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giovedì 29 dicembre 2011

Christopher Whitelaw

Very interesting website with a lot of Maya, MEL and Grasshopper tutorials and definitions.
Link to "Christopher Whitelaw" website

mercoledì 21 dicembre 2011

PackRat - Bin Packing in Grasshopper

Another interesting component made by
Volatile Prototypes
Volatile Prototypes
Volatile Prototypes
"PackRat is a component for Grasshopper that facilitates the arrangement of rectangular items within rectangular containers with the aim of improving efficient use of space. In other words, it attempts to approximate optimal solutions to the 3D bin-packing problem."

Link to "Packrat" post

mercoledì 14 dicembre 2011

Open Energy

Open Energy Visualization intends to develop a platform to explore new visualization systems and interaction of energy. The system is structured around two dimensions: Open Energy Monitor (Energy Monitoring Device), investigates open hardware devices to monitor electrical consumption and a second dimension, Open Energy Visualization (Data Visualization / Spatial Data Visualization), explores visualization systems in real-time on electricity consumption, allowing us to amplify the awareness around energy.

Open Energy Visualization (OEV) is a software to visualize, in real-time, the electricity consumption in the city. OEV explores visualization and interaction systems on different scales (urban/domestic), what enables new forms of energy-human relationship. Augmentation system for energy data infrastructure will enable a new form of consciousness evolved, that allows us to redefine the energetic systems. OEV proposes, as a visualization prototype, exploring the electricity consumption of Kitchen Budapest Lab @KIBU by monitoring devices DIWO/Open Hardware. OEV tries to be an Open Sofware Platform from which any citizen could visualize electricity consumption of their home-environment.

Real-Time Visualization on Pattern Electricity Consumption in Kitchen Budapest Lab @KIBU.

Open Energy is a project to develop and build open source energy monitoring and analysis visualization tools for energy efficiency and distributed renewable micro-generation.

To the next stage of evolution of the Internet of Things, Open Energy considers the design of a visual system that is inserted into a new energy distribution model (Smart Grids, Tom Raftery) where the invention of technologies will enable a decentralized redistribution production electricity on a global scale, defining new frameworks for sustainable balance.

Open Energy (OE) is a real-time visualization of electricity consumption (kWh) and levels of CO2 (g) issued in the city. OE intends to implement the Smart Grid system design (Intelligent Electric Distribution Networks) through the invention of visualization technologies and autonomous production of energy, allowing greater optimization of the distribution of global electric energy. These visual structures enable new forms of energy-human relationship. The real-time visualization of electricity consumption patterns and the simulation in predicting consumption, constitute new information systems through which to view energy consumption, CO2 levels, nodes with a surplus production energy, real-time value of electricity.

Open Energy Visualization by Fran Castillo

Collaborator : Christian Szucher (KIBU Researcher)

Open Energy Visualization is licensed under a Creative Commons.

Link to "Open Energy" website

venerdì 9 dicembre 2011

RESONATE Festival - Belgrade, 16-17 March 2012

"Resonate is setting new standards in the arts industry by creating a new platform for networking, information, knowledge sharing and education. It will bring together distinguished, world class artists, with an opportunity of participating in a forward-looking debate on the position of technology in art and culture.

International festival dedicated to technology, visual arts, music, architecture, design and interactive media that will include installations, exhibitions, concerts and DJ sets, expert lectures, workshops and round tables…

“RESONATE” is more than just a music festival, expert seminar or exhibition of visual arts. It is a project broad enough to encompass areas ranging from software engineering to visual arts theory, but also to create a bridge between culturally separated segments of the artistic and intellectual scene through a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach."

Link to "RESONATE Festival" website

mercoledì 7 dicembre 2011

LAN-FLIGHT EUROPE - January 9-16/17 2012 // innsbruck // stuttgart // barcelona//

LAN-FLIGHT EUROPE January 9-16/17 2012 // innsbruck // stuttgart // barcelona//

LaN FLIGHT is a seminar / tour of digital fabrication practices & programs. This en-route experience draws a diverse group of design participants from afar for a full schedule of exchanges with leading practitioners, practices, fabrication labs… all while exposed to European transit infrastructure... trains planes & even a few mountain roads.

