archHITects combines blockchain, 3D printing and crypto design

arcHITects is a Milan-based architecture firm that leverages blockchain technologies. It includes several design projects, and in technology it is (since 2013) among the first Italian companies to use crowdfunding as a financing method. Moreover, archHITects is the first Italian architectural firm to enter the crypto market with low-tech interior design objects, thus opening the doors to a trend, namely crypto design, the next straight line of the most famous crypto art.

We interviewed Tommaso Piantinipresident arkHITects.

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Blockchain technologies are extremely current and their applications are destined to become increasingly relevant in several sectors where the concepts disintermediation and decentralization that separate them. Blockchains are part of the family of technologies called Distributed Ledger, systems based on a distributed ledger that is accessible and can be modified by multiple network nodes. To clarify the limitations, potential, applications, and tools of the blockchain, 01net interviewed a number of companies that use this technology or that provide the tools necessary to enable and manage it.

According to the observatory Blockchain & Distributed Ledger by Politecnico di Milano blockchain projects continue to rise in the international arena, but the Italian market still seems to be in the waiting phase despite consumer favor for areas such as cryptocurrencies, NFT, DeFI and so on. What do you think about the Italian market and in particular in which areas could blockchains be used positively and profitably by Italian companies and institutions?

Tomaso Piantini

I believe that blockchain really is an innovative tool that is also useful for unexpected sectors. It has great success and ongoing implementations. Design and architecture are definitely two sectors that can reap great benefits with blockchain. In fact, it can be read as a certification of uniqueness and ownership of any object that can be reproduced without limits, so why not? It may be the natural evolution of twentieth-century mass production.

Design and architecture are definitely two sectors that can reap great benefits with blockchain.

With OVO, we have paved the way for crypto design: We hope that many Italian design companies will join forces to rediscover the concept of authenticity in the digital world. Perhaps the manufacturing sector should not just look at cryptocurrencies.

In the specific case of your business, can you tell us how to use blockchain technology?

archHITects has a strong call for technology. We are very interested in the latest trends and frontiers in digital, virtual and crypto-innovation. We like exploring new areas.

Blockchain allows us to issue a Digital Certificate of Authenticity (NFT) for each physical product placed on the market as well as the inherent ability to automatically create an anonymous community created by the owners of the NFTs who can find themselves in that collection, created for each product ..

Blockchain allows us to issue a Digital Certificate of Authenticity (NFT) for each physical product marketed.

To date, we are actually the first Italian architectural firm to enter the crypto market with low-tech furniture design objects with OVO: the home organizer returning coins. OVO is the first physical object to be certified with a non-fungible token (NFT) on the Polygon blockchain. A numbered NFT will be created for each physical version of OVO that comes with the purchase. NFT can be stored, transferred or sold together with the physical item.

What tools do you use for blockchain?

We chose Polygon because we wanted an easily accessible blockchain known by users and potential buyers of our crypto design products such as the newborn OVO. Polygon is also a platform that is easily accessible even to beginners in blockchains and is widely used to exchange NFTs on Opensea, one of the largest marketplace to NFT. In addition, Polygon is a blockchain bridge with Ethereum: the largest programmable blockchain in the world that allows recursive fees (similar to the concept of resale rights in art). Finally, Polygon so far has moderate gas charges for those who sell or buy NFTs (unlike Ethereum).

What benefits have you gained?

3D printing has the same properties as a digital file: it can be reproduced in infinitely identical copies by anyone who has the necessary tools, and therefore it is not given a value other than the prototype or the sketch. We therefore had the idea of ​​combining the different technologies: blockchain (through the tool from NFTs) + 3D printing.

We had the idea of ​​combining the different technologies: blockchain (through the tool from NFTs) and 3D printing.

This has enabled us to make each product made with 3D printing unique and traceable, thus giving it real value as a unique and finished product.
Copies are still possible (since they are of an oil painting), but they are no longer authentic. Thanks to blockchain, the ownership and traceability of the right low-tech product is guaranteed for every 3D-printed product. This is our interpretation of cryptodesign. As an option, the “NFT copy”, which includes the three-dimensional version of the product, can be used in the meta verse.

In your opinion, could blockchain really be the basis of what is called “the next web revolution”, or the decentralized internet (Web 3) and how?

I belong to the lucky generation that has been able to experience all phases of the IT boom on the consumer side and beyond. The Internet was born without rules and did not find any way to really regulate digital transactions before the concept of blockchain came, where cryptocurrencies are in fact a tool in blockchain to control costs. Blockchains has introduced the concept of traceability and authenticity in a world (of the Internet) where only the concept of infinite cost-free duplication has always existed, and where each copy is the same and indistinguishable from the other.

Thanks to blockchains, there is the uniqueness of digital objects, which in theory is not, and the uniqueness is the basis of the value attributed to an object or an event.

To date, there are very strong physical and mathematical constraints that do not allow a massive introduction of the concept of blockchain, but it is certainly the tool that allows to create value on the web today.

Ethereum, among all, is the one that has maximized this concept by allowing the provision of “smart contracts”, which are rules that guide the unique and traceable transactions that are transcribed on the blockchain.

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