Published Work!

The auto morpho-tectonic project has been published in the EVOLO SKYSCRAPERS book for October 2011.

Click here for link to EVOLO website

Click here for link to book

Design for skyscraper of 2,240 Ft that incorporates a non-linear design approach using fields of data to create architecture that investigates dynamic relationships between structure, infrastructure, materials, and users. The design generates a habitable structure stating from a basic geometric shape. It progressively evolves into a more complex assembly using mathematical operations and sequence of time. The project is among a compilation of 300 outstanding projects from more than 4,000 projects submitted from 168 countries from 2006 to 2011 selected for innovative concepts that challenge the way we understand architecture and their relationship with the natural and built environment.

Tyrone Marshall



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.


[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.


Flux Exhibition – California College of the Arts


A beautiful exhibition has been designed in which sophisticated software and generative design methods construct a live, engaging, changing, and fascinating structure upon which document briefs merge with offset planes consisting of built and unbuilt work from Architects, designers, and artist. The panorama of individuals and firms en masse utilize computational design and digital material fabrication to construct new, unique, and different forms and spatial experiences in Architecture. The exhibition is called “Flux: Architecture in a Parametric Landscape” and is hosted by the California College of the Arts.

The works exhibited comprise 8 categories ranging from titles such as: Stacked Aggregates; Pixelated fields; Serial Iterations; Material Systems; Emergent Environments; Woven Meshes; Cellular Clusters; and Modular Assemblages. The exhibition features work by Gramazio Kohler, Peter Eisenmann, Jean Nouvel, Herzog & de Meuron, Reiser +Umemoto, IJP Corporation, Columbia GSAPP, Howeler+Yoon, IJP Corporation, Foster&Partners, Toyo Ito, Aranda Lasch & Danial Bosia, Theverymany, and many more.

The description of the exhibition is stated as an exploration in contemporary Architecture and design that creates a relationship with new design methods based in parametric modeling, digital fabrication, and programming through scripts. The exhibition ran from the end of March 2009 and is currently still in place as of this writing.

The CCA media lab in conjunction with California College of the Arts students have made this exhibition a reality and pleasure to experience. A book from CCA media lab has been mentioned to be in production to illustrate in images and text the projects shown in the exhibition.

I have images below from my personal photography of the exhibition that appear at the top of this reporting and follow in closing.


For more information about this work please see:
m.lab CCA Medialab – Flux Exhibition

Director of Architecture, CCA: Ila Berman
Project Design and Fabrication: Kory Bieg, Andre Caradec, Andrew Kudless
Parametric Design Consultant: Andy Payne
Sponsors: K Bieg Design, Studio Under Manufacture, Solid Thinking


California College of the Arts – Aortic Arc 2009


A rather beautiful light-capture object has been inserted into an atrium space on the San Francisco campus of the California College of the Arts. The object can be viewed from underneath at the first floor and above from the 2nd floor of the School of Architecture.

The Aortic Arc is a sensual experience work that allows one a glimpse into spaces that might be shaped by computational design whereby geometry and panels work together structurally in the spirit of Frei Otto’s pioneering work in form finding techniques and material systems. The canopy structure as shown in the images takes advantage of its definition and condition through the system of compressive rings and tension cables within a tapestry of lightweight plastic and riveted pin connections to comprise a minimum surface structure.

Mark L. Donohue, Principle of Visible Research Office, states that Buro Happold Consulting Engineers was instrumental in developing the project and helping to give the work its definitive shape and performative structural expression. Buro Happold’s design intention is a process that is in essence an innovation on Frei Otto’s work to bring this kind of investigation into the age of digital fabrication.

The form finding, finite element analysis, and structural design work is by Buro Happold Consulting Engineers, PC.

Visible Research Office
Principal: Mark L. Donohue
Project Architect: Americo A Diaz-O
Project Designer: Charles Lee
Project Designer: Chris Chalmers
Component Design & Scripting: Jason Chang
Renderings: Charles Lee

Buro Happold
Principal: Greg Otto
Associate Principal: Gary Lau
Project Engineer, Non-linear Analysis: Tom Reiner
Project Engineer, Non-linear Analysis: Ian Carter
Project Cordinator: Ron Elad
Complex Geometry Modeling: Yukie Hirashima
Technical Designer: Krista Flascha

Software Bentley Microstation Generative Components (Bios – Chris Chalmers & Charles Lee)
Fabrication: CNC Milling @ TechShop in Menlo Park, CA.
Materials: HDPE sheets, pop riveter, aircraft cable, rivets, stainless steel rings

For more information see the following links:
CCA m.lab
Buro Happold
Visible Research Office
photography by Tyrone Marshall