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Smart Environments Research Group & Data Dialogues

Michael Leighton Beaman joins the Smart Environments Project. The UVA SMART ENVIRONMENTS project challenges the social equity and urban spatial implications of data informatics. In a 3-year project, a group of scholars will contribute an architectural, ecological, and urban policy perspective to a broader Humanities Informatics initiative at UVA that aims at a critical, and often-neglected humanities dialogue within information studies and data science.

Learn More at the Smart Environments Website

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Transformations Exhibition opens at the Sackler Museum

The Transformations Studio introduces basic architectural concepts and techniques used to address issues of form, function, ornament, and material. The course provides instruction in project analysis, visualization, communication, and fabrication, using both physical and digital modeling. Students proceed through a series of progressively complex investigations of transformational processes, contexts, programs, and material assemblages. As an introduction to architectural design, the course explores comprehensive and foundational design principles, skill sets + critical thinking with making.

Transformations, an exhibition of student work from the undergraduate architecture studio is open May 5-7,2014 at the Sackler Museum on the campus of Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Studio Instructor: Zaneta Hong

Teaching Assistants: Fred Thwainy + Phoebe White

Undergraduate Students: Kathleen Hanley, Angie Jo, 

Matthew Ricotta, Linda Song, James Thurm,

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber, John Wang, Sherrie Wang, Gianina Yumul

Harvard University, Sackler Museum

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Leighton Beaman holds "Landforming" workshop at Harvard University

Using google satellite imagery,  image processing algorithms, and parametric modeling software the Landforming workshop held at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design examines how observational modes of data collection and projective methods of surface modelling can be combined to generate speculative landformations rooted in topological ontologies of landscape. The workshop is part of a newly formed undergraduate concentration in architecture at Harvard University between the VES + GSD.

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"Cross-Disciplinary Pedagogies" Presented @ 2013 CELA conference

Leighton Beaman + Zaneta Hong present their paper " Cross-disciplinary Pedagogies" at the 2013 CELA conference at the University of Texas. Our intent is to span disciplinary differences and project new cross-disciplinary pedagogical models by explicitly working with data as a core material of design. The incorporation of digital/computational technologies early in the educational career of students provides a means for understanding how system and form are related and interconnected on a fundamental level; and in effect, generates a capacity for rigorous and clearly defined research and design processes.

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Manufactured Assemblages opens @ Harvard GSD

Manufactured Assemblages, an exhibition of student work from the undergraduate architecture workshop opens on February 03, 2013 at Gund Hall on the campus of Harvard University.

The January Arts Intensive explored material assemblages through an investigation of manufactured artifacts. The course introduced 12 undergraduate students to the design processes that incorporated experimentation, thinking through making, and iterative methodologies. Students exercised their minds and hands with an intensive series of material investigations producing a variety of formal and spatial artifacts. Students were challenged to explore different media and operations utilized in architectural design, visual communication, and material fabrication. Over the course of the intensive, the students’ abilities to create, construct and communicate provided a pathway to establishing their own distinct design process.

 

Manufactured Assemblages Exhibition

Workshop Instructor: Zaneta Hong

Students: Wahaj Chaudhry, Sophia Chesrow, Amy Jiang, Avery Leonard, Henry Li,Katharina Lierhaus, Emily Lowe, Valentina Lyau, Noel Painter, Hoo In Song, Humbi Song,Nandhini Sundaresan, Stella Tu

Course: January Arts Intensive Workshop

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design

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Proxy No. 13 opens @ UT Austin

Proxy No. 13 opens this Thursday at the University of Texas, School of Architecture.

Beta-field began the Proxy Series in 2007 as a set of process-based projects focused on the exploration of emerging technologies as both the material and methodological basis of design. Proxies are constructions that examine the nature of architectural design, production, and theory as a manifestation of  programming, processes, procedures, manufacturing and assembly. Each project investigates a discrete set of architectural issues spanning all five of these categories. While each project is guided by its architectural issues, each is allowed the freedom to pursue non-architectural solutions.  

Proxy No. 13 is funded, designed, manufactured and assembled by Beta-field  and architecture students from the University of Texas in Austin School of Architecture.

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"Compu-tectonics" | Workshop @ the University of Virginia

Leighton Beaman holds "Compu-tectonics" workshop at UVa. 

Computectonics is the practice of generating workflows that span to and from computational models to physical artifacts. The 0ne week workshop examines Procedures and Materials in an inclusive design process constructed computationally with a focus on performance and physical realization.

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"Patterning" | Workshop @ Kigali Institute of Science + Technology

"Patterning" is an iterative process - in collaboration with the Kigali Institute of Science + Technology, this workshop focuses on material technologies and construction prototyping for low-cost housing. This workshop aims to find opportunities to assess the viability of future collaborative studios between the international universities focusing on future architectural issues.

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Responsive Facade Systems @ Cooper Union | ACADIA 2010

"Responsive Facade Systems" presents the Solar Facade System researched by Stefan Bader and Michael Leighton Beaman at Cooper Union as part of the 2010 ACADIA Conference.

As issues of sustainability gain traction for architects, methodologies for designing, analyzing, and calibrating design solutions have emerged as essential areas of research and development. A number of approaches have been pursued with regard to embedding data into the design process, most fall into one of two approaches to research. The first approach is to mediate environmental impact at the level of applied technology; the second approach is to alter building methods and material construction generating efficient energy use. However, few approaches deal with the crafting of relationships between information and performance on an architectural level. This paper will examine a design approach focused on understanding how crafting relationships between information and design can move architecture towards achieving sustainability.

To develop this relationship, we created a data-driven methodology that spans from design inception to construction. Data-driven models, common in the fields of natural science, offer a method to generate and test a multiplicity of responsive solutions. By contextualizing the solutions generated, we were able design though a set of specific and controlled responses rather than as a singular solution. Information utilization requires a new kind of craft that moves beyond instances into relationships and offers performance sensitive issues in design, such as sustainability, and focused trajectories

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