PA Sense 12 – Kim Herforth Nielsen

PA Sense 12 – Kim Herforth Nielsen

On this episode of PA Sense Podcast, Hamid Hassanzadeh, founder of ParametricArchitecture, hosted the Danish architect Kim Nielsen. Kim is Founder and Principal of 3XN and since the start of the company in 1986, Kim has been the creative driving force behind 3XN. He functions as the creative director and has overall responsibility for the architectural quality of 3XN’s work from the idea to the final result. Working closely with the Competition Department, Kim directs the group with a high degree of personal involvement in each project.

Kim graduated from the Aarhus School of Architecture in 1981 and was one of the three Nielsen-founders in 1986. Ever since he has been the driving force behind 3XN, and been involved in all the practice’s major projects, including The Blue Planet, Kubus in Berlin, Museum of Liverpool, the New Sydney Fish Market, The Waves in Toronto, the Danish Embassy in Berlin and the Architects’ House in Copenhagen. He is often called upon as a jury member in international architectural competitions, and as lecturer at art academies and universities around the world. He is a Knight of Dannebrog and has received Denmark’s highest architectural honor, the C.F. Hansen Medaille.

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PA Sense 11 – Hanif Kara

PA Sense 11 – Hanif Kara

On this episode, Hamid Hassanzadeh, founder of ParametricArchitecture, spoke to Hanif Kara. Professor Hanif Kara is a practicing Structural Engineer and Professor in Practice of Architectural Technology at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is recognized for linking design, research, education and practice. He co-tutored a Diploma Unit at the Architecture Association, London from 2000 to 2004 and was a Visiting Professor of Architectural Technology at KTH Stockholm from 2007 to 2012.

As Design Director and co-founder of AKT II (est. 1996), his particular ‘design-led’ approach and interest in innovative form, pushing material uses, sustainable construction and complex analysis methods have allowed him to work on numerous pioneering projects at the forefront of many challenges facing the built environment.

The practice has won over 350 design awards including the RIBA Stirling Award for the Peckham Library, London in 2000, for the Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge in 2012, and for the Bloomberg European HQ, London in 2018 as well as the RIBA Lubetkin Prize for the UK Pavilion at Shanghai Expo in 2010. The practice also was awarded by Building Magazine as ‘Engineering Consultant of the Year 2019’.

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Designing for Robotic Fabrication – PAACADEMY

Time: 3-4 October & 10-11 October
Location: ClickMeeting platform, hosted by PA
Format: Online
Duration: 4 Days
Total Hours: 16 Hours
Topic: Designing for Robotic Fabrication
Workshop Type: Online Workshop
Registration Deadline: 30th September (extendet to 2nd October)
Seats Available: 30 Seats
Fee: €350 EURO
First 10 Seats: €300 EURO (15% Discount for the first 10 seats) (Closed)
Organized By: PAACADEMY
In Collaboration With: Architectural Association Design Research Lab (AADRL)

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Introduction to design for robotic hot wire cutting & web-based remote control. 4-day online workshop by PAACADEMY in collaboration with AADRL. 

Digital design and robotic fabrication technologies are rapidly maturing towards mainstream architectural application. To participate in this structurally performative, material-saving and aesthetic revolution architects and designers need to incorporate, among other parameters, fabrication related expressive opportunities and constraints into the early design stage. This maturing paradigm of fabrication-aware creation of shape – so called Architectural Geometry has a symbiotic relation with the design-research trajectory of Tectonism which stylistically expresses the inherent structural and manufacturing logics of the shape.

Architectural geometry and Tectonism simultaneously incorporate traditional wisdoms and historic practises methods of design and construction, particularly those related to masonry and timber construction and state-of-the-art methods of Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Geometric Design.  This contrasts with the currently widespread paradigm of history and process-agnostic creation of shape. This subsequently leads to materially wasteful designs, and time and resource-expensive, post-processing of such shapes to modify the shapes to suit manufacturing requirements.

