Computational Design: NEXT 3.0

Topic: COMPUTATIONAL DESIGN: NEXT 3.0
Time: 23rd & 24th January 2021, Saturday and Sunday
Day 1 Starts: 23rd Jan, 12:00 GMT
Day 1 Ends: 23rd Jan, 18:15 GMT
Day 2 Starts: 24th Jan, 12:00 GMT
Day 2 Ends: 24th Jan, 20:45 GMT
Where: ClickMeeting platform, hosted by PA
Duration: Two Days Conference
Format: Online
Total Hours: 14.5 Hours
Speakers: Arturo Tedeschi, Hamid Hassanzadeh, Michael Pryor, Sushant Verma + 10 other guests
Collaborators: PA, A>T, DesignMorphine, rat[LAB]EDUCATION
Early-bird Registration: €48 (Till 11:59 GMT, 15th December 2020) (Closed)
General Registration: €65 (Till 11:59 GMT, 20th January 2020)
Contact us at: [email protected]

THE PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE: An Online Interactive Conference with global frontiers.
Two-Day Online Conference with Live Presentations, Tutorials, Interactive Sessions, Live Mentorship & Panel Discussions.
A collaborative initiative by ParametricArchitecture (PA) with rat[LAB]EDUCATION, DesignMorphine, A>T

Computational Design: NEXT is a collaborative initiative by some of the global frontiers of Computational Design to open up an Online Learning platform as a comprehensive ONLINE CONFERENCE comprising of discussions, dialogues, tutorials and mentorship to a global audience through thought-provoking and meaningful dialogues curated by ParametricArchitecture (PA), one of the leading media platforms focussing on Computational Design and its various subsets.

The first iteration of the online conference NEXT 1.0 took place on 13-14 June 2020 and brought forth all collaborators on a single platform in a power-packed 2-day dialogue with live tutorials and mentorship for designers for immersive learning and knowledge-building experience.

NEXT 2.0 took the next step, taking cues from the inaugural conference and expanded to bring forth collaborative workshops, guest lectures on Advanced Computational Design, a showcase of inter-disciplinary approaches by renowned experts, and personal interactions through panel discussions revolving around Emerging Technologies in Design.

The 2-day knowledge-rich conference took place on 26-27 Sept 2020 and had renowned experts for Guest Lectures and Tutorials, including Refik Anadol, Anouk Wipprecht, Michail Desyllas (AI Build), iheartblob, Justin Hattendorf (nTopology), Hamid Hassanzadeh (ParametricArchitecture) & Zeynep Topal (ZETZDEZIGN). Arturo Tedeschi (A>T), Michael Pryor (DesignMorphine), and Sushant Verma (rat[LAB]EDUCATION) demonstrated a collaborative workshop to design a Soccer Stadium through multiple techniques of computational overlaps.

Each tutor shall build upon the program based on rational decision-making aided by computational tools, right from seating design, sightline optimization, structural skin design, environmental design integration, panelisation, etc., as a part of an integrated and collaborative process.

Computational Design: NEXT 3.0 takes another step to delve into new-age design technologies by global advocates of technology and is scheduled to take place on 23-24 January 2021 (Saturday & Sunday) as a 2-day conference with workshops panel discussions, tech demonstrations, and discussions.

When:

23rd & 24th January 2021 (Saturday & Sunday)

Where:

ClickMeeting platform, hosted by PA

Programme Outline for Computational Design: NEXT 3.0

Day 01: Saturday, 23rd January 2021

[Time Zone: GMT]
All sessions/tracks are led by the following panelists unless specified otherwise:
– Hamid Hassanzadeh (Turkey/Iran) – Founder & Editor in Chief, Parametric Architecture)
– Sushant Verma (India) – Co-founder & Design Head, rat[LAB] Studio
– Arturo Tedeschi (Italy) – Founder Architect & Computational Designer, A>T
– Michael Pryor (USA) – Design Director & Computational Designer, DesignMorphine