LaN FLIGHT EUROPE marks LaN's fifth initiative on-the-fly & our first in EUROPE. JOIN us for the full trip or the leg that suits your interests. LaN is looking to attract a geographically diverse group of students & professionals with various design backgrounds. LaN FLIGHT 2012 EU is co-piloted by LaN Monika Wittig & Co-de-iT Andrea Graziano

LaN FLIGHT is looking for highly ambitious-adaptable-endurance oriented participants to fully embrace the nature of this curated experience. Please take a look at our 3 previous editions to best judge if this type of experience suits you. If you are willing to allot 8 days of your life to this pursuit and have no allergies to extreme mobility & group dynamics… welcome to LaN FLIGHT.

For INFO and registration:

Smart Art

"Smart Art - A following of Inter-discipline work dealing with the Arts and Technology."

Link to "Smart Art" blog

Maysam's Blog

Inserisci link

Link to "Maysam's Blog" blog

giovedì 1 dicembre 2011

HAL V0.01 - ABB robots (re)programming

"Hal is a new Grasshopper plugin which allows to prototype RAPID code (programmation language for ABB Robots) very quickly. It is then possible to set entirely parametric code generation for robotized non-standard fabrication of your grasshopper based designs."

Link to "thibault.schwartz " website
Link to "Hal // ABB Robots (re)programming" post

High-Low Tech

"High-Low Tech, a research group at the
MIT Media Lab, integrates high and low technological materials, processes, and cultures. Our primary aim is to engage diverse audiences in designing and building their own technologies by situating computation in new cultural and material contexts, and by developing tools that democratize engineering. We believe that the future of technology will be largely determined by end-users who will design, build, and hack their own devices, and our goal is to inspire, shape, support, and study these communities. To this end, we explore the intersection of computation, physical materials, manufacturing processes, traditional crafts, and design. Watch a recent video about High-Low Tech here."

Link to "High-Low Tech" website

Hyperbody workshop - Robotic Facade Fabrication

The Hyperbody workshop series presents: Robotic Facade Fabrication
12th-16th December 2011 - Hyperbody Robotic Lab, RDM Campus Rotterdam
Five days of folding, simulation and robotic fabrication

When changing a paradigm, it is best not to even try and improve the old one in any way. It is best to start from scratch. RoboFold is an attempt to completely re-think how metal can be formed. It is system that works with the material and not against it. It is a system built around the gentle bends and sharp crease lines of curved folding in sheet material. It is a system that allows a product to exist at many scales through an iterative design and development process, letting hand folding of paper and other materials naturally exist alongside the robotic folding of metal.

Element: Facade
Leaders: Gregory Epps (RoboFold) and Daniel Piker (Kangaroo)
Material: Aluminium sheet
Hardware: 3-axis CNC router and 6-axis industrial robots
Output: Profiled and folded sheets
Software: Kangaroo and Lobster (Grasshopper plugins)
Computation: Physics engine/ inverse kinematics

Info at:

mercoledì 30 novembre 2011


"PARA(noid)module is a digital display platform devoted to parametric design, scripting and digital modeling. Computation tools like grasshopper, scripting, processing, digital project and maya are used to calculate and simulate the geometry fabrication and biology relations. Beyond scenarios, a deeper understanding of the logic from nature reference, context, trajectory, morphology and robotic construction to final appearance is established."

Link to "PARA(noid)module" blog


Link to "Endemic" website

martedì 29 novembre 2011

Nikolas Weinstein Studios

"Nikolas Weinstein established his sculpture studio in San Francisco in 1991. His site-specific installations lie at the intersection of art, architecture and the natural world, leveraging new technologies to build works in glass. The sculptures respond sympathetically to the definition of architectural space, and range in scale from small and intimate to very large works."

Link to "Nikolas Weinstein Studios" website
Link to "Nikolas Weinstein Studios" blog

CRESCIT architectural research & design

Link to "CRESCIT" website

Block Research Group

"The BLOCK Research Group has five core areas of research: analysis of vaulted masonry structures, computational form finding and structural optimization, fabrication and construction innovation, appropriate construction technologies, and innovation in teaching and learning. This research project introduces 3D-printed structural models for exploring equilibrium (i.e. bending-free) structures. It will further the fields of safety assessment of historic vaulted structures in unreinforced masonry, and design of novel, but efficient shells out of discrete elements. The project is developing a state-of-the-art testing laboratory at ETHZ for structural testing of complex assemblies of discrete elements using rapid prototyping and digital fabrication technologies."

