ecoLogicStudio is an architectural and urban design studio involved in digital design and architecture research for the definition of a new “ecology” of space and behavior. Co-founded in London in 2005 by Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto, the studio has built up an international reputation for its innovative work on “systemic” design, a method defined by the combination and integration of systemic thinking, computational design, bio-hacking and digital prototyping. This “broadened” approach to design – ranging from the micro to the macro and from nanotechnologies to urban networks – is embodied into an experimental practice, where projects and installations become laboratories of “interactions”. Locally activated design protocols synthesize a form of expanded “hyper-reality” hacking larger organizational systems. In the case of the “cyber-gardens” series presented in London (H.O.R.T.U.S.) and Paris (HORTUS.PARIS) in 2012 and 2013, flows information (images, tweets and stats posted by visitors) affect the growth of micro algal organisms and bioluminescent bacteria. The visitor, who is at once user and author, contributes through his action to a redefinition of the boundaries between local and global, real and virtual, nature and artifice. For ecoLogicStudio this form of “artificial ecology” is a quest for new “architectural hybrids” promoting the end of the mechanical paradigm in favor of a new “machinic” one.
Claudia Pasquero (b. 1974) and Marco Poletto (b. 1975) have, over these past few years, been teaching at the Architectural Association and the UCL Bartlett in London, as well as at the IAAC Barcelona and as visiting critics at Cornell University. Their projects have been published and exhibited throughout the world, in particular in Venice (STEMv3.0 the lagoon experiment, 2008; The Ecological Footprint Grotto, 2010); Seville (STEMcloud, 2008), Istanbul (Fibrous Room, 2008) and Orléans (ArchiLab 2013). All their research has been published in 2012 by Routledge in a book titled Systemic Architecture.