emanuel dimas de melo pimenta

In the beginning of the 1980s Emanuel Pimenta coined the concept virtual architecture - a method to think and elaborate architectural projects through which the most varied elements, in time and space, are articulated in a same generator system. At that time, in general, computer was still considered simple substitute for drawing board. Virtual architecture is based on three fundamental methodological elements. One of them is the crossing over of all space, time and energy structural formants. Secondly, the method implicates the deprogrammability principle and, finally, the fact that all cultures in the world are our common heritage, not as content but while process. It is not about an international architecture - but yes about the fact that all cultures are now profoundly interlaced and that architecture became an element of contamination in a planetary scale. It is not about standardization, but yes about diversity and change. In such method, change and symbiosis are two main concepts. In the 1990s, the concept virtual architecture started to be used in universities around the world. In 1990, Emanuel Pimenta published his book Virtual Architecture, the first in the world on the subject, which relates his projects from 1980 to that year. He had already touched the concept in other of his books - Tapas, The Impermanence of Things and Ideas: Architecture as the Unconscious, in 1984. In this site you can find papers and books about virtual architecture, as well as images and films on Emanuel Pimenta's projects. In 1993, in Switzerland, Emanuel Pimenta received the Lake Maggiore Prize for his ideas, which were applied in his megaproject Woiksed, the first virtual planet in the world, created between 1980 and 1994, but still in progress. Woiksed anticipated in about twenty years other famous projects like Second Life. Emanuel Pimenta studied with Eduardo Kneese de Mello, Eduardo Corona and Décio Pignatari among others and participated in workshops with Kenzo Tange, Oscar Niemeyer, Peter Cook (Archigram) and Charles Moore among others. Both on architecture and on music, Emanuel Pimenta works on the establishment of sensorial design - a term coined by him in the 1980s - and its implications in the plastic formation of synaptic patterns; it is what he calls logical traps.

click on the image to see a brief selection of Emanuel Pimenta's architectural projects since 1980

and also
KAIROS - Orbital Building

and the book
30 Years of Architecture
(English and Português)

other links:
virtual architecture exhibition 1997
virtual architecture biennial of sao paulo 1999
WOIKSED virtual planet
mayer park lisbon
amores floating island
time design museum
ebooks and papers
films (including music)