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mercoledì 23 giugno 2010

venerdì 18 giugno 2010

Hyper Threads - AA Bangalore Summer School 2010

A 10 day workshop and 1 day symposium conducted by AA School of architecture, London and BMS College of Engineering , Bangalore. 02 – 12 August , 2010.

This August the AA School of Architecture, London, Zaha Hadid Architects Computation and Research group (ZHACDRG), Autodesk Inc and Department of Architecture, BMS College of Engineering , Bangalore will bring a unique architectural workshop and 1 day symposium to Bangalore. The workshop as represented by the diversity of the collaborators, will explore the relations between contemporary software technology, design techniques, creative expression and its manifestation within India's emergent economy and ancient built traditions. The intention is to look beyond Computer Aided Design (CAD ) as simple design automation to CAD as enabling architectural creativity whilst still responding to complex spatial and material performance constraints of our times.

The workshop will focus on exploring connections between architecture, New Media and fabrication. The aim will be to provide the participants conceptual and programming framework for advanced digital methods within collaborative architectural design. Towards this, the workshop intends to make available a rich, varied and international talent pool from institutions such as Zaha Hadid Architects London, AA School of Architecture , London, Southern California institute of architecture ( SCI-Arc ), Los Angeles apart from local partners including BMS college, Bangalore. Further, the workshop expects to tap into expertise of Autodesk, who are on-board as software-development / training collaborators of the workshop.

The workshop will initiate participants into a compressed version of design to production cycles in contemporary architectural practices. The design brief for the workshop will centre on the design of a canopy/shelter and the emphasis in the teaching will be placed on emergent computational design-production tools and techniques. Aiming to extend the knowledge base of the participants, the workshop will use production-proven design methods, and software platforms – both for concept development and material articulation. It looks to build on previously successful workshops at the AA and elsewhere, and generate a platform to show case India's architectural design talent.

AA School of Architecture and BMSCE will individually certify participation in the workshop as part of their design curricula.
Autodesk Inc will certify participation as part of their Autodesk training certification for specific software used / taught during the course.

Tutors | workshop
- Chikara Inamura Researcher – design delivery, Zaha Hadid Architects & Advanced computational design tutor, and AA Design Research Lab (AADRL).
- Shajay Bhooshan Lead researcher, Computation and Design Group, Zaha Hadid Architects. Advanced computational design tutor, AA & AADRL.
- John Klein Technical tutor , Southern California Institute-Architecture.
- Mostafa El Sayed Researcher , AA Alumni , Computation and Design Group , Zaha Hadid Architects.
- Abhishek Bij Associate – Design Plus, New Delhi & Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Gurgaon & CEPT University, Ahmadabad.
- MadhuChand Asst Professor, Architect, BMS College of Engg, Bangalore , Local Coordinator.
- Dr.Mamatha P Raj , professor , BMS College of Engg, Bangalore, Local coordinator.

Symposium | probable speakers
- Brett Steele, Director of AA
- Christopher Pierce, Director of AA Visiting School, AA Unit Master
- Nils Fischer, Associate , Zaha Hadid Architects , London. TBC
- BS Bhooshan , BSB Architects, Professor, BMS College, Bangalore, India.
- Kiran Venkatesh , Inform Architects, Bangalore , TBC
- Vijay Sohni, President , Council of Architecture, India.

Eligibility | target Audience.
There is not a pre-requisite to know any of the software that will be used during the course. The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, recent graduates, young professionals, and design teachers looking to augment their digital skills from India and elsewhere. The workshop will benefit students looking to pursue post graduate studies / research in architecture as also architectural firms looking to train their staff.


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giovedì 17 giugno 2010



To apply: education@opolab.com

"Speculatis" develops a context to conceptualize the intersection of lighting systems and their possible interaction with user movement, programmatic space and morphological innovation in relationship to advanced modeling techniques and fabrication technologies.
The platform of exploration intends to foster awareness on the potential of modulating relationships of light intensity with various environmental dynamic factors and their relationship to program in architectural space and landscapes at large providing an opportunity to rethink concepts of space and ambiance as generators of architectural and urban space - while learning and applying tools to fully realize them as products, objects, spaces or other entities.
The workshop will be divided into 2 parts.

