PROCESS explores the evolving nature of the contemporary design methodologies and their various conceptual and material connotations. The exhibition brings together for the first time a range of architects and designers pushing the boundaries of their fields using the revolutionary possibilities offered by creative coding, digital simulations of natural phenomena or various other iterative techniques.
Curated by Vlad Tenu, the exhibition opened on the 1st of November at SOHO FuXing Plaza, one of the most recent additions to Shanghai’s skyline, and features recent and new work from award-wining architects and design researchers Alisa Andrasek, Isaie Bloch, Bloom (Alisa Andrasek and Jose Sanchez), Matias del Campo and Sandra Manninger, Loop.pH (Mathias Gmachl and Rachel Wingfield), Arthur Mamou-Mani, NotaNumber Architects (NaNA), Gilles Retsin, Jose Sanchez, ScanLAB Projects, Richard Scott, Robert Stuart-Smith, Marios Tsiliakos, Vlad Tenu and Daniel Widrig.
An immersive experience has taken over the 31st floor of SOHO FuXing, creating a vibrant space of contact and interaction with installations and architectural experiments conceived through various systematic creative mechanisms or algorithmic techniques and materialized through cutting-edge fabrication technologies.
Alisa Andrasek and Jose Sanchez present Mini Bloom – a reconfigurable sculpture derived from the urban toy, social game and collective ‘gardening’ experience Bloom commissioned by the Greater London
Authority for the London Olympics 2012; Isaie Bloch exhibits one of his elegant Chroma pieces investigating the material behaviour and aesthetic quality variations in ceramic 3D printing; Matias del Campo and Sandra Manninger showcase their latest ceramic pieces inspired by sophisticated Baroque geometries and biological systems; and Loop.pH reveal one of their pioneering SOL Dome structures fabricated from thousands of individually woven circles of composite fibre.
Vlad Tenu, the curator of the exhibition, said: From the analogue to the digital, from the rational to the poetic, from the numeric to the musical, the diversity of approaches illustrates the endless palette of their applications in architecture, design, fashion and art. Bringing together these distinct and potent design sensibilities, PROCESS celebrates creatives who are enhancing our lives and shaping the future.
Other works on display include: Arthur Mamou-Mani’s Sine Forest – an installation made of two hundred different 3-D printed modules that create a spectacular lace-like forest of cocoons lit from inside; NaNA’s 3-D
printed prototype of the striking Bulgari Pavilion created for the Abu Dhabi Art Fair from 2272 polycarbonate translucent tubes; Gilles Retsin’s Dissolved Volumes that investigate issues of hierarchy, heterogeneity and the feedback between architectural mass and small-scale discrete elements; Jose Sanchez’s project Polyomino that reconsiders serial repetition through a framework of combinatorics and graph theory; ScanLAB Projects’s film Noise: Error in the Void, a 3-D scan captured in Berlin examining the possibilities and inherent errors of LIDAR technology; Richard Scott’s dynamic composition Rivers Crossing that looks at the effects of layering; Robert Stuart Smith’s iconic design proposal for Sao Paolo Bridge that utilizes the locally available industry in fibre-reinforced-plastics; Marios Tsiliakos’s Ichnos which transforms intangible data, such as social network feeds, into concrete morphologies connected to digital fabrication; Vlad Tenu’s Corolla 2.7.A that challenges the concepts of symmetry and repetition; and Daniel Widrig’s Little Black Spine intimate micro-architecture that adapts to the specificities of a person’s body parts.
A lecture series took place on the 2nd of November, delivered by Ermis Adamantidis (NaNA), Isaie Bloch, Mathias Gmachl (Loop.pH), Arthur Mamou-Mani, Gilles Retsin, Richard Scott, Rob Stuart-Smith, Vlad Tenu
and Marios Tsiliakos. The architects presented their ideas and projects to an audience of over 100 students and specialists in architecture and generative design from various Shanghai universities and practices. Some of the students also attended the three workshops led by Vlad Tenu and Mathias Gmachl that preceded the opening.