This workshop will provide a gentle, hands-on introduction to geometry topics of stereotomy, ruled surfaces and their computational adaptation. The workshop will also incorporate technological topics of robotic fabrication and web-services including remote accessing and instructing an industrial robot set-up to cut foam.

Workshops Conducted by Professors:

Shajay Bhooshan

  • Studio Master, Nahmad-Bhooshan studio, Architectural Association Design Research Laboratory (AADRL)
  • Co-founder and Head of Zaha Hadid Computation and Design Group (ZHCODE)

Shajay Bhooshan is a studio master at the Architectural Association DRL (AADRL) Master’s program in London. He is also a Senior Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects where he co-founded and heads the Computation and Design (CODE) group. He pursues his research in structure and fabrication aware architectural geometry as a PhD candidate at the Block Research Group, ETH Zurich. Previously, he completed his M.Phil from the University of Bath, UK and M.Arch from AADRL.

Federico Borello

Federico Borello is a registered architect (OAT and ARB) and Computational Designer at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHCODE) in London. Federico has a degree with Honor from the Polytechnic of Turin and a Master’s degree at the Architectural Association Design Research Laboratory (DRL) in London. His major interest is in fabrication and structure aware geometries, robotically assisted manufacturing and 3d printing. Federico is also a Teaching Fellow at UCL Bartlett BPro in London and a Software and Robotics Consultant at AA Design Research Laboratory. He has taught numerous courses and conferences including AADRL (London), Tonji University (Shanghai), CITA (Copenhagen), ACADIA 2019 (Austin)

Leo Bieling

Leo Bieling is a registered architect (UK, Germany and Austria) and part of the Computation and Design Research Group (ZHCODE) at Zaha Hadid Architects in London. His current research is motivated by observations regarding data-driven design, digital fabrication technologies and emerging trends in contemporary living. He has taught several international workshops including CAARDIA in Beijing, RobArch hosted at ETH Zurich and at the B-Pro Bartlett in London. In these courses, he continued his design-research in architectural geometry towards robotic and digital fabrication implementations

Cesar Fragachan

Cesar Fragachan works for the Computation and Design group of Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHCODE); He is a registered Architect in Venezuela. He holds a M.Arch(Hons) from the Architectural Association Design Research Laboratory (AADRL). He also holds a MBA from the IESA Institute, and B.Arch(Hons) from Universidad Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela. His ongoing research is focused on computational design, game technologies and digital fabrication in robotics. Previously, Cesar was a studio professor at Universidad Simon Bolivar, worked at Mendoza-Capiello Arquitectos, and established his own professional practice where he developed several residential, office and hotel projects;

Workshop Info:

  • 4-Day Workshop Online
  • 3-4 October & 10-11 October // Time 10:00-14:00 (GMT)
  • The workshop will run live for 4 hours per day from 10:00-14:00 (GMT)
  • The entire workshop will be recorded and you will have access to the recorded videos after each day ends.
  • Registration Fee: €300 (15% Discount for the first 10 seats) Closed
  • General Registration: €350
  • 25% discount to all members in a group of 4 
  • Payment link will be shown at the end stage of the registration.
  • After the payment you will need to email us the photo of the receipt to [email protected] by putting (Your name – Designing for Robotic Fabrication) in subject.
  • This email will include a link to the conference room and a password called TOKEN to login.
  • Note that this password will be assigned to just one email address, and it is the one you send us the email. If you want to use another email you should inform us.
  • The entire conference will be recorded and after the event ended, you will have the access to all the videos and data of the conference with the same TOKEN password.
  • Tickets are non-transferable & non-refundable.

Schedule

3-4 October & 10-11 October
Approx. 1 hour lecture each day, 4 hours total.
Approx. 2-hour tutorials each day, 8 hours total
Approx. 30-minute robot time per student (access times will be outside of workshop time)
2-hour first review of student work
2-hour of final review of student work

Meet your instructor:

If you have any questions that you would like to be answered directly from the instructors, you can watch this live discussion between Hamid Hassanzadeh, founder of PA, and Shajay Bhooshan.

