Archinect - Features 2014-10-02T04:28:52-04:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/44893160/smartgeometry-2012-in-troy-new-york SmartGeometry 2012 in Troy, New York Terri Peters 2012-04-15T18:27:00-04:00 >2012-10-17T17:29:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vp/vpfdchmvlkko72um.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>Text and photos by Terri Peters </em></p> <p> <a href="http://www.smartgeometry.org" target="_blank">SmartGeometry</a> is an international community of academics and professionals who hold annual workshops and conference days at academic institutions around the world. Now in its ninth year, this year&acute;s theme was Material Intensities and both the four-day workshop and conference day was held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute&rsquo;s <a href="http://empac.rpi.edu" target="_blank">Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center</a> in Troy, New York. Sponsored by software company Bentley, the next event will be held in London in 2013. Previous Archinect features reported on <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/88029/reviewed-smartgeometry-2009" target="_blank">SmartGeometry 2009 in San Francisco</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/2112195/smartgeometry-2011-copenhagen-denmark" target="_blank">SmartGeometry 2011 in Copenhagen</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/31857259/building-between-dimensions-an-interview-with-sophia-vyzoviti Building Between Dimensions: An Interview with Sophia Vyzoviti Archinect 2012-02-27T20:00:00-05:00 >2013-05-15T12:23:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z1/z15oq4m4gnvs422a.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>by Woody Evans</em></p> <p> Architect Sophia Vyzoviti pushes, cuts, pleats, folds, and shreds the edges of architectural design &ndash; to startling effect. I was a librarian to architecture and engineering departments at a community college for some years, and found myself often promoting her work on folding matter to CAD-dazed sophomores; it opened eyes. Her emphasis on the techniques of handling physical models and materials is refreshing in a world when so many of the Prtizker class seem to work solely in software. I interview her here about augmented reality, touching stuff, and the aesthetics of smart textures.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/29553480/safavid-surfaces-and-parametricism Safavid Surfaces and Parametricism Derek Kaplan 2011-12-02T19:09:52-05:00 >2012-09-04T07:30:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e6/e6ionoumh2gsjpcm.jpg" width="514" height="605" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The development of specialized treatments of concrete and glass, customization through digital fabrication, and parametric design tools have brought about a contemporary resurgence of surface articulation, reopening the general issue of surface composition as a &ldquo;legitimate&rdquo; aspect of design, after almost a century of (near) omission by modernism.&nbsp; A wide variety of firms, among them Zaha Hadid (Patrik Schumacher), Herzog and de Meuron, Weil Arets, Aranda\Lasch and Foreign Office Architects, have been reintroducing this aspect of design -- most notably the last, which in addition to built work, Farshid Mousavi&rsquo;s <em>The Function of Ornament</em> includes surface articulation as part of its theoretical explorations.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/2112195/smartgeometry-2011-copenhagen-denmark SmartGeometry 2011, Copenhagen Denmark Terri Peters 2011-04-07T14:50:52-04:00 >2011-11-17T15:46:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xe/xe2q12i1vc7lak4r.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> SmartGeometry was established in 2001 as an international group of academics and professional architects, engineers, computer scientists and designers interested in the potentials of parametric design and computational tools. Each year, a four-day workshop precedes a conference day with invited speakers, and each year explores a different theme.&nbsp;</p>