A leading figure of the young generation of architects experimenting with the potential of digital tools, Marc Fornes has been an early participant in the technical and epistemological mutation brought about by the spreading uptake of computer aided manufacture (CAM). In his THEVERYMANY™ laboratory, he relies on algorithmic scripts to develop “explicit and encoded protocols” that produce the singular forms of computer-generated architecture. Fornes advocates a rigorous and “pragmatic” approach to architectural experimentation, producing digitally designed and manufactured prototypes on the scale of 1:1. For Fornes, each project constitutes a new step forward in his work and an opportunity to push the limits of digital production and the resistance of materials even further, generating the increasingly complex geometries of spectacular forms, “non-standard” architecture that he intends to make a “part of the real world.”
A graduate of the Ecole d’Architecture de Strasbourg and of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm), Marc Fornes (Strasbourg, 1975) obtained a Masters in Architecture and Urbanism at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London (2004). He joined the firm of Zaha Hadid and collaborated on the project for the Inter-communal Media Library in Pau. He is a regular guest at several faculties and schools of architecture (Royal College of Art, University of Michigan, and Harvard Graduate School of Design). He created and managed with François Roche the studio (n) Certainties (Columbia University, New York; USC, Die Angewandte, Vienne). Founder and director of the interdisciplinary laboratory, THEVERYMANY™, in 2010 he began designing an important series of pavilions (Synesthésie, Saint-Denis, 2010; Centre Pompidou, 2010-11; FRAC Centre, 2011; Saint-Louis, 2011; Miami Art Basel, 2011). Fornes is also regularly called upon to serve as an exhibition curator (Scripted on Purpose, Philadelphia, 2007; European section, Beijing biennale of architecture, 2008).