Non Linear Solutions Unit

Research Labs + Centers

Fall 2012 + Spring 2013

Caterina Tiazzoldi, director

In a complex-structured city in which the interactions among parts intensify; in which the number of decision makers and cultural scenarios overlap, interconnect and sometimes collide; in which the temporal dimensions of the citizens are dissimilar; in which local and global, physical and virtual dimensions co-exist, it is necessary to identify a set of design tools which could respond to design complexity. The Non Linear Solutions Unit focuses on the development of a conceptual methodology that responds creatively to the complexity of today’s cities: a polyhedral lens to approach multidisciplinary projects.

The interdisciplinary lab NSU, inherits its design methodology from cognitive science and particularly from John Holland’s work in the field of complex adaptive systems. The combinatorial method has permitted NSU to work on concrete case studies in collaboration with other research labs and professional firms developing several interdisciplinary projects such as Formal Modulation for Acoustic Performance developed with the Ecole d’Architecture de Grenoble France (research selected best paper by American Research Centers Consortium), Prototyping the City—Torino World Design Capital, Robustness in Power Network Grids developed with the Santa Fe Institute, Onion Pinch Baroque Counterpoise (presented at the New York and Chicago Architecture and Design Film Festival, Roof Top Film Festival) and The Social Cave, an interactive installation for the 50th Anniversary of the Milano Furniture Fair.

Winner of the Art lab competition the work of the Non Linear Solution was displayed at the Memphis art Museum, at the Exhibit Doing and Undergoing at the Paris Museum of Architecture Cite’ Chaillot, at Studio-X New York, at the Rhodes Island Museum of Art and at the Saint Etienne Biennale.

NSU director Caterina Tiazzoldi has been cited by the National Italian Newspaper has one of the most creative professionals in the Italian scene. The work of the Non Linear Solutions Unit has won several awards: nomination cooper Hewitt National Design award 2011, Architetture Rivelate 2012 and Best Research American Research Consortium 2009. The work of the NLU has been published in several magazines and newspapers such as Domus, Frame, Abitare, Surface, Il Sole 24 ore, Repubblica, Interni, Moniteur and The New York Times, as well as books such as Thames and Hudson, Gestalten and Taschen, etc.

Instant Installation A/D
Instant Installation Dance B
Instant Installation, Memphis Museum C
Instant Installation Talk E