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  • AA EmTech, "The TWIST." Timber Expo, Birmingham NEC. Photo: Patrick TANHUANCO/AA EmTech.
    london UNITED KINGDOM

    AA EmTech
    critics: Evan GREENBERG, George JERONIMIDIS, Michael WEINSTOCK, & Manja van de WORP.

    The TWIST is a design and construction project developed by the Emergent Technologies and Design Programme (EmTech) at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. The project capitalizes on the material effects of milled plywood observed in 1:1 tests, thus making the experimentation process central to the design endeavor.

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  • GURBAY, MA, VINAYAK, & YU, "Aerodynamic Microclimate."
    london UNITED KINGDOM

    AA EmTech
    critics: Michael WEINSTOCK, George JERONIMIDIS, & Evan GREENBERG.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Cagla GURBAY, Yemin MA, Prajish VINAYAK, & Jinjing YU: “Aerodynamic Microclimate” is an investigation into the control of heterogeneous microclimates through wind-driven evolutionary computation process for natural ventilation efficiency by dynamic material system.

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  • versatility and vicissitude
    2008

    AD: this third ad by the guest-editors of the highly successful emergence and techniques and technologies in morphogenetic design titles shifts the morpho-ecological design project into the realm of performance.

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  • techniques and technologies in morphogenetic design
    2006

    AD: emergence requires the recognition of architectural structures not as singular and fixed bodies, but as complex energy and material systems that have a lifespan, exist as part of the environment of other active systems, and as an iteration of a series that proceeds by evolutionary development.

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  • emergence
    2004

    AD: emergence, or evolutionary optimisation, is an important new concept that in recent years has been applied to artificial intelligence, information theory, digital technology, economics, climate studies, material science and biometric engineering. in an architectural context it involves harnessing evolutionary processes for not only the design of buildings, but also the composition of new materials and structural design. in so doing, architecture is aspiring to a new level of complexity as it seeks to match the restless perfection of systems in the natural world.

    includes interviews with frei otto; farshid moussavi and alejandro zaera polo of foreign office architects (foa); and charles walker, leader of the advanced geometry unit (agu) at arup.