Archinect - Bergin @ Berkeley 2014-04-16T14:59:40-04:00 History of BIM Michael S Bergin 2012-12-02T21:28:00-05:00 >2013-04-23T15:01:38-04:00 <p> <strong>The History of BIM</strong> (Building Information Modeling)</p> <p> I recently gave a call for assistance for a research paper that I have been developing off and on for the last year. The full article is available at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">History of BIM | Architecture Research Lab</a>. If you have input, wisdom or suggestions for the article, comments are highly appreciated.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> <strong>The Beginnings</strong><br> The conceptual underpinnings of the BIM system go back to the earliest days of computing. As early as 1962, Douglas C. Englebart gives us an uncanny vision of the future architect in his paper Augmenting Human Intellect.</p> <p> <em>"the architect next begins to enter a series of specifications and data--a six-inch slab floor, twelve-inch concrete walls eight feet high within the excavation, and so on. When he has finished, the revised scene appears on the screen. A structure is taking shape. He examines it, adjusts it... These lists grow into an evermore-detailed, interlinked structure, which represents the maturing thought behind the a...</em></p> // Vertical Cities Asia Michael S Bergin 2012-09-05T21:53:00-04:00 >2012-12-04T18:59:54-05:00 <p> <strong>Vertical Cities Asia - Spring 2011</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Courtyard of the Forbidden City - Beijing</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Shanghai World Financial Center - Pudong, Shanghai</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The site for the competition ... envision a city of 100,000. This was at the furthest edge of the voracious development in the city of Chengdu. Infant skyscrapers sit less than 1000 ft from where this photo was taken, a linseed farm 20 miles from the center of the city, at the seventh ring road.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The Old City of Chengdu strives to retain the history and building methods of the past, new developments like this, spring up alongside preserved relics. The humid fragrant air of Chengdu seems imparted in the buildings and streets and the chemical 'fog' that is subsidized by the emmissions one of China's most car-centered cities, and heavy industry in the North-East of the city.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> And the heavily polluted Southern portion of the city experienced an incredible surge in industry as major players sprouted a new technology sector.</p> <p> Working un...</p> // Architectural LOLCATS Michael S Bergin 2012-04-01T19:48:00-04:00 >2012-12-03T23:08:53-05:00 <p> On a lighter note, some of the thesis students here at Wurster Hall went stir crazy over Spring Break and have been developing a trove of Architectural <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=7&amp;ved=0CGQQFjAG&amp;;ei=IAh6T9X8DYadiAL24tynDg&amp;usg=AFQjCNF5PfFthOoXt3xkEwOuoidDFCqrvA&amp;sig2=EtmSI3ka9urplJ74cgLFng" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LOLCATS</a>. You are welcome to join us and submit your own Architectural LOLCAT at the following <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tumblr page</a>, and suggest your own captions!</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Maru</a> gets stuck in the Philip Johnson's Glass House</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Le Kittenusier'</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The Birds Nest by Purrzog and deMeowron</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Office for Meow Architecture (OMA) Seattle Kitten Library</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Paul Rudolph's brutal Cat and Architecture Building at Yale</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Catteus Woods - Catnip Free Zone 1990</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br> Archigram's - Walking Kitty</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Mies Van der Meow strikes again</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> St Marys Cats - Tokyo</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> SANAA Kitty Box</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The Classic&nbsp;<em>Falling Kittens</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Mario Botta's SF MeOwMA</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Institute of Catemporary Art - Diller, Scofidio and Renfro</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The Purrrrr Building - Diller, Scofidio and Renfro</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Wurster Scratching Post, our home sweet home</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Libeskitten finds out the hard way.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Kittens Pavillio...