The Government of Hungary awarded the University of National Excellence title to the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design for the period of 2013-2016, ie for four academic years. During this period a total of fifty-five projects and twenty-two project types were awarded subsidies through an internal tender procedure. For a few projects the subsidy was extended for several years. The vast majority of MOME’s teachers actively participated in the excellence work and a significant part of the students also got involved in some form or other. MOME is genuinely proud of the extraordinary results that have been produced during the four years of excellence work. The following chapters and the appendixes will list the professional results, achievements and main indicators of the excellence work, including the activities of the MOME Digital Craft Lab.
If we take a closer look, on how the shapes, textures and form-finding processes changed in the last ten years in the field of product design and architecture, we have to come up with the conclusion, that the rapid evolution of generative and algorithmic geometry creation has slowed down. We could almost say: it has stopped. As a matter of fact, most of the methods and directions we have achieved a decade ago are repeating themselves, and unfortunately not as educated quotes, but as full copies.
What is the problem then? Are we truly out of ideas or inspirations? Or, are the members of the current generations are not that talented? Or, did we hit some kind of wall where we have to admit, there is nothing new anymore, we can only repeat ourselves? The answer for those questions is not a simple one, actually it is rather complex.