Link to "Block Research Group" website

lunedì 28 novembre 2011

NEWS 068

Computational Matter - Paintermetric
urban future organization - mesh closed lines – vb script
Robots in Architecture - Robotic Punching - Revisited
Architecture in Combination - SPM Vector Components: New Release!
Improved - Constructal Theory and Infrastructure
Improved - Swarm Behaviours Workshop Material
urban future organization - quad mesh subdivisions – vb script
The Leda Atomicus - Implicit
Michal Piasecki - WWAA: Polish Pavilion for ITU 2011
The Proving Ground - iGeo: Open Source 3D Software Library for Java
Digital[Sub]stance - Rectangular Panels VB Grasshopper User Object
Digital[Sub]stance - Ora Ito LookAlike – Image HeightField + Attractors + Tesselation GH
MadeInCalifornia - too much posts
Geometry Gym - Grasshopper Mesh to Finite Elements
Geometry Gym - SAP2000 Point Local Axis
ModeLab - APPLIED | Research Through Fabrication
LMNts -Energy Monitoring 101: Open Standards
LEGil Design - Recursive Triangular Image Tessellation
LEGil Design - TIMEless
ianCode - Dynamo and Kinect
n-fold geometry - Bab al-Mansur
Cerver.org - The Locust are here!
tobesch - Subdivision in GH
Digital[Sub]stance - Twirl Attractor! New GH User object
CodeQuotidien - Medial Axis
Eat a bug - Watch Prof. Block’s Lecture Online
{arc:ode} - Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...
The Proving Ground - Processing: Custom Paneling Interface
algorithmic design - many new posts
Architecture In Combination - SPM VC: Small But Important Update
Digital[Sub]stance - Multiple Point Attractors GH User Object!
The Proving Ground - Secret Agent Men
nCodon - Cell-f assembly
Geometry Gym - Tributary Areas and Variable Loading
Michal Piasecki - 137kilo: Exhibition of Andrzej Heidrich’s work
Nervous System - Becoming Lichenized

venerdì 18 novembre 2011

LaN + SOLIDO hands-on workshop

LaN + SOLIDO hands-on workshop // Rhino-to-Rhinocam / 3 & 5 axis CNC Milling / 3d Scanning
4 evening sessions & 2 weekend day sessions with on-site equipment

This workshop is intended to suit a range of levels– those with no Rhinoceros modeling or CNC machining experience will gain experience working with between modeled geometeries and designing tool-paths for production. Those with previous experience will have hands-on access to taking their understanding further. Sessions are co-instructed by Solido Founder Filippo Moroni & LaN Co-director Monika Wittig.

Workshop will focus on the potential to design in parallel with CNC fabrication technologies. RhinoCam will allow participants to simulate CNC milling effects in the friendly Rhinoceros environment. Instruction will encourage how to add design value without extending economies of time and material. Participants will be introduced to an array of real world examples where a clear understanding of production parameters has driven design potential.

Weekend session will be production-intensive utilizing Solido’s on-site Belotti 5 axis mill. Understand the difference and implications between 3 & 5 axis milling.

All instructed software is available for free trial downloads – instructions will be sent to registered participants

Use & brief instruction in the workshop will focus on modeling for fabrication – precision, control of free-form surfaces, file organization for machining & iterative design explorations of tool-paths greatly affecting the fabricated form.

RhinoCAM is a Rhinoceros plug-in that runs completely inside of Rhino 4.0/5.0. Combining the free-form modeling power of Rhino and the legendary machining capabilities of VisualMILL, this plug-in offers an easy to use yet powerful general purpose machining program for the general machinist. RhinoCAM includes 2-1/2, 3, 4 & 5 axis milling and hole making operations. It comes with hundreds of free post-processors as well as a post-processor generator to create user definable post-processors)

Belotti 5-axis Milling – TRIM Series – automatic tool changer (on-site)
Artec 3d Color scanner

For info:

martedì 15 novembre 2011

DigitAG& Twylah - news aggregator

During the last 2 years I have posted a lot onto DigitAG& blog, but more and more onto my Facebook and Twitter accounts. More than 6000 links about generative architecture, computational design, scritping, tools but also science, biology, network, digital fabrication, technology, robots, datavisualization and education.

