October 21 - 23, 2019 | The University of Texas at Austin | Austin, TX

Workshops Host


The University of Texas at Austin
School of Architecture

The School of Architecture, as one of the oldest in the United States, has a long legacy at the forefront of architectural education in this country and throughout the world. This legacy is also manifest in the historic buildings housing our school that were designed and planned by luminaries such as Paul Phillipe Cret and Cass Gilbert nearly a century ago, and it continues today in our Robotics laboratory and our recently completed state-of-the art digital teaching facilities.



Workshops


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contact:
2019@acadia.org



WORKSHOP 01
Digital Tailoring: Form-Fitting Bizarre and Provocative Typologies

Workshop Leaders:
Harlen Miller (UNStudio)
Alexander Kalachev (UNStudio)


The fluid curvature and mechanical complexity found within the human body rivals any geometric form found within our collective architectural language. This workshop explores the converging boundaries between architecture and couture fashion by demonstrating the latest digital workflows for generating, rationalizing, and fabricating apparel, shoes, jewelry, and body modification. A variety of topics will be covered from advanced geometry rationalization, computational UV pattern application and manual polygonal modeling techniques that allow for smooth mesh previewing without the use of subdivision software’s or plugins. The resulting pieces produced through the workshop will be designed with the proper tolerances and constraints to be professionally 3D printed and manufactured afterwards.

Machine/Hardware/Materials:

  • Projector with screen

Software:

  • Polygonal Mesh Modeler (T-Splines, Autodesk Maya, Blender, Weaverbird Plugin)
  • Rhino 5 or 6
  • Rhino Grasshopper and Plugin Libraries

Previous knowledge required:

  • Previous knowledge of Rhino a must
  • General knowledge of GH will be helpful + Plugin Libraries
  • General knowledge of mesh smooth previewing and modeling techniques

Participants to bring:

  • Laptop with access to personal Shapeways account


WORKSHOP 02
Combinatory Systems Generator

Workshop Leaders:
Kerenza Harris (Morphosis Architects)
Daniel Pruske (Morphosis Architects)
Eric Meyer (Morphosis Architects)


Contingency eventually shapes all cities, as the urban environment is altered over time by a complex interplay between forces and materials. How can we model this kind of contingency in the design process? How can we create systems that manage and generate chance—at the scale of the detail, and at the scale of the city? In digital design environments, how do we intentionally design moments that are unexpected, or moments that could not have been conceived apriori? This 3-day design workshop will focus on using computational tools to create rule-based systems that generate combinatory form. Students will work individually with the support of Morphosis team members to design a series of combinatory organizations. Participants will be introduced to the Morphosis design methodology, explore rule-based systems as design tools, and leverage these tools to produce multiple unanticipated outcomes. At the end of the 3-day workshop, each participant will generate a final 18”x24” framed digital composite print of a selected combinatory system.

Machine/Hardware/Materials:

  • Projector with screenr
  • Whiteboard
  • Work space
  • Large format plotter capable of printing on Mylar and Semigloss photo paper

Software

  • Rhinoceros 5 or 6 / Grasshopper (various add-ons TBA)

Previous knowledge required:

  • Some knowledge of Rhinoceros and Grasshopper

Participants to bring:

  • Laptop with Rhino 5 or 6 and Grasshopper


WORKSHOP 03
Freeform Fabrication: Hand-bending timber structures with intelligent holographic guides

Workshop Leaders:
Gwyllim Jahn (Fologram)
Cameron Newnham (Fologram)
Andy Watts (Grimshaw)
Chryssa Varna (Grimshaw)
Georgios Tsakiridis (Grimshaw)


This workshop will explore mixed-reality tools and workflows within Rhino and Grasshopper for simulation, fabrication and analysis of steam-bent timber structures. Participants will be introduced to the Fologram toolkit for creating mixed reality applications for mobile phones and the Microsoft HoloLens 2, and to libraries for streaming point cloud and video data into Grasshopper. These tools will be combined with existing grasshopper plugins to explore how digital simulations can be calibrated to physical material behaviour, how parametric design models can be informed with physical information and adapted during fabrication and how multi-user experiences can facilitate collaborative design and fabrication workflows. A large scale timber structure will be designed in response to digital scans of on-site environments, and constructed entirely by hand and by eye utilizing a combination of craft-based knowledge and computer vision tools that provide feedback and guidance to fabricators during construction.

Machine/Hardware/Materials:

  • All HoloLens headsets, tracking and scanning equipment required will be provided by workshop leaders.

Software

  • Rhino, Grasshopper, Fologram

Previous knowledge required:

  • Familiarity with Rhino and/or Grasshopper is required.

Participants to bring:

  • All participants will require a laptop with Windows and Rhino 5 or 6 with current service releases installed. Where possible participants should being a supported mobile device (Galaxy s7 or newer, iPhone 6s or newer).


WORKSHOP 04
Design to Fabrication: A Critical Look at Interactive Visualization and Automation in Construction


Workshop Leaders:
Erik Martínez (SHoP Architects)
Chris Morse (SHoP Architects)
Philip Richardson (SHoP Architects)



This workshop will showcase a microcosm of SHoP’s R+D in Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) through the prototyping of a demonstrator designed through our custom Virtual Design and Automated Fabrication platform. Participants will be introduced to a Virtual Reality design platform that will be connected to robotic fabrication constraints. This platform will serve as a design environment where users can create and modify structures in full scale and understand fabrication constraints down the line. These virtually designed unique parts will then be fabricated with the UTSOA Robotics Lab. During fabrication, an Augmented Reality overlay will be utilized to track progress and configure the built components.

