Month: October 2008

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).

dip16.net 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

Presentation at Bauhaus Weimar 20081018

Posted by on October 23, 2008

Background image unfolded models from thesis

Background image unfolded models from thesis

The workshop Artistic Research / Forschung durch Kunst und Design on October 17th-18th was part of the start up of a new art and design based PhD program at the Bauhaus Research School in Weimar. I was invited to present my licentiate thesis, as one of a number of speakers, including directors of similar research programs from schools like the Bartlett and Politecnico di Milano as well as researchers from these an other institutions.

Many of the presentations were interesting, in particular Jonathan Hill´s presentation of the importance of the drawing, and his own PhD by design as a starting point of the PhD program by design at the Bartlett School of Architecture (again reminding me of the importance of his Illegal Architect project and book to me, as a key reference in particular to my ideas on integration of discourse and project). Jonathan also made a distinction between drawing ideas and drawing appliances, to which I posed the question of drawing appliances that draws ideas. We never concluded that discussion, but to me it is interesting to see the his ideas around the importance of the conceptual architectural project, and I do not want to dispute, but rather continue into the practice based developments of projects that also make discourse, or perhaps ideas around 2nd order system development that is deployed to have a particular effect.

Presentation at White Architects 21/10 2008

Posted by on October 23, 2008

Background image parametric variations of PARCEL

Background image parametric variations of PARCEL

I was invited to White Architects to present my licentiate thesis and thoughts around parametric design on October 21st, as part of a workshop discussing ways forward in the working with Building Information Modelling and use of digital design systems. Very interesting afternoon, and I am happy to be part of yet another exchange between different practitioners.

Design tools today and tomorrow in conversation with Robert Aish 16/10

Posted by on October 23, 2008

Photo courtesy of Robert Aish

Photo courtesy of Robert Aish

As director of ssark medialab, a digital R&D environment within Scheiwiller Svensson Architects, I was very happy to organize this event with Dr Robert Aish, developer of GenerativeComponents at Bentley, now Director of Software Development at Autodesk. The seminar was part of a new initiative to open up the discussion of tools and techniques to our colleagues at other practices and within academia. We were fortunate to catch Dr Aish as he was visiting Stockholm, and we received an amazing response from the cirka 30 practices that were invited.

Each participating firm presented a few slides with issues of relevance to them today, as a background for the presentation by AIsh and the concluding discussion. We managed to have more than 30 presentations in cirka 1.5 hours, and I am extremely happy with the openes of each participant to put forward concerns and findings to everyone.

My only personal loss was that I missed the book release at KTH-A the same evening, presenting the recent AKAD book as well as the first Servo Monograph (featuring Krets projects). I knwo that some of our visitors, in particular our AA students, did manage to attend both.

This will be followed with more events, if you did not participate and would like to know more, please contact me. For those already in the loop, in the words of Dr Robert Aish, watch this space!

Presentation at Bauhaus Weimar

Posted by on October 22, 2008

The workshop Artistic Research / Forschung durch Kunst und Design on October 17th-18th was part of the start up of a new art and design based PhD program at the Bauhaus Research School in Weimar. I was invited to present my licentiate thesis, as one of a number of speakers, including directors of similar research programs from schools like the Bartlett and Politecnico di Milano as well as researchers presenting their work.

Presentation at White Architects

Posted by on October 22, 2008

I was invited to White Architects to present my licentiate thesis and thoughts around parametric design on October 21st, as part of a workshop discussing ways forward in the working with Building Information Modelling and use of digital design systems. Very interesting afternoon, and I am happy to be part of yet another exchange between different practitioners.

Robert Aish at Scheiwiller Svensson Architects

Posted by on October 22, 2008

I organized an amazing event with guest Robert Aish, inventor of GenerativeComponents, now at Autodesk. More than 30 guests from other practices as well as research gave short presentations on the theme of Our design tools today and tomorrow, followed by a presentation by Aish and a very interesting discussion at high level. The host was ssark medialab, and we will continue to arrange similar events in the near future. Many thanks to all participants!

