Last December I spoke at the Center for Architecture in NYC with the CORE studio team. Description and video below (my section begins on minute 28).
Technology drives innovation, experimentation, and efficiency in the AEC industry, but implementing technology into practice and everyday use requires a larger strategy. Often, the needs of projects and practice exceed the capability of commercially available software packages, requiring us to build our own tools. The CORE studio is a computation and research group within Thornton Tomasetti that experiments with and evaluates technologies for use across the diverse practice areas of the entire firm.
In September I spoke at the AEC Tech Symposium. With Mostapha Roudsari, we discussed how some of the most recent web-based development projects at CORE studio – including VRX – are enabled by open-source initiatives and how these platforms are being used for better collaboration inside and outside Thornton Tomasetti.
This past year at Thornton Tomasetti’s CORE studio, I have been designing and developing VRX – a project to view Building Information Models in Virtual Reality. This web application allows the model creator to guide others in a shared virtual environment using the Google Cardboard. I just published a blog post about it, and you can read more about it here.
Next week, I’ll be teaching a workshop called Prototyping Experiential Futures at the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA). The 3-day session will be co-taught with Woods Bagot’s Director of Technical Innovation Shane Burger. See description below and sign up!
The field of Interaction Design has come to dominate our experience of the digital world. As our physical world increasingly takes on digital threads in our everyday experiences, the role of the architect needs to actively engage IxD for the built environment. We need to move from prototyping form to prototyping experience.
Tomorrow we will be presenting Horizon House at the Graduate School of Design as part of the program of ‘Innovate Talks’, introduced by the Chair of the Department of Architecture Iñaki Abalos and moderated by Professor Mark Mulligan. We will be explaining how the competition asked for a sustainable solution for a retreat in nature set in rural Hokkaido (Japan) and we envisioned a house built with re-used local materials.
In March of 2013, I created a simple Grasshopper model that allowed for geometric explorations but also provided a general overview of material needs. You can check out the definition and some of the iterations below, extracted from a report I submitted at the end of the Spring semester. In addition, I have attached some of our original construction drawings.
This will be part of my thesis mid-term presentation on digital design and robotic manufacture of wooden reciprocal frame structures, which will take place next week. The digital workflow described is under development.I have made some tests using the robot and it seems to be going in the right direction. I will post pictures of the prototypes in the next few days.
Among other features of this workflow, the designer can access each larger ‘quad’, by using a path number that is the same of that of the original face it belonged to, while they can also retrieve the smaller configurations, which respond to the numbering of the vertices. More features coming soon!
Akiko Kubo, one of the the caretakers of the experimental houses built in the Memu Meadows, has shared the most recent status of Horizon House under the snow. We are very excited to see the evolution of this winter and getting up to 1.00 m of snow. This will cover the railroad-tie base, leaving the house ‘floating’ in the white landscape.
Go to Horizon House page.
Under the title of ‘Horizonte Sostenible‘, Anatxu Zabalbeascoa has written an article for the digital version of the Spanish newspaper EL PAIS as part of her blog ‘Del Tirador a la Ciudad’. You can read the whole article following the link above or clicking on the picture below.
One of the members of the jury for the 3rd LIXIL International University Architectural Competition, Professor Darko Radovic from Keio University, has posted an entry on his blog about the Japanese magazine Shinkenchiku featuring the opening of Horizon House. Click on the image to see more.
Diario SUR – the main newspaper in Malaga (Spain) – has published an article explaining how Carlos Cerezo and I – both born and raised in the city – studied Architecture in Spain, came to study a Master in Design Studies (MDesS) at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and got involved in a multidisciplinary team to participate in the competition and construction of Horizon House, a sustainable project in Japan.