Ambient Urbanism : Material Strategies in Urban Design by Ferda Kolatan with work from Daniela Mercado, Alfonso Patarroyo and Luana Faco Reis was featured on SuckerPunch Daily. To access the site, click here.
Ferda Kolatan is one of the co-founders of su11 architecture+design. He was born in Cologne, Germany. He received his Architectural Diploma (Dipl.Ing) with distinction from the RWTH Aachen in 1993 and his Masters in Architecture from Columbia University in 1995, where he was the recipient of the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Price and the Honor Award for Excellence in Design. He has taught at Columbia University, University of British Columbia, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the RWTH Aachen. Ferda Kolatan is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and a Visiting Adjuct Professor at Pratt Institute in New York. He also is a Senior Researcher for the NSO (Nonlinear Systems Organization) headed by Cecil Balmond at PennDesign.
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MEANDER – Variegating Architecture features the research and teachings of GAUD faculty member Ferda Kolatan and Jenny Sabin. The book focuses on their work and its exemplification of a new generation of research-based practices.
Their research builds on the shared platforms and networks that have evolved over the past two decades to focus on the production of variegated organizations. It tests the social, cultural, and aesthetic potential of such architectures at different scales and in different materials.
Kolatan and Sabin explore their subject in-depth, with rigor and sophistication, working back and forth between the realm of pure research and application. Supported, in part, by Bentley, they seek to develop new opportunities for software, such as GenerativeComponents. Yet their work is not driven only by software.
Although it is informed by expertise in material practices and engineering, this is also not primary. Instead, their practice derives its motive force from the pursuit of new beauty, for it takes beauty to be a hallmark of sophisticated organizations in nature that perform in multiple registers at once.
Read a free excerpt of MEANDER- Variegating Architecture here or purchase a copy of the book here.