Neri Oxman – In Conversation
This week at the forum: an open conversation with Neri Oxman. Her bio and projects can be found here.
Image: Carpal Skin – by Neri Oxman
Thesis Workshop I
Summaries of the projects discussed during last friday’s experimental “thesis workshop”:
Shapes Grammars as a Computational Model for The Perception of Affordances-Mark Watabe
James J Gibson, a psychologist who wrote prolifically about his theories of visual perception argued there is a difference between direct information, that is the perception of the affordances in an environment, and indirect information, that is the information contained in signals and
Houses as products: The real BIM
This week MIT alumnus and parametric design expert Dennis Michaud will join us at the Forum to discuss his work at Massachusetts-based company Blu Homes. His talk will give us a chance to take a look inside industry’s use of BIM, parametrics and kinetics in housing development. Pre-fabbers watch out!
The aim of this talk will be to describe and show
Omar Khan’s Reflexive Architecture Machines
Omar Khan’s Reflexive Architecture Machines, presented in the Computation group lecture, tapped into the ambition of an ever increasing number of architects: to incorporate responsiveness, unpredictability and movement as both expressive and performative strategies in spatial design.
Khan positioned the work -products of his research group in University of Buffalo- within the cybernetic tradition of Ross Ashby’s Homeostat, a machine built withread on
SMArchS Mid-term Thesis Reviews
Friday, March 12th, in Room 9-250 (note change in room) 1:00-1:20 Murat Mutlu (Yoon, Tehrani, Kassabian) 1:20-1:40 Steffen Reichert (Knight, Yoon, Ortiz) 1:40-2:00 Mark Watabe (Stiny, Ochsendorf, Lepinay) 2:00-2:20 Varvara Toulkeridou (Stiny, Nagakura) 2:20-2:40 Junno Ophir (Larson, O’Reilly, Knight) 2:40-3:00 German Aparicio (Sass, Shelden, Danziger) BREAK 3:10-3:30 Shani Sharif (Sass, Knight) 3:30-3:50 Adela Kalenja (Nagakura, Knight, Shelden) 3:50-4:10 Skylar Tibbits (Knight, Winston, Demaine) 4:10-4:30 Joseph Nunez (Sass, Nagakura). Image from Steffen Reichert’s Thesis presentation.read on
Talking about Math and Architecture
This coming Friday at the Harvard GSD six panelists will present their views on the relationship between math and architectural practice. See details below, or clic here for more info.
“Architecture and mathematics have constantly balanced between two extremes: an experiential dimension, often imbued with contemplative connotations, and the quest for operative techniques that do not necessarily present a spatial meaning. Henceread on
Two architectures and the process of design
This week Alise Upitis will join us at the Forum. In her talk “Two architectures and the design process” she will discuss how post-war technological changes dramatically shaped conceptions of the design process. A great opportunity to understand the technological context -and the sensibility- that gave origin to the tools that define architectural and design practices today. Not to beread on
The life and work of Jan Kokol
This week Jan Kokol will be at the forum sharing his work. Jan is a visiting student from Technical University in Graz, Austria, and is currently doing research on Mass Customization here at MIT under Prof. Nader Tehrani’s supervision.
See below for more details. Please note that the Forum’s new room is 9-250. The forum meets from 6-8 PM onread on
This year the Sigradi conference (a sister conference to ACADIA and ECAADE) will take place in Bogotá, Colombia, in November 17-19, and will be held jointly by the Architecture, Arts, and Math Schools of Universidad de los Andes.
The conference is currently accepting papers, check the author guidelines and start the submission process inread on
Talking about sketching and scripting
Image By Ella Piechovich
The ‘enlivened’ geometric models within modeling environments invite a redefinition of what we understand as a design representation. Designers who learn how to program often use idioms that render the very notion of representation as atavic, seeking to emphasize the perception of scripts as performative, or ‘alive’. This became once more evident during the last two weeks ofread on
Des-Comp Alumni Symposium 2010
The Computation Group Forum this Spring starts big with the opening of the 2010 Des-Comp Alumni Symposium. Come and learn the work and whereabouts of previous generations of SMArchS and Ph.D. students in Design & Computation.
“The goal of the symposium is to strengthen the network within the MIT Design and Computation community and to provide exposure of and for this unique group toread on
12/4 Guest Announcement: Marrikka Trotter
Marrikka Trotter will be at the forum on Dec 4th talking about her thesis work on Christopher Alexander. The following is an extract:
“With his background in mathematics and chemistry, Christopher Alexander developed a unique understanding of architecture in the early 1960’s. Like J. S. Haldane’s single, complected organism of a living lung and the atmosphere, Alexander believed that livingread on
12/11 Guest Announcement: Nicola Burggraf
Nicola Burggraf will be at the forum on December 11 showing her intriguing design thesis “Bioluminescence – The Design of living Light”, recently completed under Professor Achim Menges’s supervision. Next lines from Nicola Burggraf’s abstract:
Bioluminescence is the ability of living organisms to produce and emit their own light. The thesis deals with the question if and how this phenomena could be adapted forread on
Design as search through discreet spaces
A concern that commercial CAD systems prescribe design processes as the deterministic generation of form “out of nothing” leads Professor Kostas Terzidis to propose, as an alternative, algorithmic devices capable of producing -I use his words- “any possible solution”. In this view optimization and search techniques become avenues to navigate the vast solution spaces yielded by combinatorial “design machines”, notions thatread on
Design Scripting Workshop at the GSD
Computation Group Ph.D. Candidates Kenfield Griffith and Daniel Cardoso were invited to teach a short scripting workshop at Harvard’s GSD. The workshop was organized -and co-taught- by Taro Narahara, Computation SMArchS 2007 and currently a DDes Candidate. The 6-hour workshop focused on basic programming techniques for the manipulation of 3-D geometry. The workshop was well attended (35-40 people), and left mostread on
Jose Pinto Duarte, Shape Grammarian
Yesterday we had the chance -and the pleasure- of having Jose Pinto Duarte (FA-TU Lisbon) as a guest. Prof. Duarte, an alumni of the Ph.D. program in Computation, gave a lecture entitled “Mass-Customization: Models and Algorithms”, and later joined members of the group in an informal conversation at the group’s forum.
In the lecture Prof. Duarte described with some detail the shape grammarsread on
Open Table on Open Source
Last week’s discussion on open source, if general, succeeded in bringing to the forum diverse and passionate attitudes towards the subject.
The discussion approached open source from three angles: first, open source as a business model, second, open source as an ideological stance towards software systems, and third, open source as an attribute of design tools and environments. A transversal idea –that could be further explored in future Forums- is the emergenceread on
Despite its many advantages version control software (and workflows) remain unexplored for many of us. In this session of the forum Mark Watabe will discuss how these systems enable collaboration and allow for distributed development of complex projects.read on
The machinery of life
Greg Pintille, an MIT researcher in the field of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIL) will tell us about his Ph.D. work on surface-finding in point clouds and other types of data at molecular scales.
Next lines from Greg’s abstract:
In biology, much like in real life, understanding structure means understanding function. The first sub-cellular component whose structure was discovered is the DNA molecule, byread on
Weaving at the urban scale
Swooping I, 2001. A tensile sculpture by Janet Echelman
Janet Echelman will be our guest in the Computation Group forum next week (October 2) and will discuss her exciting work. The following lines are an excerpt taken from her site.
Through her art, Janet Echelman reshapes urban airspace with monumental public sculptures that respond to environmental forces including wind, water, and sunlight. Echelman is currently Visiting Fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.read on