IAAC - Institute for advanced architecture of Catalonia - Barcelona

Climatic Matter

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Rather than to frame architecture as an energetic or a geometric issue we aim at problematizing architecture’s physical materiality. We believe that it is within the depths of matter and its internal consistency, within the realm of pure organization buried in atomic aggregates, in a space devoid of cultural interferences, metaphors and meanings and where beauty is not taken into account, that one can focus on strategies to develop novel proposals for architecture. We aim at abandoning the glitz of the surface, abandoning the visible and its panoply of image simulators, and overturning the experiment into an operative and performative act:  we aim at developing, testing and building Climatic Matter®.

Over the years teaching at IAAC we have developed a speculative and opportunistic agenda that embraces architecture´s contemporary paradigms, sustainability and object oriented programing, and synthesized them into an operative method that purposely avoids metaphors.  We aim at implementing systematic and methodological processes that imbricate the ecological and the digital, a consistent palimpsest of environmental and parametric design. Through this dynamic and unstable material aggregates, made out of climate and algorithms, architecture surfaces as Climatic Matter®.

Our agenda is pure process, our language is geometry and abstraction is the means to achieve and develop Climatic Matter®