Machine/Hardware/Materials:

  • UTSOA Robotics Lab – 2 Kuka KR60’s + Kuka DKP 400 Positioner
  • All AR and VR Equipment will be provided by workshop leaders

Software

  • Rhino 6
  • Grasshopper (now part of Rhino 6)
  • Kuka PRC Plugin for Grasshopper
  • Unity

Previous knowledge required:

  • Familiarity with Rhinoceros and Grasshopper is required.
  • Robot programming and Unity experience is a plus.

Participants to bring:

  • All participants will require a laptop with Windows, Rhino 6, Grasshopper, and Kuka PRC (evaluation version is fine) installed.


WORKSHOP 05
Architectural Geometry and Machine Learning mashup

Workshop Leaders:
Alicia Nahmad (Architecture Extrapolated R-Ex)
Vishu Bhooshan (Zaha Hadid Architects Computation and Design group - ZHCODE)
Cristobal Valenzuela (NYU, RunwayML)
Shajay Bhooshan (Zaha Hadid Architects Computation and Design group - ZHCODE)


Coinciding with the increasing digitalisation of the AEC industry, the last decade has seen the rapid maturation of the field of Architectural Geometry that integrates structural and fabrication constraints within the shape design process. The abstraction of complex material and machine constraints as intuitive geometric parameters is the hallmark of the research field. This geometry based reasoning makes it insightful, didactic and designer friendly. On the other hand, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence technologies base their reasoning on observed ground truths, and learn about the world much like children do. The workshop will explore synergies between the two. ZHCODE,R-Ex and RunwayML bring several years worth of experience and research and extensive collaborative network in the domains of architectural geometry, robotic fabrication and machine learning.

Software

  • Autodesk Maya
  • Visual Studio
  • Runway ML
  • Rhino w/ Grasshopper

Previous knowledge required:

  • Prior Knowledge of rhino and grasshopper required.
  • Inclination and interest towards geometry and statistics recommended.
  • Prior programming experience preferred, but optional.
  • Prior Knowledge of Maya, runwayML, not needed.

Participants to bring:

  • Laptop


WORKSHOP 06
Polyhedral Timber Topologies

Workshop Leaders:
James Warton (HKS | LINE)
Tim Logan (HKS | LINE)


The proposed workshop draws upon workflows presented during last year’s ACADIA workshop and centers on the synthesis of structural optimization and architectural expression. Similarly, these workflows will lead to the assembly of a full-scale prototype demonstrating structural principles outlined during the workshop. Day one will focus on optimization strategies and design using various plugin’s developed for Rhino/Grasshopper. This will include, global form finding and mesh relaxation, graphic statics and funicular frames, as well as member sizing and analysis. In addition to these methods, an introduction to topology optimization will be provided featuring Altair’s OptiStruct. The resulting structure will be rationalized into polyhedral frameworks, that can be fabricated into polyhedral plywood components. A predetermined design scenario will be presented as the culmination of these methods and incorporated into the workshop’s fabrication/assembly phase. During the second half of the 3-day workshop, representatives from HINGED will discuss fabrication challenges and constraints central to the workshop installation/exhibition piece. The prefabricated modules will be delivered, and attendees of the workshop will complete the assembly described during day one and two.

Software

  • Rhino 6 w/ Grasshopper [Free trial available]
  • Kangaroo 2.42
  • PolyFrame
  • Proving Ground’s Lunchbox
  • WeaverBird
  • Excel
  • Altair Engineering – Optistruct [provided by workshop co-sponsors]

Participants to bring:

  • All participants will require a laptop with Rhino 5 or 6 w/ Grasshopper installed.



WORKSHOP 07
Generative design workflows with Project Refinery and Dynamo

Workshop Leaders:
Lilli Smith (Autodesk)
Aparajit Pratap (Autodesk)


A parametric model generates a huge number of designs. How can we navigate this vast design space of possibilities to find the high-performing designs? This workshop will introduce workflows that help us answer such a question using Dynamo for Revit and Project Refinery, an Autodesk generative design tool for design option generation, search and optimization. During this workshop participants will learn how to build geometry generators and evaluators using visual programming in Dynamo; how to use these generators and evaluators to drive multi-objective optimization towards specified goals in Refinery; and how to use Refinery’s tools to evaluate the generated optimal solutions and integrate some of these designs back to Revit.

Envisioned Outcomes:

  • Learning how to build parametric models that can be used in a generative design workflow.
  • Learning how to frame a design problem as an optimization search and how to define evaluation metrics, goals and constraints to drive the optimization.
  • Understanding the importance and sensitivity of the design problem and parameter definition to the result of the optimization.

Machine/Hardware/Materials:

  • Projector with screen

Software

  • Project Refinery
  • Autodesk Revit 2020, with Dynamo

Previous knowledge required:

  • To get the most out of the workshop, participants should have a basic to intermediate understanding of visual programming in Dynamo.

Participants to bring:

  • Laptop


Workshops Venue

The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture



Address: The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, 310 Inner Campus Drive, Austin, TX 78712 https://soa.utexas.edu/ http://arquitectura.unam.mx/
Contact - 2019@acadia.org

Workshop Schedule




Monday, October 21 2019
Workshops Day 01
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Workshops Welcome and Introduction
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Workshop Sessions
Tuesday, October 22 2019
Workshops Day 02
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Workshop Sessions
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Workshop Sessions
Wednesday, October 23 2018
Workshops Day 03
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Workshop Sessions
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Workshop Sessions
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm Workshop Panel Discussion
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Exhibition Opening