Performative Design Processes for Architecture ( [P]a) is a research and education initiative launched in 2007 by Marco Verde. [P]a agenda is rooted in the field of emergent technologies and especially focuses on the investigation of integral strategies and processes for architectural design and production. [P]a is an expression of the research work in Contemporary Strategies and Processes for Architecture to which Marco is dedicated since 2005. [P]a is grateful to all practitioners, scholars, and students who demonstrate their interest in this intense and systematic work and contribute to the intellectual and technical development behind the production of the sample material here collected. Marco Verde 2013

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DYNAMIC SYSTEMS WORKSHOP 25-26-27 / 07 / 2014
Serra dei Giardini della Biennale di Venezia – XIV Mostra Internazionale di Architettura.

In Nature, form is an expression of temporal processes of adaptation and occupation of space. In time, matter interacts with the surrounding forces and energy flows while it self-organizes in differentials structures and patterns. Time is therefore the instrument to understand form and space rather than a fourth dimension. Participants will delve into these issues while approaching a procedural and integral understanding of form: procedural as form will be investigated as derived from processes of self-organization that take place through space and over time; integral because form will be regarded as expression of the equilibrium among structural, performative and organizational features.
Going beyond the mere visual appeal of the formal exuberance of natural systems, participants will be challenged in the execution of systematic and controlled physical experiments of Form-Finding that, through the adoption of various photographic and analysis techniques, will allow the study of the temporal organization of matter. The workshop will especially focus on dynamical systems, aggregates and tensile structures; the results of the experiments will be catalogued and analysed as pre-materials of possible architectures exploring a holistic understanding of form, structure and performance.
The final goal of the course is to develop a rich and evocative collection of prototypes, photographic images and digital representations to evaluate, at different scales, possible architectural applications for the studies carried out. These will be instrumental to open a discussion on the implications of an empirical design approach that exploits the inherent intelligence of matter to create form and space. A comprehensive and systematic documentation of all stages of the process will serve as an operational and critical instrument.

Marco Verde Unica Eng, EsArq March
Founder of ALO and ALO Co.Re.Division


For informations ask your questions at: education@alo-architettura.com

DATE 25-26-27 July 2014 9,30 a.m. To 7,00 p.m.

10 -15 participants

Venice, Serra dei Giardini della Biennale di Venezia – XIV Mostra Internazionale di Architettura. 

Students ( a valid certificate will be necessary): 405 Euro + vat (22%)
Professionals: 485 Euro +vat (22%)
Basic materials for the physical experiments are included.

To be included in the list of pre-registration a deposit of 250 Euros (VAT included) is required. This deposit will be returned only and exclusively if the workshop will be postponed or cancelled for reasons beyond the control of the instructor (i.e. in the unlikely event the minimum number of participants is not reached). The payment of the fees must be completed by Friday 19th of July 2014.

 Each student will need a digital camera capable of recording HD movies and a medium sized tripod. Each student will need a laptop computer preloaded with the following software: Photoshop, Illustrator, Rhinoceros, Autocad and QuickTime Pro. The above equipment will be used for the entire duration of the course.

Marco Verde has been invited as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Waterloo School of Architecture in Cambridge (CDN). Marco will direct the ARCH 393 Option Design Studio within Fall Term 2012.


La Sapienza, Rome.
Attività didattica integrativa offerta da CeSMA e riservata agli studenti iscritti presso La Sapienza.
Per informazioni
WEB: http://cesma.arc.uniroma1.it
MAIL: cesma[at]uniroma1.it


New job opportunities @ ALO
ALO is currently looking for two highly motivated interns. Find more information here

File to Factory Workshop 3.0 at ELISAVA, School of Design and Engineering, Barcelona. Marco Verde will lecture at Facoltà di Architettura di Cagliari, Italy. 7th February 2012.
ALO is glad to annunciate that Marco Verde has been invited to lecture at the Faculty of Architecture in Cagliari within the course: "Teorie del Progetto Contemporaneo" lead by Silvio Carta. Place and time will be communicated within the coming days. Stay tuned!



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In Nature, “Morphogenesis” is the process that causes an organism to develop its shape. During morphogenesis, nutrients are metabolized into the building materials that are well organized in space and over time. To save energy, only the minimum necessary amount of material is produced; its strategic arrangement provides strength and multiperformative capabilities. Hence, formal articulation emerges as a necessity.

As the preservation of resources increasingly demands our attention, many industries already aim to rethink their approaches, processes, and products. In aerospace engineering, for example, the mechanistic segregation of functionalities in simple parts (e.g. fuselage, engines, and wings) is being replaced by a holistic understanding: the aircraft becomes a multifunctional body without dichotomy among the parts (Blended Wings). This shift will radically change the way aircrafts will be designed, built, and their conformation.