Welcome Note & Set-up

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM GMT

Track 01:

Introduction to NEXT 3.0: Setting Up Conference Theme & Context (Individual Presentation)
12:15 – 13:15 GMT
Duration – 60 Minutes

  • The future of computational design in all industries: Arturo Tedeschi
  • Implementation of computational tools in large scale projects: Sushant Verma
  • To what extent the coding and computational design help designers: Michael Pryor
  • The emergence of Virtual Reality in architecture: Hamid Hassanzadeh

Guest Speaker 1: Volkan Alkanoglu (Lecture + Q&A)
13:15 – 14:15 GMT
Duration – 60 Minutes

  • A presentation of works by Volkan Alkanoglu showcasing a journey of integration of technology in design.
  • Showcase of works
  • Q&A + Interaction with Moderator

Guest Workshop 1: Cherylene Shangpliang – Maya + Enscape
14:15 – 15:45 GMT
Duration – 90 Minutes 
– Demonstrative Workshop on Coding / Computational Design / Generative Design by Cherylene Shanpliang.

Break time for 15 minutes.

Track 02:

Guest Speaker 2: Moritz Waldemeyer (Lecture + Q&A)
16:00 – 16:45 GMT
Duration – 45 Minutes 
– Philosophy of playful experimentations by forging links between technology, art, fashion, and design

Guest Speaker 3: Ján Pernecký – Subdigital (Lecture + Q&A)
16:45 – 17:30 GMT
Duration –  45 Minutes

  • Embracing the power of computation to create architecture, design, and art. Subdigital produces sophisticated material objects that embody their clients’ vision.
  • Showcase of works
  • Q&A + Interaction with Moderator

Guest Workshop 2: Daniel Caven – Grasshopper 3D
17:30 – 19:00 GMT
Duration – 90 Minutes 
– Demonstrative Workshop on 3D Modeling design with Grasshopper 3D by Daniel Caven.

Guest Speaker 4: Niccolo Casas (Lecture + Q&A)
19:00 PM – 19:45 GMT
Duration – 45 Minutes

  • The emergence of digital technologies and additive manufacturing in architecture and Fashion
  • The intersection of architecture, art, and science via the application of emergent digital technologies and additive manufacturing.
  • Showcase of works
  • Q&A + Interaction with Moderator

End of Day 1: Endnote By Hamid Hassanzadeh
19:45 – 20:00 GMT
Duration – 15 minutes

Day 2: Sunday, 24th January 2021

[Time Zone: GMT]
All sessions/tracks are led by the following panelists unless specified otherwise:
– Hamid Hassanzadeh (Turkey/Iran) – Founder & Editor in Chief, ParametricArchitecture)
– Sushant Verma (India) – Co-founder & Design Head, rat[LAB] Studio
– Arturo Tedeschi (Italy) – Founder Architect & Computational Designer, A>T
– Michael Pryor (USA) – Design Director & Computational Designer, DesignMorphine

Welcome Note & Set-up

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM GMT

Track 3:

Collaborative Workshop (Michael Pryor + Sushant Verma) – Bridge Design – Using Grasshopper3d + MAYA
12:15 – 13:45 GMT
Duration – 90 Minutes

Michael Pryor & Sushant Verma would run a collaborative cross-platform workshop that shuffles Computational Design methods from one technique to another, integrating to build a Bridge through multiple techniques of computational overlaps. Each tutor shall build upon the program based on rational decision-making aided by computational tools, right from seating design, sightline optimization, structural skin design, environmental design integration, panelization, etc., as a part of an integrated and collaborative process. Real-time collaboration between the tutors and workshop participants would be demonstrated to design a complex bridge using computational design methods. Taking cues from multi-scalar workshops taught in NEXT 1.0 and NEXT 2.0, this workshop transcends into new spatial experimentation for designers.

