architectural-review
architectural-review:


Central©ities (Cellular) Auto-aggregative housing system by Gabriele Molfetta 
Central©ities means imagining different types of houses, different ways of living and designing the world around us. Ultimately it becomes the search for a methodology to provide a structure that surpasses the concept of modern urbanism in favour of principles of freedom and self-determination. Central©ities is first and foremost a system, then a city, and finally – primarily – a living cell. It is a vision of a possible future as well as the memory of an archaic past: a scientific experiment and a mathematical model, the verification of a hypothesis and the aesthetic translation of a numerical language. Central©ities arises from a single living cell, the synthesis of principles and necessities of contemporary living: a minimalist house – not a small-scale one, but rather a device finalized and enclosed within itself, as a single dwelling or as complex multicellular aggregates in which the cyclic self-similarity of its evolution invades the frontiers of fractal geometry. It presents recursion as an expression of human habits, randomness as an identification of free will, and a few simple rules as tools for shape control. This is SiSmAA, the algorithm designed to simulate, understand, monitor, and make Central©ities real. It is a model generated to demonstrate how the persistent search for a forthcoming ‘postulate’ of humanity – also provided by the imagination of writers, designers, programmers and architects – could find validation in a society that aspires to a necessary utopia. If, as argued by Lewis Mumford, ‘the will-to-utopia causes men to live in two worlds, and (…) therefore we re-read the Story of Utopias [as] the other half of the Story of Mankind’, Central©ities is the image of the world for which human beings strive, and also a metaphor of the real world in which they live. Central©ities crystallizes an idea and shows its innermost aspects.

architectural-review:

Central©ities (Cellular) Auto-aggregative housing system by Gabriele Molfetta 

Central©ities means imagining different types of houses, different ways of living and designing the world around us. Ultimately it becomes the search for a methodology to provide a structure that surpasses the concept of modern urbanism in favour of principles of freedom and self-determination. Central©ities is first and foremost a system, then a city, and finally – primarily – a living cell. It is a vision of a possible future as well as the memory of an archaic past: a scientific experiment and a mathematical model, the verification of a hypothesis and the aesthetic translation of a numerical language. Central©ities arises from a single living cell, the synthesis of principles and necessities of contemporary living: a minimalist house – not a small-scale one, but rather a device finalized and enclosed within itself, as a single dwelling or as complex multicellular aggregates in which the cyclic self-similarity of its evolution invades the frontiers of fractal geometry. It presents recursion as an expression of human habits, randomness as an identification of free will, and a few simple rules as tools for shape control. This is SiSmAA, the algorithm designed to simulate, understand, monitor, and make Central©ities real. It is a model generated to demonstrate how the persistent search for a forthcoming ‘postulate’ of humanity – also provided by the imagination of writers, designers, programmers and architects – could find validation in a society that aspires to a necessary utopia. If, as argued by Lewis Mumford, ‘the will-to-utopia causes men to live in two worlds, and (…) therefore we re-read the Story of Utopias [as] the other half of the Story of Mankind’, Central©ities is the image of the world for which human beings strive, and also a metaphor of the real world in which they live. Central©ities crystallizes an idea and shows its innermost aspects.

nomadicity
nomadicity:

Close, Closer: The (New) Book of Questions goes Lisbon Architecture Triennale
 
First of all, I feel very grateful and excited because our project The (New) Book of Questions has been selected as one of the Associated Projects for the Lisbon Architecture Triennale starting on September the 12th. With the headline "Close, Closer" the upcoming edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale will “put forward an alternative reading of contemporary spatial practice. For three months chief curator Beatrice Galilee and curators Liam Young, Mariana Pestana and José Esparza Chong Cuy will examine the multiple possibilities of architectural output through critical and experimental exhibitions, events, performances and debates across the city.” 
 
ABOUT THE PROJECT THE (NEW) BOOK OF QUESTIONS. 
 

In 1974 Pablo Neruda published his best-seller “The Book of Questions” : poems in the shape of questions, observing whatever surrounded him , with the wonder of a child. Is in this spirit that the project ” The ( New) Book of Questions” is founded: to observe and question the “territories in process” we live in, rather than to “answer” them. These questions will lead authors and lectors into the realm of further observation and, if lucky, further questioning. The aim of this “book” is to become a device or tool for thinking, observing and understanding the landscape, city, and space. The (New) Book of questions will document , in the format of questions, different perceptions of the territory during a year (Nov. 8th. 2012 until Nov 8th  2013).
Who are the authors of “The (New) Book of Questions”?
You.
“The (New) Book of Questions” is an on-going project. The deadline is Nov. 8th 2013 .
Submission guidelines.
Send your question(s) regarding the territory to (click here to send email ) with the Subject: Question. Or via Twitter ( See example here) . You can create your own question(s) or quote someone else ( send : author and year , if possible, or if it is a tweet, the link to it.). Include your name, country, website and/or Twitter user. Submissions can be in English or Spanish.

nomadicity:

Close, Closer: The (New) Book of Questions goes Lisbon Architecture Triennale

 

First of all, I feel very grateful and excited because our project The (New) Book of Questions has been selected as one of the Associated Projects for the Lisbon Architecture Triennale starting on September the 12th. With the headline "Close, Closer" the upcoming edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale will “put forward an alternative reading of contemporary spatial practice. For three months chief curator Beatrice Galilee and curators Liam YoungMariana Pestana and José Esparza Chong Cuy will examine the multiple possibilities of architectural output through critical and experimental exhibitions, events, performances and debates across the city.” 

 

ABOUT THE PROJECT THE (NEW) BOOK OF QUESTIONS. 

 

In 1974 Pablo Neruda published his best-seller “The Book of Questions” : poems in the shape of questions, observing whatever surrounded him , with the wonder of a child. Is in this spirit that the project ” The ( New) Book of Questions” is founded: to observe and question the “territories in process” we live in, rather than to “answer” them. These questions will lead authors and lectors into the realm of further observation and, if lucky, further questioning. The aim of this “book” is to become a device or tool for thinking, observing and understanding the landscape, city, and space. The (New) Book of questions will document , in the format of questions, different perceptions of the territory during a year (Nov. 8th. 2012 until Nov 8th  2013).

Who are the authors of “The (New) Book of Questions”?

You.

“The (New) Book of Questions” is an on-going project. The deadline is Nov. 8th 2013 .

Submission guidelines.

Send your question(s) regarding the territory to (click here to send email ) with the Subject: Question. Or via Twitter ( See example here) . You can create your own question(s) or quote someone else ( send : author and year , if possible, or if it is a tweet, the link to it.). Include your name, country, website and/or Twitter user. Submissions can be in English or Spanish.