Within the architectural domain, the customary processes of production and operation of the built environment imply high material and energy consumption. Waste is often further increased by a linear and fragmented approach with a gap between design and construction. The development of new integral strategies becomes therefore crucial to innovate the way of thinking and building spaces. Ultimately, as in aerospace engineering, also architecture and its processes may undergo a radical change.

The 5-day research-based program will approach this problematic while investigating form as expression of an efficient process of adaptation and self-organization that occurs in space and time. Students will be challenged to study how minimum amounts of materials can produce stable articulated organizations when stressed by extrinsic forces. For this purpose, a number of Form-Finding techniques will be investigated (Minimal Surfaces, Catenaries, Grid Shells, Minimal nets).

At first, students will develop controlled physical experiments to learn and abstract the principles of materials’ behaviour. Later, this knowledge will become instrumental to the design of systems and processes responsible of articulated integral morphologies. These bodies can behave at the same time as structures, envelopes, and filters of environmental conditions as well as they define heterogeneous spaces for inhabitation.

Final aim of the course is to develop articulated prototypes that are expression of the qualities of the materials employed, the forces involved, and the construction strategy implemented. The final discussions will be focused on whether or not the students’ proposals pave the way for a more efficient production and a holistic understanding of the processes of design and construction as well as of space and its qualities. Comprehensive and systematic documentation of all stages of the process will serve as critical operative instrument.

Marco Verde Eng, March
Founder of ALO and ALO Co.Re.Division

Applications: The 5-day workshop will be a full-time session (9.30 a.m. to+9.30 p.m.). The workshop is open to worldwide architecture, engineering and industrial design students.

Date: 28.10 to 01.11.2011
Venue: Ex Caserma, Piazza Pino Piras, 07041 Alghero (SS), Italy
Maximum number of students: 18
Language: English, Italian
Tuition fees: 270 Euro

Applications/Scholarships: Selected students from the University of Sassari will be awarded a scholarship that covers 50% of the tuition fees. Eligible candidates (up to 8) will be selected on the basis of the quality and relevance of their motivation letter (academic content, personal motivation). Submissions at educationatalo-architettura.com
ECTS: Participants who will regularly attend the workshop will receive a certificate and 1 ECTS may be validated by the home university

Application deadline: 19th of October 2011. For applications and info, please contact educationatalo-architettura.com

Materials: A Starter Kit is included. Additional materials will be needed and provided by students.

An event organized and sponsored by: ALO

In collaboration with: Facoltà di Architettura di Alghero.


In Natura, la "Morfogenesi" è il processo di sviluppo della forma di un organismo. Durante la morfogenesi, i nutrienti sono metabolizzati nei materiali da costruzione che sono ben organizzati nello spazio e nel tempo. Per risparmiare energia, solo il minimo quantitativo di materiale necessario è prodotto. La sua disposizione strategica fornisce massima resistenza meccanica e capacità multiperformative. Pertanto, l’articolazione formale emerge come una necessità.

Poiché la tutela delle risorse richiede sempre di più la nostra attenzione, molte industrie ripensano già i loro approcci, processi e prodotti. In ingegneria aerospaziale, ad esempio, la segregazione meccanicistica delle funzionalità in parti semplici (fusoliera, motori e ali) è in fase di sostituzione alla volta di una comprensione olistica: l'aereo diventa un corpo multifunzionale senza dicotomia tra le parti (Blended Wings). Il cambio altererà radicalmente il modo in cui l’aereo sarà progettato, costruito, e la sua conformazione.

In architettura, i processi abituali per la produzione e il funzionamento dell’ambiente costruito implicano un elevato consumo di materiale ed energia. Gli sprechi sono spesso ulteriormente amplificati da un approccio lineare e frammentato con una grave disconnessione tra disegno e costruzione. Lo sviluppo di nuove strategie integrali diventa dunque fondamentale per innovare il modo di pensare e produrre spazi. In definitiva, come in ingegneria aerospaziale, anche l'architettura e i suoi processi potranno subire un cambiamento radicale.

Il programma di design-research di cinque giorni affronterà questa problematica mentre indagherà la forma come espressione di un processo efficiente di adattamento e auto-organizzazione che accade nello spazio e nel tempo. Gli studenti saranno chiamati a indagare come quantità minime di materiale siano in grado di produrre organizzazioni articolate stabili quando soggette all’azione di forze estrinseche. A tal fine, saranno investigate diverse tecniche di Form-Finding (Minimal Surfaces, Catenaries, Grid Shells, Minimal nets).

Inizialmente gli studenti investigheranno attraverso esperimenti fisici il comportamento di sistemi materiali per comprenderne e astrarne i principi regolatori. Questa conoscenza diventerà poi lo strumento fondamentale per la progettazione di sistemi e processi generatori di morfologie integrali spazialmente articolate. Questi corpi possono integrare simultaneamente le capacità perfomative di struttura, involucro e filtro di condizioni ambientali così come definire spazi abitabili eterogenei.

