July is going to be a pretty busy month for Athens, Greece while two very interesting workshops regarding Computational Design are taking place.
The first one is X|A Advanced Design Workshop from X-Atelier situated in Benaki Museum in Athens from 14th to 29th of July. The Workshop will run primarily using Autodesk Maya and other fundamental software digital design tools. The main aspiration of this workshop is to a critical argument based on individual research, which will translate into pure geometrical-formal exploration.
The second one is the third year in a row running, Apomechanes . An intensive computational design studio held also in Athens, Greece. The studio is devoted to furthering techniques and concepts of algorithmic processes as means for design and fabrication. apomechanes brings together individuals from diverse backgrounds and fields of study to discuss, exchange and collaborate on projects that investigate modes of algorithmic and machinic processes in architectural design. The main tool of used in Apomechanes this year will be the Python Scripting Language for Rhinoceros and Maya.
I would not hesitate to suggest X|A ‘s Advanced design Workshop for the average user as it does not require an scripting knowledge and it focuses on the architectural outcome of the design process. On the other hand Apomechanes is quite advanced and with higher level of difficulty on that matter, but at the same time really intriguing. If you enjoy coding in general just go for it.
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HNK is being featured in the periodical article ” High Rise Buildings “ by Alexios Vandoros in the Architectural Online magazine GreekArchitects. I am really pleased with the publicity that this project has gained even though it didn’t win any prize in the Evolo 2011. A lot of my gratitude goes to the editorial department and to Alex for his article.
To view the article [EN] please visit this page.
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Just to get along on posting stuff regarding friends projects (or just of my own incompetence to gather and present some of my personal research…) I will present this amazing project of dear friend and classmate Angelos Chronis . Angelos was always kind of closer to the mathematical perception of issues regarding design. His initial interest in Sustainability led to the idea of using wind as a morphogenetic and at the same time, analytical tool. The research outcome of this interest was GFD – Generative Fluid Dynamics – a methodology on using CFD – Computational Fluid Dynamics as a generative tool. This process consisted of custom designed CFD algorithm written in Processing and a genetic algorithm running simultaneously optimizing the performance of the examined building envelope or piece of design.
The integration of simulation environments in generative, performance-driven form-finding methods is expected to enable an exploration into performative solutions of unprecedented complexity in architectural design problems. Computational fluid dynamics simulations have a wide range of applications in architecture, yet they are mainly applied at final design stages for evaluation and validation of design intentions, due to their computational and expertise requirements.
This paper investigates the potential of a fast fluid dynamics simulation scheme in a generative optimization process, through the use of a genetic algorithm, for wind loading optimization of a free form surface. A problem-specific optimization environment has been developed for experimentation. The optimization process has provided valuable insight on both the performance objectives and the representation of the problem. The manipulation of the parametric description of the problem has enabled control over the solution space highlighting the relation of the representation to the performance outcome of the problem.
The research was presented as a paper at the SimAUD 2011 conference, part of the 2011 Spring Simulation Conference (SpringSim’11) in Boston, USA and recieved an “ Outstanding Paper Award “. You can explore the conference proceedings here. And to get a better idea about the project please watch the following videos.
Angelos is currently employed at Foster+Partners as an analyst in the Special Modelling Group of the firm conducting research and dealing with advanced geometry problems. For more info please visit his personal site Digital Tectonics.