Guest Speaker 5: Aldo Sollazzo – Noumena (Lecture + Q&A)
13:45 – 14:30 GMT
Duration –  45 Minutes

  • Implementing innovative solutions in the fields of Robotics, 3D printing, and Wearable Tech.
  • Showcase of works
  • Q&A + Interaction with Moderator

Guest Speaker 6: ILLUSORR Demo – Walkthrough
14:30 – 15:15 GMT
Duration –  45 Minutes

  • Implementing innovative solutions in the fields of Virtual Reality
  • What is ILLUSORR
  • Q&A + Interaction with Moderator

Break time for 15 minutes.

Track 4:

Guest Workshop 3: James Dalessandro – Grasshopper 3D (Plug-ins)
15:30 – 17:00 GMT
Duration – 90 Minutes
– Data-Driven Strip Morphologies and Computational Pen Plotting.

Guest Speaker 7: Valentina Sumini  – Space Architecture (Lecture + Q&A)
17:00 – 17:45 GMT
Duration – 45 Minutes

  • The invention of new computational design methods for multi-performance habitats, soft-robotic prosthetics to enhance mobility and dexterity in microgravity, and construction techniques using in-situ resources
  • Q&A + Interaction with Moderator

Guest Speaker 8: Joseph Sarafian – FormFoundDesign (Lecture + Q&A)
17:45 – 18:30 GMT
Duration – 45 Minutes

  • A presentation of works by Joseph Sarrafian showcasing a journey of integration of technology in design and fabrication.
  • Q&A + Interaction with Moderator

End of Day 2: Vote of thanks by organizers & speakers
18:30 – 18:45 GMT
Duration – 15 Minutes

Guest Speakers for Computational Design: NEXT 3.0:

Volkan Alkanoglu

Our master lecturer at CD NEXT 3.0 conference. Hailing from Portland with a multitude of skills, he is an exceptional designer whose imaginative work focuses on the pursuit of novel form through spatial, material and technological explorations. He will be a part of Computational Design: NEXT 3.0 as well.

Recent work has been permanently installed in several institutions within the United States, including Clemson University, Boston – Clippership Wharf, the University of Maryland in Baltimore, Yeshiva Museum in New York, Fort Lauderdale International Airport, the University of Oregon in Eugene, Salt Lake Community College, Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Washington Metropolitan Police Training Facility, Fort Lewis College in Durango and the University of Colorado in Denver.

As an educator, Volkan Alkanoglu previously served as the Director for Graduate Studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, design faculty at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, and lecturer at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in Cambridge.

Volkan Alkanoglu is a LEED Accredited Professional in the US and is currently commissioned on a range of projects in California, Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, and Texas.

Niccolo Casas

Italian architect and professor Niccolo Casas is Principal and Founder at Niccolo Casas Architecture, a visiting faculty member at RISD Rhode Island School of Design, and a Ph.D. candidate at The Bartlett UCL London. He runs a multidisciplinary practice for research and architecture that aims to combine several fields of specialization so as to offer an innovative and unique vision of the academic discipline and profession.


Casas’s work spans from architecture to couture and fashion-tech, and from design to data visualisation and medicine. He has collaborated with—among others— the fashion designer Iris Van Herpen, the fashion-tech designer Anouk Wipprecht, the entertainment company Cirque du Soleil, the automotive companies Volkswagen and BMW, the multinational software and electronic corporations Intel and Autodesk, the 3D-printing companies Materialise and 3D Systems, the MIT research team EmbrLabs and the sport firm Sequoia. He has also participated in the National Academy Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) where, as co-investigator, he was awarded $150,000 for interdisciplinary projects at the intersection of science, art, engineering and medicine.


Casas received his Master’s in Architecture at ISA St. Luc in Bruxelles, and for four years he has been Professor at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna. In 2013, 2018, and 2019 he was a visiting professor at Texas A&M School of Architecture. In addition, he has taught and lectured at the Università degli Studi di Genova, Università degli Studi di Firenze, London South Bank University, The Bartlett School of Architecture at University College of London, Portsmouth University, Florida International University, and SCI-Arc.


