rese arch MEETUP Paris 2018

dataSCAPES 4 APRIL 2018

Results of miSbEhaVed: a jewelry project by Matej Hoppan, Ján Pernecký and Tomáš Tholt. Photo by Radka Šišuláková.

When the tools are becoming an architecture.

rese arch MEETUP is an annual international conference and networking event bringing together practitioners and theorists of computational design in architecture, experts in digital manufacturing and related contemporary thinkers and philosophers. The current edition will take place on 4 April 2018 in Paris and together with Pecha Kucha on 5 April 2018 it will be the main event of the DATASCAPES Fest 2018 hosted by VOLUMES Paris, a coworking and maker space for design and open innovation.  

The rese arch MEETUP already took place in Bratislava, Slovakia (2015), Paris, France (2016) and Prague, Czechia (2017). The previous events were honored by speaches from Martin Alvarez - ICD Stuttgart (DE); Phil Ayres - CITA (DK); Efilena Baseta - NOUMENA, IAAC (ES); Daniel Bolojan - Nonstandard Studio (AT); Johannes Braumann – Association for Robots in Architecture (AT); Giulio Brugnaro - UCL the Bartlett school of Architecture (UK); Francesco Cingolani - Design by Data (FR); Tudor Cosmatu - ALTU (DE); Adriana Debnárová - VŠVU (SK); Alessio Erioli - Co-de-It (IT); Manuel Jimenez Garcia - UCL the Bartlett school of Architecture (UK); Daniel Koehler - lab-eds (AT); David Kovařík - UMPRUM (CZ) Neil Leach - (UK); BEHNAZ FARAHI - (USA); Stuart Maggs - Scaled Robotics (ES); Ryan Vincent Manning - IoUD (AT/USA); Erik Martinez - ICD Stuttgart (DE); Christoph Müller - TU Wien (AT); Stefana Parascho - ETH (CH); Ján Pernecký - rese arch (SK); Jan Petrš - MOLAB ČVUT (CZ); Jindřich Ráftl - MOLAB ČVUT (CZ); Gilles Retsin - Gilles Retsin Architecture / UCL the Bartlett school of Architecture (UK); Klaas De Rycke - Bollinger+Grohmann (FR); Aldo Sollazzo - Noumena / IAAC (ES); Dominik Strzelecz - die Angewandte (AT); Justyna Swat - POC21, USIL (FR); Tomáš Tholt - FA STU (SK); Shota Tsikoliya - UMPRUM (CZ); Imro Vaško - UMPRUM (CZ) Mateusz Zwierzycki - CITA (DK). The conference is hosted by Ján Pernecký  - rese arch (SK).

The event takes a form of a mid-size informal gathering of peer designers and researchers in the field of computational design in architecture. Each of the speakers holds a 20 minutes long lecture followed by 10 minutes Q&A session. The purpose is to update the peers of each-other’s personal projects, agendas and research. It is also a great opportunity to eventually meet in person and arrange future collaborations in a professional, yet friendly and relaxed environment.

Datascapes is a series of events focusing on digital processes in architecture, design and art. It is a cultural project gathering communities in order to explore constantly evolving practices thanks to workshops, hackathon, conferences. Mass democratization of digital culture and tools for now more than a decade has become a social and technical reality. Beyond the reasons of it, it is much more important to question its consequences. Whether it is in Architecture, Design or Art, the turmoil around algorithmic processes, open source data operations and emerging ways of fabrication impacts the conception processes of today. Therefore designers, artists, researchers, students .. question the relationship with the industries and software publishers. Creating their own tools and building their own communities, they modify this relationship swinging between independence and complementary. Those dynamics generate new innovation channels but it's actors are changing. The industries try to maintain their predominant role and influence while architecture is looking for independence and legitimacy. The concept of Innovation becomes more and more difficult to identity. It is thus in this post democratization context, that Datascapes promotes a public reflection on the links between creative communities, researchers, and the industries. 


