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Philippe Morel

Maître assistant - ESNAPM

Champ(s) disciplinaire(s)

Sciences et techniques pour l’architecture (STA)


Digital Knowledge (DK)


- Architecte DPLG

Centres d'intérêt

Philippe Morel is an architect and theorist, cofounder of EZCT Architecture & Design Research (2000) and more recently (2015) of the Large-scale 3D printing corporation XtreeE. He is currently an Associate Professor at the ENSA Paris-Malaquais where he led the Digital Knowledge department's Master program from 2009 to 2015 (http://dk-digital-knowledge.com/ ; cofounded with Pr. Christian Girard), as well as the Head of the scientific and pedagogical committee of the Advanced Master in Computational Design and Making at the Ecole des Ponts ParisTech. He was until last year both an invited Research Cluster and MArch Diploma Unit Master at UCL Bartlett. Before teaching at the Bartlett he has taught at the Berlage Institute (seminar and studio) and at the Architectural Association (HTS Seminar and AADRL studio). His published essays include The Integral Capitalism (2001-2002), Research On the Biocapitalist Landscape (2002), Why Research and Contemporary Architecture should be Different (Archilab 2004), Notes on Algorithmic Design (2003), Notes on Computational Architecture (2004), A Few Precisions on Architecture and Mathematics (Mathematica Day, Henri Poincare Institute, Paris, January 2004), Forms of Formal Languages: Introduction to Algorithmics and Bezier Geometry with Mathematica (2005), Embedded Positivism: or Everything is Theoretical (2005), N Extensions to Extension of the Grid (2005), Some Geometries (2005), Computational Intelligence: the Grid as a Posthuman Network (Architectural Design, 2006), Mathematica in Architecture and Architectural Education, an Introduction, (IMS’2006, 8th International Mathematica Symposium) and Sense and Sensibilia (Architectural Design, 2011). Philippe Morel lectured and/or exhibited at Loopholes within Discourse and Practice (Harvard GSD, 2005), Script (Firenze, 2005), The Architecture of Possibility (Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2005), GameSetMatchII (TU Delft, 2006), at Columbia GSAPP, MIT Department of Architecture (A Few Remarks on Epistemology and Computational Architecture, Lecture, March 2006), at Architectural Association (Information Takes Command, 2007; The Laws of Thought, 2008; Pangaea Proxima, 2008; or recently What is computationalism?, 2012), at UCL Bartlett (Prolegomena to a Global Theory of Computationalism, 2011), at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS, Paris) and at the Ecole normale supérieure in Lyon. In February 2007, he curated the exhibition Architecture beyond Forms: The Computational Turn of Architecture at the Maison de l’architecture et de la ville PACA in Marseille. Explicitly departing from Eisenman’s dissertation The Formal Basis of Modern Architecture (1963) the exhibition addressed both historically and theoretically the linguistic and computational turns in architectural design. Philippe Morel book Empiricism & Objectivity: Architectural Investigations with Mathematica (2003-2004), subtitled A Coded Theory for Computational Architecture, exhibited at ScriptedByPurpose (Philadelphia, Sept. 2007), is to be considered the first architectural theory book entirely written in code. EZCT work, present in the FRAC Centre and Centre Pompidou permanent collections, as well as in private collections, has been presented recently in the exhibition Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital at the Museum of Arts and Design in NY.







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