"Intermittency" Studio wins Co-Works Pilot Project

The upcoming design research studio entitled "Intermittency" a collaboration between RISD Int/AR and the RISD Museum was selected as the first full-semester studio to be featured in the newly established Co-Works Lab.


Intermittency - the irregular alternation of phases or configurations in a dynamic system.

We often think of adaptation and reuse as a long-term and relatively stable repurposing of an existing, underutilized space towards a new agenda. The RISD Intermittency Studio questions the coupling of adaptation/reuse with expectations of long-term, stable interventions. Likewise the expectations of the museum has evolved to encompass immersive experiences that go beyond architecture to incorporate interactive digital environments, way-finding, and the transformation of existing spaces.   Working in tandem with the RISD Museum, this collaborative studio explores how existing interior and exterior spaces can be intermittently redefined and delimited through graphical, material, and structural cues - reprogramming and reimagining its the parameters, program and identity.

Our studio brings together students from Interior Architecture/Adaptive Reuse, Graphic Design, and Furniture Design to work with the RISD Museum on the design and construction of a intermittent space for display, commerce, and communication at the Chase Center for the Arts. From a pedagogical standpoint, the use digital design and production methodologies that allow us to span from design concept to physical construction to interactive project documentation  will provide a common ground for a cross-disciplinary approach to design practice.

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Leighton Beaman holds "Landforming" workshop at Harvard University

Using google satellite imagery,  image processing algorithms, and parametric modeling software the Landforming workshop held at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design examines how observational modes of data collection and projective methods of surface modelling can be combined to generate speculative landformations rooted in topological ontologies of landscape. The workshop is part of a newly formed undergraduate concentration in architecture at Harvard University between the VES + GSD.

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"Materials As Collections" the Illinois Institute of Technology

Leighton Beaman + Zaneta Hong will be presenting "Materials As Collections" at this year's National Conference on the Beginning Design Student [NCBDS] at the Illinois Institute of Technology.


"From the master/apprentice paradigm of learning building craft to the hallowed halls of formalized education, the historical trajectory of architectural study presents a challenge to integrating materiality within the conception and delineation of the built environment. Today representational tools and techniques are often compromised substitutes for the physicality of architectural works. Consequently, architecture’s pedagogical structures struggle to infuse tactility, material assembly, and making into the representational methodology of design education today."

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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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