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"Beta-field(s)" a Friday Talks Lecture @ the University of Virginia

Leighton Beaman, Virginia Teaching Fellow in Architecture lectures on the recent work of Beta-field. Michael's presentation will be in the Javor Lecture Hall located in Campbell Hall, University of Virginia, School of Architecture on Friday, October 29, 2010. His lecture titled "Beta-field(s): Corporeal + Operational Proxies" is part of the "Friday Talks Series" focused on design + research. Beaman will cover the changing mission of design research in the current economic, technological, and cultural environment.

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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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Leighton Beaman named 2010-2012 Virginia Teaching Fellow in Architecture

Leighton Beaman has been selected as the 2010-2012 University of Virginia School of Architecture Teaching Fellow.

The Virginia Teaching Fellow [VTF] allows young faculty the opportunity to pursue research topics through studio courses and publications. His inquiry into adaptive systems constructed through computation and realized in material form will be the focus of research during his time at the University of Virginia. 

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