Tag: DIP16

The Future Agency of Digital Design in Architecture, 2010

Posted by on May 4, 2010

Cover of Conditions # 4

Cover of Conditions # 4

Article published in Conditions # 4: THE PRODUCTION OF ADDED VALUE , 2010

This issue of CONDITIONS is an investigation into the production of added value in architecture. The economic crisis has put architecture under increased pressure. Everybody wants “more for less” from architecture. The promise of “more” is everywhere in the world of architecture. Architects are in danger of getting reduced to mere service providers, unless they are able to increase the ambition beyond the given assignment.

The past 15 years have seen an open-ended, innovation driven development in the field of digital design in architecture, where the current ambitions are focused on fabrication and production. In many ways this is concluding a phase of free exploration by proving that things before envisioned can be actualized as built work. In parallel, the discourse has targeted critical practice, suggesting its replacement with projective practice, and design intelligence has been defined as a mode of operation that allows innovative architecture in a commercial arena. Recent attempts to conjecture a heterogeneous discourse into a collective manifesto, as well as a regard of the first decade of this century being characterized as “un-serious” in its formal approach, has been answered by critical voices that suggest that this trajectory of architectural development is superficial, internal, self-absorbed or even subversive.

This text is investigating the shifting field of digitally based design within architecture, and its recent turns, including internal discourse, external debate, and samples of especially potential design. It suggests that we need to multiply our agendas and combine techniques with agency. This needs to be supported by the establishment of new conceptual tools that incorporate digital techniques, the notion of the parametric and the potential of network practices in order to step up to the challenges of the future while building on the recent past. The text is illustrated by the work of Elliot Krause, Diploma Unit 16 2010.


AA DIP16 Introductions, 28/9 2009

Posted by on October 5, 2009

Jonas Lundberg introducing DIP16

Jonas Lundberg introducing DIP16

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

Presentation at Bioinspired Forum, Simrishamn

Posted by on August 20, 2009

presenting at Bioinspired Forum

presenting at Bioinspired Forum

Presenting at Bioinspired Forum

Presenting at Bioinspired Forum

As part of the opening ceremony of the Bioinspired Forum exhibition I presented the work of AA DIP16 together with co-tutor Thomas Tong and students Kengo Skorrick and Claudia White. Additional speakers included Ulrika Karlsson (KTH Perfromative Design studio), Denise DeLuca (Biomimetic Forum) and representatives from Malmö Högskola/K3 and 1scale1 interaction designers.

While the presentation introduced the projects developed, the focus was on the specific approach and methodology of the unit, including prototyping, the use of biomimetic principles and the starting point in material systems.

AA DIP16 exhibits at Bioinspired Forum, Simrishamn

Posted by on August 20, 2009


AA DIP16 and KTH Performative Design exhibition

As part of the Bioinspired Forum in Simrishamn, a venue discussing biomimetics and a potential future marine research center in Simrishamn, eight students from AA DIP16 exhibited their work together with the KTH Performative Design studio. The exhibition featured posters and models from the past year´s work.

The exhibition is located in the harbour of Simrishamn, Sweden, and is open from 15 – 23 of August 2009.

Future Exhibitions, interview, 2009

Posted by on July 27, 2009

Future Exhibitions

Future Exhibitions

Future Exhibitions is a new publication from Swedish Travelling Exhibitions (Riksutställningar), edited by Mårten Jansson. I was interviewed about the work of Diploma Unit 16 at the Architectural Association, together with Mats Brodén, who has given strong support to the work, and has a special interest in bimomimetics.

The publication has also been reviewed on www.we-make-money-not-art.com.

Shared 1st prize in From Garden City to Ecosystem competition

Posted by on April 4, 2009

ParaSolar exhibition environment, Bu Open Source Architecture

ParaSolar exhibition environment, designed by Open Source Architecture

We are happy to announce that two of our students in Diploma Unit 16 at the Architectural Association received awards in the Tel Aviv centennial competition From Garden City to Ecosystem. Mickey Kloihofer was awarded a shared 1st prize, and Haen Suk Yi was given an honourable mention. The awarded proposals are displayed in the ParaSolar exhibition (designed by Open Source Architecture) in the square of the Center for Performing Arts in Tel Aviv until April 7.

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.