Time: 3-4 October & 10-11 October
Location: ClickMeeting platform, hosted by PA
Format: Online
Duration: 4 Days
Total Hours: 16 Hours
Topic: Designing for Robotic Fabrication
Workshop Type: Online Workshop
Registration Deadline: 30th September (extendet to 2nd October)
Seats Available: 30 Seats
Fee: €350 EURO
First 10 Seats: €300 EURO (15% Discount for the first 10 seats) Closed
Organized By: PAACADEMY
In Collaboration With: Architectural Association Design Research Lab (AADRL)

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The Innovation Behind Hassell’s Mars Settlement

Hassell's Mars Settlement

Hassell’s Mars Settlement divides the structural mechanism into two parts: an outer shell to be made by remote-control machines and the inflatable pods to be instantly built by astronauts.

Through the ongoing planetary studies carried out by America’s space agency NASA, moving to Mars has become an everyday subject. Supervised by NASA’s Centennial Challenges Program and Bradley University in Peoria, the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge was an attempt to anticipate the possibilities of the building technology on the Red Planet, which could also enhance future researches for the Space environment.

Selected among the top ten designs in this competition, the smart construction idea of Australian-based architecture studio Hassell and the UK-based Eckersley O’Callaghan Engineers presented a manufacturing innovation with robotics and 3D printing technology.

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Hassell's Mars Settlement
Hassell's Mars Settlement

Designing a spacecraft for astronauts is about surviving on another planet for a certain period of time but creating a place that helps adapt our lives to different spatial conditions goes further than that. To propose a human-centric habitat, the architects of this project aimed to keep the people thriving on Mars. Moreover, building on a totally different globe was another issue for this competition.

Hassell's Mars Settlement

Due to the difficulty of controlling a robotic system in space from Earth, it was not a good option to construct every component of a building on Mars. For that reason, the architecture studio came up with the idea of dividing the structural mechanism into two parts: an outer shell to be made by remote-control machines and the inflatable pods to be instantly built by astronauts.

Hassell's Mars Settlement
Hassell's Mars Settlement

The degree of radiation exposure on the surface of Mars is much higher than that of Earth, suggesting that a shell structure could be used as a radiological protection for astronauts to live in such an environment. This cave-like building envelope was designed to be completely 3D printed using regolith, the natural soil of Mars, as an autonomous robot production. Meaning that the skin of these futuristic habitations would be ready before the arrival of the space explorers. 

Hassell's Mars Settlement
Hassell's Mars Settlement
Hassell's Mars Settlement

The livable part of Hassell’s Mars Settlement project corresponds to the prefab inflatable modules that would be transported from the Earth. These six interconnected pods serving a variety of work and living activities were proposed to be placed under the external shell using a movable rack system. The location of the racks, which can also be used as storage units, characterizes their behavior and even gives a possibility to duplicate their function.

One approach of the architects who introduced this whole idea was to create an easily expandable quarter that made us think about a much more technological version of the Metabolist movement. After all, an existing building could be combined with the new one, providing an atmosphere to form the local group of the future.

Hassell's Mars Settlement
Hassell's Mars Settlement

After designing this innovative project, Hassell built one of the inflatable pods at full-scale for the Moving to Mars Exhibition. This model highlighted a variety of physical and virtual features that allowed habitat visitors to perceive everyday life on Mars through a kitchen or science lab. Besides, a video wall screening the Martian landscape was installed to experience the environment ahead of our time.