</p> // Trends in Generative Design Michael S Bergin 2012-03-31T20:38:00-04:00 >2012-12-04T18:59:40-05:00 <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> I have been researching optimization methods in architecture and I was delighted to learn about a few high profile projects that have utilized some fantastic algorithms to assist in the realization of complex forms.</p> <p> Multi-Objective Optimization or Multi-Criteria Design Optimization (MCDA) software has been developed primarily for and by industrial engineers to design airplanes, automobiles, high speed trains and appliances. Process Integrated Design Optimization is another name for the field. The idea of optimization in architecture has been around since nearly the beginning of CAD in the 1950s and 60s, but had been limited by the power of computers and the huge number of variables so it has not yet achieved a critical mass of proponents. The drive towards BIM technology has been justified in part because of benefits that result from having a digital representation of the building to develop performance simulations.</p> <p> Designers who work with MCDA craft search spaces, and guid...</p> // Blogs - The New Manifestoes? Michael S Bergin 2012-03-22T20:21:00-04:00 >2012-12-04T18:58:45-05:00 <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> image : Philip Dujardin/Domus</p> <p> Coming to you live from the 10th floor of Wurster Hall in beautiful Berkeley, California tonight the Monographs and Manifestos seminar will be broadcast in streaming video with chatroom. We invite you to take a look at our blog - with some bloglike ramblings concerning blogs in the context of architectural discourse -</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> Tonight - 45 minutes from now (my - how blogs can travel fast)</p> <p> from 6:00 to 9:00 PM PST</p> <p> Live streaming is available at&nbsp;</p> <p> -&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> Hope to see some of you there!</p> // Studio ONE Symposium Review Michael S Bergin 2012-02-14T04:40:00-05:00 >2012-12-04T19:00:05-05:00 <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> An incredible symposium this weekend at Berkeley, the inaugural Studio One Symposium organized by Prof. Nicholas deMonchaux. The event was broken up into two days, first an evening lecture by Mark Smout of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">S</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mout Allen</a>&nbsp;known for their 'Retreating Village' project with seductive mechanical models of structures that shrink away from rising tides in a global warming context.&nbsp;</p> <p> The line-up was incredibly&nbsp;relevant, from Smout's fantastical ecology conscious proposals and visually stunning student work to Geoff Manaugh's of&nbsp;<a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;ved=0CCUQFjAA&amp;;ei=GyQ6T7P0I6PhiALUjO2SDA&amp;usg=AFQjCNGmBtvdL48zRVfwPof68_5PmE7_sg&amp;sig2=CWDlAFY-2nUnlFyuOBUUlA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BLDG Blog</a>'s&nbsp;insightful and playful opinion to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Liam Young</a>'s Unknown Fields and research at the AA into just about everything.</p> <p> The symposium was structured with an hour long lecture followed by a brief response. The response to Mark Smout's work from Richard Walker, Professor of Geography at Berkeley was somewhat hostile. He claims that though the images were beautiful and captivating, that the projects are reductionist and do not present realistic solutions to in...</p> // STUDIO ONE Symposium Michael S Bergin 2012-02-02T19:11:00-05:00 >2012-12-04T19:00:09-05:00 <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">symposium website</a>...&nbsp;</p> <p> "The Inaugural Studio One Symposium will be held February 10-11, 2012. Focusing on the studio's themes of architectural agency at an ecological and infrastrucutral scale, the symposium will bring together a global roster of influential designers and thinkers for two days of design, discussion, and debate.<br><br> MORE ON STUDIO ONE<br> To paraphrase Bill McKibben&rsquo;s 1985 description of New York, the San Francisco Bay has as much to do with nature as a cow has to do with Cool-Whip. Instead of &ldquo;nature&rdquo; per se, the bay is a complex assemblage of manifold systems, few of them classically natural, and yet all of them, often invisibly, contributing to our own, architectural occupation of the landscape. However &ndash; as with the cool-whip &ndash; our own desires for landscapes like the bay would too-often submerge these manifold relationships in favor of something that looks exactly like &ldquo;nature,&rdquo; while actually being nothing of the kind.</p> <p> From the effects of hydraulic mi...