Today, Sefaira, an energy analysis service for digital building models, launched support for Autodesk Revit. Following the release of their real time analysis plugin for SketchUp in November, Sefaira is intensifying its efforts to integrate energy analysis and performance visualization into the digital design workflow. These new products provide “early and frequent analysis, so analysis can shape design,” says CEO Mads Jensen.
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Over the past few years developers of software for the architecture, engineering, and construction industries have called into question the role of the desktop computer in design. They have either produced software that exploits the desktop’s computational power or have abandoned it as a design tool entirely. This marks a significant change in focus—from software that facilitates the production of digital versions of traditional architectural documentation to the expansion of design capabilities through advanced computational modeling or desktop-free design production reliant on mobile devices and cloud computing.
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Leighton Beaman + Zaneta Hong present the essay " After Hyper Representation" at the anual ATINER Confrence in Athens Greece. Our essay focus on the question: Could we formulate design processes that do not rely on representation as the primary mode of operation, while forming a more direct relationship with material information? This essay will examine the formation of four failures of representation, and four interdisciplinary approaches to pedagogy and practice, which demonstrates the incorporation of digital technologies as computational/material explorations which move beyond Hyper-representation. Read More
Autonomous Identities: ii Journal Vol 01 is now available at Amazon
Meg Jackson + Jonathon Anderson_editors
As emergent design specializations, spatial design and interior architecture have repositioned the way that we conceive, perceive, and experience our built environment.Autonomous Identities, ii journal’s inaugural issue, seeks scholarly design-research, visual compositions, and work that challenges disciplinary specificity. Spatial environments are informed by not only our perception of space, but also through their social engagement, performance engineering, and graphic integration. New awarenesses have converged to reimagine the design and construction of spatial and temporal interventions, as well as the corporeal and theoretical conditions of architectural environments and performance events. Read More
Material Identities: Materi-ontology - an essay on new forms of materials research - was recently published in the inaugural edition of the ii Journal - Autonomous Identities, which focuses on autonomous identities. Read More
Zaneta Hong was awarded the 2013-2014 Daniel Urban Kiley Teaching Fellowship at the Harvard University, Graduate School of Design. "The Fellowship is awarded competitively on an annual basis, and is intended to recognize and foster emerging design educators whose work embodies the potentials for landscape as a medium of design in the public realm. A jury comprised of leading figures from the Harvard GSD faculty took part in the selection process. The Daniel Urban Kiley Fellowship builds upon the GSD’s history of pedagogic innovation as well as the Department of Landscape Architecture’s century of leadership in landscape education." Read More
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), in partnership with CASE, a New York City–based building information modeling (BIM) consulting firm, recently launched AEC-Apps.com, a software-focused networking website. It combines the structure of social-media sites like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter with a user-generated database of software applications used in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries. I speak with Brian Ringley about how these sites are transforming authorship in design practice.
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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. Read More
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
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