During the development of noMad, Paul Clemens Bart and Marvin Bratke first started exploring the idea of a system that negotiates architectural space as a process rather than a product. The main motivation behind this concept is the reality of changing conditions and expectations in society as we evolve day by day or even minute by minute.

noMAD — a http://bartbratke.com/portfolio_page/nomad-behavioural-fabrication/#!)

This ongoing research in self-healing and non-finite construction strategies was manifested as a fully automated modular building that is able to self-assemble, reconfigure, and scale itself in response to real-time learning and adaptation based on input and local interaction with users. In various…

What we can learn from predictive methodologies in design

LEVii Timber Airport design by BART//BRATKE and Graadwies

When observing the current trends in architecture, there is no doubt that the field is splitting, branching off, and interlocking with other areas of life, such as product design, mobility, technology and IT, and more. The needs of the societies are changing, too, and obsolete beliefs need to — and will — be challenged. You may wonder — how do architects adapt to and take advantage of these changing expectations? In Laka’s conversation with Paul Clemens Bart and Marvin Bratke, they discussed their design methodologies and recent projects, which showed the…

From beehives to high-tech, and everything in between

Sometimes it’s straightforward; when you see something, you immediately recognize something about it that is artificial. Nowadays, we are able to manipulate and change the DNA of structural life via bioengineering or nanotechnologies to the point that it is challenging to distinguish natural and artificial. Sometimes, you see something made by animals, like a nest or a beaver’s dam, and you ask yourself, is this natural or artificial? Or, a beehive — this beautifully structured geometrical pattern of hexagons — is this natural or artificial? In our process as architects, we want…

Global warming, depletion of the non-renewable energy resources, desertification, sea level rises, droughts, and heatwaves... We are living in a time with increasingly attuned awareness of the problems that our way of existence has created. According to a report published by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2018, we have less than 12 years to change our behavior before the damage becomes practically irreversible.

Now is the time where we need to take some significant action, and one of the necessary changes is moving away from fossil fuels and making better use of renewable energy sources.

‘Energy Duck’: a submission to LAGI 2014 Copenhagen. According to the authors, the installation can generate 400 MWh of electricity per year. Solar radiation is converted to electricity using low-cost, off-the-shelf PV panels. Authors: Hareth Pochee, Adam Khan, Louis Leger, Patrick Fryer. Picture credits: The Land Art Generator.


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The vision behind Laka Perspectives is to raise awareness and emphasize the role of innovation and new technologies in architecture and design.

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