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The Malleable Manifesto

The Malleable Manifesto by Brandon Clifford Image by Dave Pigram, Protosynthesis MANIFESTO Architects seem to be preoccupied with variability more than ever. It isn’t hard to understand why, especially when considering contemporary digital culture. We exist in a world bombarded with opportunities to build new social profiles. Each of our embodiments somehow performs differently from […]

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Framing Optimization in Contemporary Architecture

As the discussion regarding algorithmic modeling in architecture and optimization models to fine-tune design processes and outcomes continues, IMPROVED offers insight into the debate over optimization in architectural development. As I am an avid proponent of optimization algorithms utilized within the design process where they may find their place and utilization, the area of digital […]

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Open Source Urbanism

Open Source Urbanism by Domenico Di Siena Summary /Overview Traditional medias don’t broadcast what the citizens are debating or organizing on a daily basis. Nevertheless, thanks to Social Networks, people can receive information and interact in real time with others, taking part in debates and social movements; and the 15th of May in Spain is […]

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Sustainable to evolvable / Reflexive urbanism

Sustainable to evolvable / Reflexive Urbanism Neil Spiller For some early twentieth century commentators, the twenty-first century was going to be about electronic mediation of space. For others it was about speed and vectors of movement. But fundamentally people often believed that the same urban paradigms would be in play, particularly leaden, inert buildings that […]

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Fog of the Nomadic

Fog of the Nomadic -…an abstract for an upcoming polemical text and architectural project… A thick fog washes over the land, encapsulates the body, washes the lung, and filters the passage. I am not interested in the mask so much as the interstitial space inhabited by the air between the mask and the mouth. The […]

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Future Cities: Combined Advanced Technologies and Flexible Urban Infrastructures by Rachel Armstrong

Future Cities: Combined Advanced Technologies and Flexible Urban Infrastructures Rachel Armstrong Mapping the landscape for agile design The 20th century convinced us that the future has a linear trajectory that progresses incrementally – so that tomorrow is exactly like today – only a little bit different. Anything that deviates from this predetermined path is obviously […]

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Fibrous Assemblages and Behavioral Composites by Roland Snooks

Fibrous Assemblages and Behavioral Composites Roland Snooks In contributing to the Funambulist, I realize the obsessions that currently occupy my attention deviate from Leopold’s editorial direction. Experiments in behavioral methodologies and their underlying multi-agent algorithms have been the focus of my design research for a decade. However, as these techniques begin to mature and are […]

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Studio-X

Studio-X Studio-X is GSAPP’s global network of advanced research laboratories for exploring the future of cities. With locations in Amman, Beijing, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, and Rio de Janeiro, it is the first truly global network for real-time exchange of projects, people, and ideas between regional leadership cities in which the best minds from Columbia […]

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Golden Age – Somewhere

-Factory Fifteen, Golden Age – Somewhere -Source

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Biophilia + Technophila: Full Text

BIOPHILIA + TECHNOPHILIA THROUGHOUT the course of human evolution our lives have become intrinsically tied to the evolution of technology to the point where our trajectories have become one of an interwoven existence as they continue to become interconnected through the progression of time. Infatuations with biology and technology spurred by the Industrial Revolution and […]

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