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Seeyond System – Scalable Fabrication

Seeyondâ„¢ is a culmination of digital accessible software and fabrication driven process for creating scalable interior surfaces that originate from parametric and generative digital roots.

These are essential ruled surface cells that can be stacked and in an emergent manner so that each module is a self supporting system. I think this is the first steps towards a realization of digitally borne forms from digital design processes into the real world. As for further steps, I would like to see more structural expression of the modules. It is a different aesthetic as it stands now as the surface is what is featured rather than the modules themselves.

The modules can be used to created non-loadbearing walls, wall-mounted structures, ceiling clouds, column wraps and enclosures.

You use their design tool which can be accessed on an iPad which provides a proprietary parametric path to selecting a feature type, size, shape, the tessellation of the form and other effects. The tessellation of the form allows for differentiated patterns that relate to the actual structural assembly of the design. The iPad app is not released at this time. A review of that technology for adaptation in a design process will be available once released.

The design tool provides structural analysis, material, hardware, and manufacturing requirements and adjusts these parametrically to fit the design.

From there it is to the fabrication path where material is cut, folded into modules requiring no tools or hardware to put it all together.

Material options are corrugated paper board, chipboard, aluminum, light gauge steel and resin sheet goods.

The initial material option is cellular resin which is made form recyclable plastic in either high-density polyethylene or polypropylene.

Since the modules are self-supporting there is less embodied energy in assembly.

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Visual Permeability Pavilion – NYC

Image appears courtesy of Visual Permeability Pavilion Team

A new pavilion has completed construction on the grounds of Columbia University by Luis Alaron, Aaron Berman, Michael Georgopopulos, Eun Ki Kang, Dayeon Kim, Nicole, Kotsis, Jeeun Grace Lee, Aaron Mark, Hylee Oh, and Steven Sanchez.

The pavilion provides a spatial experience for relaxation, contemplation, and social interaction. The design of the pavilion features slanted wood slats that help to separate zones for privacy and public interaction. The design inspiration is evoked from a single continuous form that unfurls and touches the ground at minimal points.

The project is about 15.5′ long X 7.58′ wide X 6.83′ tall .

I find the design documentation for this structure to be a glimpse of how larger constructions might be composed where design logic and design iteration combine into a single expression and singular language of construction.

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See the link that follows for more information about the project including design statement, and images.

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Symposium Digital Fabrication – a State of Art

Symposium Digital Fabrication – a State of Art
Sep 9th-10th 2011 at ISCTE-IUL, in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Keynote speakers:
– Kevin Klinger (Ball State University)
– Vicent Guallart (IaaC)
– Bob Sheil (Bartlett UCL)
– Gabriela Celani (UNICAMP)
– Tobias Bonwetsch (ETH Zurique)

Workshop by:
José Pedro Sousa (FAUP/DARQ/OpoLab)

This symposium will bring together in Portugal, ISCTE‐IUL, a set of internationally renowned investigators in the field of Digital Fabrication and Architecture. We challenge participants in this symposium to question and reflect on how the exploitation of computing can improve the design and performance of architecture; how the experience and perception of space can be enriched through the integration of emerging technologies; how shape can be parametrically generated and evolve and, above all, how to take advantage of digital modeling to produce different physical objects. This event is of great relevance in view of the new technological challenges and the teaching of Architecture in Portugal. With this event we aim to underline and share new conceptual and research methodologies as well as new career opportunities. The symposium will be followed by a Workshop on Digital Fabrication where the participants can experience some of the technologies addressed to in the lectures.
Online registration will end on August 1st, 2011.

The workshop will provide to a broad audience (students, professionals and non professionals) the opportunity to experiment and try new methods of approaching the issues outlined in the conference cycle. The workshop will take 7.5 hours and it is composed of two modules. In the first module parametric modeling techniques with the use of CAD-CAM systems will be exposed. In the second module rapid-prototyping techniques will be experimented and applied to real construction materials. The aim of the workshop is to apply digital manufacturing techniques through the production by laser cutting or milling machine in order to prepare a 3D solid model. To participate in this workshop we recommend some knowledge of 3D modeling, preferably with Rhinoceros.икониикони

BioDigital Architecture & Genetics

ESARQ (UIC), Barcelona, 2011, June, 1st-3rd

In the twenties and thirties of the 20th century, when some architects were disposed systematically to configure modern world, they did it stimulated for a cultural pressure, for a correct adaptation to new times, and fighting for minimum conditions of human existence. On the other hand, today the urgency is bigger. It is about the entire planetary subsistence. The question is not any more a simple caprice, neither an intellectual necessity, neither sensibility for losing less favoured people. Now, the necessity is global, without reservations of classes, races or religions. The whole planet is in front of danger of no-sustainability for all mankind.

By chance, now in this crucial moment, are offered new techniques of an enormous potential: biological techniques and digital techniques. And even fusion of both, in something that can be named biodigital architecture. One that has incorporated the advantages proportioned by the understanding of genetics in both ways, the biological and the digital way, that permit to face with hope some continuity also worthy, but this time a dignity for all The Earth.

Then, as the ones that made efforts to break with the ancient classical tradition to found the new modern tradition, we are in front of the challenge of creating the future tradition of biodigital and genetics. For this is necessary that people work on three key elements: research, teaching and profession. This is exactly what we have been doing in Barcelona from 2000, with the Genetic Architecture Research Group and Ph.D. Programme, with the Biodigital Architecture Master’s Degree and with the Genetic Architectures Office. There we learn & teach, we make research and we design: Knowing that there are sufficient differential parameters to predict a complete age’s change. Today, after the first decade of our new Century, it is time to explain, to check, to discuss, fascinations, inspirations, experiences, that the graduates of these Research Group, Master’s Degree and Architecture Office have done in the developing of this biodigital architecture and genetics, up to now.

Alberto T. Estévez
Conference Chair

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Adaptive Building Initiative: Exploring the Future of Interactive and Reactive Building Systems

Online 2010 R&D Symposium Virtual Conference Seminar

Founded in 2008, the Adaptive Building Initiative (ABI) is a joint venture between Buro Happold and Hoberman Associates that focuses on creating building systems that react–façades that move based on real-time changes in sunlight, for example–to the surrounding environment.

Matthew Herman of Buro Happold and ABI present these new strategies for smart building systems.

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