Now I have collected all my news into a unique webpage.
If you are interested check it out.

DigitAG& twylah page


This is the blog of Alessandro Zomparelli a student of Building Engineering/Architecture at Università degli Studi di Bologna (Italy). He is also a Co-de-iT collaborator, Blender3d user, very capable coder and digi-friend. He is developing a tool to connect Blender3d to processing and others software as Grasshopper.

Link to "sketches[of]code" blog
Link to "Blender Real-time Exporter" post

lunedì 14 novembre 2011

Responsive Skins

This blog documents an investigation of responsive building facades conducted by the Yazdani Studio as part of the Cannon Design research initiative. The primary focus is to explore systems which allow individual surface components to vary in their responses to particular local stimuli. We refer to these systems as Paratonic Surfaces, derived from the biological term used to describe adaptive movement in plants.

Link to "Rasponsive Skins" blog

lunedì 7 novembre 2011


"Established in 2003, United Visual Artists are an art and design practice based in London. UVA produce work at the intersection of sculpture, architecture, live performance, moving image and digital installation.

UVA's team members come from many disciplines including fine art, architecture, communication design, moving image, computer science and engineering.
The cross-pollination of diverse skills inspires new fields of exploration, which is core to
their ethos.

Pushing the boundaries of research, software and engineering with every project, UVA's work aims above all to be meaningful and engaging."

Link to "UVA" website
Link to "Linnaeus" post

sabato 5 novembre 2011


"OTA+ is an architecture, design and research office specializing in the application of advanced digital technologies for the visualization and fabrication of projects of all types and scale. OTA+ treats every project as an opportunity to use current design software and CNC (computer numerical controlled) machine tools to both generate and construct conceptually rigorous and formally unique design proposals. We are constantly in search of new tools and techniques to inform our design process and actively look for cross-disciplinary collaborators to push all design related fields forward. OTA+ is based in San Francisco, CA and is led by partners Kory Bieg and Alexa Getting."

Link to "OTA+" website


"The Bureau of Research, Engineering, Art & Design Ltd a.k.a BREAD are a collective of multi-disclipinary individuals with a wide array of skills and talents. We engage with people from small scale artists to major business to develop products and engagements for the physical world"

Link to "BREAD" website
Link to "BREAD" blog
Link to "Designing Hybrid Variable Materials" post

martedì 1 novembre 2011


"Established in 2006 by Santiago R. Perez, srpLAB is focused on rethinking Design + Making in the 21st century, with an interdisciplinary approach towards Architecture and Design.

srpLAB is an interdisciplinary design collaborative promoting research and discovery through MAKING. The confluence of emerging fabrication technologies, generative modeling and interactive architecture, forms the core of our research. The development of new modes of practice linking these forms of experimentation with Environmentally Innovative Strategies for Design & Fabrication, informs our teaching, research and practice.

Santiago R. Pérez, is the 21st Century Chair Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Arkansas School of Architecture. Professor Pérez teaches advanced studios and seminars focusing on emerging modes of practice, exploring fabrication technologies, generative modeling and interactive architecture."

Link to "srpLAB" website

venerdì 28 ottobre 2011

iGeo - Java Computational Design Tool

"iGeo is free and open source 3D modeling software library in Java for computational design in architecture, product design, interaction design and more. It includes libraries of vector math operations, NURBS curve and surface geometries, polygon meshes and 3D model file I/O. It also has an interface specialized for processing."

Link to "iGeo" website


Link to "Vertex Digital Design" blog


Link to "Fabrication Methodologies" blog


"MRGD is a design research collaboration of young architects dedicated to developing an innovative approach towards architecture, urbanism and design. Since it was founded in 2004, MRGD researches on various parametric design tools exploring in parallel the ideas of form finding, self organization and digital manufacturing."

