Farshad Mehdizadeh Lecturing at Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair

Farshad Mehdizadeh Lecture at Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair

Iranian architect Farshad Mehdizadeh will be lecturing at the Contemporary Istanbul art fair, CIF Dialogues on September 12th, at 15:00. This event is organised by the GAD Foundation and Contemporary Istanbul.

Time : Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 15:00
Country : Turkey
City/Town : Istanbul
Location : Istanbul Congress Center
Website : www.contemporaryistanbul.com
Event Type : Art Fair
Lecture Topic : The Structure of Context
Organized By : Contemporary IstanbulGAD Foundation

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Farshad Mehdizadeh of Tehran based Architecture Studio has created a unique architecture for Iran in experimental and built work over the past 20 years. Focusing his design and research on geographically and context-based architecture and the impact of geography on architecture which will be the focus of his lecture at Contemporary Istanbul art fair on September 12, 2019.

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Born in Isfahan, Iran, he received his education in architecture education at Azad University of Isfahan, where he graduated in 2008. Farshad started his professional career as an architect working in offices in Tehran and later in Australia after which he acquired a second master’s degree at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, in Barcelona Spain.

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Farmanieh Residential Tower

He returned to Iran and established his own firm, Tehran Architecture Studio. Farshad who is currently teaching at Melbourne University Faculty of Architecture has been active in academia since 2007 as an assistant professor and through international workshops and collaboration with architects, instructors and architecture institutes globally.

Gokhan Avcioglu Lecture at Design Junction 2019 in London

Gökhan Avcıoğlu Lecture at Design Junction 2019 in London, England Founder of Istanbul based practice, Gokhan Avcioglu will Lecture at Design Junction 2019 in London , United Kingdom on September 20, 2019. Gokhan Avcioglu will focus on ecology and evolution of architecture in cities today.

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3D Printing Concrete by Luai Kurdi

3D Printing Concrete

Luai Kurdi experiments with 3d printing concrete by using parametric design and digital fabrication tools

Luai Kurdi is an architect and designer who is exploring and investing in parametric design and digital fabrication. The emergence of technologies such as 3D Printing has enabled him to combine both design and fabrication disciplines using a 6-axis robotic arm (Kuka) to 3D Print with Concrete.

Learn more about parametric and computational design from pioneers at the CD NEXT conference series:

3D Printing Concrete

Concrete has been used in the construction industry for thousands of years and today the hope is to bring this material closer to a world where design and geometrical complexity doesn’t impose a barrier for using this material to produce intricate designs.

By using Rhino 3d and Grasshopper 3d (parametric design software) Luai is able to design complex parametrically controlled geometry while at the same time producing print paths for the robotic arm to understand and execute.

3D Printing Concrete

The advantage of linking both design and fabrication into one platform eliminates the need to run through the process of designing and fabricating separately which in return saves time going through multiple iterations and fabrication processes.

3D Printing Concrete

Working as a technical lead at BESIX 3D; a 3D Concrete Printing Specialized division of BESIX, many experiments have been done both on the design, material, and process aspects. As traditional concrete is unsuitable for direct use in the 3D Printing process, newly developed concrete mixes had to be created in order to suit the function.

3D Printing Concrete

Concrete normally has a liquid-like behavior that prevents it from being used for 3D printing since it would be impossible to lay one layer on top of the other. With the newly developed mixes concrete has a viscosity that enables it to be used in 3D Concrete Printing.

After the parametric design and digital code generation for the robotic arm print paths, the robotic arm lays down the concrete one layer at a time, elevating it in the Z direction to fulfill an additive manufacturing process. Eventually, the layers stacked on top of each other create a 3-dimensional geometry made out of concrete.

3D Printing Concrete

This process is much faster in comparison to traditional fabrication methods and enables us to think creatively while being unrestricted to straight lines and design. In the images seen, the 2m column for example took around 2 hours to be fully printed.

3D Printing Concrete

In the architectural implementation, the goal is to reduce the amount of concrete used in buildings and be able only to use concrete was needed both structurally and architecturally. And with the reduction of the manpower involved in the process and on-site, high accuracy and error-free production is achieved.

