The Bartlett School of Architecture

Mr Philippe Morel

Mr Philippe Morel

Associate Professor

The Bartlett School of Architecture

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Apr 2018

Research summary


[40] “What Do Machines Need to Learn to Generate Meaningful Architecture? Questions on Learning and Meaningfulness” April 2021, under review.

[39] “A New Golden Age for Concrete” (Una nuova età dell’oro per il calcestruzzo), in. L’industria delle costruzioni, n°468 July-August 2019, Edilstampa, Rome.

[38]“The Origins of Discretism: Thinking Unthinkable Architecture”, in. Architectural Design, Discrete: Reappraising the Digital (Ed Gilles Retsin), Volume 89 - Issue 2, March-April 2019, Wiley & Sons Ltd.

[37]“Towards an Artificial Architecture: About Superintelligent Space”, in. Cloud Pergola Croatian Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2018 (Ed. Bruno Juricic)

[36]“Photonic Communications”, The Ghost of Transparency: An Architectonics of Communication, Eds. Selena Savic, Michael Doyle, Vera Bühlmann, TU Wien Press, 2019

[35]“Social Physics and Democratic Suprematism”, Volume #49: Automation (Archis 2016 #3; Eds. Nick Axel & Arjen Oosterman), Archis & AMO Publishing, 2016

[34]“Twenty-First Century Concrete for Twenty-First Century Architecture: New Materials, New Techniques, New Socio-economic Models”, Cemento Futuro: A Material in The Making (Ed. Carmen Andriani), SKIRA, 2016

[33]“A Few Remarks on the Politics of ‘Radical Computation’”, Paradigms in Computing: Making, Machines, And Models for Design Agency in Architecture, Eds. David Gerber, Mariana Ibanez, eVolo Press, 2014. ISBN 978-1-938740-09-1

[32]“Géométrie polymorphe et jeux de langages formels : sur l’usage de la géométrie et des modèles dans l’architecture contemporaine”, Modéliser & simuler : Epistémologies et pratiques de la modélisation et de la simulation, Tome 2 (Eds Franck Varenne, Marc Silberstein, Sébastien Dutreuil, Philippe Huneman, Editions Matériologiques). Revised version of an essay written in 2005 for the symposium Loopholes: Between Theory and Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, USA. English version published in 2008 in [27] et [23]). ISBN 978-2-919694-72-3

[31]“Computation or Revolution”, Architectural Design, Made by Robots: Challenging Architecture at the Large Scale (Eds Fabio Gramazio & Matthias Kohler), Profile No 229, May-June 2014, ISSN 0003-8504, 03/2014, ISBN 978-1118-535486, Wiley & Sons Ltd

[30]“The Communism of Genius”, Next Generation Building, Vol. 1, No. 01/2014 (Ed. Kas Oosterhuis), Baltzer Science Publishers, Amsterdam

[29]“Does ‘Good Architecture’ Deal with the Truth?”, OASE 90: What is good Architecture? (Eds Christophe Van Gerrewey, Véronique Patteeuw, Hans Teerds), 2014, ISBN 978-94-6208-064-5

Teaching summary

[28]“Computational Intelligence: The Grid as a Posthuman Network”, AD Reader: The Digital Turn in Architecture 1992-2012 (Ed. Mario Carpo), ISBN 978-1-119-95175-9. 2013, Wiley & Sons Ltd. First publication in [21]

[27]“Some Geometries: Polymorphic Geometries and Formal Language Games” (version published in [23]), Scaleless-Seamless (Eds Maria Voyatzaki, Constantin Spiridonidis), Enhsa/Münster School of Architecture, 2013. ISBN 978-2-93030158-7 

[26]“A Glimpse at Computationalism (As a Social Theory)”, The Berlage Institute Research Report No. 54 (Berlage report), 2012, Rotterdam. Without ISBN, archive The Berlage Institute

[25]“Sense and Sensibilia”, Architectural Design, Mathematics of Space (Ed. George Legendre), Volume 81, n°4, July/August 2011, ISSN 0003-8504, Profile No 212, ISBN-978-0470-689806), Wiley-Academy

[24]“The Integral Capitalism” (revised version of [5]), With Silence Implying Sound: An Anthology of Architecture Theory (Ed. Daniel Pavlovits), Haecceity Quarterly Architecture Essay (QAE), 2010. ISBN: 978-0-646-53956-0

[23]“Five Essays on Computational Design, Mathematics and Production”, Haecceity Papers (Ed. Daniel Pavlovits), Volume 3/Issue 2, Sydney University Press, 2008. ISSN 1832-8229. English version of [8], [9], [10], [13], [14] 

[22]“A Few Remarks on Naturalism”, Seroussi Pavilion, Editions HYX, 2007, ISBN 978-2-910385-49-1

