League Prize 2013
MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY
Marc Fornes, founder of Brooklyn’s MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY, is a leader in the development of computation applied to design and digital fabrication. He realizes geometrically complex and self-supporting structures for both artistic and commercial settings, from pop-up stores to gallery installations to park pavilions. Though composed of flat elements, Fornes’ digitally designed skins appear to undulate, simultaneously acting as both surface and support. With an emphasis on building as a test of digital design, MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY evaluates the algorithms and rules “encoded” in computational systems against the “explicit” forms – the end products that are guided by precise but unpredictable operations – that the systems produce. His prototypes have been displayed as part of the permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou, the FRAC Centre, and the Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP).
Fornes received a Master of Architecture and Urbanism from the Design Research Lab of the Architectural Association in London and has taught at Columbia University, Princeton University, Harvard University, and the University of Michigan.