Esta mañana en el #BEC hemos hablado de muchas cosas, entre otras de las diferentes formas de entender y practicar la arquitectura en el momento actual. Los cambios son muchos: sociales, culturales, políticos, económicos y tecnológicos. Basándonos sobre todo en estos últimos y en la implicación que pueden tener las nuevas tecnologías para cambiar también el contexto político y económico, se mencionaron, a manera de ejemplo, muchos casos que representan un cambio en la manera de entender los procesos, más allá del ‘objeto’ final.

Entre estos nuevos procesos, hemos hablado del proyecto Wikihouse, un modelo constructivo de código abierto que está muy bien explicado por Alaistair Parvin en la TED Talk que pueden ver en el vídeo de cabecera.

Otros proyectos interesantes que se mencionaron, son la casa construida con fabricación digital en Dinamarca, llamada Print a House project, de la que se puede leer un artículo interesante en la web 3D Printer.

El proyecto de DUS, 3D Print Canal House que se encuentra en proceso de desarrollo e investigación, pretende construir una casa completamente impresa en 3D a orillas de uno de los canales de Amsterdam. El proyecto se explica muy bien en este vídeo.

Un hecho común a todos estos proyectos, es que se apoyan en procesos Open Source con los que comparten los archivos de forma libre, para que puedan ser replicados, mejorados y adaptados a diferentes contextos. Aunque aún queda mucho por investigar y debatir acerca de la viabilidad económica de estas prácticas, los monopolios por parte de las compañías que fabrican los plásticos para imprimir. Entre los nuevos proyectos que investigan como subvertir este hecho, se encuentra la Stratigraphic Manufactury de UNFOLD.

El proyecto se basa en la distribución libre archivos con modelos en 3D [con la petición de que no se alteren, para permitir la comparación de datos] para que puedan ser impresos con cerámica por artesanos en diferentes partes del mundo y comparar los resultados, que revelan las diferencias producidas debido al material utilizado y permite ir adecuando los diseños a los materiales disponibles en cada lugar.

Más info: UNFOLD.

Un artículo crítico y muy interesante lo escribió Rachel Armstrong para The Architectural Review.

Pasando a un ámbito más crítico, y enfocándonos en cómo el diseño se puede utilizar como catalizador para hablar de temas sociales, políticos y económicos, podemos mencionar el proyecto de Cody Wilson, Defense Distributed, en el cual la impresión 3D de una pistola y la prohibición por parte del gobierno de Estados Unidos de distribuir los archivos para poder imprimirla libremente, en cualquier sitio, sirve para denunciar el monopolio de las grandes fábricas de armamento.

En un país en donde la constitución permite la compra de armas por parte de civiles, ¿Por qué prohibir que se puedan imprimir en 3D? ¿Por control ético o por favorecer a los grandes monopolios?

Más info de todo lo hablado en el #BEC lo iremos compartiendo aquí en el grupo. Y hasta la próxima reunión de brutalistas!

networkedpolitics

Looking forward to read this book!

networkedpolitics:

Video for our book Drone 

Fantasies of innovation. Soon enough, an increasing number of drones will populate the skies, progressively becoming inconspicuous in our daily lives. An undeniable source of public debate nowadays, unmanned aerial vehicles might be taken for granted in the future as their use becomes streamlined into devices for homeland security and consumer entertainment. Or an added low humming sound to modern megacities’ soundscapes. A flock of drones. Birds as an ongoing metaphor for these ever-so-present flying cyborgs. Whilst birds fade in and out, cut-outs from passages of the book are read and shuffled alongside found archival footage, as an invitation to peer into our past as contemporary subjects. If only we knew. Years beyond the 2012 Federal Aviation Association’s Modernization and Reform Act, we question how we might be perceiving our present in the future.

Video directed by Sarah Riazati with music by Jhon William Castaño Montoya

Contenidos expandidos utilizando Realidad Aumentada en la exposición de los Premios FAD:

1. Descargar la aplicación Aurasma (iOS y Android). 
2. Buscar el canal PremisFAD. 
3. Señale las imágenes marcadas con el icono de móvil para acceder a los contenidos adicionales

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Augmented Reality demonstration on the FAD Awards exhibition. To access extra content during the exhibition: 


1. Download the Aurasma app (iOS and Android). 
2. Search and follow the PremisFAD channel. 
3. Point to the images marked with the mobile icon to access the additional features.