</p> // Multi-Objective Design Optimization Michael S Bergin 2011-11-30T13:11:21-05:00 >2012-12-04T19:00:11-05:00 <p> Working within a parametric interface with a genetic algorithm solver has been a real treat over the past year, thanks to Galapagos. The integration of simulation engines with the parametric interface has enabled much discovery and introspection into the possibilities that such a workflow could enable. Here is a test that I did last month generating an optimal solar envelope for a high rise building that maintained the volume, area and height of the initial volume within a given solution space.&nbsp;</p> <p> Now integrating structural analysis tools and energy simulation as a component of my thesis project. If you're still in the academic world, I hope you have a great remainder of the semester as things kick into high gear.</p> // Occupy Cal Michael S Bergin 2011-11-18T14:58:17-05:00 >2012-12-04T19:00:14-05:00 <p> Last night, Berkeley CED Students set up camp in sovereign air space in response to the brutal police action last week against non-violent protesters. The cost of tuition continues to rise at UC and there have been a series of actions in solidarity with the Occupy movement and in response to the UC regents meeting to discuss an additional raise in fees and tuition.&nbsp;</p> <p> The cost of a UC education has doubled over the past 10 years.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;- DailyCal</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> // Jordi Truco Studio Michael S Bergin 2011-11-15T12:35:52-05:00 >2012-12-04T19:00:16-05:00 <p> Awesome tests done by Anthony Gianinni and Pablo Zunzunegui in the Jordi Truco studio next door... interactive adaptive components driven by sensors. These are two unit tests for an aggregated structure that will be built at the end of the semester. They are using Arduino and Firefly for the interaction and movement.</p> <p> <strong>Non-Functional Prototype</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <b>Actuation Test - 2 Modules</b></p> // Post Industrial Latent Space Michael S Bergin 2011-07-28T14:25:13-04:00 >2012-12-04T19:00:18-05:00 <p> Bryan Allen just returned from visiting the ruins of Chernobyl, follow his intriguing explorations of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Post Industrial Latent Space'</a> at his blog, updated frequently with great pictures.<br><br><img src=""><br><br><img src=""><br><br><img src=""><br><br> Bryan is one of two winners of the Branner Fellowship given by the UC Berkeley CED in 2010, the 2011 winners will be announced next month. The fellowship is given to two or three M. Arch students each year and provides a generous stipend to travel the world for 12 months while researching a topic for their thesis.<br><br><br> From Bryan's blog :<br><br> To continue the exponential expansion of the past is no longer reasonable, responsible, or feasible. Terra incognita is a memory. Post-Industrial Latent Space presents it's counterpoint: the urbis incognita--hidden, forgotten, and ignored &lsquo;wilderness&rsquo; of the city inviting exploration and temporary inhabitation. It is present in the hidden, forgotten, illegal, appropriated, and ignored contextual spaces we see every day. This new frontier sits quietly waiting to be e...</p> // M. Arch Thesis 2011 Michael S Bergin 2011-04-28T19:08:54-04:00 >2012-12-04T19:00:21-05:00 <p> Beautiful thesis projects abound at the presentations last Friday... a busy semester coming to a close giving way to a promising Summer and a formal beginning of my own thesis. My work this semester has focused on becoming literate in various scripting languages and diving deeper into the possibilities enabled by Building Information Modeling, parametric softwares and simulation tools to assist and enhance the quality of design. Themes in the thesis projects ranged from bio-remediation and adaptive re-use of neglected spaces, utilization of infrastructural space such as the spandrels beneath bridges and adaptive or customizable architecture that imitates infrastructure. A group research thesis designed community oriented housing for the rapidly urbanizing Tianjin, China.<br><br><img src=""><br><br> Ileana Acevado's 'Extreme Modalities' analyzes and presents possible utilizations of space under an Emeryville highway, striving to create an architectural procession while preserving the unique skating/vagrant c...</p> // Spring Lecture Poster Michael S Bergin 2011-01-31T12:58:46-05:00 >2012-12-04T19:00:28-05:00 <p> My studio is taking part in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vertical Cities Asia</a> competition this semester. This competition asks us to design a city for 100,000 on a 1km by 1km space in Chengdu, China... an industrial city in central China with a population near 12 million. This rapidly urbanizing area poses a great set of challenges and opportunities for developing architecture and planning that can contribute to the greater good of a community, and perform functions outside of the domain of traditional architecture.