School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Simone Ferracina

Research Assistant

Background

Simone is a researcher at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, where he works on the design of Living Architecturean EU-funded project that operates at the intersection of architecture, building construction, bio-energy and synthetic biology.

He is a member, with Rachel Armstrong and Rolf Hughes, of the Experimental Architecture Group (EAG), a collective whose work has been exhibited and performed at the Venice Art Biennale, Trondheim Biennale, Allenheads Contemporary Arts, Culture Lab, and the Tallinn Architecture Biennale.

Simone is the founder and editor of the online journal Organs Everywhere (Œ)and the Director of the Œ Case Files, imprint in collaboration with Punctum Books— a platform for profanatory and experimental practices that fundamentally question architecture’s boundaries, technologies, methods and evaluation systems. Other notable publications include articles in 306090, Thresholds, Architecture Design Research (Ardeth), Volume, Kerb, ARCH:RESEARCH Journal; the co-edited volume Unconventional Computing: Design Methods for Adaptive Architecture (ACADIA 2013) and chapters in several forthcoming books about experimental modes of architectural research and construction.

Simone is a PhD candidate in Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought at the European Graduate School (EGS) in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, where his research aims to theorize radical modes of co-authorship and the reactivation of wastes through design, beyond current up-cycling paradigms. Prior to joining Newcastle University, Simone was, for over a decade, an Associate and Project Manager/Architect at Richard Meier & Partners Architects in New York City, with award-winning projects in Italy, Czech Republic, and Taiwan.

Qualifications

Diploma of Architect (BArch MArch), Accademia di Architettura, Mendrisio, Switzerland (USI AAM)

Research

I am interested in experimental approaches that question the boundaries and methodological orthodoxies of the architectural profession. My current research interests include living and metabolic architecture, up-cycling and the reactivation of wastes through design.

I am working on the Horizon 2020 Future Emerging Technologies Open award for the Living Architecture (LIAR) project.

Publications