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Exparch

Mission Statement With the new appointment in 2012 as Professor for Technology and Design (Hochbau und Konstruktives Entwerfen) at the Institute for Experimental Architecture, Marjan Colletti has introduced new research agendas to the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Innsbruck.

Various strands of design-research are being pursued: Robotic Fabrication, Soft Building Technology, Neomaterialism, Postdigital Design-Research Paradigms etc. Established in 2012, the Robotic Experimentation workshop REX|LAB at the Institute consists of a transportable ABB MultiMove Coordinated Robotsystem with 3 IRB 2600, directly controlled via the HAL Robot Programming & Control plugin for Grasshopper (designed and written by Thibault Schwartz) – this is a worldwide unique setup. In parallel, students develop prototypes of breathing soft mechanical devices in order to understand the importance of environmental control in architecture. This aspect of softness gains relevance in further synthetic and organic material studies: composites, foams, silicon, biodegradable polymers, algae etc.

Architecture is understood as cultural production, capable of responding to – but also proposing new scenarios for – postdigital societal needs and desires, such as embedded technology, better material performance, higher sustainability. In essence: the necessity of a better built environment demands new design-research paradigms to be articulated. Experimental (!) design-research paradigms…│http://www.exparch.at/

 

Marjan Colletti Univ.-Prof., Dipl.Ing., MArch., Dott.Arch., PhD, ARB
Architect (registered in I and UK)

Marjan Colletti is an architect, an architectural educator, researcher, author and designer.

He is University Professor and Head of the Institute for Experimental Architecture at the University of Innsbruck Austria (since 2012); Senior Lecturer, acting MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA part 2) Programme Director, MArch Unit 20 master, MArch GAD RC2 leader and MPhil/PhDs supervisor at the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL London (since 2000); and co-principal of ‘marcosandmarjan design limited’ in London (since 2000).

He is author of Digital Poetics (Ashgate 2013), guest-editor of the 80th anniversary issue of AD Exuberance (Wiley), co-editor of Research Projects 2009 (Bartlett UCL), co-author of marcosandmarjan: Interfaces/Intrafaces (SpringerWienNewYork), and author of 2&1/2D Twoandahalf Dimensionality (Bucher Hohenems). Recent projects include the Alga(e)zebo in London, a Part of Wonder project for the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority, in concurrence with the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics Games.

He has exhibited in approx. 60 exhibitions worldwide, is regular guest critic and lecturer internationally, and reviewer for the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation – New Eurasia Foundation, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Routledge/Taylor & Francis, Journal of Cultural Economy, Ashgate Publishing, American University of Sharjah United Arab Emirates, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Innsbruck, ICESEP 2013 China, ROB/ARCH2012 Austria, (en)coding architecture USA, Initiative Architektur Salzburg Austria and the Postdoctoral Fellowships Committee at EPFL co-funded by Marie Curie.