to discover new possibilities in the recent history of architecture by returning to these singular moments of disciplinary transformation, looking back in order to discern how far we have moved and in what direction. The winning architects will have their work exhibited at Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City alongside the competitions panels for the original competition.
Guest Curator of THINK SPACE 2012: Adrian LahoudCompetition
Jury: Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher
RECURS(H)IVE II (text taken from the project desciption):
The project takes advantage of the extraordinary natural surroundings to saturate the site with a highly dynamic structure. The building stretches over the site boundaries adapting its geometry to the topography of the Peak to expose the dwellings to the breathtaking views.The articulation of the proposal is based on an adaptive hexagonal structure that forms a dense settlement within the site boundaries. The hexagons proliferate on three levels following the topographic contour of the peak. Each unit is formed by a supporting column providing vertical support to the articulation of the floor slabs and the roof. These tree-like columns are also providing the development with all the necessary mechanical and electric services. These vertical supports allow for the freeing of the ground level of the building where a communal landscape area, parking and outdoor leisure facilities are located. Above the ground floor, the second and the third level of the residential units stand on communal plateaus which serve the different units while providing terracing and connection between the different parts of the site. This spatial organizational strategy allow for an array of spatial conditions that start from the intimate private unit, to outdoor private balconies; from communal plateau to the semi-public ground floor, all the way to the use of outdoor landscaping facilities. The user is encouraged to navigate through these constantly changing conditions and playfully re-configure his/her path to interact with the fluid structure.
Design Director: Marco Vanucci | OPENSYSTEMS
Architectural Assistant: Mirco Bianchini | OPENSYSTEMS
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
AA DLAB Visiting School is a 15 days workshop that focuses on algorithmic design and digital fabrication strategies. This year it will run between 23 July - 5 August 2012 and will be focusing on the relationship between architecture and biology as our workshop agenda. Here is the AA DLAB website for some more information:
As part of the structure of the workshop, a series of lectures is organized: I had the pleasure to be invited by the directore of AA DLAB, Elif Erdine, to present my work on Wednesday 25th of July.
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Marco Vanucci | OPENSYSTEMS was awareded the first price of the Competition “OUTSIDE THE BOX_Low and High Technologies for the Emergencies”. The competition was focused on identifying design ideas for resolving various problems in emergency situations: a small temporary structure capable of offering a small space for work, a centre of organisation and meetings for governments or other bodies dealing with and managing an emergency. A space that is simultaneously a workstation and information centre open to public, with free wifi and internet access to allow to people remain in touch with the rest of the world. The use of low and high technology, sustainability and parametric design were also encouraged.
Jury included: Patrik Schumacher, Neil Leach, Nancy Goldring , Mario Cucinella, Hans Ibelings, Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi, William Menking, Luis Moya González, Massimo Russo, Lucy Bullivant. The competition was sponsored by Analysit Group.
RECURS(H)IVE (text taken from the project desciption):
Design and computation: Marco Vanucci | OPENSYSTEMS
Structural Consultant: Carlo Diaco
Saturday, 10 March 2012
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Tuesday, 29 November 2011
The new issue of the Scandinavian independent Conditions Magazine is out now.
The theme of this issue is New Technologies / New Practice and focuses on emerging design practice. Inside, among other interesting things, you'll find my Interview by Scully Lynch, under the section Tools.
Friday, 23 September 2011
S-String is installed and on display at Testbed Gallery in London until the 25th of September. The installation was designed and assembled by AKT Part Team (head designer Daniel Bosia) for the London Design Week's show. It is consists of a modular construction formed by the articulation of repeated components into a branching chain of units. The geometry was generated using a GH algorithmic definition. The components were laser cut and assembled on site by Part Team.
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
Edited by Stefano Rabolli Pansera
This book marks the conclusion of the AA School's Beyond Entropy research cluster, and is produced in tandem with an exhibition on show at the AA in May 2011. The theme of the book derives from the urgency with which the idea of energy has been raised in recent years in political, economic and scientific debates. The book charts the efforts of architects to re-appropriate this theme and to address the debate in a wider cultural sphere.Order your copy from AA Website.
Friday, 13 May 2011
The proposed format brings together architects, designers, scientists, researchers and other professionals with interests in computation and design (spatial, structural, urban, environmental, etc).
