Tag: digital design

Lecture at KTH School of Architecture 6/10 2009

Posted by on October 6, 2009

Background image New babylon by Constant Nieuwenhuys

Background image New babylon by Constant Nieuwenhuys

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.

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).

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.

Lars Hesselgren and seminar with clients 4/2 2009

Posted by on February 9, 2009

Lars Hesselgren at the presentation in the sky bar of the former tax office, Stockholm

As the first session of three arranged by ssark medialab, Lars Hesselgren, the research director of KPF Associates presented work developed with GenerativeComponents to Swedish clients and contractors. I concluded the presentation by introducing the ongoing work to implement parametric principles at Scheiwiller Svensson Architects.

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

Architecture and Technology, drivers for innovation, lecture 3/12 2008

Posted by on December 4, 2008

Background image parametric variations in the PARCEL project

Background image PARCEL parametric variations

As part of the education for engineers focusing on component design,  I talked on the topic of Architecture and Technology at the University of Jönköping. The lecture was divided in two parts. In the firs half, I presented Swedish and international references of work in the field of parametric design as well as industrial production and Building Information Modeling. In the second half, I presented two Krets projects, and my own continued research based on these projects, as part of my licientiate thesis. Later the same day, I had another presentation for Design students from Jönköping and Växjö, at the office of Vandalorum in Värnamo.

Mark Burry lecture at the Stockholm Architectural Museum 20081127

Posted by on November 28, 2008

The image Mark himself considers the most important; parallel work in physical and digital media, and strong collaboration between engineers and architects.

The image Mark himself considers the most important; parallel work in physical and digital media, and strong collaboration between engineers and architects.

Mark Burry lectured on Gaudi as part of the current Sagrada Familia exhibition at the museum (also curated by  him). As always, Mark´s lecture was packed with so many interesting issues of the Sagrada Familia development, from Gaudi´s times to now. The work is certainly very relevant today, as digital tools recreate the previously unseen models of Gaudi, and production of stone is advancing through 7 axis robots (5+2). The visual material presented by Mark communicates the potential pf parametric geometries in a very legible way, of course with a focus on the very particular geometries of the cathedral. They are now moving into a part of the project that has been described very little by Gaudi, but the principles of geometry have been set to the extents that the design work can be innovative yet conceptually follow his ideas.

As this lecture coincided with the Patterns lecture the day before, we had the opportunity to meet for dinner afterwards as a SA / Arkitekturmuseet joint thing, which provided the opportunity for in depth discussions also on the more social and political aspects of the Sagrada Familia project.

Patterns at SA lecture 20081126

Posted by on November 28, 2008

Marcelo Spina

Marcelo Spina

I hosted Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich of LA based Patterns, who lectured at the KTH School of Architecture as part of the SA lecture program. Marcelo  presented their work, with an emphasis on formal development, and physical prototyping. As many other young firms, they have been able to push their work by being part of ecxhibitions, often displaying material studies of formal variation. Most recently they also curated the Matters of Sensation show at the Artists Space in New york, featuring a number of practices of their generation. I found it interesting to discuss whether they would continue to use tha exhibition/gallery space as a venue, as part of their practice, or if this is becoming obsolete as they are moving into more built work. I believe they did recognize other aspects in these venues, as part of a discourse and experimnetaion, but it was also clear that building was very much in their agenda at the moment.

Mjukvaran leder till framtiden, 2006

Posted by on November 1, 2008

Article speculating on the future role of the architect in industrialized production. Relating recent experimental practices to developments within other disciplines, such as Lean Thinking emerging in the automobile industry, the article also shows examples of best practice such as several project by the New York based architecture firm SHoP.

Published in Swedish in Arkitekten

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.