April 2018, a wooden SpaceShip lands in Milan

Rubner SpaceShip, Fuorisalone 2018 April 2018, a wooden spaceship lands in front of the Castello Sforzesco, in Milan. Leaning on its metal feet, the wooden cabin opens through a door that becomes a ramp allowing visitors to access an evocative and Planet friendly futuristic environment. The Rubner SpaceShip is the new concept-building exhibited at the 2018 … Continue reading

Meeting YONA FRIEDMAN (sneak peek)

On the 30th of November 2017, I traveled to Paris to kick off the project “The unsustainable lightness of making” with an amazing conversation with Yona Friedman, the architect, the utopist, the artist, the man that is a beacon in the storm for the many interested in human creativity, nature and the future of our … Continue reading

Algae in Alba

Tonight at 18,00 our brand new proposal of a Vertical Algae Farm for the Casa del Barolo in Alba will be on display at the exhibit MIMESI in Alba organized by Aganahuei. The project is addressing a number of issues specific of the Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero recently listed as Unesco World Heritage including: landscape mitigation of … Continue reading

Vertical Algae Farm 2014

Last year, we were involved in the design and development of a vertical algae facade for Expo 2015 in Milan. Based on our WaterLilly 2.0, the system was designed to wrap the Future Food District pavilion curated by Carlo Ratti Associati and MIT Senseable City Lab. It was a facade of 75 x 18 m, approximately … Continue reading

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

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

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

Venice Party!

Last week: big events in Venice for the opening of the 13. Architecture Biennale. Our Waterlilly was present at Palazzo Bembo Parties on August 27th and 28th, and was the only creature around filled with green liquid instead of orange Spritz! She sill stay there untill November 19th. If you’re around Rialto Brodge, drop by! … Continue reading

photo bio creature (beta 1.0) making of

photo-bio creature (beta 1.0) mock up complete

First “photo-bio creature” (beta 1.0) mock up finished. A lot of fine tuning is required from now on… what is a Photo-bio creature? Photo-bio creatures are artificially intelligent eco-sensible organisms that can be used as low impact construction systems in architecture  to create big scale envelopes and surfaces. They grow phototropic organisms (phytoplankton) in a biologically active … Continue reading

photo-bio creatures (beta 1.0) goes green

With the addition of the lighting and piping systems,  the “photo-bio creature ” (beta 1.0) structure goes green.

photo-bio creatures (beta 1.0) structure finished

The first mockup of “photo-biocreature” (beta 1.0) structure is mounted!

photo-bio creatures (beta1.0) structure

This week we assembled the first mock-up of our “photo-bio creature”, an architectural surfacing component that grows phytoplancton that can be used to produce bui-fuel. The structure is composed of wooden strips cnc cutted and bended, to form a curvilinear wooden space frame. It will serve as support for a piping system that will contain … Continue reading

Mercato coperto a Forte dei Marmi

Per la loro tesi di Laurea al Politecnico di Torino, Max Manno e Denise Giordana (relatore Cesare Griffa) hanno partecipato al Concorso per il nuovo Mercato Coperto di Forte dei Marmi. Il progetto ha sviluppato un processo compositivo basato sull’utilizzo di una definizione  di Grasshopper (Flow_L) che simula il movimento degli elettroni all’interno di un … Continue reading

bamboo pavilion

al minuto 2,38 philippe Daverio e Mario Botta commentano il Bamboo Pavilion di Federico, Antonio, Chiara e Federica :-) “se invece di partire dall’asse parti dal bamboo, ottieni un’altra bestia…” PD “un progetto curioso perché ha saputo dare una forma organica a un prodotto organico…” MB (more info here)

BUILDSMART2011 @ Torino Smart City Workshop

Last Wednesday (spt. 28th) we presented the BUILDSMART2011 workshop results at the Smart Building in Torino Smart City Workshop  the OGR (more info @ the Smart Building website). Thanks to the organizers of the Event and to our students for the amazing work. Below, the beginning slides of the presentation. To see the full presentation … Continue reading

BUILDSMART2011 Final Presentation video

Here is a viedo of the BUILDSMART2011 joined workshop (Polito + RPI) that took place sept. 21st at tyhe Castello del Valentino in Torino. Check more BUILDSMART2011 videos on the VIMEO CHANNEL.

smartbuild 2011 prototypes almost ready!

The prototypes developed by the students of the Smartbuild 2011 workshop in Torino are almost ready to go. They will be finished by the end of next week for the workshop final presentation on Friday the 23rd, during which the students will present also a design proposal for Torino based on their Smart Components systems. … Continue reading

federico @ MADE expo

the jury panel of the InstantHouse’s contest have selected Federico Rizzo project for the exhibition of the 1:20 scale model at MADE expo in Milan from 5th to 8th October 2011. bravo federico!

iaac global summerschool – self(a)rchitecture- torino workshop – july 2011

IAAC (Barcelona) is organizing a workshop in Turin (with the collaboration of the Politecnico di Torino) within its IAAC global summerschool self<a>rchitecture program. Local tutors will be: Cesare Griffa, Davide Gomba, Alessio Erioli, Andrea Graziano It’s a 2 weeks intensive program, from (13 to 28 july 2011) during which we will be thinking architecture in terms of: sustainable … Continue reading