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Bamboo Pavilion by ZUO STUDIO

Bamboo Pavilion Designed by ZUO STUDIO Expresses the Natural Beauty of Taiwan in the Industrial City of Taichung

ZUO studio designed and constructed the ‘Bamboo Pavilion’ exhibition hall to express Taiwan’s natural beauty in the industrial city of Taichung.

Text description provided by the architects. Taiwan’s second largest and most habitable city is called Taichung. The city grows and like other indursties, it keeps the construction industry alive in. Located in the fourth area of Fengyuan Huludun Park, the Bamboo Pavilion exhibition hall is sponsored by Taichung Real Estate Development Association.

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Since the association is mostly composed by the greatest building construction companies, our main goal was how to combine their pure spirit with Flora Exposition, including care for physical and mental health, the devotedness in social benefit, and engineering method, with the strength and feature of the green building materials from Taiwan.

In accordance with the theme of Taichung World Flora Exposition- Formosa Beauty of Taiwan- we get the image from Central Mountain Range, making the outlook of Bamboo Pavilion looks like a seed born from the ground surface, surrounded by water.

Indoor and outdoor, connect with Mother Nature in a non-resisting way. The perception of the user resembles walking through a bamboo forest, which enhancing the human experience. When raising their head, they could look up to the sky above the forest-top.

Flamingo Bamboo Pavilion by BambuBuild – Parametric Architecture

Flamingo Bamboo Pavilion by BambuBuild in Vietnam This bamboo structure was previously designed as an exhibition kiosk before finding new life as a bar and restaurant. Bambubuild – a team of bamboo specialists based in vietnam – was first commissioned to develop plans for a pavilion for vietnam’s international travel mart in 2015.

The materials used are all native species from Taiwan, Moso bamboo and Makino Bamboo from Nantou and Chiayi is our first choice. Comparing with the space scale performance of traditional installation and bamboo art, they fully express the tenacity and constitutive property of bamboo in design. By mixing constructional dimension and weaving technics, it creates a timeless space that reflects consistency.

When people enter in the space, they could feel the tranquil atmosphere together with the balance between architecture and nature. At the time of making architecture and building construction, we set for the coming days.

“Bamboo Pavilion” is a metaphor of architecture’s footprint, like a seed has been spread and grow, symbolizing our hope and dream of future- offering a more habitable environment to our next generation.

Furthermore, to enhance the intimate relationship between human beings and nature and also to increase the usage of more sustainable building materials harmonized with the environment.

Architect : ZUO studio

Address : No.2, Fengzhou Rd., Fengyuan Dist., Taichung City 420, Taiwan

Design Team : Rex Chen, Alvaro Miñé Caloto, Amelie Chuang, Heidi Wong

Building Type : Pavilion

Collaborator : FormGen Construction Ltd., Champion Construction Ltd.

Area : 1570.0 m2

Project Year : 2018

Photograph : SHIH-HONG, YANG

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Nocenco Cafe by Vo Trong Nghia Architects – Parametric Architecture

Vo Trong Nghia Architects creates “Cave-Like” Nocenco cafe with swirling bamboo ceiling in Vinh city, Nghe An, Vietnam VTN Architects creates “Cave-Like” Nocenco cafe with swirling bamboo ceiling in Vinh city, Nghe An, Vietnam.This renovation project includes a café on the last floor and the roof top of a 7th floor middle-rise concrete building …

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Amphibio by Jun Kamei


AMPHIBIO is a 3D printed amphibious garment which function as a gill. Designed for a future where humankind lives in very close proximity with water, it provides daily comfort to people who spend as much time in the water as on the land. 

By 2100, a temperature rise of 3.2℃ is predicted to happen, causing a sea level rise affecting between 0.5 – 3 billion people and submerging the megacities situated in the coastal areas.

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It was designed by designer and material scientist Jun Kamei at the Royal College of Art, in collaboration with the RCA-IIS Tokyo Design Lab, an international collaborative initiative between the RCA and the University of Tokyo.

