Following an earlier proposal, Dsearch developed a design for a series of 30 unique panels used for fences and view obstruction in the Koggens gränd housing project. Using the Voronoi diagram, a digital design trope overly used in past years and these days integrated as an automated function within Grasshopper, the development was focused on achieving different types of transformations of the pattern, creating panels with shifting densities and local variations that encompass house numbers and protective details for security measures.
The Contemporary Practice: Beyond the Crisis invited designers, clients, developers, and educators to discuss interdisciplinary challenges affecting the built environment.
Regional and international speakers with multi-disciplinary backgrounds initiated discussions about: political vision and the built environment (Leadership); specialisation, scale and region (Construction); process, fabrication, education (Design). The initiative supports the Research Cluster Design and Technology for a Sustainable Built Environment launched by the School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH, in January 2010.
Among the speakers were Christer Larsson (Director of Development, Malmö), Kristina Alvendal (Vice Mayor at City of Stockholm), Sarah Jackson (Director of Design Review, CABE, UK), Klaus Bode (founding Partner, BDSP, London), Hugh Whitehead (Specialist Modeling Group, Foster and Partners, London), Rikard Espling (Skanska Sweden), Frank Barkow (Barkow Leibinger Arkitekten, Berlin), Erik Stening (Skandinaviska Glassystem, Gothenburg), Neri Oxman (MIT, Cambridge), Ole Gustavsson (Snöhetta, Oslo) and Cristiano Ceccato (Zaha Hadid Architects, London).
The event was organized by Architectural Technologies Research at the KTH School of Architecture, through Tim Anstey, Hanif Kara, Lina Martinsson and Erik Törnkvist, in association with the cross-department Forum for Industrial Building Practices (KTH FIND) and with the support of Stockholms Arkitektförening. I was an advisor on early stages of planning, and a moderator for the second session (with Louise Masreliez), themed: Construction – Specialisation, scale and region.
I was invited critic in the technical seminar titled Integrated Parametric Design, run by Lina Martinsson Achi and Gunnar Tibert. The seminar is part of the new course structure in the 4th year curriculum, as a support to the design studios. A short introduction to the seminar as follows:
The overall aim of the course is for the students to develop a software independent work method that takes structural mechanics as a creative starting point for parametric design, linking parametric modelling with structural analysis.
The students were working with software such as Grasshopper, ForcePad and PointSketch to explore the relation between geometry and structural mechanics, and how this link may be investigated and developed through analysis modelling. The seminars constitute an interesting new opportunity to go deeper into certain aspects of design, and it was very nice to see projects that explored actual structural behaviors.
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