Dip16 in Stockholm

Posted by on October 22, 2008

We had our students from AA dip16 in Stockholm for a few days last week, with the agenda of meeting key people that will be part of the ongoing research and design work over the year. We met Biomime (biomimetic material research), PIEp (Sofia Ritzén, product development and innovation), Project communication (Örjan Wikforss, the professor of my PhD project at KTH), Robert Aish (inventor of GenerativeComponents now at Autodesk), Marcelyn Gow (Servo partner and guest professor at the KTH School of Architecture), Pablo Miranda (Krets partner and computational designer at Aedas), Åsmund Gamlesaeter (computational designer at Aedas) and also participated in the Unfolding Value conference on biodiversity and biomimetics.

Past activity

Posted by on October 22, 2008

This post refers to recent activities to contextualize what I am up to in the near future, and as part of the migration of the content from the old runberger.net website into the new blog based site. In short, it is an archive of previous news posts since Novmeber 2005.

> October 2008 > Guest columnist in October issue of Swedish design magazine Rum.

> September 2008 > Receiving a Technial Licentiate at the KTH School of Architecture, after presenting the Architectural Prototypes licentiate thesis in a seminar with referee Michael Speaks.

> September 2008 > Appointed Unit Master of Diploma Unit 16 at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London.

> September 2008 > Lecturing on Prototypes and Parametric Devices in the Performative Design studio at the KTH School of Architecure.

> August 2008 > Initiating a position as PhD candidat at the KTH School of Industrial Engineering and Management.

> June 2008 > The licentiate thesis Architectural Prototypes: Modes of Design Development and Architectural Practice is completed.

> May 2008 > Show Unit is exhibited in the Fokus Kina exhibition at Östasiatiska museet.

> May 2008 > Panel member at the Prototypical Shelter roundtable discussion at the Art University of Linz.

> May 2008 > Commissioned by Arkus to write an overview of the new tools and techniques of the architect.

> May 2008 > Invited critic in diploma jury at LTH School of Architecture.

> April 2008 > Final PhD seminar with external reviewer Michael Speaks, dean of Kentucky University College of Design.

> March 2008 > Conducting the third study trip to London offices with the Architecture InFormation design studio at the KTH together with Engineering students from the University of Jönköping.

> February 2008 > Invited critic in diploma jury at LTH School of Architecture.

> February 2008 > Advanced PhD seminar with external reviewer Fredrik Nilsson (White Arkitekter).

> January 2008 > Lecture on visualization, simulation and prototyping at University West, Trollhättan.

> December 2007 > Commissioned educator in parametric design application GenerativeComponents at Tema Architects, Stockholm.

> December 2007 > External reviewer for Arkus funded research project for practicing architects.

> November 2007 > Krets project SplineGraft is featured in the Ben van Berkel and the Theatre of Immanence exhibition at the Portikus gallery in Frankfurt.

> October 2007 > Joining the board of Stockholms Arkitektförening, the local branch of the Swedish Association of Architects.

> October 2007 > SplineGraft featured in September issue of Spanish magazine Pasajes Construcción .

> October 2007 > Lectures on Structure, Representation and Digital Techniques in 1st and 2nd year at the KTH School of Architecture.

> October 2007 > Lecture on Architecture and Technology: Drivers for Innovation at the School of Engineering at the University of Jönköping.

> September 2007 > Advising architect for the Spelar Roll exhibition at the Living History Forum, Stockholm.

> September 2007 > Attending the Creative Systems – Architecture in a New Industrialized Context conference at CINARK, Copenhagen.

> September 2007 > Initiating the Architecture InFormation Articulations 4th year design studio at the KTH School of Architecture, in collaboration with Ulrika Karlsson.