Casas’ work has been exhibited worldwide and it is part of the “(En)Coding Architecture” book, edited by Liss C. Werner, “Naturalis- ing Architecture”, edited by Professor Frédéric Migayrou and Marie-Ange Brayer, the Wiley AD issue “3D Body Architecture”, edited by Neil Leach and Behnaz Farahi, “Histoire des Modes et du Vêtement, du Moyen Âge au XXIe siècle”, edited by Denis Bruna and Chloé Demey, and the recently released “The Blindspot Initiative: Design Resistance and Alternative Modes of Practice”, edited by Jose Sanchez. Tune into Computational Design: NEXT 3.0 now!

Ján Pernecký

Specializes in generative and parametric architecture and design, software development and creation of interactive art installations. He graduated from FA SUT (2007), and AFAD (2008), Slovakia and studied at Arkitekturskolan KTH (2003), Sweden, Die Angewandte (2011), Austria and UMPRUM (2019), Czechia.

He established the rese arch research platform, has organized dozens of conferences, workshops, and lectures across Europe. He was the creator of the Slovak and Czech pavilion at 13th exhibition of architecture at La Biennale di Venezia (2012). He runs the global learning platform called rese arch Sessions which is used by universities and professionals worldwide.

He is active in the international scene of the industry; teaches architecture, parametric design and programming at several universities and independent events; lectures and publishes works about theory of architecture. He co-founded the Subdigital creative studio (2016), whose team applies knowledge and skills gained from experimental and academic projects.

Cherylene Shangpliang

Cherylene M. Shangpliang to teach as a guest tutor at the CD NEXT 3.0 conference. Cherylene is an architect and designer holding a M.Arch degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Architectural Association Design Research Lab (AADRL) in London and a B.Arch degree in Architecture from BMS College of Architecture, Bangalore, India.

Tune into an insightful workshop at Computational Design: NEXT 3.0.

Cherylene has gained professional experience at international office MAD Architects in Beijing, China. Cherylene is passionate about the computational strategies of communicating concepts in architectural design. Her areas of interest lie in design of complex geometries, parametric modelling and generative design.

Aldo Sollazzo

Aldo Sollazzo is a technologist, with expertise in robotics, manufacturing, and computational design. Since 2011, Aldo is the Director of Noumena ,leading a multidisciplinary team towards the definition of new design strategies informed by tech-driven applications. He is also the Director of Reshape – digital craft community, a distributed platform promoting
cutting-edge ideas merging design and manufacturing.

At IaaC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, he is directing the Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction, focused on the emerging design and market opportunities arising from novel robotic and advanced manufacturing systems. In the same institution, Aldo is also directing the Global Summer School since 2015.

Aldo has been part of the Fab Academy program as a mentor of Fab Academy Paris and Frosinone from 2015 to 2017. In 2019 Aldo received, from the Italian President of the Republic, the title of Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy for the promotion of national prestige abroad as a recognition of his scientific and technological activities.

Joseph Sarafian

Joseph Sarafian, AIA is co-founder and CEO of Form Found Design, a Los Angeles-based architecture and design studio that operates at the intersection of technology and nature. He believes that innovative design requires both an experimentation and therefore mastery of both material and technology. His work bridges this gap, exploring advancements in robotics, material science, and form-finding. The result is an architecture that is derived rather than contrived.

Along with his partner Ron Culver, they pioneered a new concrete-forming method to realize the world’s first robotically-cast concrete pavilion harnessing fabric molds. This proof of concept was built for Amazon and featured 70 uniquely cast concrete “wishbones” that were assembled within a 1 mm tolerance. FFD is currently designing a humanitarian housing solution using an on-demand mobile factory for light gauge steel frame construction. Joseph is a licensed architect in California and tenure track faculty at Orange Coast College.

