Virtual reality, or VR, has had many lives. Expensive and clunky, VR, whose goal is creating an immersive spatial experience from data, never gained a foothold outside of academia, the military, or specialized industries. However, in the past few years, VR has reemerged as a way of developing and exploring proposed environments by architects, builders, and clients.
Leighton Beaman writes on the virtual turn for architectural practice in the Novemeber issue of Architectural Record. Read more here.Read More
TEAME wins the Providence Preservation Society Headquarters Renovation Project. The Competition combines RISD students and faculty in a five day charette that examines renovation of the PPS's historic headquarters buildings. The project will be on display at the Providence Preservation Society's Symposium Why Preserve? in the Industrial Trust Building, 111 Westminster Street, November 3rd & 4th.
Students: Xunqi Shen, Madison Kim, Minhee Kim, Gloria Ramirez, Shuchen Peng, Peihan Wang, Mariah Bennett , Danning Niu
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Leighton Beaman Presents the peer-reviewed paper "Landformation After the Bifrucation of Nature: On Speculative Landformations" at the 2016 ACADIA Conference held at the University of Michigan. The paper describes recent work from Beta-field on speculative landformations which build off of research in geomorphology, climate science, and the hybrid authorship human-nonhuman assemblages.Read More
“The Well-Tempered City: Health & the Built Environment in Interdisciplinary Design Education,” Joint Fall Meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture [ACSA] & Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health [ASPPH] – Building For Health & Well-Being: Structure . Cities . Systems Conference, University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Leighton Beaman presents the paper "The Ergonomic Frame: Humans, Nonhumans, and their Spatial Ontologies" at the ACSA Conference held this year at the University of Hawaii. The question central to Ergonomics in Architecture is how do relationships between humans and nonhumans manifest spatially.Read More
Zaneta Hong curated a collection of photographs from the Harvard Universities photography collection which examine the ways scientific instrumentation records its environment. The collection is part of her course of visualization and landscape architecture taught at the Graduate School of Design.
VIS 2141: Landscape Representation I introduces students to the history, techniques, and conventions of representation used in the field of landscape architecture. Rather than a static description of a design agenda, landscape representation is an active means for building and understanding complexity in design work.
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ii Journal vol. 4: 'Material Vocabularies' is now available at Amazon.
Editors: Gregory Marinic + Ziad Qureshi
Contemporary architects and designers manipulate materials into increasingly complex spatial conditions–engaging their inherent behaviors, performative capacities, cultural identities, and modular constraints as generative opportunities. Central to this emerging dialogue, a tendency to resist formal biases acknowledges the agency of materials in the conceptual design process. Smooth, rough, porous, or impermeable, materials expand the parameters of what we understand as surface in the production of interior architecture, spatial installations, furniture, fashion, and media.
This issue endeavors to reveal hybridized agencies, methodologies, and pedagogies in design education, scholarship, research, and practice revealing a global paradigm shift in the role of materials in the design process. ii invites trans-disciplinary research and collaborations that include, but are not limited to, architecture, interiors, industrial design, fashion, furniture, film, performance, sociology, cultural studies, and the arts.Read More
I recently reviewed AutoDesk's new VR cloud service LIVE. For the full review check out Architectural Record. Here is an excerpt:
Last week, Autodesk released Autodesk LIVE, a new cloud-based visualization service. It quickly transforms a building information model (BIM) into an interactive, rendered, 3D environment that can be navigated in real-time. Amar Hanspal, Autodesk Senior Vice President, describes LIVE as “dynamic visualization” because it allows designers, collaborators and clients to move through digital models as they choose and it creates these immersive experiences without long lead times.Read More
Manufacturing Resonance explores the productive discontinuities between representational systems in design and the exhaustively complex conditions they seek to affect. Through human-nonhuman hybrid observers that attempt to manufacture greater observational scope and fidelity this chapter examines who and what is doing the observing and the implications on representational systems that operate beyond human access.
Innovations in Landscape Architecture is available here.Read More
"Computational Ecologies" The Exhibition Exhibition Catalog of the 35th Annual Conference of the 35th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA). Reciprocal Artifacts an exhibition of on-going research from Beta-field + an exhibition installation which expands this initial research to anthropometric spatial datums, is featured in the book.
Its available here.Read More
Michael Leighton Beaman presents "Artefacts & Phenomena After the Bifurcation of Nature" a survey of recent trajectories in design thinking, design research, and design practice. The lecture + Q&A will be presented on May 18th at Roger Williams University.Read More
The Speculative Landforms Project (SLP) is part of an on-going cross-disciplinary design/research agenda that examines the ontologies of future anthropogenic land forms.
Human beings already operate as geomorphic agents, directly reshaping the surface of the Earth to provide capacities not currently or adequately available. The Speculative Landforms Project treats this activity as a design problems by expanding the operability and agency of environmental design practice via historical inquiry, simulation, and representationRead More
The Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Platform exhibition, now in its eighth year, presents a curated selection of work generated in the previous academic year at the school. Each year, a different GSD faculty member is chosen to edit the publication for the Platform exhibition.
Join us for a discussion with Zaneta Hong, lecturer in landscape architecture at Harvard GSD, and this year’s Platform faculty editor, for the launch of Platform 8: An Index of Design and Research. Professor Hong will be discussing the publication, as well as the production and exhibition of Platform 8.
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Leighton Beaman was named a 2016 MacDowell Colony Fellow. The residency will focus on the Speculative Landforms Project (SLP). SLP examines the future of anthropogentric geological scale land manipulation as a design problems by expanding the operability and agency of environmental design practice via historical inquiry, simulation, and representation.