Category: Teaching

Introduction to GenerativeComponents, 6/2 2009

Posted by on February 9, 2009

GC workshop at the KTH School of Industrial Engineering and Management

GC workshop at the KTH School of Industrial Engineering and Management

The third event of this week was a full day GC introduction, open to students and your practitioners. The event was supported by KTH School of Industriel Engineering and Management, Bentley Systems, the SmartGeometry Group and Scheiwiller Svensson Architects. Main  tutors Lars Hesselgren (KPF Director of Research) and myself, with assistance by Mania Agahei, Petter Forsberg, Raimo Joss, Alexander Trimboli and Thomas Tong (AADIP16/KPF).

Invited critic at KTH School of Architecture, 081208

Posted by on December 9, 2008

I was an invited critic in the Performative Design studio at the KTH School of Architecture. The work was quite impressive, with proposals for a Marine Biology Field Station, and a strong focus on geometry, parametric systems and fabrication. The very suggestive proposals allowed a in-depth discussion on issues of project specific system development. Other invited guests included Tim Anstey, Johanna Bruce and Mats Brodén. The studio share the site in Simrishamn with AA Dip16, but we will introduce the brief after the christmas holidays.

Excerpts from the brief:

3D print of detail from one of the proposals

3D print of detail from one of the proposals

In the context of a Marine Biology Field Station that mediates and acts as an interface between sea and land, student groups will develop a theory of superficial depth operating at multiple scales in their proposals primarily through the use, transformation and exploration of selected surface geometries. Superficial depth, a modulation of surfaces moving from the smooth and undifferentiated to those that are infused with substantive qualities, will be used to generate a series of microclimatic regions in the project. A microclimate is a local atmospheric zone where the climate differs from the surrounding area. Each group will introduce microclimates as sites of exchange in the project and each proposal will consider issues of programmatic (spatial and temporal organization), formal (pattern, texture, color, aperture, shape and mass), structural (material tolerance, load bearing capacity) and environmental (microclimatic modulation capacities, thermal, water, light and acoustic modulation) performance.

Studio Responsible: Prof. Marcelyn Gow and Prof. Ulrika Karlsson
Teacher Assistants: Jonah Fritzell and Adam Lind

AA Diploma Unit 16 Adaptive Ecologies 1; Composite Materialities, 2008 – 2009

Posted by on October 25, 2008

Seminar with Robert AIsh at Scheiwiller Svensson Architects as part of Dip16 Stockholm study trip

Dip16 visiting Robert Aish seminar in Stockholm. Photo courtesy of Robert Aish

Dip16 is examining current tendencies in spatial production dictated by developments in material science, digital manufacturing, processes of industrial production and economics as well as new organizational models and methods of procurement. This is directly aimed at deploying architecture as a customized consumer object as the premise for the production and realization of a frivolous space arising from a new environmentally conscious ecology of construction.

We will question the building industry’s short sighted view of the balance between quality, longevity, economy and environmental impact and investigate alternate economical systems in order to found an agile and adaptive framework for a an innovative and sustainable architecture exploiting key concepts such as parametric design, digital fabrication, localized production and ultimately mass customization.

The act of building is our planet’s largest polluting agent. In our view innovation in technology, material science, fabrication techniques and production methods is offering the only novel way of producing space capable of reducing waste, the carbon footprint and our dependency on fossil fuels without having to entirely rely on reductive models of optimization and performance. Dip16 will be researching this new ecology of industrialized building and looking for new solutions based on industrialized production deploying processes and procurement routes provided by NGOs and Open Source communities.

We are searching for an architecture of composites in which spatial quality, material performance, the design of fabrication processes as well as production processes are balanced means in the production of a highly site and context specific architecture with an inherit capacity for redeployment and re-adaptation.

Dip 16 will revisit traditional building concepts such as blocks, slabs, post and beams, shells, frames, tents and fibres as well as ecologies of fabrication and production through history. In the search for composite conditions we will investigate basic building taxonomy through means of fabrication such as milling, folding, laminating, sewing, stacking, interlocking, hanging, injection moulding, compositing, extrusion, weaving, bundling etc. Spatially and programmatically this will entail various degrees of articulation from the standardized low tech component to the highly articulated formal element, avoiding self similar repetition in favour for the diversity of the composite.

