Immersion in robotic design keeps ACADIA workshops true to 'Posthuman Frontiers' theme
The ACADIA (The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture) conference is a yearly, highly anticipated event for many architecture practitioners, researchers, educators, and inventers around the world. It is a chance for architects to come together and reach into the work that they have... View full entry
ACADIA's 'Robotic Softness' workshop experiments with Xbox Kinect and robo-weaving
The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) conference 2016, hosted by the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban planning at the University of Michigan, is a preeminent platform to discuss design philosophies and acknowledge new realms of work done by individuals or... View full entry
ACADIA's 'Floating Megalith' workshop challenges architecture's obsession with surface over volume
Last Wednesday afternoon, traffic briefly stopped at the main entrance to the University of Michigan’s North Campus as 12 of us hauled a stark white blob the size of a jet ski up hills and across intersections. Curious and confused onlookers watched us as we carried what must have seemed like an... View full entry
ACADIA's 'Wooden Structures' workshop takes a hack at automated fabrication of multi-species structures
There is a misleading myth that “architecture is just architecture”, that assumes that architecture is a form of knowledge that neither research definitions, nor processes applied in other disciplines, can be applied to architecture research. It is a myth that has been used enduringly as an... View full entry
One-to-One #42 with ACADIA workshop co-chairs Catie Newell and Wes McGee
Aside from their role as workshop co-chairs for the ACADIA conference, this week's One-to-One guests are both architects who work and teach at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. Their focus on fabrication led them to their roles at ACADIA, with McGee... View full entry
Students go above the double-curve in “InFlux”, from AA Summer DLAB::RED
Contrasting against the greenery of Hooke Park is “InFlux”, a brick-red wall prototype that 18 students and their tutors assembled for the AA School of Architecture's Summer DLAB::RED 2015 program. Taking place from July 27 to August 8, the RED-themed agenda explored the phenomenal process of... View full entry
Digital manufacturing revolution still held back by outdated equipment
Most small manufacturers — a big chunk of the nation’s supply chain — are running older, pre-Internet equipment. “One of the issues we have to address,” said Harris, “is this legacy equipment.”
The digital thread can be hard to trace in an entrepreneur like Ellegiers’ plan to ship an app for making a desk, instead of a finished product.
“Most shops are definitely not ready for this,” Ellegiers said.
While many American manufacturing workshops may still be stuck with legacy equipment, you can learn more about fabricators at the very forefront of the industry—employing cutting-edge technology in creative ways—in Archinect's new Matters of Scale feature series. View full entry
Apply now for the AA Visiting School Greece: Thessaloniki Revelations workshop
The AA Visiting School Greece program is getting ready for their Thessaloniki "Revelations" session, starting October 30 through November 9 at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The collaborative workshop will investigate the urban fabric of the historic city of Thessaloniki through a... View full entry
LEGO Architecture launches new student acoustic-design challenge to restore a destroyed music theater
Following a successful inaugural event last year, LEGO Architecture is presenting another opportunity for architecture students in the Villa Pennisi in Musica 2015 summer workshop to hone their acoustic-design and LEGO-building skills in the upcoming #FILLTHETHEATRE challenge.Taking place in... View full entry
REMINDER: The 2015 AA Summer DLAB :: RED application deadline is July 20!
There's still time to apply for the AA School of Architecture 2015 Summer DLAB :: RED workshop. Starting July 27 through August 14, the summer program emphasizes the integration of algorithmic / generative design methodologies and large scale digital fabrication tools. Student participants get to... View full entry
AA Summer DLAB :: RED is now accepting applications until July 20
Summer DLAB from London's AA School of Architecture is gearing up for its 2015 cycle. Starting July 27 through August 14, the summer workshop emphasizes the integration of algorithmic / generative design methodologies and large scale digital fabrication tools. Student participants get to explore... View full entry
The fascinating world of Grimm City
Later this summer, London's Flea Folly Architects—Pascal Bronner & Thomas Hillier—will be running a workshop in what they broadly call "narrative architecture" at the Tate Modern.
"What would a town inhabited by Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and Man Ray look like?" they ask. [...]
Their own project, Grimm City, is perhaps an example of what might result.
Guggenheim to host "Competing Intelligence" Digital Architecture Masterclass this Saturday
Mark your calendars, The Guggenheim is hosting a free one-day "Competing Intelligence" Digital Architecture Masterclass this Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All current architecture students and recent graduates (from within the past five years) in the New York metro area are encouraged... View full entry
MoMA's “Uneven Growth” case studies conclude with exhibition this month
MoMA began its "Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities" initiative last year aiming to advance international discussion on disproportionate urban development and its potential consequences. To address this issue, six interdisciplinary teams spent 14 months in workshops designing proposals that investigate new architectural possibilities for six metropolises. Each case study will be exhibited to the public at MoMA starting on November 22.
But the discussion doesn't end there. MoMA also created a user-generated Tumblr that collects examples of emerging modes of tactical urbanism taking place in the six cities.Here's a glimpse:LAGOSBy NLÉ (Lagos, Nigeria and Amsterdam, Netherlands)Zoohaus/Inteligencias Colectivas (Madrid, Spain)HONG... View full entry
Generative Design and the Future of Architecture: Workshopping with Zaha Hadid: Code
Zaha Hadid: Code is the programming arm of the renowned Zaha Hadid Architecture, a firm known for it's sleek, futuristic designs. During the ACADIA workshop, the designers chose to focus on the task of developing unique, computationally derived models to 3D print within the tight three day timeframe of the workshop. For architecture firms like Zaha Hadid, these workshops serve as playgrounds and testbeds for technologies.