Category: Research

Hanif Kara at ssark seminar 7/9 2009

Posted by on October 5, 2009

Introducing Hanif Kara

Introducing Hanif Kara

As the third event on this series of open seminars on Architecture, Technology, Media and Communication hosted by the ssark medialab at Scheiwiller Svensson Architects our special guest was Hanif Kara, founding partner of Adams Kara Taylor Engineers in London. He presented the work of the office, with a focus on, the internal concept for setting up innovative collaborations with architects and other disciplines.

Additional presenters were Gunnar Tibert, docent in Flexible Structures at the KTH and his PhD student Seif Dalilsafaei as well as Gustaf Fagerström, architect at KPF and guest lecturer at London Metropolitan University.

These seminars are aimed at establishing a platform for advanced and critical discusisons within architectural practice in Stockholm, based around technology as means of innovation. More than 20 local practices were represented among the guests

Our guests

Our guests

Accepting position as Director of Research and Development

Posted by on February 9, 2009

I have accepted the role of Director of Research and Development at Scheiwiller Svensson Architects. I will still be directing the ssark medialab, which makes my current 20% position at the office entirely devoted to issues of development. This work is very relevant to my PhD research project, and especially our trials with a DocuWiki system as a platform fro collaborative development work will be a very important case in my thesis work. The work includes the coordination of six different development fields, including the ssark medialab.

Seminar on Architecture and Technology at ssark, 5/2 2009

Posted by on February 9, 2009

Lars Hesselgren at the ssark medialab seminar

Lars Hesselgren at the ssark medialab seminar

As the second event of this week, Lars Hesselgren, research director at KPF Associates, presented at a seminar hosted by ssark medialab. This was part of a series of seminars on Architecture and Technology I am arranging as the director of the ssark medialab, with invited guests from many Stockholm offices. My hope is here to establish an informed critical discussion of digital design processes within practice.

We also had presentations from local architects. Raimo Joss from White presented Stockholm Waterfront, where a parametric thinking was implemented in the project development. Olof Philipsson and Pär Thunberg presented their diploma thesis, where an office building is acting as a case through early phase collaborations between architects and engineers are explored. Benjamin Melin Mandre and Björn Ekelundpresented a cross disciplinary research project developing alternate designs for power lines, using tensigrity structures.

Research seminar 4/2 2009 – Parametrics and Industrialized production

Posted by on January 30, 2009

Professor Örjan Wikforss introducing the seminar

I presented my research based on the licentiate thesis Architectural Prototypes , international references and recent developments in Industrialized production within the building industry in this first in a series of seminars arranged by Forum för Industriell Byggnadskonst (The Forum for industrialized architecture and building). The seminar was held at Project Communication / KTH School of Industrial Engineering and Management (IndEk) 4th of February 2009.

Participants included representatives from IndEk, the KTH School of Architecture as well as practitioners. Interesting issues brought up related to parameter theory in economics, production of short series, the definition of parameters as well as the prototype compared to the working model.

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

Volymelement i bostadsarkitekturen, 2006

Posted by on November 1, 2006

Publication based on the report on modular housing for Boverket, researched and written by Ylva Gunterberg Ädelqvist and Jonas Runberger. Focused on the pragmatic aspects of modular housing and complete material of the featured case studies. Available in Swedish from Arkus

SplineGraft design project, 2006

Posted by on November 1, 2006

SplineGraft structural rack

The SplineGraft project sets up a reactive environment in which sound dampening panels are continuously reshaped by a network of actuating devices, triggered by user movement. The panels are grafted into an existing environment, supported by structural racks allowing a range of different configurations. SplineGraft can be set in different overall shapes independent of its behavior. The different parts are grafted onto each other; the profiled polyurethane panels are articulated by the configuration of the structural racks. The texture of this primary form is reshaped in real time by the control system integrated in the structural racks; a continuous form finding process with emergent patterning effects. In return, the spline ridges of the panels disperse these transformations horizontally.

The supporting structural racks are assembled from cnc-milled clear acrylic units, each integrating the actuating mechanisms, milled tracks for cabling and etched nickel brass conduits for inter-unit connectivity. The angle between each structural component can be set in five different positions, allowing the rack to be set at a convex or concave configuration, while maintaining conductive links between each part. Each rack of five units is controlled by a micro controller, steering the integrated actuators in the form of dual shape memory alloy wires. The central intelligence of each rack communicates with neighboring racks through radio.

SplineGraft behavior
The behaviour of the SplineGraft is controlled by a genetic algorithm; a computer program that simulates and compresses the geologically slow processes of natural selection to nanoseconds of computational time, in order to evolve solutions to specific problems. The Spline Graft algorithm is in this way trying to emit patterns of movement which stimulate occupation of the space it has been grafted in to. The matching of sensor readings and motor reactions in an apparently intentional way by the Spline Graft, transforms architecture into a cybernetic agent involved in the making and production of space.

Simulated SplineGraft panel

Simulated SplineGraft panel

SplineGraft materials
CNC-milled acrylic structural components with integrated wiring, machined polyurethane foam, etched nickel brass conductors, IR Movement Sensor, custom made PCB Cards, AVR Atmega8 Microcontrollers, Radio Modules, diverse electronic components, Flexinol® shape memory alloy actuators with protective Teflon tubes.

SplineGraft was developed by Krets partners Pablo Miranda and Jonas Runberger.
Electronic hardware developed in collaboration with Åsmund Gamlesæter.
Supporting development Team: Nick Flygt, Emma Sander, Sanna Söderhäll and Sandra Westin.
The SplineGraft project development was supported by AKAD, Vitra Design Stiftung and the Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation.

Open House – architecture and technology for intelligent living, 2006

Posted by on October 1, 2006

Open House exhibition catalogue

Open House exhibition catalogue

SplineGraft featured in Open House Exhibition Catalogue, in the article New spaces – new materials written by Christiane Sauer principle of Formade, 2006

New spaces – new materials in Open House – architecture and technology for intelligent living exhibition catalogue ENTRY 2006
for Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein 2006