Speculative Models for the Present

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P[02]Radical Swissness

Location

Genève [Switzerland]

Year

2014-2015

Company

group8

Role

Team Leader

Output

Architectural projects

Define

Architectural framework

Develop

Winning proposals

Manage

Budget
Team Set-up
Planning
Stakeholder coordination

Lead

Research
Strategy
Typology development
Artistic direction

Through my achievements as a project architect at the firm group8, I earned the company’s trust and became a team leader. In this role, and over the course of two years,
I led teams of architects, landscape architects, interior designers, engineers, visual artists, and other external stakeholders in the development of a diverse array of architectural competitions within the Swiss context. As a fruit of the shared efforts of our team during that period, group8 received several awards and mandates, and entered a period of expansion.

Responsibilities included:

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Budget

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Team set-up

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Planning

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Stakeholder coordination

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Research

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Strategy

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Typology development

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Artistic direction

C[01]Establishing Principles

The output consists of a number of architectural competitions that adhere to a set of clear and understandable principles to satisfy a specific subjectivity.

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Pure Shapes

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Compactness

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Regular Grids with a Twist

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Conservative Material Combinations

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Simple Diagrammatic Style

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Integrated Vegetation

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Lively Neighbourhoods

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Soft Colours & Overexposed Skies

Unofficial underlying logics

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… because we want to be identifiable.

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… because energetic efficiency comes first.

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… because Le Corbusier was born here, but modernism can get boring.

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… including concrete, wood, and glass – because Swiss buildings do not sound like British ones.

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… because if it can’t be explained in five steps, the juries won’t
assimilate it.

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…. as in the Amazonian jungle.

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… which are in opposition to the streets of Geneva.

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… because everybody likes a bit of drama, and here, light is precious and scarce.

C[02]Output / Projects

C[03]Culture as a Matter of Concern

Adapting my teams’ design capabilities to a specific context as an outsider demanded and extra level of abstraction that led me to understand aesthetics as a political act and design as cultural translation while raising the question that has led my practice ever since: How is culture shaped in the first place?

Projects

Description

Client

P[09]Bio-Fold
FRAKTA Fetish for a Biodegradable Material Culture

IKEA: SPACE10

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Bio-Fold stands at the intersection of material technology and cultural strategy. It deals with critical global issues such as plastic waste, soil scarcity, and deforestation due to agricultural development. Playing with cultural heritage, the project uses FRAKTA, IKEA’s iconic tote bag, as a symbolic device for the introduction of an already existing technology: vacuum bagging, in this case applied to biocomposite materials.

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Location

Copenhagen [Denmark]

Year

2019 - Present

Output

Fabrication method | Digital interface

P[08]Seiche
Automated Bureaucracy as a Pathway to Fluid Citizenship

Strelka Institute: The New Normal

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Overlapping jurisdictions and supranational infrastructures generate an increasingly complex network topology; the design, management, and mapping of their interactions is therefore a crucial task. Seiche is a speculative proposal for a visual programming platform enabling the definition and management of techno-legal procedures of information exchange between institutions that regulate such systems and the organisations that operate within.

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Location

Khorgos [Kazakhstan]

Year

2018 - Present

Output

Speculative short film | Article | Interactive installation

P[07]Siren
Audiovisual Arctic Poem on Connective Alienation

Strelka Institute: The New Normal

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Siren oscillates between the silence of the now deserted destination node of Magadan and the fullness of the fragmented archives that capture its evolution from a place of extraction to a place of archive. It emerges from statistical and interview-based research into port automation and the global inversion of gender patterns in supply chain employment...

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Location

Kolyma [Russia]

Year

2018

Output

Speculative short film

P[06]Æffect
Acid Infused Journal on Innovation Management

UAL: Central Saint Martins

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Æffect grew as a bottom-up student-led initiative to create a strong and self-perpetuating community connecting innovation management students at CSM with alumni, staff and industry leaders through a mentorship scheme, an academic journal and web platform...

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Location

London [UK]

Year

2017 - 2018

Output

Mentorship scheme | Academic journal | Web platform

P[05]Electric Cloud
Decentralised Networks of Energy Exchange

EDF: Électricité de France

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The combined disruption of smart home devices and decentralised energy production and storage systems favour a progressive switch to ‘prosumerism’ in the energy market. Electric Cloud provided a strategy for EDF to adopt an ambivalent position as managers and traders in energy exchange networks, a role that would help them thrive in both a centralised or decentralised scenario...

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Location

London [UK]

Year

2016 - 2017

Output

Business model | Strategic road map

P[04]Critical Firm
Political Conflict as a Business Strategy in the Age of Purpose

Self-directed

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With ongoing, deep, systemic trust crises across western societies, the rise of populist politics can be understood as a failure of corporate social responsibility - the hegemonic identity of the corporate establishment during the last two decades - to engage extensive sectors of a highly polarised population. To reinstate trust among those sectors, the corporate world needs to perform a parallelism that offers symbolic resolutions to the ongoing societal tensions...

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Location

London [UK]

Year

2016 - 2017

Output

Strategic report | System map

P[03]Discourse on Trends
Assembly Toolkit for Authenticity in the Digital Fluid

Self-directed

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A shift towards fluidity in the discourse of authenticity in gender, sexual, and racial identity has already established the generating of a new structure of power and knowledge. As technology continues to dilute the lines between physical and digital space and persona, a new regime of truth on authenticity and identity around fluidity between physical and digital environments will follow…

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Location

London [UK]

Year

2016 - 2017

Output

Strategic report | System map

P[02]Radical Swissness
An Architectural Framework for the Swiss Vernacular

group8

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Define and perfection a framework and methodology for the development of architectural competitions within the Swiss context (a.k.a. domesticating the creative willpower of multidisciplinar international teams to fit the swiss vernacular...

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Location:

Genève [Switzerland]

Year:

2014-2015

Output:

Architectural competition [with several awards]

P[01]UNOG
Energetic renovation of the United Nations Palace

group8

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In a demonstration of its commitment to the Strategic Heritage Plan, the Swiss Federal Council participated in the renovation of the “Palais des Nations” through a voluntary contribution of CHF 50 million. The aim of the renovation project was to bring The United Nations Palace into line with the concept of a "green building"...

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Location

Genève [Switzerland]

Year

2012 - 2014

Output

Restored building | Automated energy management system