Videos form the previous MEETUPs


Rémi Babut

Franck Boutté Consultants 

Rémi (Engineer & Urbanist – Ecole des Ponts) works as sustainability consultant for urban design and public policies, and uses computational methods to embed performance in an environmental approach of urban design. |

Aymeric de la Bachelerie

Franck Boutté Consultants

Aymeric (Arch. Eng. MSc - Centrale Paris + Politecnico di Milano) works as an energy consultant and computational designer. He develops methodologies and tools aiming to integrate environmental quality early in the design process. |

Judyta Cichocka

Parametric support 

Judyta is a co-founder of Parametric Support – a spin-off from TU Berlin , founder of Code of Space organization, PhD candidate at Technical University of Wroclaw, the main partner of Absolute Joint System in Poland, parametric design tutor at Victoria University of Wellington and at Advances of Architectural Geometry in London (2014) and Zürich (2016), co-author of Silvereye - an optimization tool based on Swarm Intelligence. She has been working both for academia and business, among others for: Technical University of Vienna, Irkutsk State Technical University, STEM Architects and APA Wojciechowski. She published multiple articles on optimization and parametric design.

Federico Díaz

Federico Díaz Studio 

Federico is a visual artist who has exhibited at the Mori Art Museum Tokyo, CAFA Museum Beijing, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Ars Electronica Linz, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Basel in Miami Beach (in collaboration with MoMA PS1), the Florence Biennale, at the 54thVenice Biennale, the Brno House of Arts, and had a project with the University of Cambridge. In 2010 he represented Czech art at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. In 2007 he received the Premio Internazionale Lorenzo il Magnifico for digital media at the Florence Biennale.

Alessio Erioli

Co-de-iT | Università di Bologna

Alessio converts coffee into research, mostly architectural-related. |

Andrea Graziano

Co-de-iT | digifabTURINg
Turin, Earth (until now)

Andrea is an architect and computational designer, member and co-founder of Co-de-iT - Computational Design Italy, currently engaged in teaching international workshops about computational design, digital tools and robotic fabrication in architectural design, lecturing and consultancy work. Andrea is member and co-founder of digifabTURINg, a research cluster focused on digital fabrication, computation, robotics and material research applied in the field of architecture, design & art. Andrea acts as an active catalyst through his intense activity of social networking of the paradigm-shift in the fields of architectural research, computation and science. A ‘digital explorer’ and ‘knowmad’ aiming to research, curate and envision the rapid evolution of science, technology, art and philosophy, their possible convergence and tooling into design and architecture. |

Mary Katherine Heinrich

CITA (DK) | NECSI (US) | flora robotica (EU)
Copenhagen | USA

Mery Katherine is a CITA PhD Fellow & NECSI research fellow, studying self-organization, complex systems, & bio-hybrid robotics in architecture.|

Ludovic MAllEgol


Ludovic uses a robot to help designers, artists and craftsmen to realize their creations and I try to integrate the robotic arms in their design process.

Dmitrij Nikitin

Federico Díaz Studio

Dmitrij is an architect, artist and robotics engineer with a focus on advanced fabrication methods. He is a software and robotics developer at Federico Díaz Studio. He participated on artistic and architectural projects in Czech Republic, Italy, Great Britain, USA, China, Switzerland etc.

Jan Paclt

Federico Díaz Studio

Jan is a digital architect and fabrication engineer at Federico Díaz Studio. He co-founded an interdisciplinary platform zero-order (2016) and collaborated on several architectural projects and exhibitions in Czech Republic, Netherlands, Italy and Spain.

Sébastien Perrault


Founder / Design Engineer @ECHOES.PARIS, Teacher @ENPC Paris Tech

Jose Pedro Sousa

DFL-Digital Fabrication Lab / FAUP

Jose Pedro is an Assistant Professor at FAUP (University of Porto), where he founded and directs the DFL (Digital Fabrication Lab). Merging the realms of design, teaching and research, his interests are focused in exploring the conceptual and material opportunities in architecture emerging from the use of digital technologies. |


Denmark / Poland

Architect and a long-time Grasshopper user/coder/tutor. Author of the Starling, Anemone, Volvox, Squid plugins for Grasshopper and many more unassociated scripts scattered all over the GH community. Interested in generative design, computational geometry, machine learning​. ​Tutored many workshops in Poland, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Germany and Denmark.​ Currently a Research Assistant at Centre for Information Technology and Architecture​ (CITA). ​


