As Co-de-iT we believe we are entering a new age of design. A new design paradigm driven by scientific evolution and technological acceleration, leading to a radical new approach to understand and manipulate matter. It will affect, if not completely reshape, architecture and other design-related disciplines.
The progressively blurring boundaries between Biology and Technology, the increasingly powerful computational tools, the capability to act at smaller and smaller scales of matter and a better understanding of its properties are really the premises of a new way to design and build where “to design” will literally shift its meaning from shaping matter to informing it (including living matter, biological and non-biological).
We are witnessing the rise of computation as the design medium within which to drive the organization of matter and its formation processes. The use of computation as a medium to inform matter will also renew the geography of the territories to which design is applied, because we can act at very different levels and scales: environment, architecture, wearables, body. Computation is the bridge between them, the common playground, the compass that helps us map these territories.
The lecture is an exploration of those new design territories encompassing digital fabrication, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, neuroscience, robotics and biocomputing aiming to describe the design [r]Evolution that is already underway.
Andrea Graziano is an architect and computational designer, member and co-founder of Co-de-iT - Computational Design Italy, currently engaged in teaching international workshops about computational design, digital tools and robotic fabrication in architectural design, lecturing and consultancy work. He runs the internationally renowned digitAG& blog about generative and computational design and scripting techniques in architecture. Andrea acts as an active catalyst through his intense activity of social networking of the paradigm-shift in the fields of architectural research, computation and science. A ‘digital explorer’ and ‘knowmad’ aiming to research, curate and envision the rapid evolution of science, technology, art and philosophy, their possible convergence and tooling into design and architecture.