ArchiLab 2013

Naturalizing Architecture


Created in 1999, the prerogative of this internationally renowned event is to be a true laboratory for architecture, presenting the most advanced research in terms of architectural creation on each occasion.

Curated by its founders, Marie-Ange Brayer, Director of FRAC Centre and Frédéric Migayrou, Deputy Director of the Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, this new event ‘Naturaliser l’architecture’ (Naturalizing Architecture) is devoted to the interaction between digital architecture and the sciences, exploring the challenges faced in simulating the living world.

Today, through recourse to the most advanced digital tools, architects envisage projects which evolve according to principals similar to those found in nature. In close proximity to science, they develop a high level of proficiency in mathematics, which enables them to artificially simulate formation and growth processes unique to the kingdom of life.

The architecture is therefore designed like an organism in constant adaptation, with the ability to evolve in close interaction with the material conditions of its environment.

Broadly exceeding the boundaries of their practice, architects now develop a practice at the crossroads of design, computer science, engineering and biology. Conditions for production in the domain of architecture are radically redefined by this convergence, as well as by the constant evolution of the processes and tools for digital manufacturing.

For the first time, these new design processes which integrate the fields of robotics, nanotechnology, genetics and biotechnology are presented through research of a new generation.

The 9th ArchiLab is an opportunity to discover projects by 40 architects, designers and artists through interactive environments, installations and pavilions, designed specifically for the exhibition.

Marie-Ange Brayer
Frédéric Migayrou

Assistant curator
Emmanuelle Chiappone-Piriou

Archilab 2013 symposium

Architecture and sciences: A new naturalness


The nature(s) of the artefact





[Ay]A Studio (Jorge Ayala) - France/Mexico

B+U – United States

Biothing (Alisa Andrasek) - United Kingdom
Bloom Games (Alisa Andrasek & Jose Sanchez) - United Kingdom

Niccolo Casas - Italy
ecoLogicStudio – United Kingdom

Eragatory (Isaie Bloch) - Belgium

EZCT (Architecture & Design Research) - France

Faulders Studio (Thom Faulders) - United States
Gage / Clemenceau Architects - United States
Gramazio & Kohler / Raffaello d’Andrea - Swiss

Michael Hansmeyer & Benjamin Dillenburger - Swiss

Akihisa Hirata architecture office (Akihisa Hirata) - Japan

junya.ishigami+associates (Junya Ishigami) - Japan 

Kokkugia - Australie/United Kingdom
MAD Architects - China

MarcosandMarjan - United Kingdom 

MaterialEcology (Neri Oxman) - United States 

Matsys (Andrew Kudless) - United States
Achim Menges - Germany

Minimaforms - United Kingdom 

Plasma Studio + Grounlab - China / United Kingdom 

Ruy Klein - United States
Jenny Sabin - United States
servo - United States /Sweden

soma - Austria

SJET (Skylar Tibbits) - United States 

SPAN - Austria

Supermanoeuvre - Austria/United States
Wendy Teo - United Kingdom 

Daniel Widrig - United Kingdom 

Xuberance (Steven Ma) - Austria

X_TU Architects – France

Designers and stylist
Cmmnwlth. - United States 

Iris van Herpen - Netherlands

Joris Laarman Lab - Netherlands

Federico Diaz – Czech Republic

Perry Hall - United States 

Casey Reas - United States 

Marius Watz - United States/Sweden


Bloom Games

Alisa Andrasek & Jose Sanchez


Cabinet of Post-Digital Curiosities

[Ay]A Studio: Jorge Ayala



Michael Hansmeyer & Benjamin Dillenburger


Live Paintings

Perry Hall





Petting Zoo

Minimaforms: Theodore Spyropoulos, Stephen Spyropoulos