Scopo finale del corso è di produrre prototipi spazialmente articolati che siano espressione delle qualità dei materiali impiegati, delle forze coinvolte, e della strategia di costruzione sviluppata. La discussione finale approfondirà se le proposte degli studenti aprano o no la strada ad una produzione più efficiente e ad una comprensione olistica del processo di progettazione e costruzione cosi come dello spazio e delle sue qualità. Un’ampia e sistematica documentazione di tutte le fasi del processo servirà come strumento operativo fondamentale.

Marco Verde, founder of ALO and ALO Co.Re.Division

Il workshop sarà una sessione intensa di 5 giorni (dalle 9.30 alle +21.30) aperta a studenti di architettura, ingegneria e disegno industriale provenienti da tutto il mondo. Per iscrizioni e informazioni contattare educationatalo-architettura.com

Data: 28.10 to 01.11.2011
Indirizzo: Ex Caserma, Piazza Pino Piras, 07041 Alghero (SS), Italia
Numero di studenti: 18;
Lingua: Inglese, Italiano
Quota di iscrizione: 270 Euro;

Iscrizione/Borse di studio: Agli studenti dell'Università di Sassari che saranno selezionati tra gli iscritti sarà assegnata una borsa di studio che prevede una riduzione del 50% della quota di iscrizione. I candidati ammissibili (fino a 8) saranno selezionati sulla base della qualità e rilevanza della loro lettera di motivazione (contenuto accademico, motivazione personale). Richieste a educationatalo-architettura.com
ECTS: Tutti i partecipanti che frequenteranno regolarmente il corso riceveranno un attestato e potranno aver riconosciuto 1 credito ECTS Universitario dalle loro Università di appartenenza.

Scadenza iscrizioni: 19 Ottobre 2011. Per iscrizioni e informazioni contattare educationatalo-architettura.com

Materiali: Un kit base di materiali è incluso nel prezzo. Altri materiali saranno necessari e a carico degli studenti.

Un evento organizzato e sponsorizzato da: ALO

In collaborazione con: Facoltà di Architettura di Alghero.


22nd AUGUST >> 1st SEPTEMBER 2011

10-Day Workshop at the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering at the University of Cyprus. Read more on Differential Porosity.

[P]a students' studies in deepFORMATIONS exhibited within the Educational Projects Selection at the "Machinic Processes: Architecture Biennale Beijing 2010".

The exhibition offers a showcase of the most progressive digital design work from 55 talented emerging architects and 27 leading schools of architecture in the world. We can see here that the use of digital tools for design has become a sweeping trend in the architecture world.

ABB Co-Curators: Neil Leach and Xu Wei-Guo
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protoDECK and protoNODE. The design of an interactive floor in protoSPACE 3.0 (Verde & Hosale) Selected work at FABRICATE2011 among 240 submissions.

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protoDECK and protoNODE


TAC Technically Advanced Construction is a new postgraduate course for graduates and professionals established by the Department of Building Environment Science and Technology (BEST), Politecnico di Milano. It will run for three months and will allow participants to achieve high levels of knowledge in the design-to-production process through the use of advanced digital tools for design and machines for the creation of physical models.

- Evan Greenberg [AA_London, EmTech] 1st week
- Christina Doumpioti [AA_London, EmTech] 1st week
- Matias del Campo [SPAN Architects] 2nd - 3rd week
- Sandra Manninger [SPAN Architects] 2nd - 3rd week
- Oliver Tessmann [Bollinger + Grohmann] 4th week
- Luis Fraguada [LaN + IaaC Barcelona] 5th -6th week
- Edmondo Occhipinti [Gehry Technologies] 7th - 8th week
- Marco Verde [HYPERBODY TU Delft] 9th week
- Luca Dal Cerro [DeCoDe Paris] 11th week
- Valerio Bonora [DeCoDe Paris]11th week
- Giammichele Melis [Buro Happold] 12th week


- Alessio Erioli [Università di Bologna, Co-de-iT]
- Andrea Graziano [Co-de-iT]
- Federico Rossi [London Southbank University, bloomlab architects]
- Emanuele Naboni [Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts]

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F(AA)SHIONS/ AA Visiting School Paris, Spring 2011
The Architectural Association School of Architecture | Musées des Arts Décoratifs Paris

Our objective is the exploration of novel productions in fashion and architecture. Fashion scene today has become an ensemble of socio-morphological forces connecting people, catalyzing experimental open design. Fashion per se, with its affinity for transformation, sets a terrain of becomings, architectural identities, scenery and performance.
Unlike many fashion designers whose brandings, shows and stores are broadcast by ‘pop’ promoters, we will seek to reject the features of the fashion system, such as: its emphasis on seasonal novelty and the repetitive ideas and shapes across collections.
Rather, on the edge of technological couture transformation, F(AA)SHIONS will rapid prototype concepts that stage sharp, raw, urban, experimental and unsentimental spatial/apparel logics.

