quarta-feira, 30 de dezembro de 2009

Generative design: a paradigm for design research

Jon McCormack, Alan Dorin, Troy Innocent
Centre for Electronic Media Art
Monash University, Clayton 3800, Australia

Generative design offers new modes of aesthetic experience based on the incorporation of system dynamics into the production of artifact and experience. In this paper, we review a number of processes that can be explored by designers and suggest how design as a discipline can benefit from this research. These processes include self-organization, swarm systems and ant colonies, evolution, and generative grammars. We give example applications of these processes to creativity and design.

sexta-feira, 18 de dezembro de 2009


Mariana Paz CastellanosTHESIS PROJECT
Architectural Components (from Phaenotype to Genotype)
The idea was to continue working with parametric software in order to design a space with the capacity of combining a self structured parametric skin with elements capable to control the radiosity and sound effects. The cell has a size capable to fit at least 10 people at one time, but the main issue is that it has the possibility to modify its overall shape or components by changing the parameters which are taken from the surrounding environment; some of which are the amount of light, terrain inclinations, inner space needed, etc. In order to explore its materiality and to allow a natural growth based on the main configuration of the geometry and the material itself, each individual component creates a grid capable to stretch and generate new variations. http://archmpc.blogspot.com/

sábado, 5 de dezembro de 2009


by ecoLogicStudio STEMcloud has been developed as a parametric furniture system able to generate spatial atmospheres (clouds) by providing light filtration, privacy and oxygenation. STEM cloud promotes a concentrated experience of man-nature interaction in dense urban contexts where the presence of traditional vegetative systems is close to zero. A series of plug-ins add functionality and customization to the system, introducing artificial lighting, objects containers, pin-up surfaces, etc.
The parametric nature of the single modules allows for a computational definition of the overall clouds; environmental gradients of solar radiation, people flow intensity, co2 emissions can be computed and used as generative environments for the developments of specific clouds/assemblages of STEM

sábado, 28 de novembro de 2009

An urban grammar for Portuguese colonial new towns in the 18th century.

Alexandra Paio and Benamy TurkieniczThis study describes the morphological urban order underlying Portuguese treatises and Portuguese urban cartographic representation produced from 16th century to 18th century. The historical documentation suggests that Pythagorean-Euclidian geometry appears to be a crucial ingredient for the understanding of Portuguese urban designthinking and urban design-making. To unveil the genesis of the morphological urban order present in the Portuguese colonial plans of the eighteenth century, a descriptive method, Shape Grammar has been adopted. Shape Grammar, as method, supports the analysis of the form-making logic and has proved to be powerful in shape analysis, description, interpretation, classification, evaluation and generation of a design language.

terça-feira, 24 de novembro de 2009


Call for projects on digital facades: Open Up
Deadline: December 10, 2009
Dates of the workshop: February 9 through 23, 2010
Venue: Medialab-Prado in Madrid (Spain).
Worskhop tutors: Jordi Claramonte, Chandler McWilliams, Casey Reas, and Víctor Viña. Directed and coordinated by Nerea Calvillo.

Open Up is a workshop focused on the development of projects for the digital façade in Medialab-Prado's building. This call is meant for project proposals to be collaboratively developed during the workshop-seminar taking place in Madrid from February 9 through 23, 2010.
The goals of the workshop are to explore the relationship between the urban screen and public space, to experiment with the screen’s communicative, narrative and visual capacities, and to investigate its potential to offer new forms of participation. Selected projects will be developed under the supervision of teachers, technical assistants and an extensive group of collaborators.
Projects submitted to this call should take the following ideas into consideration: the development of strategies for public participation, activation of urban space through the screen, fostering public visibility of agents that normally have none, visualization of public collectives; interaction with portable devices, etc. All those interested in collaborating in one of the selected projects can sign in from January 5 through February 8, 2010.
Check the call guidelines and submit your project before December 10, 2009. No entry fees.

