22 November 2013
FORM : A Lecture by Prof. Mirco Becker
The lecture traces how the notion of form in architecture developed as a device to challenge typology. This happened at various instances often under entirely different premises. So was the relation between structure and form initiated in gothic design later being picked-up by Antonio Gaudi. Frei Ottos form-finding techniques use this very same understanding of forming matter under equalized energy some 50 years later. Lars Spuybroek transposed the work of Otto into the digital domain which then was pushed further from a materialists perspective towards a morphogenetic one by Hensel/Menges/Weinstock. Today we see first instances where generative processes under a digital paradigm start to alter the formation of matter itself in a truly disruptive manner.
SAC Seminar Room : 1100 am
19 November 2013
structural seminar with Mark Fahlbusch
The master thesis class had a brief seminar with our guest professor Mark Fahlbusch on structural design. The students engaged in structural techniques which can then be implemented in their own work in their next seminar with him next week. Mark Fahlbusch is a partner and a project manager at Bollinger + Grohmann Ingenieure and is responsible for the structural design of various national and international projects in concrete, steel, glass and textile membranes. He has extensive knowledge in the design of geometrically complex free-form structures in combination with challenging façade systems.
13 November 2013
APD at Liebieghaus
APD took a high resolution 3d scan at the Liebieghaus sculpture collection. The Maria Immaculata by Mathias Steinl serves a the source for digital analysis on form. The workshop aims to build an analytical and descriptive repertoire to better discuss form and bridge the divide between quantitative and qualitative assessment. Further results of this workshop will be presented in form of digitally fabricated models at the Städelschule Rundgang in February 2014.
10 November 2013
PROCESSING WITH KARSTEN SCHMIDT
This four day hands-on workshop with Karsten Schmidt provided students with a comprehensive overview of software design principles applied to the wider domain of architectural design and with a special focus on generative & evolutionary design processes. They used the popular open source Processing environment, initially designed at MIT, combined with Karsten Schmidt's own toxiclibs code libraries and did not assume any prior knowledge of programming. A further focus of this workshop was to provide students with an awareness and understanding of the sheer limitless creative freedom obtainable by harnessing programming & open source culture and the use of this knowledge to solve design challenges in an alternative manner - a manner which not only allows, but truly fosters a more collaborative work approach, as well as the integration of disciplines not traditionally associated with the role of an architect. With the advent of BIMs and increasing governmental investments into smart cities & environments, we believe a more trans-disciplinary approach (especially one including computation) is quickly becoming key requirement to cement the entire discipline in future and we therefore strive to frame our discussions in this workshop to address some of these aspects.
4 November 2013
THE FYG WITH MARK AND BEATRIZ
Mark Wigley and Beatriz Colomina are back in SAC in a seminar with the new First Year Group.
28 November 2013
Structural Seminar Part 2
Prof. Dr. Mark Fahlbusch to conduct the second part of his structural seminar with the Master Thesis Group on 3.12.2013, 1000 hrs in the seminar room.
16 November 2013
Structural seminar with Mark Fahlbusch
Structural expert Mark Fahlbusch conducts a seminar with the Master Thesis students, giving them structural design inputs.
16 November 2013
First Year trip to Stuttgart
The First Year Group is in Stuttgart visiting the Stuttgart University, the Weissenhofsiedlung, Mercedes Museum and the Porsche Museum.
13 November 2013
Seminar with Daniel Birnbaum
Daniel Birnbaum conducts a double seminar this week with the students of the new ACAP group on his book Chronology.
1 November 2013
Processing workshop with Karsten Schmidt
The AAD and ACAP groups are ready for a 4 day long intensive Processing workshop with the master himself!