/// A project by ArquinFAD. Interactions by dpr-barcelona
/// Powered by Aurasma

dpr-barcelona at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2014
We’re thrilled to share some of the projects and events in which dpr-barcelona is involved at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale de Venezia, in Venice, Italy.
[01] Radical PedagogiesRadical Pedagogies: ACTION-REACTION-INTERACTION  explores a series of pedagogical experiments that played a crucial role in shaping architectural discourse and practice in the second half of the twentieth century. As a challenge to normative thinking, they questioned, redefined, and reshaped the postwar field of architecture. The notions of “Italian” architecture, design, pedagogy and radicality were complicated during those years by the constant circulation of people, books and concepts out of and into the country. The exhibition at Monditalia draws a new kind of cartographic network of the contested spaces of pedagogical transformation: spaces of ACTION (the radical questioning and reformulation of the discipline), REACTION (the pedagogical and political friction created by the urgency of these reformulations) and INTERACTION (the constant fluctuation of this information by the movement of ideas and people). 
RADICAL PEDAGOGIES is an ongoing multiyear collaborative research project by Beatriz Colomina with the PhD students at Princeton University School of Architecture.
For this project dpr-barcelona is developing the multiplatform publishing concept in collaboration with Anne-Sophie de Vargas as well as the Augmented Reality interactions for the exhibition.
/// More info and credits: radical-pedagogies.com
[02] dpr-barcelona books at theStirling’s book Pavilion in the Venice Biennale of Architecture


Some of our books will be featured at the Stirling’s book Pavilion, including our titles Weaponized Architecture. The Impossibility of Innocence by Léopold Lambert, Concrete Mushrooms by Elian Stefa and Gyler Mydyti and La Pesadilla de la Participación by Markus Miessen.
Thanks to Ana Dana Beroš!
[03] Failed Architecture Biennale. Salon #1 Reclaiming Modernity.The first FA Salon on June 6, an unsolicited get together on the occasion of the opening of the Venice Architecture Biennale with speakers from around the world reflecting on the Biennale and on architecture after the death of Modernism.
Confirmed guests:Iwan Baan, Ethel Baraona Pohl, Bernard Khoury, Aljoša Dekleva and Tina Gregorič, Bart Lootsma, Tarik Oualoulou, Nanne de Ru, Azadeh Mashayekhi, Rory Hyde, Adina Hempel and Marco Sosa, Todd Reisz, John McLaughlin and Gary Boyd.
/// More info: Failed Architecture
[04] Towards a New Avant-Garde

Towards a New Avant-Garde”, is a three-part event series at the opening weekend of the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Tracing parallels between distinct generations, the event series seeks to understand what lessons can still be learned from the Italian architectural impulses of the 60s and 70s, and how they can be best applied by the newest generation of architects in Italy and abroad.
Lead by Superscript, the event is a collaborative effort with author and scholar Catharine Rossi and researcher and scholar Rossella Ferorelli, and the design team includes architects DEVspace and interaction designer Thibault Brevet.
César Reyes will attend to the #stayradical conversation series on June, Sunday 8th from 11am.
/// More info: stayradical.net
[05] OfficeUS Working Summit Issues TalksOfficeUS 25 ISSUES TALKS, the inaugural working summit of the United States Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale de Venezia, in Venice, Italy. The conversations will take place during the opening days, on June 6th, 7th, and 8th at the US Pavilion in the Giardini and will launch the six month investigation of OfficeUS.
Big Box Rules & Network Patents. Exploring the typologies of trade, the logics that instigate them and the physical landscapes they enable. With Francisco Gonzalez, Ethel Baraona Pohl and Joseph Grima.
[06] Networked PoliticsPart of the Weekend Specials program for #monditalia on 6-7 September by Space Caviar, MAIO, Folder, and dpr-barcelona 
The Network Politics event is a rapid, intensive exploration of how cultures of decision-making, from formal political structures to informal collective protests, and their relation to architecture, have radically evolved in the age of the network. Given the setting of Monditalia, the NetPol weekend specifically examines the Italian context through an intensive forty-eight-hour master class.
The program will confront the changing nature of protest as both collective and individual activity—from movements such as Occupy, the Indignados and the Arab Spring to the digital activism of Wikileaks and Anonymous—in relationship to the physical space of the city. From the point of view of the mechanisms and apparatuses of control, the rise of new technological devices has diminished the importance of the physical limits that architecture could offer, and has consequently expanded the architectural conception of public space.
/// More info: weekend specials

dpr-barcelona at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2014

We’re thrilled to share some of the projects and events in which dpr-barcelona is involved at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale de Venezia, in Venice, Italy.

