ACCELERATE Austria

Supported by The Department of Arts of the Federal Chancellery of Austria. 

The winning artists for ACCELERATE Austria are Sandra Manninger and Matias Del Campo“Scientific insights have always been part of what influenced us as architects and designers, not only in terms of a technological aid, but as a cultural agent and catalyst for new spatial solutions,” said the two winners.

 

Matias del Campo

Chilean born and Austrian native, Matias del Campo graduated with distinction from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. In 2003 he co-founded SPAN Architects in Vienna, together with Sandra Manninger. The globally acting practice is best known for their sophisticated application of contemporary technologies in architectural production. Their award winning architectural designs are informed by Baroque geometries, romantic atmospheres, and biological systems. These sensorial and spatial conditions, in combination with the manifold qualities of contemporary, algorithm driven approaches are investigated for their architectural qualities. Matias del Campo´s obsessive explorations of contemporary moods are fueled by the opulent repertoire of materialization in nature in combination with cutting edge technologies, as well as form as a driving force in design at large.

Sandra Manninger

Sandra Manninger is a registered architect, teacher, and researcher. She is principal of SPAN del Campo Manninger Architects, a company she founded together with Matias del Campo. The focus of the practice lies on the integration of advanced design and building techniques that folds nature, culture, and technology into a design ecology.

SPAN del Campo Manninger, the architects of the Austrian Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010, is constructing an epistemological framework from practice and procedures that are based on the newly acquired knowledge that we increasingly dominate through science and technology. The result does not come from a formal effort, but rather as a consequence of a union of evolutionary attempts based on very rigid design procedures. These involve a software approach that goes beyond the tool itself, leaving space for a true ecology of digital thinking: an achievement that dispels techno-enthusiasm and opens the door to something that might really become a certainty in the future.

Their one-month research stay was in May 2016.

Sensible Bodies - architecture, data, and desire

SPAN, the architects of the Austrian Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010, is constructing an epistemological framework from practice and procedures that are based on the newly acquired knowledge that we increasingly dominate through science and technology. The result does not come from a formal effort, but rather as a consequence of a union of evolutionary attempts based on very rigid design procedures. These involve a software approach that goes beyond the tool itself, leaving space for a true ecology of digital thinking: an achievement that dispels techno-enthusiasm and opens the door to something that might really become a certainty in the future.

What we can expect is an environment where affection, obsession, opulence and romanticism are the outputs of an advanced system that puts together biological behavior, environmental pressures and rigid procedures of computational design.

SPAN’s research highlights how to go beyond beautiful data to discover something that could be defined voluptuous data. This coagulation of numbers, algorithms, procedures and programs uses the forces of thriving nature and, passing through the calculation of a multi-core processor, knits them with human desire.

Sabina Barcucci, digimag 64

     

 

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