[21]“Computational Intelligence: The Grid as a Posthuman Network”, Architectural Design, Collective Intelligence in Design (Eds Christopher Hight, Chris Perry), Profile No 183, ISBN-13 9780470026526, Volume 76, n°5, ISBN-10 0470026529), September/October 2006. Wiley-Academy. Also published in [28]

[20B] “The Advent of Effective Postmodernism” (L’avènement du postmodernisme effectif), introductory note to the exhibition scriptedbypurpose: Explicit and encoded processes within design (curator Marc Fornes), Philadelphia

[20]“Notes on Open Source Urbanism”, Anomalie Digital Art No. 6 (Ed. Valérie Châtelet), Editions HYX, 2007. ISBN: 978-2-910385-42-2

[19]“Mathematica in Architecture and Architectural Education, an Introduction”, IMS’06: 8th International Mathematica Symposium, Avignon, France, June 2006. Online

[18]“From e-Factory to Ambient Factory (Or What Comes After Research?)”, The Architecture Co-Laboratory, GameSetandMatchII, On Computer Games, Advanced Geometries and Digital Technologies (Eds. Kas Oosterhuis, Lukas Feireiss), Episode Publisher, 2006. ISBN 9059730364

[17]“Research on the Biocapitalist Landscape”, Verb Natures, ACTAR’s Boogazine, ACTAR, 2006. ISBN 84-96540-21-9

[16]“Embedded Positivism (or Everything is Theoretical)”, Haecceity Papers, Vol. 1 / issue 1 – The End of Theory? (eds Christian Girard, Daniel Pavlovits), Fall 2005. ISSN: 1832-8229

[15]“IntegraLifeSciences™. Or a few explicit comments on ‘I’ve heard about’, R&Sie(n), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 2005. Ed. Paris-Musées, Les musées de la ville de Paris, ISBN : 2-87900-884-0


Philippe Morel is an architect and theorist, co-founder of EZCT Architecture & Design Research (2000) and initiator and founding CEO of the large-scale 3D-printing corporation XtreeE (2015). He has been a Visiting Professor at UCL Bartlett and is currently an Associate Professor at the École nationale supérieure d'architecture Paris-Malaquais, where he headed the Digital Knowledge department (co-founded with Pr. Girard). He was previously an invited Research Cluster and MArch Diploma Unit Master at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Prior to this he taught at the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands (seminar and studio) and at the AA (HTS Seminar and AADRL Studio). His long-lasting interest in the elaboration of a theory of computational architecture is well expressed in his numerous essays, projects and lectures.

Publications (cont):

[14]“N Extensions à ‘extensions de la grille’”, revue Multitudes, n°20 (Eds Yann Moulier Boutang, Anne Querrien, Benoit Durandin), mars 2005. ISSN 0292-0107. English version in [23]

[13]“Quelques géométries”, 2005. English version in [23] et [27], revised version in [32]

[12]“Formes de langages formels, Introduction à l’algorithmique et à la géométrie de Bézier avec Mathematica”, Ed. interne ENSAPM. Sans ISBN, archive ENSAPM

[11]“Why Research and Architecture Should Be So Different”, The Naked City, Archilab 2004, Editions HYX, 2004. ISBN: 2-910385-37-X

[10]“Quelques précisions sur l’architecture et les mathématiques”, Rencontres Mathematica, Institut Henri Poincaré, 2004. English version in [23]

[9]“Notes sur l’architecture computationnelle”, 2004. English version in [23]

[8]“Notes sur la conception algorithmique”, 2003. English version in [23]

[7]“Le paysage biocapitaliste”, Revue Minotaure, Paris, July 2003

[6]“We’re all experts Now”, Reading MVRDV, NAI Publishers, 2003 (original version in French: “Nous sommes tous des experts”, Artpress n°278, Avril 2002). ISBN 90-5662-287-0

[5]“Le capitalisme intégral”, Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture Paris-Belleville, 2002. Sans ISBN, archive ENSAPB. English and augmented version in [24]

[4]“Matter Matters”, Economie de la Terre, International Symposium of Architectural Criticism, Archilab 2002, Orléans, juin 2002. Archive FRAC Centre

[3]“Notes sur la technologie”, Revue No 2, revue des étudiants (student magazine), Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture Paris-Belleville, June 2000. ISSN-1295-3369

[2]“S, M, L, XL – Rem Koolhaas und Frankreich” (co-auteur Thomas Schinko), Kritische Berichte, Zeitschrift für Kunst und Kulturwissenschaften, Bd. 27, Nr. 3 (1999), Jonas Verlag für Kunst und Literatur GmbH, Marburg. ISSN: 2197-7410

[1]“La légitimité de l’architecture et le problème du langage”, Revue No 1, revue des étudiants (students’ magazine. Founder & Ed.: Philippe Morel), ENSAPB, June 1999. Sans ISBN, archive ENSAPB