AMPHIBIO is made out of a special porous hydrophobic material which supports underwater breathing by replenishing oxygen from the surrounding water and dissipating carbon dioxide which accumulate in the system.


The technology was inspired from water diving insects which survive underwater by virtue of a thin layer of air trapped on their superhydrophobic skin surface, working as a gas exchanging gill. The newly developed material can be shaped in complex form using the recent additive manufacturing technology such as 3D printing.

As a next step, Kamei is planning to test AMPHIBIO to support underwater breathing at human scale, where a gill with at least 32 m2 would be required to support our oxygen consumption in water.


Although the dystopian connotation of a flooded world, Kamei wants to propose a more optimistic vision of such future, where human could live in an amphibious manner by virtue of the gill garment; a world where human would have a peaceful touristic dive in the neighboring church, or a night dive in the vivid streets. 

If you are familiar with free diving and scuba diving equipment, AMPHIBIO sits right in between those two. In a near future, it could allow the wearer to stay underwater longer than in free diving, but with less equipments (smaller gas tank) than in scuba diving.


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Dragonfly 3D Printed Dress – Parametric Architecture

Dragonfly, is a 3D printed dress designed and fabricated by two Russian artists Oleg Soroko of After Form and Mintsev Kirill . The collaboration between two artists combined two major topics of fashion and parametric design . Designed and 3d printed in Moscow , Russia , Dragonfly consists from two main parts.

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Louvre Abu Dhabi by Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Abu Dhabi’s New Architectural Landmark by Ateliers Jean Nouvel With a Giant Geometric-Patterned Dome

Abu Dhabi‘s new architectural landmark by Ateliers Jean Nouvel with a giant geometric-patterned completed in 2017.

Text description provided by the architects. All climates like exceptions. Warmer when it is cold. Cooler in the tropics. People do not resist thermal shock well. Nor do works of art. Such elementary observations have influenced the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

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It wishes to create a welcoming world serenely combining light and shadow, reflection and calm. It wishes to belong to a country, to its history, to its geography without becoming a flat translation, the pleonasm that results in boredom and convention. It also aims at emphasizing the fascination generated by rare encounters.

It is rather unusual to find a built archipelago in the sea. It is even more uncommon to see that it is protected by a parasol creating a rain of light.

National Museum of Qatar by Atelier Jean Nouvel – Parametric Architecture

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The possibility of accessing the museum by boat or finding a pontoon to reach it by foot from the shore is equally extraordinary, before being welcomed like a much-awaited visitor willing to see unique collections, linger in tempting bookstores, or taste local teas, coffees and delicacies.

It is both a calm and complex place. A contrast amongst a series of museums that cultivate their differences and their authenticities.

It is a project founded on a major symbol of Arab architecture: the dome. But here, with its evident shift from tradition, the dome is a modern proposal.

A double dome 180 meters in diameter, offering horizontal, perfectly radiating geometry, a randomly perforated woven material, providing shade punctuated by bursts of sun.

The dome gleams in the Abu Dhabi sunshine. At night, this protected landscape is an oasis of light under a starry dome.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi becomes the final destination of an urban promenade, a garden on the coast, a cool haven, a shelter of light during the day and evening, its aesthetic consistent with its role as a sanctuary for the most precious works of art.

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Architects : Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Location : Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Architect in Charge : Jean Nouvel

Partner Architect : Hala Warde

Area : 97000.0 m2

Project Year : 2017

Photographs : Roland Halbe, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, Fatima Al Shamsi, Mohamed Somji, Luc Boegly & Sergio Grazia

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Al Janoub Stadium by Zaha Hadid Architects – Parametric Architecture

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Helsinki Central Library OODI by ALA Architects – Parametric Architecture

Helsinki Central Library OODI by ALA Architects in Finland, 2018 The design grows from the dynamic between the site and the goals of the library program. The key concept is the interplay between the building’s three individual floors. The public plaza in front of the building will continue inside, merging with a catalogue of meeting …

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FXFOWLE Lounge Installation by FX Collaborative

FX Collaborative Designed FXFOWLE Lounge Installation With Very Sophisticated Scripting Software and Fabrication Techniques

FX Collaborative designed FXFOWLE Lounge Installation with very sophisticated scripting software and fabrication techniques in 2012.

