This title of AD heralds a new era of exuberance in digital design.Having overcome the alienation and otherness of the cyber, havingmastered the virtual qualities and protocols of the parametric,having achieved the intricacy and elegance of the digital, andhaving fully embraced the potential of 3d computer software andcad/cam manufacturing technologies, it is now time for architectsto show off! Conjure up the extravagance of furniture design, the abundanceof cgi in Hollywood, the profuseness of bio-techno ornamentation orthe lavishness of Middle-Eastern and Asian super-urbanism.Exuberance not only celebrates new Baroque theatricality, formalsophistication and digital virtuosity; it also debates a plethoraof joyful and intelligent ways in which experimental architecturemanages to cope with the contemporary turmoil in global politics,economics and ecology.
Dr Marjan Colletti is co-founder of the studio marcosandmarjan inLondon, and currently a lecturer in architecture at the BartlettSchool of Architecture, University College London (Unit Master,Unit 20), and the University of Westminster (Unit Master, DS10)with Marcos Cruz. He has been a guest professor at ucla andInnsbruck University, Austria and design instructor at variousinstitutions in Europe and Asia. His projects and texts attempt tobridge the gap between architectural theory and the builtenvironment by expanding the vocabulary of digital architecture. Onvarious platforms research, education and practice he endeavours to establish a debate in which experimentation,technology and innovation do not exclude personal emotions, localtraditions and cultural identity. His work has been widelypublished and shown in more than 50 exhibitions in Europe, Braziland Asia. marcosandmarjan s portfolio includes thecompetition-winning entry for a 180,000-square-metre (1.9million-square-foot) entertainment complex in front of the gates ofthe Summer Palace in Beijing, the built pavilions and generallayout for the 2005 Lisbon Book Fair, as well as the ongoingnurbsters series and the runner-up project for an estate SalesCentre and model homes display in Cairo. Marjan s phd on Digital Poetics (Bartlett,ucl), the co-authored book marcosandmarjan:Interfaces/Intrafaces (SpringerWienNewYork, 2005) and the printcollection 2&1/2D Twoandahalf Dimensionality (BucherHohenems, 2006) favour a poetic digital avant-garde developedthrough 2-D, 3-D software and computer numerically controlled(cnc), rapid protoyping (rp), and computer-aided design andcomputer-aided manufacturing (cad/cam) technologies. Parallelstrands of research are developing novel morphologies (ConvolutedTectonics), new urban strategies (InterPolis), higher educationsyllaba in digital design, computation and technology (ac-dcArchitectural Curriculum for Design Computing), as well assustainable manufacturing strategies (InterTech). 1