> August 2007 > Presenting the work of Krets at METROPOLIS lab in Copenhagen.

> June 2007 > Invited critic at London Metropolitan University.

> May 2007 > Invited participant in workshop in the Cultural Infrastructure Kista project of the Interactive Institute in Kista.

> May 2007 > Reivew of Morphosis courthouse project in Eugene, Oregon, published in RUM design journal.

> April 2007 > The proposal for the Gotland Arena project , a collaboration with YAJ Architects , goes public.

> April 2007 > Attending the Manufacturing Material Effects symposium at Ball State University, Indianapolis.

> March 2007 > Temporarily relocating to Los Angeles for a 2 month research trip, funded by ARQ Foundation.

> February 2007 > Lecturing at Mejan Labs in Stockholm.

> January 2007 > Participating in the Smart Geometry Winter Workshop in New York.

> December 2006 > Member of the Online Group of the Space of Communication research project, based at the Städelschule in Frankfurt.

> November 2006 > Invited speaker at Arkus-dagen.

> November 2006 > Lecture on Material Remediations in SplineGraft at the Architectural Association, London.

> November 2006 > Appointed External Examiner for MA Architecture & Digital Design Systems at London Metropolitan University.

> November 2006 > The Architecture In-Formation design studio is initiated at the KTH School of Architecure.

> October 2006 > Lecture on Architecture and Technology: Contemporary Phenomena at the School of Engineering at the University of Jönköping.

> September 2006 > Krets project SplineGraft presented at dorkbot sthlm 4, in a day long event hosted by CRAC and Ersta konsthall.

> September 2006 > Lecture on the role of the architect in industrialized processes in the professional studies programme organized by Swedish Associaiton of Architects.

> August 2006 > SplineGraft featured in Arkitekten, German Form magazine and Entry Paradise: New Worlds of Design .

> August 2006 > Jonas Runberger and Pablo Miranda complete the new Krets project SplineGraft exhibited at Open House: Intelligent Living by Design, a travelling exhibition organized by Vitra Design Stiftung and Art Center College of Design.

> June 2006 > Jonas Runberger and Ylva Gunterberg Ädelqvist are interviewed in Swedish design magazine RUM.

> June 2006 > Attending Generative Components summit in Prague.

> May 2006 > Presentation at seminar on industrialized housing production organized by Swedish Institute of Steel Construction.

> May 2006 > External advisor for validation of new MA programs on digital design and manufacture at London Metropolitan University.

> April 2006 > Lecture on Representation as Design Instrument at Visual Forum 2006 , Gothenburg.

> March 2006 > Article on the potential of new architectural design tools and industrialized production published in Arkitekten (Swedish only).

> March 2006 > The Informed Modularity design studio was completed at KTH, Stockholm.

> March 2006 > Pablo Miranda and Jonas Runberger lectured on Material Remediations at the Architectural Association, London.

> Feb 2006 > Report on Volumetric housing production completed at Scheiwiller Svensson Architects, funded and published by Boverket.

> Jan 2006 > Krets participates in the AKAD group exhibition at Lunds Konsthall, opening reception Jan. 20.

> Jan 2006 > Lecture on the role of the architect in industrialized processes in the professional studies programme organized by Swedish Associaiton of Architects.

> Dec 2005 > Krets is introduced to Generative Components, a parametric extension to the Microstation CAD-package, which will be used in teaching and redevelopment of the PARCEL project.

> Nov 2005 > The new Krets website is now on-line!

> Nov 2005 > Movie production for the exhibition Vems Röst? Vilken Musik? at Musikmuseet, Stockholm

> Nov 2005 > Lectures at Konstfack and Berghs School of Communication, Stockholm.

> Nov 2005 > Presentation of paper “Remediation as operation and strategy within architectural design development” at the Research Spaces conference, London.

> Nov 2005 > Presentation of personal research at Plats schhh…. , an exhibition at Konstakademin, Stockholm.