The first part - "machina" - will consist of seminars and practical classes addressing conceptualization, modeling and fabrication techniques for the construction of possible innovative structures of chandeliers. Both seminars and classes will approach the intersection of concepts of morphology, structure and interactivity and the capability of tuning those with several advanced modeling techniques and fabrication technologies.
The second part - "lux" - will consist of seminars and practical classes that encompass the full implementation of the interactive lighting system in the structure realized formerly in the first section. Students will learn techniques to create sensing of input and modulation of light output, explore integration of respective electronic systems in their structures and complete a final chandelier with full operational capacity.

Saturday, July 10th - Tuesday, July 13th
Introduction lecture.
Seminars on modeling with rhino and rhino scripting and on use of cutter.
Studio consultancy with teams to discuss specific projects.
Fabrication of unit.

Wednesday, July 14th - Saturday, July 17th
Introduction to electronics and lighting wiring.
Seminar on tools for connection of interactive parts.
Studio consultancy with teams to discuss specific projects.
Fabrication of final unit with interactive parts.

Saturday, July 17th - Final Presentation
Discussion with invited guests.

Carla Leitao (aUm studio, Umasideia, Pratt)
Ezio Blasetti (ahylo, algorithmicdesign.net, Pratt)

In collaboration with:

For more information:
speculatis website

To apply:

martedì 15 giugno 2010


"This is the online platform for Organicités: Piraeus Tower, an architectural design studio taught by Jeffrey Huang, Trevor Patt, and Nathaniel Zuelzke at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in the Spring semester 2010."
"this studio explores the tectonic scale and its associated questions of materiality, fabrication, and assembly."
Interessantissimo blog del corso "Piraeus Tower studio" presso il Media Design Lab di Losanna.

lunedì 14 giugno 2010

2 scholarships for italian architects at IaaC - Barcelona

L'architetto e Prof. Cesare Griffa mi ha scritto:
"sono riuscito a ottenere il finanziamento di due borse di studio da parte della Santa & Cole a copertura del 50% delle fee di iscrizione al corso di master in advanced architecture allo IAAC di Barcellona per l'a.a. 2010-2011. Le borse sono dedicate a giovani laureati italiani."

Scholarships for italian architects
digital fabrication techn|ques and design

Santa & Cole offers two scholarships of 50% of the tuition fee for the Master in Advanced Architecture that takes place in the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC) in
Barcelona, Spain. The objective of this program is to empower the relation between italian architects and Barcelona, through the instruction in digital fabrication techniques and the design of the new urban space.

Scholarships selection committee:
Giovanni Cutolo, President of Santa & Cole - Italy
Cesare Griffa, Professor at the Politecnico di Torino - Italy
Vicente Guallart, Director of IaaC - Barcelona, Spain

The candidates are asked to submit the following required
- Completed application form (http://www.iaac.net)
- Letter of intent
- Portfolio containing representative design work (academic and/or professional) DINA4 format.
- Curriculum Vitae

Application Deadline 2nd of July 2010 (delayed to 15th July 2010)
for more information contact:

Penso che sia un opportunità decisamente interessante e rara ..... quindi fatevi sotto!

mercoledì 9 giugno 2010


"MORPHOGENESISM is a Research and Design Studio in Architecture and related fields in Biology, Natural Morphogenesis, Self-Organization, Advance Geometry, Computation, Fabrication and Generative Algorithms. The aim is to explore design areas in a multidisciplinary fashion due to the fact that architecture is a hybrid product, synthesised of multiple branches of knowledge."

Segnalo sia il sito che il blog di Zubin Khabazi e ne approfitto per segnalare che ha rilasciato un nuovo manuale dedicato al weaving in grasshopper.

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