We will spring from the past years’ open exploration of parametric and computational techniques in the search for a more contextual and integrated mode of design, in which the rationality sought for in the industry, can meet formal, analytical and procedural experimentation across a range of seamlessly integrated scales managed via a building information model (BIM). is the blog for AA Diploma 16 taught by Jonas Lundberg, Andrew Yau, Jonas Runberger and Thomas Tong at the Architectural Association, London.

Architecture InFormation / Articulations, 2007 – 2008

Posted by on October 25, 2008

Project by Petra Lindfors, Robert Volz and Henric Wernefeldt

The AIF Articulations studio focused on the design, modulation and construction of new modes of transparencies and visibilities and their affects (with plural emphasis). What are transparency, visibility and semi-visibility today? What are their gradients? How do they grow and adapt to site and program and what aesthetic strategies do they produce? As a case for this endeavour the studio deals with the design of a series of independent media production buildings, where an interesting reciprocal relationship between technology and the material is active. This was paralleled by a rigorous investment and research into digital design, digital fabrication and industrialized production.

The Architecture InFormation studio had a continuous research agenda that re-considers the history of systems and components in post- war 20th century architecture and further re-examines the implications of a cellular or componental approach in contemporary architectural design practice and aesthetic discourse.

KTH School of Architecture 4th year design studio, 2007 – 2008
Examiner: Ulrika Karlsson
Tutors: Ulrika Karlsson and Jonas Runberger

Architecture InFormation / Device InFormation, 2006 – 2007

Posted by on July 25, 2007

The Device InFormation studio operated at the scale of the interior and the membrane of a building, looking for proposals that brings about very specific effects, while a being applicable to different environments. The proposals should in this way be considered design systems, addressing issues of design, production and performance. These design systems should make use of parametric principles on different levels, primarily considering the effect of spatial conditions, while implicating structural, organizational and production aspects. The formal effects should suggest functions and programs rather than be defined of them.

The AIF Device InFormation studio was the first semester of three in the AIF studio 2006-2007, run by Jonas Runberger assisted by Thomas Wingate. It was followed by the AIF Cell Tales and the AIF Architecture and Mass Media studios, run by Ulrika Karlsson and Erik Hökby.

The Architecture InFormation studio has a continuous research agenda that re-considers the history of systems and components in post- war 20th century architecture and further re-examines the implications of a cellular or componental approach in contemporary architectural design practice and aesthetic discourse.

KTH School of Architecture 4th year design studio, 2006 – 2007
Examiner: Ulrika Karlsson
Tutors: Jonas Runberger and Thomas Wingate

Informed Modularity, 2005 – 2006

Posted by on July 25, 2006

Presentations by visting studio AA Dip16

The Informed Modularity 4th year track 5 aimed to reconsider the history of the component or module in post- war 20th century architecture and to further re-examine the implications of a componential approach in contemporary architectural design practice. This includes the modularisation of skill and expertise, industrial production and construction systems as well as business models in post-war architecture. Central for Post-war architecture were processes of modularisation that resulted in programmatic and material organisations of mass-production and standardisation. Today there is a renewed interest in the component as an architectural approach. Standardisation is today replaced by an interest in mass customization and in the possibility for components to be systematically or parametrically differentiated or modulated in order to generate spatial, programmatic, infrastructural and material configurations that respond to local conditions and desires.

part 1 was the Crash Course called The construction of Swedish identity: rethinking the Kurbits and the filling of surface. The work focused on the construction of identity/identities and its relationships to the ornamental and the decorative through a small urban program. Further the work concentrated on an architectural cellular strategy with a rigor in structural, programmatic and material applications. The crash course was run by Ulrika Karlsson.

Project by Andrew Martin, Alessandra Pantuso and Sanna Söderhäll

Project by Andrew Martin, Alessandra Pantuso and Sanna Söderhäll

part 2 was an architecture studio in the second trimester of the year where the students was looking at identity/identities in relation to living and housing of the future. Looking back at experiments of the last century; including the work of Jean Prouvé, the Californian Case Study Houses program from 1945-1962, Archigram and the Metabolists of the 1960s, a wide range of projects addressing technology and its social and cultural ramifications can be identified. With contemporary issues of industrialization such as Lean Production and mass customization as a departure point, the studio projected ideas further, using advances in technology and new modes of living to explore future issues of housing development. The studio also conducted a study trip to London visitng practices such as AKT, KPF and Aedas, as well as took part in workshops with Architectural Association Diploma Unit 16.