The Computational Monkeys

A founder of The computational Monkeys. In 2010-2015 took part in creation and development of the Digital Knowledge Department at ENSA-Paris-Malaquais where he was teaching digital knowledge and practices, integrative design and production, human computation and algorithmics. In 2013 co-founded an innovative company in neuroscience and computational design (Synetiq) based on his current research called "Neurodesign" in collaboration with I.N.R.I.A. His past professional experience and collaborations, as well as his ongoing research and computational works have been frequently published and discussed (SmartGeometry 2010, Ecaade 2013, Iccg 2014, Acadia 2014, ...). Currently a lecturer in innovations and computation for the building industry at CNPA Laboratory led by Prof. Bernard Cache of EPFL Switzerland. Lately co-founded a new technological acceleration initiative in Paris: AREA (Applied Research & Entrepreneurship for ARchitecture).



Adriana Debnárová graduated from Academy of fine arts and design in Bratislava. During her internship in Copenhagen she came across architecture for extreme environment. Her master thesis about different approach to construction process in desert uses the technique of 3D printing combined with environmental approach to specific site conditions. Her work won several prizes, including Archiprix award for the best graduation project. Since graduation she has been working in Berlin based studio designing interactive light installations.



Daniel Köhler (PhD) is an academic and architect based in Innsbruck, where he is the founder of the design practice lab-eds. He teaches at the institute of urban design in Innsbruck, the Aalto University in Helsinki and is an Associate Professor for digital design strategies at the Vilnius Art Academy. His research incorporates digital methods into the study of the city, its history and architecture. Complementary to his theoretical framework he writes code, like punktiert and bRigid, simulation-libraries for the Processing-environment.


TU Wien

Christoph Mueller is practitioner, researcher and lecturer in the field of architecture, focusing on digital form-finding-methods, robotics and kinematics. His PHD is about self-organizing architectural modules creating a performative space. He won several competitions, including the international architects-jury. Furthermore he published articles and papers including the international conference advanced building skins.


TU Wien

Christoph Mueller is practitioner, researcher and lecturer in the field of architecture, focusing on digital form-finding-methods, robotics and kinematics. His PHD is about self-organizing architectural modules creating a performative space. He won several competitions, including the international architects-jury. Furthermore he published articles and papers including the international conference advanced building skins.



Graduated from Faculty of Architecture, Slovak University of Technology in 2014, in the department of environmental and experimental architecture. He studied as an exchange student of architecture in Madrid (ETSAM UPM). During his studies he took part in several national and international competitions and workshops. He continues in postgradual studies at the FA STU in the field of emergent and generative design approaches in architecture. He works as an architect, teacher and tutor of 3D graphic software. Co-organized and took part in several research projects from the rese arch LAB series, which are directly linked to his research of emergent fabrication.


Czech Republic

Shota Tsikoliya is an architect and a researcher. Master of Arts at the Academy of Arts Architecture and Design in Prague in 2013 and Master of Science in Integrative Technologies And Architectural Design Research at the University of Stuttgart in 2015, Shota Tsikoliya is a doctoral candidate at the Academy of Arts Architecture and Design in Prague. His research is focused on the application of emergent processes in architectural design. He participated in and co-organized several workshops focused on innovative technologies. Shota Tsikoliya teaches Science Engeneering Technology seminar at the Global Architecture + Design program and Czech Architecture since 1945 at Council on International Educational Exchange in Prague. He worked in architecture offices in Prague and Berlin.

Ján Pernecký

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Founder or the rese arch initiative, teaching programming to the artists at the rese arch GRASSHOPPER Sessions, at universities in SK, CZ, IT, PL, ES and at workshops Europe-wide, researching generative processes in the context of art and architecture theory.
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4 April 2018 line-up

13:30 doors open
14:00 Ján Pernecký - event opening
14:15 Ludovic Mallegol
14:40 Jose Pedro Sousa
15:05 debate
15:30 Rémi BabutAymeric de la Bachelerie
15:55 Judyta Cichocka
16:20 debate
16:45 Sébastien Perrault
17:10 Mary Katherine Heinrich
17:35 debate
18:00 Nicolas Sénemaud - DataSCAPES
18:25 Jan Paclt, Dmitrij Nikitin
18:50 Alessio Erioli
19:15 debate
19:40 Andrea Graziano
20:05 debate
20:30 networking
22:00 doors closed