<br><br> The schools involved in the competition are :<br><br> The Chinese University of Hong Kong<br> Tongji University<br> Tsinghua University<br> University of Tokyo<br> National University of Singapore<br> Delfi University of Technology<br> ETH Zurich<br> University of California at Berkeley<br> University of Michigan<br> University of Pennsylvania<br><br> We are excited to be traveling to Chengdu in March as a class to document the site and have a good time in China. If you are involved in any of these teams and would like to meet up wi...</p> // 2010 Retrospective Michael S Bergin 2010-12-31T13:35:41-05:00 >2012-12-04T19:00:28-05:00 <p> During my first semester at Berkeley (M. Arch Option 2), I learned a great deal about the program that I would like to share with you.<br><br> Berkeley is undergoing a shift of thought that makes it difficult to pin down exactly what the school's pedagogical aims may be. The new chair of the architecture program, Tom Buresh, has an omnipresence that shows promise for consolidating the diverse agendas of the faculty. The incoming M. Arch Option 2 students were made to take part in a comprehensive studio (the first time this was mandatory). The three studios were taught by Roddy Creedon, Jill Stoner and Tom Buresh&rsquo;s partner, Danelle Guthrie. I chose Guthrie&rsquo;s studio in part to get a feel for what direction Berkeley may be heading in my time here. Our site turned out to be a barren site adjacent to a grain mill in post-industrial Petaluma, California. The program was a live/work arrangement that focused on the production of &lsquo;goods&rsquo;, and however one would interpret the idea of &lsquo;goods&rsquo;.<br><br> I pr...</p> // Californication Michael S Bergin 2010-08-02T03:39:45-04:00 >2013-04-01T22:10:12-04:00 <p> Since my last post I've found a house in Berkeley. This weekend we unloaded the POD into the new house and threw a small party to celebrate that achievement. I met and re-acquainted myself with some of the Option III students who are taking the Summer Program, they are all very promising and I'm becoming more excited by the day for the semester to begin.<br><br> Finding a place to live was an incredible task, with hundreds of houses/apartments added to Craigslist daily coupled with the intense competition to secure a place in town, we had no less than 3 places we thought were a done deal before we actually signed a lease. I am happy to report that the search paid off, we found an incredible house with a serene garden fenced off from the street. I have a fireplace that I'm actually going to have to use to heat the house and learning how to make a good fire is high on my list of priorities. We also have a jacuzzi tub...<br><br> We studied the neighborhoods of Berkeley thoroughly before choosing a...</p> // Manifest Destiny Michael S Bergin 2010-06-27T02:31:08-04:00 >2012-12-04T19:00:33-05:00 <p> Since my last post, I've become a resident of California, let me tell you a little about what that's like.<br><br> I live in Aliso Viejo. It's a planned community that was incorporated 20 years ago from Laguna Beach. I'm 3 miles from the Pacific and it's all nature preserve from here to there, you can hike out in a little more than 2 hours through the ridge trail of the Laguna Canyon. This coupled with the beautiful weather have offered me plenty of reasons to stay outside and I have been feeling great exploring the outdoors in my free time.<br><br> Alexanne, my other, is doing the Summer InArch program at Berkeley for the Summer while I am working at a great healthcare architecture firm in Newport Beach. I have a dog with me and his name is Fox. When I left Virginia, we put everything we owned inside of a POD and sent it off to Berkeley. Because of that, everything I have in this house was brought in the backseat of 'Volvy' the grey Volvo. Until this morning I had with me a few pots and pans, ...</p> // Hello Michael S Bergin 2010-05-03T15:34:26-04:00 >2013-04-24T15:25:00-04:00 <p> Please hold on, please set luggage cart break to on. (SFO)<br><br> T-27 days until I leave Virginia, I thought I would get a jump on the school blog. The past two months have been a whirlwind of travel and exploration, visiting potential grad schools, job interviews, a wedding, a funeral, goodbyes, hellos. Finally it is all settling down before Alexandra (My Other) and Fox (Our Dog) and I, hit the road for a 3000 mile trek.<br><br> About Me :<br><br> I had a tumultous undergraduate experience resulting in attending four different schools for various lengths of time and hopping majors from Law to Psychology to Art to Art History and finally, to Architecture. I have retained an interest in all of these fields and maintain that they are all integral parts of a solid design education. I ended up graduating in 2008 from UMass Amherst with a BFA in Design.<br><br> After undergrad, I found a job with a mid-sized firm in Southeastern Virginia formerly known as CMSS Architects. I started working the day Lehman Brothe...</p>