Hassell's Mars Settlement
Hassell's Mars Settlement

ARCHITECT: Hassell

COLLABORATORS: Eckersley O’Callaghan

CLIENT: NASA

PHOTOGRAPHS: Studio NAARO

LOCATION: Mars

STATUS: Temporary

YEAR: 2018

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PA Sense 10 – Emre Arolat

PA Sense 10 – Emre Arolat

On this episode, Hamid Hassanzadeh, founder of ParametricArchitecture, spoke to Emre Arolat, Turkish architect, founding Partner and Lead Designer of Emre Arolat Architecture. Emre Arolat was born in Ankara in 1963. He received his BArch degree in Architecture in 1986 and MArch degree in 1992 from Istanbul Mimar Sinan University. Having accumulated significant experience at Metcalf and Associates Architectural Office in Washington D.C. (1986-1987), he became a partner at Arolat Architects design studio, managed by his parents Neşet e Şaziment Arolat since 1961.

He founded his own practice EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture with his co-founder Gonca Paşolar in 2004. With the reintegration of his parents, Neşet Arolat and Şaziment Arolat as partners, today, EAA is one of the leading architectural practices in Turkey with an acknowledged international presence, due to offices in New York and London, as well as Istanbul with professional architectural staff with over 80 people.

Emre received international recognition early on in his career, with the Mies Van der Rohe Award for European Architecture for the Minicity Theme Park in Antalya, Turkey (2004), and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture with the design for the Ipekyol Textile Factory in Edirne, Turkey (2006). More recently, In 2018, his Sancaklar Mosque is awarded with RIBA International Prize.

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PA Sense 09 – Mario Carpo & Gilles Retsin

PA Sense 08 – Mario Carpo & Gilles Retsin

Mario Carpo and Gilles Retsin discuss architecture and automation in the context of the covid-19 crisis and its aftermath. As global production chains have proven to lack resilience, local, digital manufacturing presents a compelling alternative. What does this mean for architecture? How do we as architects shape an agenda for increased automation in such a way that it benefits all? This talk explores a series of urgent questions that will deeply affect all of us in the near future.

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Mario Carpo is the Reyner Banham Professor of Architectural Theory and History at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Carpo’s publications include The Second Digital Turn: Design Beyond Intelligence (2017), The Digital Turn in Architecture 1992-2012 (2012), The Alphabet and the Algorithm, a history of digital design theory (2011) and Architecture in the Age of Printing (2001).

Gilles Retsin runs his eponymous practice in London and is cofounder of the design-tech consultancy AUAR. He co-authored the book Robotic Building: Architecture in the Age of Automation and the AD issue on the Discrete. He is Programme Director of the B.Pro Architectural Design (AD) at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London.

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Inspiring Accessibility Solutions by DS+R Designed Museum

Inspiring Accessibility Solutions by DS+R Designed Museum

The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum opens its doors to the public in the Olympic City USA, which also accommodates the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center. The proximity of the location to Colorado Springs, the natural setting that attracts millions of tourists each year, is considered as having an impact on the number of visitors of the  Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed museum.

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Focused on the dynamism of the Olympic runners, the entire project is designed to direct its guests to feel their spirit while visiting the museum. The architects achieved a route that connects the elevated floors by using a 1.8 meters wide spiral ramp to allow the wheelchairs, inspired by the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. In this way, the building space became reachable also for individuals with disabilities, underlining the design of a museum considered as one of the most accessible in the world. On the other hand, the architectural elements in terms of visibility and materiality have been also designed to enable people having disabilities to enjoy the building just as everybody else. The floors are covered by smooth materials for the wheelchair movements as the transparency of the handrails has been improved to create a special line of sight.

The visitors enter the museum through a grand atrium covered by a 12-meter-high ceiling. Then using the elevator, they access to the top level in order to start their journey to the 12 different galleries. The light that enters these galleries from the clerestory windows also goes into the atrium. To create a circulation path concerning the accessibility matters, descending the levels of the museum gradually was considered at the beginning of the design phases. At the end of this scenario, the function of windows is enriched by the cityscape view.

