Architecture Without Humans
01.07 – 13.07.2013
Former Olivetti Headquarters, Ivrea. Italy
Far from being invisible, the physical infrastructure supporting today’s need for data storage and distribution is increasingly transforming the configuration of our productive landscape. In 2013 the Ivrea Visiting School has developed design tools and research concepts to confront this phenomenon, which is challenging the conventions of both architectural design and urban theory. Using the Olivetti design culture as the DNA of their design experiments, students have explored time-based and associative design strategies applied towards the creation of innovative data storage infrastructures. The workflow has been subdivided in two main computational design sessions intertwined with a rich program of critical seminars, lectures and field trips focusing on the local Olivetti design culture.