The New York based architecture firm was invited to custom-design a free-standing architectural pavilion for the inaugural Miami Project, an international contemporary and modern art fair.

Their challenge was how to create a temporary structure using both cutting-edge technology and hands-on experience?

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The 24-foot-long pavilion embodies the duality of very high-tech and sophisticated scripting software and fabrication, and very low-tech material and assembly process.

The structure is comprised of simple museum board–180 varying segments that, together, take the form of complex structural geometries.

The segments are pre-assembled, in-house and by hand, into 18 different ribs–using solely Elmer’s glue and a stock adhesive–and subsequently installed upright and fastened to one another via twist ties. 

Urban Jungle Vertical Park by Part and KINO – Parametric Architecture

Part Architecture designed Urban Jungle Vertical Park in a collaboration with KINO Landscape Architects at the T1 Mall of Tallinn, Estonia PART architects are cooperating with KINO landscape architects to design a spatial installation in the form of a vertical park in the new gigantic shopping centre T1 in Ülemiste district.


The pavilion was thoughtfully complimented by plus beanbag chairs and timeless Prince Aha stool, provided respectively by Fatboy and Kartell.

SCRA, an applied technology research corporation, custom-fabricated the lounge’s 20-foot-long carbon fiber bar that FX Collaborative designed in-house, also with the aid of scripting software.

The architects used the pavilion as an internal research project, and continue to develop and integrate digital processes to office wide projects.




Location: Miami, Florida

Client: artMRKT

Completion: 2012

Area: 1,450 GSF / 135 GSM

Service: Architecture / Interiors

Type: Installation

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The Catenary and the Arc Installation – Parametric Architecture

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H.O.R.T.U.S. XL Astaxanthin.g by ecoLogicStudio – Parametric Architecture

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LakeHouse By Wafai Architecture

Lake House, a Concept Design by Wafai Architecture | Vacation House for a Small Family

Turin based architecture practice Wafai designed the LakeHouse as a vacation house for a small family. The house is located in Switzerland on the lake Türlersee. It is supposed to be a vacation house for a small family including a couple and a baby on the way.

Wafai Architecture took the role as the designer in this project and visited the site to understand the best features of it.

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The inspiration of the whole project came from studying of the site and its unique features where the forest gets surrounded by water. The architect tried to use these features by contrasting and sometimes emphasizing on them.

The eye-catching part of the project is the wall which faces to the water. This wall with its unique glass and wood materials transforms itself into a roof along the building.

Rock House 3 by Amey Kandalgaonkar – Parametric Architecture

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This dynamic form of the house stands in quite a contrast against the lush forest behind. Also continues lines drive the eye sight to the forest and merge the house in the environment, gently without bothering the sky, forest and water scene.

In addition to the structure’s composition, the combination of wood and glass, provide a panoramic view of the forest and natural sunlight into the cozy neutral-colored interior spaces, all while feeling sheltered within the warm wooden-covered walls.

The project did not follow through for the construction stages as the client was not successfull on acquiring the land.

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Tree Houses by Peter Pichler Architecture – Parametric Architecture

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3D Printed Urban Cabin by DUS Architects – Parametric Architecture

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Dragonfly 3D Printed Dress

Dragonfly, a 3D Printed Dress Designed and Fabricated by Oleg Soroko and Mintsev Kirill

Dragonfly, is a 3D printed dress designed and fabricated by two Russian artists Oleg Soroko of After Form and Mintsev Kirill. The collaboration between two artists combined two major topics of fashion and parametric design.

Designed and 3d printed in Moscow, Russia, Dragonfly consists from two main parts. Upper part is solid geometry with some swivel joints and lower part which is chainmail.

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The idea was to make dress complex and simple at the same time. Complex to showcase 3d printing capability, and simple to make it wearable and more user friendly.

Inspired from NASA’s Chain Mail project, the chainmail part of the dress has all the properties of a fabric. User can sit, walk and do all normal daily activities with this dress.

