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There will be a regional conference for ACADIA this year in addtional to the national conference (Calgary/BANFF CA) to be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Conference March 2011 10th-12th

University of Nebraska Lincoln College of Architecture

ACADIA 2011 Regional – Parametricism: Student Performance Criteria (SPC), is set to complement ACADIA’s mission of facilitating communication and critical thinking regarding the use of computers in architecture, with a specific focus on the impact of education and how computation and computational thinking, particularly the concept of Parametricism*, is poised to evolve design thinking and the future of architectural practice. In a type of radical parametric pragmatism, we invite sessions, papers, and discussions to the ACADIA Regional Conference that projectively interrogate a parametric frontier which both engages and surpasses fulfillment of SPC, and other regulatory criteria, in the pursuit of design innovation and elegance. Far from a solitary academic endeavor, it is our goal that the conference becomes a conversational interface between practitioners, educators, researchers, designers, and students. Each, bringing implementations in computational and parametric based design, development, production, management, and manufacturing that have infiltrated, integrated, and excelled working methodologies and resultants. * Patrik Schumacher

By employing the NAAB’s SPC in relationship to comprehensive design and computation, the conference hopes to highlight SPC’s, not as obstructions to design, but as necessary polyvariable parameters that assist innovation. Basically, to not shun the pragmatics of performance criteria, building regulations, and neighborhood guidelines . . but to use parametric modeling and computational generation to optimize, subvert, and conceptualize from within the prescribed performance and qualitative requirements. The conference also seeks implementation strategies that can more readily engage computation across entire curricula and operations – outside the design studio/process – thus influencing systems, environments, structures, urban design, planning, site, policy, and professional practice. Prompting a shift from information-oriented lecture courses to hands-on instrumentation labs that better integrate knowledge and ability with the potential for evolving a comprehensive integrated design curriculum.

Conference Chairs:
Tim Hemsath, Steve(n) Hardy, and Janghwan Cheon

* See link above for more about registration, location and maps, session topics, etc.

New Publication: Nine Problems in the Form of a Pavilion

[DRL 10 Pavilion – Computational Design Derived Built Project; Cost $60 USD SF]

“This book recounts the story of the creation of the Pavilion and identifies the key problems encountered during its successful design and realisation. Though grounded in the specific experience of the pavilion, the book argues that these problems are common to broader contemporary design to production workflows and how they are addressed will have a major influence on future architectural pedagogy and practice.”

Dempsey, Alan. “Nine Problems in the Form of a Pavilion.” [C]space – DRL10 Pavilion. 04 Jan. 2011 .

[Digital Processes] Digitale Prozesse: Planung Gestaltung Fertigung – New Book from DETAIL

A new book has been released from DETAIL.

Digitale Prozesse: Planung Gestaltung Fertigung

As printed from the website:

“Potential of digital media for the architecture
Modified design options with new design software and manufacturing technologies

A computer is now almost as obvious to the budget as a refrigerator, but has the computer technology with its rapid development, the daily life of every individual in the past few decades changed far more than it itself utopians had ever imagined. So it is little surprise that the architecture – everything from design to production – more and more digital effects subject. They range from the classic computer programs in design and presentation of computerized design processes to computer-aided manufacturing, to say nothing of industrialized Maurer “robots”. From site measuring, planning to manufacturing architecture is now in many places by a closely coordinated digital process chain.

What influence practice digital design and production methods from the current architecture? To what extent the new funds change the architecture and its development process? Where the potential of digital media is the architecture? What Einsatz-/Anwendungsmöglichkeiten offer for each office? What benefit will the electronic way of working with him?

Digital processes DETAIL practice answers these questions and many more around the digital design and construction process.

• Media-aided design processes
• Computer-aided manufacturing technologies
• New opportunities in modeling
• Examples of digital process chains

Moritz Hauschild, Rüdiger Karzel
NEW November 2010
112 pages with numerous drawings and photos”

Digitale Prozesse. (n.d.). – Architekturportal und Architekturzeitschrift mit Informationen und tagesaktuelle Meldungen zu Architektur, Baurecht, Bauphysik sowie Konstruktionen. Retrieved November 25, 2010, from

For more information click here

This publication will be printed in English in 2011.

Voronoi Spatial Cell Cluster Typologies 01

Voronoi tectonic pattern typologies is the subject of current investigation for understanding their formation in spatial cell cluster typologies. The work that follows seeks to understand and evolve the typologies in terms of spatial possibilities for the human form.

The voronoi cell clusters in Figures 1a and 1b show the change in cell clustering spacing. Figure 1a is an example of tight clustering of three dimensional voronoi cell groups. Figure 1b is an example wide clustering of three dimensional voronoi cell groups. Figures 1a and 1b differentiate by the size of the voronoi cell cluster groups. Smaller cells in Figure 1b allow for wider clustering while slighting larger cells in Figure 1a allow for a tighter clustering.

The models are a highly evolved set of voronoi cell clustering featuring three dimensional cells to spatially form edges are defined by their equidistance relationships with other adjacent cells. The models have interior cells clusters and outer cell clusters. The models are very specific in that any portion of the voronoi cell structures can be calculated to obtain weight from material density, surface area, and volume. In later studies, this information will be a part of the analysis and evolution.

Current diagrams:

    Figure 1a: Tight cell clustering study 01a

    Figure 1b: Wide cell clustering for study 01b

Blue Stream

2D Conceptual study in color, saturation, and stroke to convey an abstract spatial construct.

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New painting that has been influenced by all the three dimensional computational work presented within this site. This will be further progressed in its computational characteristics.

Enjoy for the upcoming break in the USA for holiday.