Created in 1999, the prerogative of this internationally renowned
event is to be a true laboratory for architecture, presenting
the most advanced research in terms of architectural creation on
Curated by its founders, Marie-Ange Brayer, Director of FRAC
Centre and Frédéric Migayrou, Deputy Director of the Centre
Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, this new event ‘Naturaliser l’architecture’
(Naturalizing Architecture) is devoted to the interaction
between digital architecture and the sciences, exploring the
challenges faced in simulating the living world.
Today, through recourse to the most advanced digital tools,
architects envisage projects which evolve according to principals
similar to those found in nature. In close proximity to science,
they develop a high level of proficiency in mathematics, which
enables them to artificially simulate formation and growth processes
unique to the kingdom of life.
The architecture is therefore designed like an organism in
constant adaptation, with the ability to evolve in close interaction
with the material conditions of its environment.
Broadly exceeding the boundaries of their discipline, architects
now develop a practice at the crossroads of design, computer
science, engineering and biology. Conditions for production in
the domain of architecture are radically redefined by this convergence,
as well as by the constant evolution of the processes and
tools for digital manufacturing.
For the first time, these new design processes which integrate
the fields of robotics, nanotechnology, genetics and biotechnology
are presented through research of a new generation.
The 9th ArchiLab is an opportunity to discover projects by 40
architects, designers and artists through interactive environments,
installations and pavilions, designed specifically for the