KTH School of Architecture design studio 2005 – 2006
Examiner: Ulrika Karlsson
Tutors: Pablo Miranda and Jonas Runberger

STHLMrandzon, 2003 – 2004

Posted by on July 25, 2004

A one year track in the 3rd year curriculum, with a focus on urban planning. Set up in three stages. During the first phase the students will develop planning documents for selected areas of Stockholm, based on initial analysis. The second phase initiated an experimental session, with investigations into organisational and constructive structures. The third phase was based on the forthcoming curriculum with a Bsc thesis in third year, and will involved the design of a complex building.

KTH School of Architecture, 2003 – 2004
Responsible teacher: Maria Larsson
Teaching team: Maria Larsson, Anders Johansson, Mårten Leringe, Johan paju, Jonas Runberger and Anna Webjörn

Info_liations / ex_foliations, 2003

Posted by on October 25, 2003

A one week workshop at the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory at the RMIT in Melbourne.

The ubiquity of electronically-conditioned cultures within the context of contemporary social transactions invigorates a dialogue between states of materiality and states of immateriality. This one-week workshop explicitly examined the transduction of informed states between a series of material and immaterial sites causing a reconsideration of these categories. These informed states were specific to the media in which they originate and was be defined by each team at the start of the workshop.

The workshop was part of INTIMATE DISTANCE: Liveness and Affect, a Visiting Fellows Program part of the SIAL Graduate Certificate Program. It was performed as an inserted catalyst in the mid of a seven week design course directed towards the design of an exhibition space. Student teams had prepared outlines that could be transformed and enriched during the workshop.

Info_liations / ex_foliations brief suggested a networked feedback environment that would emerge as a number of nested environments or nodes that maintained a micro scale of physical – digital connected spaces, affecting each other through more or less perceivable principles. A number of these nodes, comprised of a digital setting and a physical interface, would be connected and send and receive information trough transactions. These points of contact were established early on in the workshop and the different teams operated simultaneously in the various media continually activating these contact points throughout the duration of the workshop. Protocols for this exchange were established, using the Urbantoys v.2 as a reference, and the Virtools software package as a main platform.

Through this set-up, the student teams provided flexible designs in which behaviours or scripts could be exchanged during the development, and outside guests could manipul,ate the conditions of the design, thereby entering an open-ended dialogue on design qualities.

SIAL, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia August 2003
Tutors: Krets, through: Marcelyn Gow, Daniel Norell and Jonas Runberger

Project or Proposal (PoP), 2002

Posted by on October 25, 2002

The PoP course critically explored a number of related issues concerning the areas between concept and technology, model and representation and process and proposal. The course reevaluated the components of the architectural project through the use and abuse of digital tools and the development of instrumental models.

The course was founded in the interest of the academic architectural project and its context, and the use of its potential. This five week course was set up to explore different themes and design environments, in order to find different potentials. Three different tracks were defined by references, in theory, literature and existing projects. Although dependent on texts to set up environments for discussion, the students were asked to do complete design projects, and stress issues as far as possible in five summer weeks. Projects range for explorations of attitude in a design-process, to actual suggestions for different “real” interventions, always with a mode of speculation.

KTH School of Architecture summer studio 2002
Examinator: Peter Ullstad
Tutors: Pablo Miranda, Daniel Norell, Jonas Runberger, Adam Somlai-Fischer

Communicative Spaces, 2001 – 2002

Posted by on October 25, 2002

Communicative Spaces was first of a series of courses for the Media Technology department at the KTH, with the objective of merging technological skill and new approaches to design. Bringing in architectural aspects also fused spatial qualities with mediated environments.

The students were asked to conduct research into the fields where media and architecture meet. The practical task was to create media ‘environments’ for remote and local exchange, combining experience of interactive media with the presence of physical spaces. The result was a presentation of the working environment in principle, where each group demonstrated the technology, the ideas and speculated on the effects the installation might have on the interaction between people.

Hypersketch 3 / Communicative Spaces 1, KTH Media Technology, spring 2001
Tutors: Tobi Schneidler and Jonas Runberger

Communicative Spaces 2, KTH Media Technology, spring 2002
Tutors: Pablo Miranda, Daniel Norell Jonas Runberger and Adam Somlai-Fischer

Communicative Spaces , KTH Media Technology, fall 2002
Tutors: Pablo Miranda, Annika Nyström, Jonas Runberger, Maria Sigeman and Adam Somlai-Fischer