Digital Substance by Oleg Soroko – Parametric Architecture

Digital Substance by Oleg Soroko Text description provided by the designer. In this project Oleg explores and creates forms, modified by digital substance, generated by algorithm in Rhino3D+Grasshopper. Oleg is researching how procedural forms can bring new fresh look to different objects like furniture, cars, architecture, and cloth.

3D printed cloth gave the designers an opportunity to integrate 3d parametric patterns, that was impossible to achive by hands.

And this technology opened endless customisation of patterns. Each new dress can be printed with new unique pattern without any additional cost.

Oleg and Mintsev followed a few steps in their workflow. 3d scanning a human body was their first step. As the second step they made virtual proceduraly changed pattern and used it for the 3d model of the dress.

Then they simplified simulated 3d cloth to 2d silhouette which can be disassembled for the few parts.

Then dress was 3d printed in Moscow Aviation Institute 3d printing labaratorie by SLS printer from polyamide. Oleg and Mitsev are very grateful to all MAI lab team. They helped a lot to solve all production complexitis.

After all these steps the dress was ready to be 3d printed by usual FDM printer because chainmale part is sectional so users can easily dissasemble and assemble it. 

Dragonfly is also printable in the small size 3d printers in a way anybody can print small pieces and assemle them all like a puzzle and use it.

Project team

Designers: Oleg Soroko & Mintsev Kirill

Support: Geek Picnic

Curator: Marina Smirnova / Olga Pogasova / Yasha Mohnacheva-Yavorskaya

Production: MAI University

Video: Philip Yakushin

Photography: Semyon Plenkov

Model: Nika Kraush

MUAH: Samira Alieva

Assistance: Maria Soroko

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Neri Oxman’s Wearable structures for Interplanetary Voyages – Parametric Architecture

Neri Oxman’s team at MIT Media Lab Creates Wearable 3D-printed Skins for Interplanetary Voyages Related Posts Wanderers, An Astrobiological Exploration Traveling to destinations beyond planet Earth involves voyages to hostile landscapes and deadly environments. Crushing gravity, amonious air, prolonged darkness, and temperatures that would boil glass or freeze carbon dioxide, all but eliminate the …

3D Printed Dress, LOOM – Parametric Architecture

Loom by Maria Alejandra Mora-Sanchez is An Expandable, Adaptable, Wearable and Flexible 3D Printed Dress That Adapts to All Body Types and Body Changes Houston-based designer Maria Alejandra Mora-Sanchez is paving the way for 3D printed textiles with the launch of a new fashion garment in partnership with Cosine Additive.

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Flower Market Entrance by Napp Studio

Napp Studio Designs Golden Gate for the Flower Market Entrance Inspired From Traditional Chinese Temple

Napp Studio designs Golden Gate for the flower market entrance in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong inspired from traditional chinese temple.

Text description provided by architects. People stroll around the Flower Market with friends and families, purchasing auspicious dolls and accessories as well as festive flowers and plants to decorate their homes.

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The Flower Market, indeed, could be understood as a ‘Temple’ before New Year’s Day. Hence, we wish to combine the meaning of the market and the ‘temple’ with this opportunity to design a unique entrance for the Flower Market.

Taking references from traditional Chinese temple gateway, we translated the highly complex architectural expression into an abstract form as an entrance of the Flower Market, in which symbolically infusing the ‘temple’ into the market.

Instead of erecting a solid block, a lattice structure is adopted in minimising the visual blockage and structural load while still achieving a highly recognisable landmark that can be seen from a distance.

CloudXS Pavilion By Manuel Jimenez Garcia – Parametric Architecture

Manuel Jimenez Garcia Unveils CloudXS as a Competition Entry Proposal for Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2019. Designed by Manuel Jimenez Garcia, CloudXS is a flexible discrete system for the creation of lightweight rapidly deployable structures that could achieve large spans while allowing reconfigurability for future use.

Designer: Aron TSANG Wai-Chun, Natalie CHAN Yuk-Man, Wesley HO Hung-Lai

Collaborator: Chris TSUI Chun-Shing

Location: Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Status: Concept Design

Date: July 2019

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