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MAY 20: PRESENTATIONS
CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE 8:30AM-5PM
536 LAGUARDIA PLACE

9:00 OPENING REMARKS, ROBERT OTANI, THORNTON TOMASETTI

9:15 COMPUTATIONAL DESIGN
MODERATOR: CHARLIE PORTELLI

SEBASTIAN CLAUSSNITZER / ALEX POLLOCK, SOMCROSS SECTION OF EXPERIMENTS
We will survey a range of work in-progress spanning from design work, knowledge sharing, to big data analysis.

SHANE BURGER, WOODS BAGOT
WOODS BAGOT
INFORMATION FLOW IN THE GLOBAL STUDIO
Woods Bagot operates as a Global Studio, sourcing expertise from each region in the delivery of projects through our own in-house project portals. Communication and the flow of information becomes key when working cross-continent both within the firm and with consultants and contractors. By leveraging the intrinsic parametric engines of each platform in our software ecosystem, the communication flow from one system to another is at the level of the design narrative, rather than the resultant geometry of a particular design  iteration.

NEIL MEREDITH, GEHRY TECHNOLOGIES
A CROSS-SECTION OF PROJECTS AT GEHRY TECHNOLOGIES
A cross-section of projects at Gehry Technologies, related to panelization for digital fabrication.

CHARLIE PORTELLI, KPF
SKYSCRAPER DESIGN AND USING COMPUTATIONAL METHODOLOGIES
Chongqing International Trade and Commerce Center (ITCC) is a mixed use high-rise development in Chongqing, China. A series of parametric models and custom tools where developed for the project and used from the early design development to the construction phase of the project. The project is a good example of the involvement of computation at multiple phases of design.

10:30 BREAK

10:45 DIGITAL WORKFLOWS
MODERATOR: JUSTIN NARDONE

CORY BRUGGER, MORPHOSIS ARCHITECTS
ADAPTING TECHNOLOGY: EXPLORING DIGITAL WORKFLOWS FOR DESIGN AND DELIVERY
For over three decades 3D modeling has played a key role in the design process at Morphosis. The shift from a physical to virtual design environment created new opportunities for the use of models in practice. Through case studies we will explore the processes used by Morphosis for the design and delivery of our buildings.

CHRIS ZOOG, HOK
FAÇADE DESIGN INTEROPERABILITY USING IFC
The presentation will explore the interoperability workflows between algorithmic design tools, and BIM platforms utilizing the IFC format. Two real world case studies using Rhino, Grasshopper, Geometry Fym, and Revit will be presented. The future of IFC as it relates to building enclosure will also be discussed.

MICHAEL McCUNE, CASE
PROCESS DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT WITH COMPUTATION
Case studies for designing workflows and tools for the AEC industry that enable design, delivery, and construction.

OLEG MOSHKOVICH / KYLA FARRELL, LIROBIG CONSTRUCTION
In the construction phase project data transitions from the virtual to the real, with additional real-world constraints imposed on the system. The challenges of the project shift from computational and model focused to logistical, networked, and data driven. Big construction projects provide a unique platform for exploring the the role of advanced tools and technologies in supporting the complexities of the construction process.

12:00 LUNCH

12:45 FAÇADES
MODERATOR: BEN SILVERMAN

JOHN DAVID CERONE, SHoP
DELIVERING THE BARCLAYS CENTER FAÇADE
To execute the design, SHoP Construction was engaged by the façade contractor to ensure the architectural gesture of the pre-weathered steel ‘latticework’ was accurately reproduced in the built form. Through implementation of an integrated direct-to-fabrication process, SHoP Construction facilitates the manufacturing, assembly and sequence delivery 900 unitized mega-panel containing 12,000 uniquely sized pre-weathered steel latticework panels.

COREY GREEN, GENSLER
SOLAR REFLECTIVITY AND GLARE ANALYSIS
Through a 3 tiered collaboration with CDC, Viracon and Gensler, a multi-platform computational analysis (GHX,ANISYS,DIVA) was executed to hypothesize, validate, and interpret the solar reflectivity and glare caused by two, off-axis office towers.