[01] Radical Pedagogies
Radical Pedagogies: ACTION-REACTION-INTERACTION  explores a series of pedagogical experiments that played a crucial role in shaping architectural discourse and practice in the second half of the twentieth century. As a challenge to normative thinking, they questioned, redefined, and reshaped the postwar field of architecture. The notions of “Italian” architecture, design, pedagogy and radicality were complicated during those years by the constant circulation of people, books and concepts out of and into the country. The exhibition at Monditalia draws a new kind of cartographic network of the contested spaces of pedagogical transformation: spaces of ACTION (the radical questioning and reformulation of the discipline), REACTION (the pedagogical and political friction created by the urgency of these reformulations) and INTERACTION (the constant fluctuation of this information by the movement of ideas and people). 

RADICAL PEDAGOGIES is an ongoing multiyear collaborative research project by Beatriz Colomina with the PhD students at Princeton University School of Architecture.

For this project dpr-barcelona is developing the multiplatform publishing concept in collaboration with Anne-Sophie de Vargas as well as the Augmented Reality interactions for the exhibition.

/// More info and credits: radical-pedagogies.com

[02] dpr-barcelona books at theStirling’s book Pavilion in the Venice Biennale of Architecture

Some of our books will be featured at the Stirling’s book Pavilion, including our titles Weaponized Architecture. The Impossibility of Innocence by Léopold Lambert, Concrete Mushrooms by Elian Stefa and Gyler Mydyti and La Pesadilla de la Participación by Markus Miessen.

Thanks to Ana Dana Beroš!

[03] Failed Architecture Biennale. Salon #1 Reclaiming Modernity.
The first FA Salon on June 6, an unsolicited get together on the occasion of the opening of the Venice Architecture Biennale with speakers from around the world reflecting on the Biennale and on architecture after the death of Modernism.

Confirmed guests:
Iwan Baan, Ethel Baraona Pohl, Bernard Khoury, Aljoša Dekleva and Tina Gregorič, Bart Lootsma, Tarik Oualoulou, Nanne de Ru, Azadeh Mashayekhi, Rory Hyde, Adina Hempel and Marco Sosa, Todd Reisz, John McLaughlin and Gary Boyd.

/// More info: Failed Architecture

[04] Towards a New Avant-Garde

Towards a New Avant-Garde”, is a three-part event series at the opening weekend of the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Tracing parallels between distinct generations, the event series seeks to understand what lessons can still be learned from the Italian architectural impulses of the 60s and 70s, and how they can be best applied by the newest generation of architects in Italy and abroad.

Lead by Superscript, the event is a collaborative effort with author and scholar Catharine Rossi and researcher and scholar Rossella Ferorelli, and the design team includes architects DEVspace and interaction designer Thibault Brevet.

César Reyes will attend to the #stayradical conversation series on June, Sunday 8th from 11am.

/// More info: stayradical.net

[05] OfficeUS Working Summit Issues Talks
OfficeUS 25 ISSUES TALKS, the inaugural working summit of the United States Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale de Venezia, in Venice, Italy. The conversations will take place during the opening days, on June 6th, 7th, and 8th at the US Pavilion in the Giardini and will launch the six month investigation of OfficeUS.

Big Box Rules & Network Patents. Exploring the typologies of trade, the logics that instigate them and the physical landscapes they enable. With Francisco Gonzalez, Ethel Baraona Pohl and Joseph Grima.

[06] Networked Politics
Part of the Weekend Specials program for #monditalia on 6-7 September by Space Caviar, MAIO, Folder, and dpr-barcelona 

The Network Politics event is a rapid, intensive exploration of how cultures of decision-making, from formal political structures to informal collective protests, and their relation to architecture, have radically evolved in the age of the network. Given the setting of Monditalia, the NetPol weekend specifically examines the Italian context through an intensive forty-eight-hour master class.

