Wednesday, March 31, 2010

100401_TVMNY @ CHICAGO | Extension Gallery

CHICAGO | Extension Gallery | Opening Thursday 1st April
THEVERYMANY will present a new prototypic structure...
(FM lecture @ 6pm)

Design: THEVERYMANY / Marc Fornes
Research team: Marc Fornes, Skylar Tibbits, Brandon kruysman, John Proto
Production team: Mathew Staudt, Brandon kruysman, John Proto + many...
Assembly team: Marc Fornes, Mathew Staudt, Brandon kruysman, John Proto + many...

625 N. Kingsbury Street
Chicago, Illinois 60654

(invitation: Paula Palombo)

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Saturday, October 03, 2009

091005_@_Design Modelling Symposium (Berlin)

BERLIN | Design Modelling Symposium | 05/10 - 07/10/2009
Marc Fornes has been invited as one of the key lecturer.

BERLIN | Rhinoscript Master Classe | 05/10 - 07/10/2009
Marc Fornes will also run -as part of the Design Modelling Symposium- a three session master class on rhinoscript.

From the Design Modelling Symposium Berlin website:
The Symposium sees itself as an international interdisciplinary platform of designers, developers and scientists of the disciplines architecture, design and engineering.

The fundamental technological principals of designing, planning and building have changed radically. CAD (Computer Aided Design) and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) are nowadays an integral part in concept and planning processes. FEM (Finite Element Method) helps in analysing and optimising more and more complex structures. It is now possible to simulate and explore complex coherences between material, structure and climate. New materials open up the development of more effective constructions, new spatial and material experiences.

The Design Modelling Symposium would like to encourage discussion about the target course of this development by exchanging the experiences in appliance of such new technologies. Rather than the prospects of modelling complex geometries and structures, the main focus lies in new concepts and design strategies emerging from the application of new technologies. Another emphasis is the discussion of the role of analogue and digital models in the design and planning process as well as questions regarding realisation of complex geometries and construction systems.

Invited Key Lecturers
-Robert Aish, Autodesk, Inc.
"Language and Interaction for Design Computation"
-Marc Fornes, Theverymany, New York
“Different, Similar, Identical“
-Axel Kilian, TU Delft
-Wolf Mangelsdorf, Buro Happold London
“Complex Geometries: Strategies for Design and Realisation“
-Andrew Marsh, AEC-Simulation Autodesk, Inc.
"Generative and Performative Design Techniques"
-Norbert Palz, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen
“Materiality without a Past“
-Helmut Pottmann, Geometric Modeling and Industrial Geometry Group, TU Wien
“Paneling Architectural Freeform Surfaces“
-Dennis R. Shelden, Gehry Technologies
"Parametric Modelling and Integrated Project Delivery"
-Kai Strehlke, Herzog & de Meuron, Basel
"CAD-CAM in the design process of HdM- the glas pattern of the Philharmonic Hall in Hamburg"
-Oliver Tessmann, Bollinger + Grohmann, Frankfurt
"Collaborative Design Procedures of Architects and Engineers“
-Rivka Oxman, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion, Haifa
"Digital architecture as a challenge for design pedagogy: theory, knowledge, models and medium"

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009


NEW YORK | Bridge Gallery | Echinoids (re)configured

How many people do actualy believe in "failures"?

I do! - while giving talks/lectures I am often arguying about it - "operative failures" - in philosophy, empiricism is a theory of knowledge which asserts that knowledge arises from experience - one of many ways to gain experience is through test and trials - and within the recent jump in scale of the digital craft and the "Do it yourself" paradigm - experience requires failures...

Experiencing failure within prototypes - yes! - and despite often being displayed within art gallery THEVERYMANY's "constructs" are partly installation partly prototypes - though not so much prototypes to see if the systems is actually going to fail? - but rather when? - can failures be expected? - even better anticipated up to embodied within the geometrical system tested potential response?

"the lion sat" - a localized part of Echinoids v1.0 slowly saddled - it didn't break but suffered from "fatigue" - unexpected failure? - blind future? - I would argue for curated ones...

Temporary installation are related to time - but also budget - aggregate systems and their inherent qualities are highly depending on numbers - unfortunately numbers are often the exact opposit vector to time/budget - then if no budget the system requires carefull compositionnal search methods to maintain a scale large enough to be experienced by its viewer as architectural artefact - homogeneity could be one way to go - unfortunately spreading the elements all accross the construct while maintaining structural integrity often requires down sizing...

"until where can one go too far?"

Echinoids system is based on "calculated risk" - calculated risk is different from denying risk or maximising efforts to avoid falires - here the aggregate is designed through variation of desnties - balancing strengh and weakness - fully closed macro-systems as stable larger parts and low density members at transitional areas - a curated aggregate system allowing within its own geometric nature possible partial re-configuration - "explosion" as safe away exit strategy - allowing second lifes for a piece: from construct to environment...

That (re)configuration is only the first one possible - and therefore to be followed along the summer for eventual other ones...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007


FITNESS CRITERIA is probably where - within any morphogenetic or form finding processes - "subjectivity" is the most "exposed"... recent trends are pushing back towards the return of SUSTAINABILITY as the latest alibi for form: data set extracted from environmental analysis software package are directly - or yet still often via old school Excel sheets - feeding back parametric models... or facades aperature systems are designed according to optimization after to arrays of vectors simulating precise rays of light, etc... fair enough as far as sustainability is probably the most current anti-polemic marketing tool whenever politic is involved... though more worrying in certain case where it becomes an other escapism root to the designer responsability of decision making...

"PROBLEM CARING" as design tool versus "PROBLEM SOLVING" as optimization tool...

As any young practice interested in "depth-less spaces" by introducing continuity of surfaces - most often resulting in "complex shapes/forms/ornementations/etc... - I've very early on been introduced to VALUE ENGINEERING and like any constraints V.E. can be turned at your advantage in terms of design tool: planar within curved?

"In computer science, COMPUTATIONAL GEOMETRY is the study of algorithms to solve problems stated in terms of geometry." (ie Wikipedia)

Displayed is a further study in progress onto TESSELATION of double curved nurbs surfaces with FLAT components (without calling triangulation).
Here the most important design hypothesis was for the component to be non homogenous and therefore shouldn't have the same number of verticies: from 3 to 7-8... also the emergent propriety of the used algorythm is to avoid any sharp angle (cost control + tolerance issue)
also the assembly is yet mot packed - and therefore not air tight - all the the component are within a certain tolerance non overlapping.

Assemblies (step 001): within non linear algorythm - resulting here in non ordered systems - intersection points can be used as sampling test for tangencies:
IF a point is shared by the boundaries of two panels THEN they are neighbours...

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