LAPIS

Arts of Science Laboratory

The Art of Sciences laboratory (LAPIS) investigates the processes of representing scientific thought through figurative tools offered by artistic disciplines.

The laboratory’s scientific mission is to investigate the role of implicit knowledge derived from analogical practices in the explicit automation of production processes. Therefore, research and teaching activity explores theoretical and practical implications of handcrafting specifically in the field of digital representation (image analysis, synthesis and processing), while developing strong cultural foundations and critical independent thinking.

The virtual representation of architecture, city and territory is cast as a humanist discipline that questions the very nature of design and the definition of the architecture discipline.

The core research and teaching of LAPIS investigates the theoretical and practical implications of architectural design composition applied onto the question of dwelling.The laboratory provides a practical take on the Aristotelian concept of analogy and verisimilitude, by developing a method of analysis and a process for architectural design. The work explores the relations between graphic (…)

LAPIS’ primary objective is to advance digital practices in architectural representation while sustaining a continuous dialogue with the figurative tradition, both in the pictorial pursuit of truth and architectural drawing in its speculative and timeless dimension. A major contribution to this field is the development of a specific operational method for both analysis of artworks (…)

The study of Switzerland’s architectural heritage inevitably turns to the critical state that characterises vernacular buildings today: abandonment. The key question is: how do abandoned buildings co-exist in a contemporary built environment that is not only severely polluted, but also profoundly lacking in meaning? Abandonment as a critical tool provides a horizon of meaning for (…)