The studio researched current ways of living in a post-atom world of data-traffic and cyber-autobahns on one hand and the increase of physical urban infrastructure on the other.
‘Codes in the Clouds’ is a research by design studio. Research by design in general and in particular means that we predominantly test how architectural structures can learn and be influenced by scientific and natural findings in the combination of geometry, material behavior and structure. The studio is concerned with the exploration of computation to provoke an architectural vocabulary that allows the architecture of the near future to depart from the 19th century understanding of predetermined form per-se towards an architecture of code, self-organization and agent-based formations. The studio is looking at growth of sublime, meaning philosophically and tectonic challenging architecture and the idea of architecture as hierarchical or non-hierarchical, emergent organism. The overriding cybernetic approach requires the studio to work systematically and systemic at the same time. We strongly engage with behavioral and adjunct geometrical principles of natural and synthetic material to establish strategies for an architecture of repair and mutation.