For it’s first occurrence, the symposium will take place at the Welsh School of Architecture with the following themes:
17.05.11 Processing Matter
18.05.11 Processing Complexity
Invited Speakers: Michael Grau (Zaha Hadid Architects); Daniel Widrig; Christina Doumpioti (Architectural Association, EmTech); Francis Aish (Foster + Partners); Michael Knauss (ETH, Zurich); Michael Batty (UCL, CASA); Christian Derix (Aedas); Marco Vanucci (AKT); Simon Lannon (Welsh School of Architecture); David Hines (Populous).
Supported by the Welsh School of Architecture, Design Circle RSAW South and CEBE
Special Thanks: Sergi Pineda (WSA) and Wassim Jabi (WSA).
Wednesday, 6 April 2011
Curated by: Marco Vanucci and Andy Nettleton.
Special Thanks to: Tim Anstey, Jesús Azpeitia Seron, Hanif Kara, Mei Chan, AKT, Staffan Lundgren and all the AT second year students that contributed with their hard work and their passion.
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Monday, 21 February 2011
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Sunday, 20 February 2011
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Monday, 13 September 2010
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Monday, 26 July 2010
Special thanks to Stefano Rabolli Pansera for organizing and for the kind invitation.
Here my Presentation
Wednesday, 30 June 2010
I'm pleased to announce my participation in the recent exhibition and publication entitled Spontaneous Schooling at the Nous Gallery in London. Many thanks to Melissa Woolford for the invitation. The exhibition was part of the London Festival of Architecture 2010 and it's open 18-23 June at the T-Building, London.
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Wednesday, 19 May 2010
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Monday, 19 April 2010
Monday, 12 April 2010
Here some images from a quick investigation on the tasselation of complex double curved surfaces generated using Grasshopper's WeaverBird. I started exploring these geomtries in TFM (as you can see from the previous post) and i decided to study their subdivision more in detail. More images and details to follow soon.
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Various options were studied for the material and the texture of the facade: steel mesh, fabric...The facade is attached to the primary structure of the tower by steel brachets; the brachets hold a series of steel frames from where the fabric/mesh strecthes from.
Inside the envelop, a series of event spaces (or sky lobbies) help breaking the monotonuos stacking of floor plates providing runways for fashion shows while adding stability to the tower by connecting the two structural north-south facades. The sky lobbies were developed with G.Piacentino's Weaver Bird application for Grashopper.
Design team: Marco Vanucci, Adiam Sertzu
Structural Consultant: Sabina De Jesus (AKT)
thanks to: Daniel Piker.
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
I've just got back from an intense and productive week in KTH, Stockholm where i run a 4 days workshop together with Jugatx Ansotegui. Above some images of the work produced in 4 days by the 2nd year students. The intial studies based on the analysis and the development of design primitives were remarkably articulated and inspiring.
Special thanks to Daniel Norell (KTH), Andreas Falk (KTH) and Gunnar Tibert (KTH) for their support and for kindly attending the interim jury.
Posted by Marco Vanucci at 06:36
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
Marco Vanucci together with Jugatx Ansotequi (AKT) will run a Digital Design workshop for first and second year students at KTH University, Stockholm from 22 until 26 of March. This year's brief is focused on the development of physical and digital techniques to implement the design of a temporary pavilion. A series of digital primitives and material techniques are used as seeds to implement the design work particular focused on the study of structural and assembly logics.
The workshop will keep running until the 5th of March and assessed by Prof.Hanif Kara.
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Thursday, 21 January 2010
The episode entitled "Fame, Architecture and Web 2.0" examine how digital technologies are changing the role of architects and the nature of their work.
Special Thanks to: Sanderyn Amsberg, Rachal Bradley, Nicholas Hansen.
Posted by Marco Vanucci at 09:59
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Moving away from the description of nurb surfaces by mean of UV coordinates this experiment represent the possibility to use mesh planes and realtive vertices to extract points and apply Delaunay algorhythm. The input surface is therefore subdivided in a serie of planar triangles which form the base for the construction of the component geometry. The components are parametrically controlled by 6 points which define the triangular component, maximizing or minimazing their surface area.
Above some images showing the build-up process:
-surface "occupation" with point cloud
-subsequent "connection" through triangulated mesh
-"population" process through planar components
Below the Grasshopper definition.
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
In this exercise i continue exploring the relationship between systems and (static or dinamic) equilibrium (homeostatic serie). Reciprocal frames are structures where internal equilibrium of parts provide overall stability to the structure. My exercise is limited in exploiting the geometrical arrangement of component parts without engaging (for now) with the problem of overall equilibrium.