Arduino Workshop in ESA Paris

In this rapid 2-day workshop in École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris the students took a taste of Arduino by creating an interactive ‘black box’. The black cube carried different components on each of its faces including LEDs, light sensors and piezo elements. The whole cube could be rotated by a servo motor attached at its bottom face.

Each of the 4 groups of students built one cube and developed their own codes which determined how the cubes would behave on their own as well as together with the other 3 cubes around them.

This ‘physical cellular automata’ exercise was intended to introduce the basic principles of physical computing, encourage the students to think of and design different behaviours and to see each cube as part of a family of objects rather than an isolated entity. Ultimately, the goal was achieve all the above together with having fun in the same time!

Photos by Ieva Saudargaitė.

the ‘black box’

and the ‘physical cellular automata’ interplay

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FABRICATE Conference/Publication/Exhibition

FABRICATE Conference Exhibition Publication
15-16 of April 2011
Bartlett School of Architecture
University College London

Conference Keynotes Mark Burry, Philip Beesley, Neri Oxman, & Matthias Kohler
A full list of Speakers can be found here.

FABRICATE is an International Peer Reviewed Conference, Publication and Exhibition hosted by the Bartlett School of Architecture to be held on 15-16 of April 2011 in London. It will bring together pioneers in design and making within architecture, construction, engineering, manufacturing, material technology and computation. Discussion on key themes include: how digital fabrication technologies are enabling new creative and construction opportunities, the difficult gap that exists between digital modeling and its realization, material performance and manipulation, off-site and on-site construction, interdisciplinary education, economic and sustainable contexts.


Professorship Gramazio & Kohler Architecture and Digital Fabrication will be bringing their robotic magic to FABRICATE, building live throughout the conference using their latest 6-axis robot combined with innovative laser-scanning technologies. Unlike their previous work, a large number of geometrically differentiated elements will be assembled using an integral feedback system. This approach will be tested for the first time at Fabricate 2011 so come and see what happens.


FABRICATE: Making Digital Architecture‘ is published by Riverside Architectural Press and to be launched at the conference. Comprising of 38 illustrated articles on built projects received through FABRICATE’s Call for Work (NOW CLOSED). Punctuating these articles, a series of conversations between world leading experts from design to engineering discussing themes on drawing to production, behavioral composites, robotic assembly, and digital craft. All delegates to the conference will receive a complimentary copy.

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Kifissia Residence

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Workshop in Lund, Sweden

Ricardo de Ostos and I run a 5-day workshop in the school of Architecture in Lund. It took place during the week leading up to the Symposium “Architecture and Beauty: a Troubled Relationship” (4-9 September) . The workshop was titled “Survival Techniques for the Near future” and was based on the texts of the british writer JG Ballard. Working in the rather bizarre and under refurbishment Chemistry Building students gathered inspiration (and objects!) from the dark basement, corridors and abandoned labs.

The ‘black box’ of the building that gradually reveals its data to the observer. Implemented by Hannes Karlsson and Fajer Wennerberg.

‘Space Balance’ is a spatial representation of the notion of co-existence of people in space. By Evija Libaze and Ansis Paeglitis.

‘Sense in the Dark’. A ‘table’ showcasing objects found in the building as an endeavour to retain building’s memory and remind us that vision is only one of the 5 senses! By Celine Yalin Hu and Kay Yang.

Marta Alonso’s and Leopoldo Berra Treviño’s ‘Survival Manual’. For when people will have to inhabit alternative living units and communities… in the ocean!

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Digital Ecologies 2010

Some more great projects came out of ‘Digital Ecologies’ module of MSc AAC this year!

Ranging from floating creatures and robots living trails to responsive grids and LED cubes, all were very inspiring and ambitious! I really enjoyed tutoring these projects!

Videos can be found here. Enjoy!

Siphonophore by Ermis Adamantidis, Madhav Kidao and Marios Tsiliakos.

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Ectoplasmatic Library

‘Ectoplasmatic Library’ was exhibited at ESA (Ecole Speciale d’Architecture) in Paris in 2010. Information gathered from visitors leads to a living, unpredictable, growing space. People’s behaviour around the installation make the water to drip, the grass to grow, the sugar to melt… the space to evolve through time.

Project by NaJa & deOstos
Project Team: Ricardo de Ostos, Nannette Jackowski, Samantha Lee
Interactive Design: Marilena Skavara

Video/Images: Samantha Lee

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Adaptive fa[CA]de on dailyTONIC

dailyTONIC recently asked me to publish my adaptive fa[CA]de on their blog. Here’s the post edited by Nora Schmidt. Enjoy!

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Vague Terrain :: Journal 16

The new issue of Vague Terrain ‘Architecture/Action’ is just released. The focus in this issue is set on how embodiment, physical computing and computing affect the architectural thinking and eventually contribute to our everyday life and use of space.

I contributed to this journal with an article about my ‘adaptive fa[CA]de’ project. This article highlights the potential of utilising computational methods in the architectural process and suggests that architects are now enabled to enhance responsive systems that add experiential and visual value to the spaces and buildings we inhabit.

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Physical Computing workshop in Copenhagen
This Arduino workshop, which I attended as a tutor, was co-organised by the MSc Adaptive Architecture & Computation (AAC) and CITA, in January 2010. It was held in the amazing scandinavian-design Architectural school in Copenhagen.

Students from 2 different courses of the Bartlett and from Copenhagen spent a week familiarising themselves with physical computing and its potential applications by building and programming a physical Cellular Automata grid of ‘ floating angels’. Each angel was exchanging signals with its neighbours regarding their state with LED lights and light sensors.


One of the most astonishing parts was the custom inflatable lizard-looking tubes used to blow on the angels to activate their dance.





I also had the chance to upload on the Arduino boards another version of code, based on the CA rule I used in my adaptive fa[CA]de. This was actuating LEDs to turn on, using a colour coding starting from warm and gradually going to colder colours depending on the state of the angels.

I’ll upload a couple of short videos soon!

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PhysioKinesis Studio

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