BEN SILVERMAN, ENCLOS
CURTAIN WALL MULLION OPTIMIZATION
The presentation will communicate a research project exploring the optimization of the structural properties of a curtain wall mullion to reduce the weight and cost of material utilizing custom VB nodes for structural calculations and Galapagos for optimization within the Grasshopper plug-in for Rhino.

2:00 AUTOMATION
MODERATOR: JONATAN SCHUMACHER

CHIEN SI HARRIMAN, TERABUILD
OVERCOMING CHALLENGES IN PARAMETRIC ENVIRONMENTAL SIMULATION
Accurate energy, water, and ecological simulation at any stage of the design process is a challenge, particularly as scale of the problem increases. As computational geometry produces shapes and forms of greater complexity and more science is required to back up claims of high performance design, a potential bottleneck emerges that can slow the design process. Advanced information technologies can potentially be re-oriented from other industries such as bioinformatics and marketing to rapidly predict, with a high degree of precision, how design decisions may affect environmental performance. Weʼʻll review the research of a tech startup interested in applying Silicon Valley engineering to traditional design problems, and point to possible implications of the research.

BEN HOWES / JONATAN SCHUMACHER, THORNTON TOMASETTI
COLLABORATIVE PLATFORMS
How can we improve the way we communicate during the design process?  Two research and development projects underway in the ACM Group at TT, Remote Solving and TTX, attempt to address this question with novel computational solutions.  Both projects consist of a set of custom tools that provide a new type of platform for collaborations between designers and engineers.  Remote Solving attempts to expose a semi-automated, conceptual stage structural solver to architectural collaborators as a web service, and to enable big [design] data acquisition and visualization in the earliest stages of the design process.  TTX is our new in-house interoperability platform that enables real-time project synchronization across our company-wide design / analysis / documentation software stack.

GREGOR VILKNER, SKANSKA
BUILDING API – CONTENT AS A PLATFORM
Automation in the AEC space traditionally utilizes the programing interfaces of large software programs. Building API is a methodology that directly exposes the integrated data structure of a building. Thus the relational makings of a project are captured and described early. Plumbing to the various content management platforms involved can be established as the become relevant in the project life cycle. We will present some of the benefits, requirements and hurdles that became apparent as Skanska employs this new method on pilot projects.

3:00 BREAK

3:30 DIGITAL FABRICATION
MODERATOR: JUSTIN NARDONE

SCOTT CRAWFORD / STEPHEN VAN DYCK, LMNts
PROTO-TYPICAL: HOW FABRICATION INFORMS DESIGN
It is crucial to maintain a strong connection to the physical process as we continue to increasingly push the digital domain.  We’ll discuss how our interest in working with CNC tools has affected our design process at LMN and how it has begun to bleed into some fun personal projects too.

ZAK KOSTURA, ARUP
A FORM-FOUND CIVIC SCULPTURE FOR LOWER MANHATTAN
The Fulton Center Cable Net is an 8-storey form-found lightweight structure designed by Arup as part of a $1.4 Billion infrastructure development project on the corner of Broadway and Fulton Street in Lower Manhattan for MTA Capital Construction.  This talk will focus on the design of a soft, dynamic structural system capable
of supporting rigid but delicate architectural cladding panels to realize the architectural intent developed by Grimshaw and artistic concept conceived by James Carpenter Design Associates.  It will demonstrate the geometric challenges posed by the net and solutionsdeveloped by Arup to deliver a robust, efficient system that substantively impacts the visual and environmental qualities of this new civic space.

4:15 WHAT’S NEXT
MODERATOR: SCOTT MARBLE

NACIEM NOWROUZI / SAM COCHRAN, STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
WHAT ABOUT BIG DATA IN THE AEC INDUSTRY?
What can the AEC industry learn from Web2.0 and its mash-up culture? During the ‘BIM and Big Data’ class at the PAE Lab at Stevens, the students explored an option of a flexible centralized building data platform that can be used to accommodate the variety of roles present in the AEC industry. Over time, as data accumulates,
it can be used to algorithmically inform better design and construction processes.

