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Lucy Bullivant will join Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto, co-Directors of ecoLogicStudio in Milan this summer, teaching during cyber-GARDENing the city, an Architectural Association School of Architecture Visiting School 2011/12, 7-17 July 2012, Viapiranesi and Cascina Parco Sud, Milan.

We grow food fast, we eat fast, we diet fast, or we could say: 'we waste fast.' What's the future of food consumption, and what form will take the new urban landscape of food production? Can we imagine environments of novel culinary exploration, engineered from the hybridization of traditional Italian practices, rites and festivals with contemporary digital design technologies, prototyping protocols and bio-gardening techniques?

The teaching model of this Visiting School is grounded in the experimental tradition of the Architectural Association and upon the design philosophy of ecoLogicStudio, which has curated the event and will run the design workshop.

Set within the emergent bio-farming network on the outskirts of Milan (site to 2015World Expo), we will initiate our first productive atelier where we will embark in a series of "growing" experiments; inspired by the achievements of the Slow Food movement we will radicalize their efforts through the deliberate contamination of the traditional and the futuristic, the natural and the bioengineered.

Our ambition with AA Italy 'cyber-GARDENing' is to roam the country with the highest concentration of culinary traditions and manifest the possibilities of a radical interpretation as new global bio-lifestyles. The aspiring cyber-gardeners will be able to explore and invent new hybrid design practices by combining digital growth simulations with biological sensing, robotic actuation with hydroponic cultivation, and cutting edge rapid prototyping with traditional crochet. These bio-architectural playgrounds will materialize as 1:1 prototypical spaces, embedded with biological life, sensing and actuating potential, digital computational power and will be tested as part of the local urban farming network. The 10 day workshop will be supported by a series of seminars, growing sessions with invited specialists and dedicated algorithmic modeling and prototyping tutorials.The workshop is open to current students, phd candidates and young professionals from the disciplines of architecture, urban, landscape, product and interaction design, biology, computer science, robotics; gardening enthusiasts are welcome.

Directors: Claudia Pasquero, Marco Poletto

Scientific committee: Luca Molinari, Simona Galateo

In partnership with: Slow Food, Gruppo CabassiPlace: VIAPIRANESI, Cascina Cabassi - Milan, ItalyMedia partner: YmagExhibition and Symposium: NABA - Nuova Accademia delle Balle Arti, Milan.

http://cybergardens.aaschool.ac.uk/

Cyber-GARDENing The City, with Lucy Bullivant [pdf, 793kB]