Link to "MRGD" website

giovedì 27 ottobre 2011

Parametric Production

"Parametric Production researches state of the art digital planning and production technologies in architecture. Parametric Production is a blog focussing on innovations in digital architecture. It is managed by Ante Ljubas and Prof. Rüdiger Karzel, the authors of “Digitale Prozesse” (DETAIL Publishers 2010)."

Link to "Parametric Production" website

Tomasz Starczewski

Very interesting works and research on Tomasz Starczewski website.

Link to website

mercoledì 26 ottobre 2011


"Plethora-Project.com is an initiative to accelerate computational literacy in the frame of architecture and design. It aligns with the "show me your screens" motto of the TopLap live-coding group attempting to get rid of Obscurantism in digital design."

An impressive ongoing serie of tutorials about rhino-python and processing done by Jose Sanchez.

Link to "Plethora-Project" website

NEWS 067

Dima's blog - Thesis M.Arch
Dima's Blog - Random Stuff - Randomizer for Revit
Digital[Sub]stance - Point Attractor – Grasshopper GHUser Object
Digital[Sub]stance - Digital [Sub]stance Grasshopper User objects
Arch:Digital - Kinect + Grasshopper
Arch:Digital - Kinect + Grasshopper + Arduino (updates)
Heumann Design/Tech - Aluminum Folding for Sarah Oppenheimer
Ernesto Bueno's Blog - Growing a new L-E-G
Morphogenesism - Generative Algorithms_CaE_Strip Morphologies
P&Alab - Pixel_Lions(grasshopper)
The proving ground - An Energy Model... of Earth? ASHRAE + Slingshot!
ArchitectureInCombination - Dragonfly: New AI Agent engine based only on Perception
Spatial Slur - BifurMoire
P&Alab - snake_Form (processing)
NeoArchic - Project GT
Eat a Bug - Experimental Wood Structures at ETH
Eat a Bug - Open Source Architecture?
n-fold geometry - Floral Pattern On Hex Grid
Woo Jae's blog - Design Thesis, Cornell M.Arch - REORGANIZING PROCESSOF UNITE D'HABITATION
The Geometry of Bending - Hinge Force in Kangaroo
Architecture In Combination - Emitters and Sprites
Space Symmetry Structure - Patents, Precedents and Geometry
Breaking the blanks - Miura-Ori Grid on Vimeo
Elise Elsacker - Osceleton & Kinect in Grasshopper
Digital Design & Computation - Galapagos for Wing Optimization
Geometry Gym - Mesh False Color
Generative Design - Are we like bacteria now ?
The proving ground - Blender Particle Systems with Grasshopper
n-fold geometry - Four Point Stars
z4d - Mantis v0.4 beta
Digital Morphogenesis - Datamining Grasshopper
Cerver.org - Remote Sliders
Cerver.org - Qhull for GC updated
P&Alab - Swarm_Mesh
P&Alab - SinCosSin ( processing )
PARAsite - USC wins NASA grant to design structures on Moon
peer produced space - Super Super: Przemiany Festiwal
PROJECTiONE - Black Acre Prototype
Make a Hybrid - Swarm system with Grasshopper+Ghowl+Kangaroo
MadeInCalifornia - rh_PhyTower wip01
BIOS - Parking Day – with Studios Architecture and Holmes-Culley Engineers
Live Components NY - 4_6 PANELIZED FOLDING
The leda atomicus - 20,000 Agents on Meshes
Digital Morphogenesis - DesignScript – Autodesk
P&Alab - SwarmCell (processing + grasshopper + gHowl + weaverBird)
P&Alab - Swarmy (processing + grasshopper + + gHowl + weaverBird )
Generative Design - Post Parametric Revolution
ahylo - e^zCos(y)=Cos(x)
designedbyenergy - Performative Topologies
Digital Design & Computation - Galapagos for Wing Optimization
Elise Elsacker - EEG and biofeedback architecture
a-ngine - [P5] - swarming
Generative Design Computing - Parametric Origami
Generative Design Computing - Data Trees
Hybrid BioStructures - HYBIOS 4.0/ Modeling Construction Logistics
I Eat Bugs For Breakfast - Obfuscation, fear and loathing.
Performative design - Real-Time Site Analysis - For Android
Volatile prototypes - 2011 / ReactP5 for Processing
A-ngine - [P5] - aggregation
Geometry Gym - Rhino/Grasshopper to Tekla
Dima's blog - In-Place Masses as Utility Elements / Helpers. Part 1 (no API)
Urbana - reef
[n]Codon - Free-form & flat quads with Rhino.Python
New Fabrications for Architecture - Thesis video, sci-arc
The proving ground - Force-Based Data Visualization
[n]igma - emergen[cy]
Live Components NY - PROJECT : La Fabrique Sonore
LMNts - DIVA is Awesome and Everyone Should Use It
MadeInCalifornia - many posts
Digital[Sub]stance - Curve Attractors + Ascending-Descending Attractor Values GH User Objects
The leda atomicus - Mesh Colour Components
The leda atomicus - Vertex Paint -> Grasshopper Extrude
The Proving Ground - What's New in Slingshot! Database v0.8?
Lift Architects - A Five-Axis Robotic Motion Controller For Designers
Eat a bug - Modelling Funicular Structures
Eat a bug - 3D Printed Stone Vault
Geometry Gym - IFC MEP and Reinforcement
Spatial Slur - Smells Like Stigmergy
Blog Binturong - Some Thoughts from Acadia
complexitys - Re-Thinking CAD Standards: Why there's never a good time, and never a better time…
Computational Matter - Pleat Diddy
Computational Matter - Big Bird
Computational Matter - "Hey Nice Tube"
DesignEmergente - Spatial distribution in buildings through Genetic Algorithm, micro scale
DesignEmergente - Genetic algorithms as Generative Design System, half scale
generative design computing - origami | rhinoscript - python
Digital[Sub]stance - Parametric HoneyComb Boundary / 3d Print
Lift Architects - A Five-Axis Robotic Motion Controller For Designers
[n]igma - puffer pleatness
Michal Piasecki - WWAA: private gallery mock-up

