Tag: parametric design

Invited critic at KTH School of Architecture 4/11 2009

Posted by on November 5, 2009

Presentation by Johan Knutas

Presentation by Johan Knutas

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.

Presentation at the Bioinspired Forum 15/10 2009

Posted by on October 18, 2009

Background image Claudia White, DIP16

Background image Claudia White, AA DIP16

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.

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Seminar at KTH BYFA 7/10 2009

Posted by on October 7, 2009

Images from my licentiate thesis

Images from my licentiate thesis

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.

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.

Hanif Kara at ssark seminar 7/9 2009

Posted by on October 5, 2009

Introducing Hanif Kara

Introducing Hanif Kara

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

Our guests

Our guests

Lecture at KTH School of Architecture 1/9 2009

Posted by on October 5, 2009

Background image by Haen Suk Yi, AA DIP16

Background image by Haen Suk Yi, AA DIP16

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.

Presenting at Architectural Machines symposium, AA

Posted by on February 24, 2009

Co-ordinated by Marie-Ange Brayer (FRAC Center Orleans) and Claudia Pasquero (AA INTER10/ecoLogicStudio), this symposium was inspired by the YOUNIVERSE exhibition curated by M-A Brayer in Seville for the BIACS3 and by research work done in the AA by various undergraduate units and postgraduate programs. I presented the work of Krets, in which I put focus to the fact that the concepts explored in the symposium are as valid during collaborative project development as in the final proposal.

The final panel was moderated by Brett Steele, director of AA.

“The relationship between architecture and science has been evolving throughout history mainly reflecting the ever-changing relationship between society and nature. The last century was shaken by a sudden jump in human’s understanding of his surrounding environment: from an intuitive/philosophical/mathematical understating of complexity and the turbulent dynamic of natural processes we moved into a measurable, material one; supported by our ever-increasing computational power we can now feel, measure, read and visualize complexity; this condition has allowed a direct material engagement with dynamic processes to escape the restricted field of science and permeate society at many levels. In architecture the effect is becoming evident and, most of all, nuanced: from purely metaphorical and figurative the new relationship between architecture and science is emerging as material and, ultimately, prototypical.

Moreover the ‘material’ of architecture has radically expanded its meaning, incorporating aspects that are virtual, potential, dynamic, and informational: we can now perhaps define this expansion as the most noticeable and important effect of computation in architecture and design. The symposium should present this emerging diverse palette of ‘material’ approaches indicating strands of research that are redefining both the relationship between science and architecture and between architecture and the architect itself.”

Excerpt from symposium brief

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.