SHANE BURGER, WOODS BAGOT
WORKING PROTOTYPES, CREATING KNOWLEDGE
In its first decade, Smartgeometry fostered the emergence of a new paradigm in which digital designers and craftsmen were able to intelligently explore design with digital and physical media through the use of computational processes.  Recently, a new trend in the Smartgeometry Workshops has shifted the focus from the developmentof formal end-product geometry through prototyping into frontendexploratory design systems. By leveraging the vast quantities of data in the built environment, functional performance (material, energy, spatial) has become key.

SCOTT MARBLE, MARBLE FAIRBANKS
JOHN NASTASI, NASTASI ARCHITECTS

CLOSING REMARKS

 

MAY 20: RECEPTION
TRESPA DESIGN CENTRE 6PM-8PM
62 GREENE STREET

 

MAY 21: WORKSHOPS
THORNTON TOMASETTI 9AM-6PM
51 MADISON AVENUE

9:00 MORNING SESSION
40 MINUTES EACH

BEN HOWES, THORNTON TOMASETTI
COMPRESSIVE FORM-FINDING WITH KANGAROO
Participants will attempt to generate compression only shell structures using Kangaroo for form-finding, Karamba for structural analysis, and Galapagos for optimization.

TORU HASEGAWA, PROXY DESIGN STUDIO
HELLO WORLD IPHONE APP
The objective is the introduction of an “app development” workflow. Starting with an “Hello World App” and adding functionality as time allows for spatial attributes that would spark architects interest etc.

MATT O’BRIEN, UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES
ARCHITECTURE AND COMPUTER GAMING TECHNOLOGY
In this workshop  Matt will introduce a workflow enabling automatic modeling via grasshopper and real-time interaction with architectural elements via custom Kinect integration with CryENGINE3. Participants will receive custom implementations representing the Situation Engine research clusters latest innovations.

CHRIS ZOOG, HOK
SSI TOOLS: RHINO TO REVIT
Workshop will explore new model workflows translating and extending geometries from Rhino to Revit using the SSI Tools.

TIM MEADOR, PERKINS + WILL
MODEL INTEROPERABILITY: RHINO TO REVIT
Workshop will explore new model workflows translating and extending geometries from Rhino to Revit using the Hummingbird Toolset.

1:00 LUNCH

2:00 AFTERNOON SESSION
40 MINUTES EACH

MICHAEL McCUNE, CASE
WHITE-GLOVE INTEROPERABILITY: RHINO TO REVIT
Using the new CASE Interoperability tools for both Rhino and Revit, participants will develop a rigging system in Grasshopper that will be transferred in a lightweight format at nearly the speed of light between Rhino/Grasshopper and Revit resulting in native, editable, and updatable Revit geometry primed for documentation.

JESS AUSTIN, GRIMSHAW ARCHITECTS
CNC FABRICATION / STRUCTURAL OPTIMIZATION / GRASSHOPPER AND RHINO CAM PROCESS WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF COLONIATECNE
I will relate the process of Designing and Building ColoniaTecne and discuss lessons learned / pitfalls to avoid.

MATT NAUGLE / JONATAN SCHUMACHER, THORNTON TOMASETTI
ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS = DESIGN INPUT
A quick look at integrating quantitative analysis in concept/competition-phase design.

ROBERT CERVELLIONE, CERVER DESIGN STUDIO
GRASSHOPPER COMPONENTS IN VISUAL STUDIO
This workshop will focus on using Visual Studio/ Visual Studio Express to setup, create and debug a grasshopper component. Participants will learn the basic structure of a GHA file and how to code in C#. We will explore Rhino Common and the Rhino geometry classes to tap into the full potential of Grasshopper.

DANIEL SEGRAVES, GENSLER
VB.NET FOR GH 301: DYNAMIC SYSTEMS
An advanced look at scripting in VB.Net within Grasshopper, focusing on creating custom modules that react in real time – similar to a Processing sketch – to optimize a system such as program arrangement or façade rationalization.

 

MAY 21: HAPPY HOUR
THE CHURCHILL 6PM-8PM
45 EAST 28TH STREET