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Algorithmic Design for the Non Standard Architectures Exhibition Set

©François Lauginie

Algorithmic Design for the Non Standard Architectures Exhibition Set, 2003-2004

EZCT Architecture & Design Research
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EZCT Architecture & Design Research questions the intertwining of sciences and technologies in the domain of architecture. The firm works on the possibilities offered by computer software applications, while in parallel developing a genuine mapping of software and hardware technologies. This work requires constant practice but also an understanding of the digital revolution as a linguistic and, in fine, an anthropological revolution. EZCT relies on environments or languages, such as Python or Mathematica to translate, analyze and simulate reality, without their use necessarily leading to a stylistic realism. According to EZCT, the association of the sciences of mathematics and biology makes it possible, thanks to the development of algorithms and generative systems, to glimpse other design possibilities that otherwise might not be noticed by creators. EZCT tests new technologies by emphasizing the conditions of production of which the object is the literal resultant. Prototypes developed with computer-assisted machines thus reproduce the exact cut of the algorithms. The object is merely the visualization of these conditions of fabrication, just the “revelation” of the industrial process.
EZCT Architecture & Design Research (easy city) was founded in 2000 by Philippe Morel (1973), Jelle Feringa (1978) and Félix Agid (1979). The firm developed the set design for the show Architectures non standard (Centre Pompidou, 2003) and has participated in several important exhibitions (Performative Architecture, Technical University of Delft, 2004; ArchiLab 2004, etc.). In 2007, EZCT was designated co-prize winner, with lab/DORA, for their entry to the competition organized by the collector Nathalie Seroussi to create a pavilion at the former estate of André Bloc. Philippe Morel co-directs, with Christian Girard, the Digital Knowledge program the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais and gives numerous lectures around the globe. In 2007, he organized the exhibition L’Architecture au-delà des formes: le tournant computationnel (Architecture beyond forms: the computational turning point; Maison de l’architecture et de la ville de Marseille).