AA Paris School will foster integral dynamic qualities opening to surprising typologies intrinsic to temporal bodies, fluid matter(s), and singular proportions, morphed together onto large organic systems.

The workshop will take place from the 21st to 31st March 2011 and will be hosted by Musées des Arts Décoratifs -a Parisian internationally prominent contemporary art hub- 111 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris.

Notre objectif est l’exploration des productions nouvelles du monde de la mode et l’architecture.

La scène de la mode constitue aujourd’hui un ensemble de forces socio-morphologiques reliant des individus, catalysant un design ouvert et expérimental. La Mode en soi, par son affinité pour la transformation, est capable de préparer les terrains à venir: identités architecturales, scénographies et performances.

S’alignant à l’univers changeant de la mode, AA Paris School développera des qualités intégrales et dynamiques s’ouvrant vers des typologies singulières intrinsèques aux corps temporels, matières fluides, et proportions singulières, les mettant ensemble en systèmes larges et organiques.


Jorge Ayala Architect (Director)
MA Architectural Association School, Founder of [Ay]A Studio

Marco Verde, Eng, March (Curator)
Assistant Professor, HYPERBODY, Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft

Marc Fornes, Architect, AA March
March Architectural Asoociation School, Principal of THEVERYMANY

Alexandra Verschueren, Fashion Designer
Master in Fashion Design, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp
Awarded Winner Designer at Hyeres Fashion Festival 2010

The workshop is open to worldwide emerging designers -in architecture and fashion design, students, recent graduates and young professionals. Digital and physical model skills are recommended. Portfolios to be submitted to Jorge Ayala at visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk

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protoSPACE 3.0 OPENING. Follow the event on hyperBODY Live


Marco Verde presents his paper "MULTIPERFORMATIVE EFFICIENT SYSTEMS (MES). TOWARDS SYSTEMS THINKING" at the ACADIA09 Conference in Chicago

experiencing computation, matter, and data-driven manufacturing

Marco Verde, [P]a, will give a keynote Speech at ENHSA-EAAE, Architectural Design Teachers’ and Construction Teachers’ Networks, Joint Workshop:
Architectural Design and Construction Education. Experimentation towards Integration
Genoa 11-13 June 2009
Faculty of Architecture, University of Genoa

Elisava Escola Superior de Disseny, affiliated to Universitat Pompeu Fabra, has already available for the academic year 2009/2010 the New Master: Advanced Design of Space and Materials.
The master in Barcelona is divided in two parts of five months graduated diploma.

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Teaching Staff and Lecturers
Francesc Arbos/Enginyer Industrial. Director General- Director Tècnic Bellapart.
Guillem Baraut/Enginyer per la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Máster Emergent Technologies and Design per l’Architectural Association. Professor d’estructures a ESARQ-UIC.
Daniel Coll/ Arquitecte. Llicenciat per l’Architectural Association. Soci d’OCEAN NORTH. Professor del Máster en Emergent Technologies and Design a l’Architectural Association.
Sylvia Felipe/Arquitecte llicenciada per l’ETSAB. Máster en Emergent Technologies and Design per l’Architectural Association. Sòcia fundadora d’HYBRIDa.
Dr. George Geronimides/Enginyer mecànic. Professor i Director del Centre de Biomomètica de la University of Reading.
Ignasi Pérez Arnal/ Fundador de l’agència d’arquitectura axe Arquitectura y Entorno. Dirigeix l’Àrea de Sostenibilitat de l’Escola d’Arquitectura de Barcelona de la Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (EsArq_UIC) d’ELISAVA.Dr.
Javier Peña/Professor i cap de l’àrea de Ciència i Tecnologia d’ELISAVA. Professor de la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).
Anna Pla/Arquitecte i dissenyadora llicenciada aELISAVA i l’Arquitectural Association. Llicenciatura superior a GSAPP, Columbia university. Professora d’Advanced Design Studio a Upenn. Professora d’Advanced Design Studio al IaaC.
Hector Soler/Director de TECNOCIM. Expert en software paramètric.
Jordi Truco/Arquitecte per la E.T.S.A.B. Distinció en MArch Emergent Technologies and Design en la Architectural Association of London. Soci d’ HYBRIDa. Director del simposi internacional d´arquitectura emergent SIMAE.
Marco Verde/Enginyer d’edificació per la Universitat de Cagliari. MArch en Biodigital Architecture. Assistant Professor at Hyperbody TU Delft.
Mike Weinstock/Arquitecte, cap d’estudis de l’Architectural Association (Regne Unit). Director emergent de Technologies and Design Architectural Association. Director Technical Studies AA. Membre de Emergence and design research group.