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ALGAETECTURE | EXPO 2015 PREVIEW: Algae systems to design and feed the city

Milan, 7th April 2014 – Algae is the seemingly unlikely term that is being discussed at the heart of EXPO Milano 2015. As part of the Future Food District project, being developed by Carlo Ratti Associati at the central crossroads of the EXPO site, the pavilions’ façades and canopy utilize new systems of micro-algae, designed … Continue reading

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WaterLilly 2.0 @ FuoriSalone 2014

During the Design Week in Milan (8-13 April), and until 18 April, a real scale prototype based on the latest evolution of the WaterLilly family (2.0) will be present in the space curated by Carlo Ratti Associati at the FuoriSalone 2014 in Milano at the Interni magazine  major Exhibition-Event FEEDING NEW IDEAS FOR THE CITY. … Continue reading

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Why microalgae biotechnology is important in architecture?

Cyanobacteria (the procaryotic microalgae) are believed to be among the first living organisms that appeared on Earth about 3.5 billion years ago. At that time the atmosphere was composed mainly by nitrogen and carbon dioxide, no oxygen. Through their photosynthetic activity, micro-algae are considered responsible of the Oxygen Catastrophe (Great Oxygenation Event), approximately 2.4 billion … Continue reading

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WaterLilly on Wired uk

Last month, WaterLilly was featured on Wired UK. Check it out here!

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Officine Arduino joins the IED Master in Sustainable Architecture

Officine Arduino and its Fablab Torino are joining the Master in Sustainable Architecture – Smart Building and Urban Innovation @ IED Torino to provide professional support to students on the development of Smart Building Components. This collaboration aims to teach the students how to design and construct real scale working prototypes that, through their electronic nervous system (composed … Continue reading

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New Master in Sustainable Architecture @ IED Torino

Check out the video presentation of the  Master in Sustainable Architecture – Smart Building and Urban Innovation at the IED Torino that I am coordinating. http://ied.tv/videos/ied-design/masterarchitecturemov/ You can find more info in the Master’s blog, and in the official IED Torino page.

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Smart creatures available on Lulu

The book Smart Creatures – Progettazione Parametrica per Architetture Sostenibili is available on Lulu.com at a very convenient price! check it out here!

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Master in Sustainable Architecture @ IED Torino

cg has been appointed Coordinator of the Master in Sustainable Architecture  - Smart Building and Urban Innovation at IED Torino. About the Master The Master in Sustainable Architecture – Smart Building and Urban Innovation @ IED Torino is a 9 months full-time studio based program. Sustainability is addressed in terms of Design strategies that optimize environmental, energy … Continue reading

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Expo 2015 – Future Food District

We are working as consultants for Carlo Ratti Associati in the project of the Future Food District at Expo 2015 in Milan to develop a Vertical Algae Farm and a Bio Energy Lab to fix CO2, naturally filter air and water, and produce energy out of algal biomass and food waste. More info on the … Continue reading

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cg @ Technion

On January 13th, cg delivered a private lecture titled “Smart creatures: bio-hacking in architecture” to the Technion Israel Institute of Technology – Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning Faculty on his recent work.  

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Xmas diamonds 2013

For bright and sparkling wishes, this year we created shiny Xmas Diamonds. Download and lasercut your own here! Merry Xmas  

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algae lab development

In the last few months we’ve been working hard with algae. New experiments include: – setting up of self-sufficient systems with living animals – refining growing and harvesting techniques – building a micro-algae library – optimizing feeding solutions – design of vertical systems for façade wrapping We are working with Carlo Ratti’s team to set up … Continue reading

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featured on wired italia

CG features with WaterLilly on the story  “Le facce della genialità. Storie di maker italiani” (txt by Lorenzo Mannella, photo by Mattia Balsamini) on the November 2013 issue of Wired Italia. The shooting took place in Rome during the MakerFaire last October. Awesome ;)

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Micro-algae architecture practice

November 2013: it’s time for cleaning up the studio space. Old stuff out, white paint on the walls, some WaterLilly floating around, people working in a nice and clean environment, and lots of algae stuff! We’re ready for an exciting new winter during which we will be developing systems to bring micro-algae bio-technology in architecture … Continue reading

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cg interview about algae on dutch television (vpro)

During the Dutch Design Week, I’ve been interviewed by VPRO about possible applications of algal technology in design and architecture. funny enough… cg

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Lilly-bot @ Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven

It’s an intense fall! After the great Maker Faire Rome, we will be on stage again at Now Future – Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven 19-27 October. If you’re around join us at the Klokgebouw exhibition,  hal 2, position no: 21. We will be exhibiting the brand new member of the WaterLilly family, Lilly-bot, developed with the support of … Continue reading

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@ MakerFaire Rome!

Only 12 hours to the first European MakerFaire in Rome… we will be there presenting the brand new  components of the WaterLilly family:  DemoLilly 2013, and WaterLilly_Starter_Kit 2013! Have a preview at the WaterLilly pages, and if you’re around, come to the Faire and join us to grab one of the micro-algae pipettes we are distributing … Continue reading

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waterlilly family gets bigger and goes out!

Hey, check out the WaterLilly page. The family got bigger, three new members joined the 2012 components: Lilly_bot 2013, Demo_Lilly 2013, and Lilly Starter_Kit 2013. Lilly_bot-2013 is an automated device to cultivate edible micro-algae like Spirulina in a domestic environment. Having a personal micro-algae farm is an environmentally friendly way to produce and consume a complete nutritional source that grows … Continue reading

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WaterLilly @ the Milano Design week show off

Ecco un po’ di immagini di WaterLilly alla Milano Design Week 2013 in mezzo ai suoi amici smanettoni!

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