More information, call guidelines and submission form:
medianeralab (at) medialab-prado.es

Plaza de las LetrasCalle Alameda,
1528014 Madrid (Spain)

segunda-feira, 23 de novembro de 2009




555 KUBIK | facade projection | from urbanscreen on Vimeo.

Parametricism: A New Global Style for Architecture and Urban Design

Though parametricism has its roots in the digital animation techniques of the mid-1990s, it has only fully emerged in recent years with the development of advanced parametric design systems. Patrik Schumacher explains why parametricism has become the dominant, single style for avant-garde practice today and why it is particularly suited to large-scale urbanism as exemplified by a series of competition-winning masterplans by Zaha Hadid Architects.


Modelur is a parametric urban design tool based on Google SketchUp. It is available to Pre-beta testers free of charge. To join the Pre-beta partner program, please visit http://www.modelur.com/

Débora Cruz e Gabriela Celani

A influência de Frank Lloyd Wright sobre João Batista Vilanova Artigas – uma análise formal. Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence over João Batista Vilanova Artigas – a formal analysis.This study intends to propose a new use of the shape grammar: verify the influence of a certain architect’s language over another architect’s language. Some Brazilian modern architecture critics suggest the existence of an influence of Wright’s prairie houses over Artigas’ early work, but the methods used to reach to this conclusion are always empirical and not very objective. The present work aims to confirm this influence in a more rational manner, comparing Wright’s prairie houses grammar developed by Koning and Eizenberg (1981) to Artigas’ first phase grammar that will developed in this work.

segunda-feira, 26 de outubro de 2009

Michael W. Mehaffy

Generative methods in urban design: a progress assessment The year 2007 marked the 20-year anniversary of A New Theory of Urban Design (1987), a slender volume by Christopher Alexander and colleagues that serves as a notable milepost within the half-century old “design methods movement” in which Alexander himself played a seminal role. The “generative” design method of A New Theory focused less upon the specification of a final form through schematic planning, and more on the stepwise process by which a form might emerge from the evolutionary actions of a group of collaborators. In so doing, it challenged the notion of “design” as a progressive expression of schematic intentions, and argued for a conception of design as a stepwise, non-linear evolution in response to a series of contextual urban factors. In the 20 years since, significant progress has been made to develop the insights of generativity in urban design, as in other fields. Some of Alexander's ideas have been incorporated - notably by practitioners of The New Urbanism - and some have been challenged and dismissed, including, notably, by Alexander himself. The author assesses progress since this milepost volume - substantial, he argues - as well as setbacks and shortcomings, and significant opportunities still remaining.

quarta-feira, 21 de outubro de 2009

Serero Architects : Pierre-Antoine Bonamour, Bastien Casasoprana, Jonas Fernandez, Gabriela Fernandez, David Serero, Fabrice Zaini.


Architecture and Computation

Markus Wikar


Generate – From algorithm to structure

The University of Oulu Department of Architecture is hosting a seminar titled Generate - From algorithm to structure on the 30.10.2009. The seminar languages are Finnish and English.The seminar focuses on the uses of algorithmic design methods in practice. The programme includes eminent international speakers: Michael Hensel (Germany), David Serero (France), Luis Fraguada (Spain), Martin Tamke (Denmark) and Markus Wikar (Finland). The Algorithmic Architecture Project Group will also be presenting their work. During the seminar we will also celebrate the opening of an exhibition on algorithmic architecture and the publication of Generate - from algorithm to structure. After the seminar there will be a party held at the Architects Guild House.There are 300 places on the seminar. The first 150, in order of registration will receive a seat in the main auditorium. Another 150 places are available in an adjacent auditorium at Kulttuuritalo Valve where the seminar can be followed through a video link.

terça-feira, 20 de outubro de 2009

Stephen Marshall(2004)Streets and Patterns: The Structure of Urban Geometry

This book sets out a series of concepts of street structure and offers a framework for design of street networks. It addresses issues of sustainable transport and urbanism whilst introducing new methods assisting analysis and design. International streetgrid case studies are analyses and suggest preferred types of street, network and hierarchy. This authoritative new text informs the design debate on street pattern and is set to become the definitive text on the topic.

domingo, 18 de outubro de 2009

behavioral urbanism: urban density scenario B: yiota goutsou, diego perez, robert stuart-smith

Diego Perez and Robert Stuart-Smith have developed 3d cellular automata algorithms that operate in similar ways to wolfram's in their masters thesis project "behavioral space" at the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AADRL) in collaboration with yiota goutsou. The project may be found at aadrl's site or in kokkugia's research section