The program will confront the changing nature of protest as both collective and individual activity—from movements such as Occupy, the Indignados and the Arab Spring to the digital activism of Wikileaks and Anonymous—in relationship to the physical space of the city. From the point of view of the mechanisms and apparatuses of control, the rise of new technological devices has diminished the importance of the physical limits that architecture could offer, and has consequently expanded the architectural conception of public space.

/// More info: weekend specials

“En este punto es importante recordar que la ciudad no es un laboratorio. Un laboratorio es un ambiente controlado en el que se trabaja con una serie de variables aisladas, que se pueden medir e interpretar. Pero, además, una de las características esenciales de las pruebas experimentales es que pueden reproducirse de manera controlada para contrastar y verificar los resultados. Como sistema dinámico, la ciudad produce abundantes fenómenos sin control, sus condiciones no están calibradas frente a valores de referencia absolutos; sus resultados son relativos y siempre relacionales. A medida que se multiplican los registros de información urbana y aumenta la forma en que esta se crea, colecciona, almacena y comparte, alimentamos la sensación de que una mayor cantidad de datos refinará nuestros modelos hasta llegar a una representación fiel y controlada de la propia ciudad. Aunque en principio esta es una idea sugerente, hemos de entender que una población con «más información» no es igual que una población «más informada» y que la propia complejidad del sistema hace que cualquier representación del mismo sea algo parcial o sesgada. Disponer de más datos sin cuestionar nuestros métodos de aplicación no hará sino agrandar nuestros defectos de análisis, mientras se alivian algunas ansiedades corporativas o académicas.”
César Reyes Nájera en ‘La Ciudad y sus Datos Pequeños' para el CCCB Lab

“En este punto es importante recordar que la ciudad no es un laboratorio. Un laboratorio es un ambiente controlado en el que se trabaja con una serie de variables aisladas, que se pueden medir e interpretar. Pero, además, una de las características esenciales de las pruebas experimentales es que pueden reproducirse de manera controlada para contrastar y verificar los resultados. Como sistema dinámico, la ciudad produce abundantes fenómenos sin control, sus condiciones no están calibradas frente a valores de referencia absolutos; sus resultados son relativos y siempre relacionales. A medida que se multiplican los registros de información urbana y aumenta la forma en que esta se crea, colecciona, almacena y comparte, alimentamos la sensación de que una mayor cantidad de datos refinará nuestros modelos hasta llegar a una representación fiel y controlada de la propia ciudad. Aunque en principio esta es una idea sugerente, hemos de entender que una población con «más información» no es igual que una población «más informada» y que la propia complejidad del sistema hace que cualquier representación del mismo sea algo parcial o sesgada. Disponer de más datos sin cuestionar nuestros métodos de aplicación no hará sino agrandar nuestros defectos de análisis, mientras se alivian algunas ansiedades corporativas o académicas.”

César Reyes Nájera en ‘La Ciudad y sus Datos Pequeños' para el CCCB Lab

Drone Salon
Het Nieuwe Instituut. May 23th 2014.
Curated by Malkit Shoshan and Ethel Baraona Pohl

Drones are unmanned aircraft. They are either controlled by ‘pilots’ from the ground or increasingly, autonomously following a pre-programmed mission. In time, drones become smaller, faster, and better accessorised. They can fly alone or in swarms. They are not as expensive and as big as airplanes. They are easily adaptable and can be used for different purposes —from surveillance to monitoring agricultural fields, and wild-life poaching; from carrying bombs, to delivering books and pizza; from targeting and killing individuals to providing medical and first aid assistance.

The drone salon aims to provide a multidisciplinary overview of challenges, opportunities and speculations on future transitions caused by the use of drone technology both in the battlefield and in the civic realm. This seminar is punctuated by short presentations and longer conversations between Malkit Shoshan, Ethel Baraona Pohl and experts in the field: lawyers, activists, civic and military drone operators, artists, writers and designers. The seminar is part of ‘Drones and Honeycombs’, a long term research project by Malkit Shoshan for Het Nieuwe Instituut.

It is also part of a series of public events and a publishing project titledUnmanned. On the spatial and ethical implications of drones. The latter is a collaboration of dpr-barcelona, Studio-X, FAST, Het Nieuwe Instituut, and The Center for The Study of The Drone.

More info: Het Nieuwe Instituut.

The Drone Salon is part of the DEAF 2014 Programme.