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
“Regardless of their complexity, the tasks and decisions involved [in designing a building] can be formalized as an algorithm. As such, algorithms provide a framework for articulating and defining both input data and procedures. This formalization can promote structure and coherency, while systemically maintaining full traceability of all input data.” – in: “Algorithms in Architecture – Five Approaches” (Michael Hansmeyer)

Algorithms in Architecture

Michael Hansmeyer

sexta-feira, 9 de outubro de 2009


The International Journal of Architectural Research (Archnet-IJAR) is pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue on Design Education 2010: Explorations and Prospects for a Better Built Environment. Co-edited by Professors Ashraf M. Salama and Michael J. Crosbie, this special issue of Archnet-IJAR is intended for publication in July 2010. It will be structured around three categories of contributions that include Paradigms, Positions, and Practices, with contributions that address transformations in philosophical foundations, approaches, program contents and structures, models of teaching, case studies and empirical findings.

terça-feira, 6 de outubro de 2009

SIGraDi 2009 sp

yourHOUSE is a research and design project conducted by MIT's Design Lab that is breaking new ground as a pioneer in prefabricated home construction. With a thorough understanding of the past, an extensive utilization of new technologies of the present, and with an awareness of the possibility and growing need for low-cost and high-quality housing, yourHOUSE is set to change the future of home construction.