I was invited as a critic to the first year reviews at the KTH School of Architecture. More or less the first review the students ever had, the course looked at structure and geometry, with the theme of symbiosis. A lot of impressive work, and many interesting ideas. The studio is led by Ylva Lindstedt and Jonah Fritzell, supported by Mia Vendel and Johan Lindersson. It is always a joy to see quite rigorous experimentation at this early stage.
Month: October 2009
I presented the work of AA DIP 16 at this event which gathered researchers, entrepreneurs, decision makers and architects for a focused discussion on Biomimetics and Biomimicry in a symposium at KTH Albanova, Stockholm. Additional speakers included Christopher Allen and Denise DeLuca from the Biomimicry Institute, Vincent Bulone and Lars Berglund representing Biomime at KTH, Richard Bonser from the University of Reading, Ulrika Karlsson of Servo and KTH, Antonia Ax:son Johnson as founder of Antonia Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Sustainable Development as well as a number of researchers and representatives from the city of Stockholm. My focus was partly on giving examples of biomimetic references in the work of the students at AA DIP16, but also to introduce the student design project as a platform for collaboration and a testbed that could prove beneficial to interests outside eduction. My hope is that this event will lead to new collaboration in student work as well as in my own research.
I presented my PhD thesis project at the KTH Department of Real Estate and Construction Management (which my department Project Communication is affiliated to), in the weekly series of lunch seminars. My focus was to give an overview of my field of research into architectural design processes and the different contexts that I relate to, including parametric techniques, fabrication and industrial processes. This was my first presentation in this context since I moved from Industrial Engineering and Management in April. I concluded with defining the current challenges of the project, including establishing more firm links between design driven techniques and design- and production processes in the building industry.
This lecture introduces the notion of the Operative Representation to 1st year students, suggesting that a critical awareness of the mode of representaiton always has been crucial to the practice of architecture. Going briefly through the history of representation it investigates how the plan, the section, the perspective, the isometric drawing and the physical model reflects the intentions and the result of design. This is transfered into contemporary issues of parametric design principles, which potentially re-establishes a link to physical production that has been more distant since the introduction of representational techniques.
The lecture features historical and contemporary references as well as personal work and student work from DIP16 at the Architectural Association.
I presented ideas on the theme Visualization: Parametrics as an opportunity within Architecture in this lecture for 4th year engineering students. Mixing contemprary references and alternate visions on the potential of new digital techniques for architectural production, the aim was here to introduce parametric design principles as a crucial factor in the architecture of tomorrow.
We introduced Diploma unit 16 at the Architectural Association at the start of the new year, followed by interviews and student selection. We have a good team and look forward to the coming year. Jonas Lundberg and Andrew Yau will head the unit this year, assisted by Thomas Tong. I will be focusing on the fortcoming AA Agendas publication that will feature the design based research of the unit over the first five years, and do regular London trips for specific unit events.
More on the work of the unit at dip16.net
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 p.art, 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
To complement a previous design for Swedish Travelling exhibitions, Show Unit, I was asked for a quick sketch for a sign to help visitors find their way to the mobile video screening space. The design was based on the original form of Show Unit, and colors will be set to match the particular venue.
I was invited b y Tim Anstey to lecture in the Architecture and Technology series for the 4th years, presenting ideas around technology as a driver for innovation. The lecture featured international references, work fromAA DIP16, as well as my own work.