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Of course we will! Speaking of which, if you have any problem finding the place or need any other assistance, give us a call. Either call Matej +421 907 453 501, Tomáš +421908640780 or Ján +421 907 514 587
  • Take a train from Vienna's Hauptbahnhof to Bratislava Hlavná stanica. The trip takes 1 hour and a return ticket is under 20 Euro. The train ticket is also valid for the public transportation (buses, trams, trolley buses) in Bratislava.
  • Or take a shuttle bus from Suedtiroller Platz via Vienna airport. It takes about 90 minutes and costs around 8 Euro.
  • Check the timetables for the trains and buses at and switch to English or Deutch.
  • Or drive.
No. Even though there is a large parking lot, we are not allowed to park there for reasons you don't even want to know. Consider leaving your car in the suburbs or simply use other means of transport. In case you cannot avoid using your car, try to find a parking lot marked with a simple plain P without a picture of a target, parking hours or a sign "Reserve". Parking spots marked blue or crossed out are also not available.
  • Walking is the best even though the venue is on the top of a hill.
  • However, there is a good public transport connection with trolley-buses 203 and 207. Check the timetables here and here
  • We also have great experience with Uber. You can also take a cheap taxi by calling +421 2 16 321 or +421 2 16 100 or anything with this pattern. Another very good option is a phone app called HOPPIN Taxi. NEVER TAKE A TAXI ON THE STREET! In Bratislava you pay around 5 Euro for a ride if you call but you can pay even 3 times more if you take a taxi on the street!
  • Sure. It's advised to stay in the walking distance of the old town, however not inside. It can be pretty loud at night.
  • For a budget solution, check hostels (even from 10€/night) Elephants, City hostel, Backpackers. The student dorms also offer affordable hostel rooms and you'll very probably get a private room.
  • Ibis is a reasonable budget hotel in the vicinty of the old town, but you should also try to find something at Airbnb.
  • If you'd like to have your luxury, have a look at Hotel Carlton or Hotel Marrol's.
We are in a peculiar building of Ekoiuventa on the top of the hill Slavin. The venue is behind a gate right at the bus stop Búdková. Check Eniac's survival guide 1, 2, 3
We've got the entire building. It hasn't been used anyway. Just enter the main gate, walk up the hills and get in!
We've been thinking about it a lot. We might surprise you and get you something at the venue, but there are also other options. Right next to the venue there is a pizzeria or you can take a longer break and visit either a Forest house or the most authentic Inn Funus.
Good for you! You will enjoy Govinda or Ganesh Utsav.
Go for the sheep cheese dumplings Bryndzové halušky and try local coke Kofola. The best sweets in supermarkets are called Horalky, Kávenky, Mila and for a chocolate it's Študentská pečať. Beware – they all are addictive!
Sure. Water, coffee, sweets, some fruit maybe.
Evening drinks are an essential part of our events. You cannot resist it, you cannot avoid it...
But consider visiting also a forest-park right next to our venue. You can end up at the red-army memorial Slavin with a great overview of the city and dating couples.
Go to KC Dunaj, NuSpirit bar and NuSprit club, Kontakt , A4 nultý priestor, Subclub (ex-atomic shelter). or stay with us!
We all are, aren’t we? But maybe go to café Fúz – it even means moustache!
We all are, aren’t we? But maybe go to café Fúz – it even means moustache!
Go for a walk in the old town, visit the National Gallery, go to gallery Nedbalka, check out places like Devín castle, Televízna veža, Slavín, Slovenský rozhlas, Modrý kostolík, Horský park, Železná studienka. Or simply invite us for a beer, you’ve got our numbers after all.
It's been Slovakia for 22 years now.
We don't, but we understand it. We speak Slovak and with nice foreigners also English and German.
Ru... what? HOCKEY! Yes!
Euro. The symbol is €.


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The Datascapes 2018 team: 

The curator: Nicolas Sénémaud. Architect by training, he worked in China and France and specialized himself in parametric modelling and BIM. He is consultant in new technologies applied to AEC for Dassault Systèmes

The artistic and scientific board is a multidisciplinary team, composed of designers, teachers, film director: Wolf Kuhr, Francesco Cingolani, Sophie Chauvin, Claudio Cavallari, Michael Arroyo 

Partners: Design by Data, Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech, Dassault Systemes, WASP robotics, rese arch