The project has great importance creating a public flow to link the urbanized and the old part of the city. Contributing in this distribution, a pedestrian bridge structure in a fine form is designed to be built soon.

The geographical significance of the project has resulted in an ambition for the architecture company to design internal and external contacts within the building site. Therefore, the actual building consists of two parts that are connected by a terraced plaza with the amphitheater seats to host outdoor events while enabling a pleasant view of the environment. The theater that accommodates up to 130 people including the space for those with disabilities, and the events space are located inside the main building of the museum. However, the café and the educational space are established in the additional construction, covered by a green roof.

The custom designed aluminum cover is selected to dress the main structure to make it look like the stretchy clothing of an Olympic runner. 9000 aluminum panels are used in diamond like shape. Each of them is different in scale but elevated from the center, which is decided after numerous modelling trials with aluminum, creating 2 triangular shape to animate the light on the façades of the museum. It is considered that the diamond shape changes the motion of the shadow. Thus, the shade of the metal color of every panel varies every hour.

This current activity of the architecture studio presents the accessibility solutions in all design aspects.

PHOTOGRAPHS: Jason O’Rear

YEAR: 2020

DESIGN ARCHITECT: Diller Scofidio + Renfro, (Partner-in-charge: Benjamin Gilmartin)

ARCHITECT OF RECORD: Anderson Mason Dale Architects

EXHIBITION DESIGNERS: Gallagher & Associates

MUSEUM AND CONTENT DEVELOPMENT: Barrie Projects

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: KL&A in collaboration with Arup

CIVIL ENGINEER: Kiowa Engineering Corporation

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Advanced 3D Printing with Grasshopper: Clay and FDM

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Diego Garcia Cuevas is an architect, with expertise in Digital Fabrication. As an authorized Rhinoceros trainer, he teaches architectural geometry and parametric design at several schools including Universidad Europea of Madrid. In 2011, Diego Garcia Cuevas co-founded Controlmad Advanced Design, an advanced design center for architecture engineering, and design, with Sergio Alonso del Compo. Gianluca Pugliese is a digital fabrication and additive manufacturing expert, with a dedication to sustainability. He teaches 3D printing and robotics, additive manufacturing, and sustainability at IED Madrid and several international design schools. In 2018, Gianluca Pugliese founded Lowpoly, where he develops projects based on Parametric design and sustainable materials.

About Advanced 3D Printing with Grasshopper: Clay and FDM

It was published by Diego Garcia Cuevas and Gianluca Pugliese in April 2020. The book is seen as a bridge that connects the worlds of 3D printing and Grasshopper, as it is composed of five chapters that explain comprehensively how to control 3D printing directly from Grasshopper.

In addition to an enriching introduction to the workflow technology, numerous strategies, solutions, and samples, the authors present an easy format to create G-code within Grasshopper for every user to understand. For this reason, this book is a complete manual not only for engineers and architects but for everyone who wants to learn how to 3D print directly from Grasshopper.

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PA Sense 08 – Richard Hassell

PA Sense 08 – Richard Hassell

In this episode, founder of ParametricArchitecture, Hamid Hassanzadeh, sat down with Richard Hassell, founding director of WOHA Architects, and discussed about Richard’s career, works, the importance of sustainability in architecture, WOHA’s vision for future and his advice for young professionals.

WOHA is a Singapore-based architectural practice founded by Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell in 1994. The practice has gained global recognition for their integration of environmental and social principles at every stage of the design process. They have designed a diverse amount of innovative and highly influential projects, which have been built in a number of cities and countries, and their best-known projects have been widely publicised as benchmarks for sustainable design.

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Richard Hassell was born in 1966 and graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1989. He was awarded a Master of Architecture degree from the RMIT University, Melbourne in 2002. He is a board member of Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority’s (URA) Design Advisory Committee and served as member on the Housing and Development Board (HDB) Architectural Design Panel. He has served as a board member of the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore, as well as committees for the URA and the DesignSingapore Council. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia.

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