ianCode - Dynamo: Visual Programming for Revit

Dynamo is Visual Programming for Revit

"This project was started by Ian Keough. The intent of this project is to provide a code playground for building interesting parametric functionality on top of that already offered by Revit, and to do so with a graphical interface that allows you to share your work with others less inclined to write code themselves. It has been developed based on feedback from several parties inlcuding Buro Happold Engineers, and students and faculty at the USC School of Architecture."

Link to "ianCode" blog

martedì 25 ottobre 2011


Very interesting blog about "architecture, geometry, computation & code".

Link to "{arc:ode}" blog
Link to "Fabrication Oriented Parametrics" post

lunedì 24 ottobre 2011

Clever Algorithms - book

Clever Algorithms - Nature-Inspired Programming Recipes

"The book "Clever Algorithms: Nature-Inspired Programming Recipes" by Jason Brownlee PhD describes 45 algorithms from the field of Artificial Intelligence. All algorithm descriptions are complete and consistent to ensure that they are accessible, usable and understandable by a wide audience."

The book is free in the on-line or PDF version.

Link to "Clever Algorithms" website

KUKA|prc - parametric robot control for Grasshopper

KUKA|prc is a new parametric robot control plugin for Grasshopper developed by "Robots in Architecture".

Link to "Robots in Architecture" new website

ENCODE - Egyptian Node for COllaborative DEsign

"ENCODE is a design by research studio created by the collaboration of young architects dedicated to explore innovative design systems on different scales from object to field aiming for a more significant Egyptian presence in the global design market. Based on the mathematical and material logic of natural systems Encode investigate various digital and physical computational tools exploring the potentials of digital design and fabrication techniques to correlate education, profession and design industry.

ENCODE team believes in research as a catalyst of innovation in the design industry. During last few years, ENCODE team conducted a series of workshops, seminars and lectures in computational design and fabrication in Alexandria, London, Vienna, Beijing. Also they have been involved in academic, organizational and professional collaborations with specialists in digital design and fabrication industry in Egypt, Germany, Italy, Palestine, China and UK. During these collaborations ENCODE has found nature as a rich world of inspiration through its mathematical and material logic.

With strategic industry partners and collaborators, we would be able to develop this knowledge through exploratory workshop environments that focus on learning through making with the latest digital design and fabrication systems through team based projects, dealing with the translation of ideas into atoms, shifting scales between study models & 1:1 fabrication prototypes."

