Beaman Reviews Rhino 5

In November, Robert McNeel & Associates released the fifth version of Rhinoceros (Rhino), a 3-D-modeling program for Windows. Rhino, which began as a program for naval design 20 years ago, gained a foothold among architecture students and young designers in the early 2000s by offering a low-cost and intuitive platform. 

Read the full review at Architectural Record's website

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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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"Material + Procedural Assemblies" Lecture @ the CAA

Michael Beaman's talk will focus on materials (physical manifestations of information) and procedures (operational manifestations of information) as two fundamental substances of design production.

Material + Procedural Assemblies, a discussion on design processes, will be given at the Center for American Architecture in Austin, Texas on October 24, 2012. Beaman's talk will focus on materials (physical manifestations of information) and procedures (operational manifestations of information) as two fundamental substances of design production. The event is open to the students and faculty at the University of Texas in Austin. 

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173+15+60+1 exhibited @ The Strathmore Arts Center

The American Kennel Club recognizes 173 breeds + 15 partial status breeds + 60 rare breeds that are registered in its foundation. These 258 breeds are accommodated in 5 house sizes - XS, S, L, M, XL.

Commercial dog house design is governed by issues surrounding the standardization of simplified forms and materials in an effort to reduce cost, rather than addressing issues surrounding canine anatomy. These standardization issues include mass production, assembly, transportation, and generic form and sizing. Custom designs typically invert this relationship placing a premium on form and material with little thought to efficiency and replication. In both cases, these constructions tend to be anthropomorphic rather than canopomorphic, relying on human-based housing forms. However, these two regimes can be combined through computational and material design processes, which find strategic positions between these two extremes, maximizing a variety of formalization issues and generating canocentric  forms.

We developed an algorithm and CNC manufacturing process which incorporates bio-metric data, material properties and assembly process, translating that information into breed specific housing forms and materials. 173+15+60+1 recognized breeds translates into 258 houses. Commissioned by the Strathmore Arts Center located outside of Washington DC, we created a unique hybrid breed (canis-capitalis-familiaris) measuring H-19” x L-21” which has the mean qualities of the 10 most popular Washington area breeds. Using this new hybrid as a basis, we designed a single house to be exhibited at the Strathmore from April 28 - June 23, 2012 as part of their "Unleashed" Exhibition." For more information please visit -

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Proxy No. 10 opens @ AIA Headquarters, Washington DC

Proxy No. 10 is a pavilion situated in the lobby of the American Institute of Architects Headquarters Building in Washington DC. The building was designed by The Architects Collaborative in 1973. As with the TAC’s design approach which is based on multiple voices incorporated into a single design, Proxy No. 10 derives its form and program in collaboration with the building’s lobby configuration and spatial orientations.  The pavilion’s  bounds are created by aligning two ellipsoids relative to each adjacent lobby wall. The spatial configuration is generated as a resultant minimal surface extrapolated between the two ellipsoids, which are in turn organized into two unit topologies. The pavilion utilizes 44 motion sensors lights that track movement inside the pavilion which is then indexed on its public surface through 376 LEDs.

On display here is a portion of the pavilion (approx. 12%) constructed from 564 polypropylene sheets assembled using nylon rivets into 94 units. The installation which is part of the 2012 AIA Emerging Professional / Grassroots Exhibition is the 10th iteration of the proxy series - on-going research into computational models for design and manufacturing.  The Proxy Series began in 2007 as a framework for conducting design research. Proxies are constructions that examine the nature of generic architectural problems within programming, processes, procedures, manufacturing and assembly.

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Leighton Beaman named AIA Emerging Practitioner

Michael Leighton Beaman was named an Emerging Practitioner by the American Institute of Architects [AIA] in Washington DC. His design research project Proxy No. 08 will be part of the AIA's Emerging Practitioners Exhibition, along with the installation of Proxy No. 10 designed specifically for the AIA National Headquarters.

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