Wild Stories

Online Workshop

Vjosa River is the largest wild river in Europe. Recently, local and global activists have gathered to ensure that the river keeps running wild. The workshop focuses on the application of advanced computational tools for designers to explore and represent the agency of rivers. The workshop on the one hand aims at exploring how designers can learn from and communicate with the environment by analyzing scientific data coming from ecology, and work in a more-than-human perspective. On the other hand, how this knowledge can be represented and made accessible to the activists and the general public so that the river gains more voice. The aim of the workshop is to strengthen designers’ skills to work in a systematic computational workflow related to ecology, from raw data to knowledge, to environmental stories and visualizations.
Participants will learn how to import and work with geospatial data in Rhinoceros 3D, in a programmable and open-ended manner thanks to its visual scripting addon Grasshopper 3D. The output will be a set of cartographic representations that are based on geospatial data and critical thinking.

Workshop Authors: Erze Dinarama1 and Iacopo Neri2

1Polytechnic University of Milan
2IAAC – Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

Authors Biography:

Erzë Dinarama and Iacopo Neri are interdisciplinary designers who work at the intersection between architecture, landscape urbanism, and computational design. Erzë and Iacopo use ecology and spatial data as drivers for their projects. 
Erzë has practiced in Italy, Kosovo, Germany, and Austria, and has also been involved in teaching activities at the Polytechnic University of Milan, Turin, Piacenza, and at the School of Design in Milan. Additionally, she has been an invited critic at Pratt Institute, Rice University, and IAAC – Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. Erzë has exhibited at Pecci Museum in Prato and at the Landscape Festival Prague and has been published at the ACADIA conference.
Erzë currently teaches at the Polytechnic University of Milan and Polytechnic University of Turin and works at Carlo Ratti Associati. 
Iacopo has been involved in teaching activities at the University of Florence, The Polytechnic University of Milan, and at IAAC – Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, where he is currently faculty of computational design and part of the Advanced Architectural Group’s Computational Design Research Team.
Additionally, Iacopo has been faculty for workshops and lecturer in several international universities among which the New York Institute of Technology and the Ecole des Ponts – ParisTech.

Workshop Duration: 2×6 hours

6. September (Monday) Morning and Afternoon Session
7. September (Tuesday) Morning and Afternoon Session