Link to ENCODE website

mercoledì 12 ottobre 2011


"Machinators documents research and provides resources for design studios, seminars, and degree projects directed by Peter Testa and Devyn Weiser."

Link to "Machinators" blog

venerdì 7 ottobre 2011

Designing the Dynamic

Designing the Dynamic, workshop and symposium, 21-25th November, Melbourne.

"Designing the Dynamic will bring together built environment designers with specialists from mathematics, engineering, computer and material science to explore the design and representation of dynamic systems.
The aim is to build virtual and physical design prototypes and simulation tools and that represent complex trade offs in ways that support intuitive design decision-making.
Multidisciplinary teams of architects, designers, engineers, mathematicians, and scientists will address design challenges that engage the extreme dynamics of air, water and real time response and anticipation.
For immersion in space of extreme change and complexity this event will work from the context of sailing and sail boat design and the complementary pairing within that world of sailor and scientist.
In sailboat racing tiny increments in boat performance are critical to the chance of winning, recorded and tacit knowledge of the experienced sailor are as critical to success as scientific analysis, the fastest route is never the shortest.
Architects, engineers, designers, mathematicians are invited to sharpen their wits together by considering the playoff of hydrofoil and aerofoil, system behaviour and real time tuning."

Link to "Designing the Dynamic" website

algorithmic design

"This body of work is computational craft that creates consistency and precision within formal explorations. There is a conscious redefining of material constrains through pattern and code, which incubates a search for progressive manufacturing methods. Pure algorithmic design encapsulates the potential for new patterns, which manifest around generative procedures through scripted logic. This abstract material logic embodiment enables an engagement with the complexities of organizational space. Drawn from the purgatory of design, these examples demonstrate a state in computation."

Link to "algorithmic design" website

giovedì 6 ottobre 2011

Immersive Kinematics

"Immersive Kinematics is a Research Group at the University of Pennsylvania directed by professors Simon Kim and Mark Yim. This group is a collaboration between Penn Engineering and Penn Design and expands the roles of architecture and engineering focusing on integrating robotics, interaction, and embedded intelligence in our buildings, cities, and cultures. The group offers a class teaming architecture and engineering students in mechatronic projects."

Link to "Immersive Kinematics" webiste
Link to "Immersive Kinematics" blog

Radical Craft

"Radical Craft is a Los Angeles-based research and design studio operating between the fields of architecture, art, and urbanism. Through collaborations with other specialists both inside and outside of this disciplines, radical Craft locates and reworks the exsting logics into unexpected solutions.
This method of research/production takes the sensibility of craft steeped in tradition, expertise and intuition, and injects a critical investigation into emerging technologies and typologies creating new situations which appear both logical and novel."

Link to "Radical Craft" website

sabato 1 ottobre 2011

Studio AION architecture

"AION is an architectural practice engaging with the complexity of built environments through an integral approach. Matter, technique and function are treated as a continuum through a design process triggering novelty out of sistematicity and assessing praxis as a form of creative engineering of life. Understanding architecture as essentially involved in the material organization of the living, the office operates within urban and environmental processes seeking for higher system performance across scales and domains."

Link to "AION" website

New Fabrications for Architecture

Very interesting blog held by Zachary Schoch about masters thesis at sci-arc in Los Angeles, CA.

to "New Fabrications for Architecture" blog


"On this site you'll find a col­lec­tion of code exper­i­ments explor­ing gen­er­a­tive graph­ics, com­plex­ity, geom­e­try, chaos, par­ti­cles and any­thing else that catches my inter­est. It's hard to find a suit­able name for this, art is way too pre­ten­tious, algo­rithms too cold. Constructs seems to be suit­able, suf­fi­ciently mechan­i­cal but with a touch of craft."

Link to "W:BLUT" website

Stochastic Simulation and Lagrangian Dynamics

"This is the blog-diary created to monitorize the evolution of Rabindranath Andujar's thesis on Stochastic Simulation and Lagrangian dynamics applied to Structural Design. It is intended to extend collaboration with other people, allow the register of the studies, and force a discipline on recording references, lines of study, and whatever else appears."

Link to this blog