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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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


auto morpho-tectonic (automorphotectono)

design expression: upended exogenic tectonic expression
A set translation of field notation whereby the structural configuration is expressed as a time based computation augment of parametric unit geometry propagation and aggregation.

auto morpho-tectonic
The mechanics of auto morphotectonics is the highly computational act of design that is self 
produced, generated, and upended exogenic surface tectonics for an 21st century Architectural 
expression of thenext movement in the formal connotations of the skyscraper.

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Digital Materiality In Architecture

Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler present their work in a continuing development of mass customization utilizing digital processes in physical constructs assisted by construction mechanization. Both are partners in the Zurich architecture and urbanism practice Gramazio & Kohler.

Digital Materiality in Architecture
Nov 20 2008
Book launch at Storefront Gallery
97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY 10012
Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler (eds.)
Baden: Lars Müller Publishers, English text, 112 pages, 140 color illustrations

Gramazio and Kohler hold the Chair for Architecture and Digital Fabrication DFAB at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). Their research focuses on the exploration of highly informed architectural elements and processes and produces design strategies for full-scale automated fabrication by the department’s robotic construction facility. (core.form.ula)

A video below showcases their Gantenbein winery façade which speaks to the process that they engage upon.


Design Computation within Cinema 4D and FusionThing

FusionThing Iterative Components

My latest explorations find myself looking through the latest works that use Paracloud as iterative geometry generation. It seems that this should be the perfect task for fusionThing (fT) a Cinema 4D plug-in to be more than capable.