Interview with Frank Gehry about Gehry Technologies

On Tuesday, GT revealed it has spun off Digital Project into an independent company, Digital Project Inc. This followed Monday's announcement that Trimble Navigation Limited—a company that may not be familiar by name, but one whose products are widely known and used—acquired GT (but not Digital Project) for an undisclosed amount.

I spoke with Frank Gehry about this new direction for Gehry Technologies for Architectural Record.  You can read more about it here

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Corporeal Complexities: ii Journal Vol 02 is Now Available

Corporeal Complexities: ii Journal Vol 02 is Now Available at Amazon

Meg Jackson + Jonathon Anderson_editors

The field of spatial design presumes that a designer operates at the scale of the human body.  Whether resulting in the design of furniture, fashion, a residence, event, or urban park, this emergent field of practice privileges the performance of the body and its relationship to space. Spatial design is impacted by scale in relation to the performance of a body, but liberated from the boundaries of traditional disciplines.

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"Ground Form" Presented at CELA Conference

Zaneta Hong + Leighton Beaman will be presenting "Ground Form: Simulation and Representation for Landscape Design" at this year's Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture [CELA] in Baltimore, MD on March 27, 2014.

The presentation examines the epidemiological transition from representational focused media and techniques to ones of simulation in the practice of landscape architectural research and production.

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Interview with Mads Jensen about Real-time Energy Analysis

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.

Read more in the Architectural Record Article.

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“Mainstreaming Computation” | Published in Architectural Record

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. 

Read more in the Architectural Record Article

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After Hyper-Representation | ATINER 2013

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.

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Autonomous Identities: ii Journal Vol 01 is Now Available

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.

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Michael Beaman Talks with Brian Ringley about AEC-APPs

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), in partnership with CASE, a New York City–based building information modeling (BIM) consulting firm, recently launched, 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.

Read the Architectural Record Article.

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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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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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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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