Valentina Sumini

Valentina Sumini, PhD, is Space Architect and Research Affiliate at MIT Media Lab in Responsive Environments and Space Exploration Initiative, and Visiting Professor at Politecnico di Milano, where she teaches the course “Architecture for Human Space Exploration” at the School of Architecture, Urban Planning and Construction Engineering. She develops design solutions and architectures to sustain human life in extreme environments on Earth and enable human space exploration in Low Earth Orbit, on the Moon and Mars. Her passion in advancing human performance during deep space exploration missions dates back to 2009 when she designed a hotel on the lunar surface for democratizing the access to space to tourists.

Over the years she developed at MIT and MIT Media Lab more in depths studies that she applied to different scenarios and award winning competitions projects, mainly organized by international space agencies:  a Space Hotel orbiting in Low Earth Orbit around Earth (NASA RASC-AL Competition 2017), a city on Mars and its generative design model (Mars City Design Competition 2017 ), a  greenhouse on Mars  (NASA Big Idea Challenge 2019), an ice extraction system for Mars (NASA RASC-AL Competition 2018), a Moon Village (European Space Agency), a soft robotic exoskeleton for enhancing astronaut movements and performance in microgravity and a pavilion, the Tidmarsh Living Observatory Portal (NASA TRISH), to reconnect astronauts with nature during long duration missions.

Valentina’s work has been featured among others in MIT News, Harvard Design Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, WIRED, Structure Magazine, IAC, IASS, CHI and AIAA proceedings and TEDx Talks. She is Vice Chair of the ASCE Earth and Space Technical Committee (American Society of Civil Engineers), member of Space Generation Advisory Council and reviewer for American Society of Civil Engineers of Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction. Tune into Computational Design: NEXT 3.0 to know about the reach of computational design even in Space!

James Dalessandro

James Dalessandro is a computational designer located in the Boston, MA area. He is the Co-Founder and Director at Emergent Design, a design technology company focused on delivering computational solutions for complex design goals in the fields of architecture, design, and engineering.

Moritz Waldemeyer

Moritz Waldemeyer is an internationally renowned artist based in London. His work occupies a diverse range of creative spaces, from art and product design through to fashion and entertainment. In 2004 he made his debut into the design world with an interactive chandelier for Swarovski and Ron Arad. Following his early collaborative work for the likes of Hussein Chalayan and Zaha Hadid, Moritz soon established himself as an independent artist. He held his first two exhibitions in 2006 and 2007 and he participated in MoMA’s Design & the Elastic Mind exhibition in 2008. In 2013 his lighting product ‘My New Flame’, developed for Ingo Maurer, was unveiled as part of MoMA’s permanent collection.

Studio Moritz Waldemeyer, founded in 2004, was built on a philosophy of playful experimentation by forging links between technology, art, fashion and design. This approach has resulted in a number of bespoke installations for Audi, Bombay Sapphire and Microsoft, as well as light-studded costumes for the likes of U2, Rihanna, and the London Olympics Handover Ceremony performers. Moritz acts as head creative in everything the studio undertakes, crafting his signature aesthetic into each piece.

ILLUSORR Team

ILLUSORR is the world’s first design-oriented virtual platform. Doing what has never been done before by providing an immersive experience that is completely conceived, planned, and executed by creatives with ‘design’ as a main priority. The extended reality sector is currently dominated by the aerospace, defense, gaming, movie and entertainment, healthcare, and tourism industries. Designers need to lead this exponential growth of VR and design the future virtual worlds.

The platform ILLUSORR is providing will introduce the world to the latest frontiers of design, and provide a completely immersive experience that will include; fashion shows, exhibitions, showrooms, virtual stores, workshops, competitions, talks, and even concerts! It is a platform that will allow virtual gatherings and interactions, using uniquely designed avatars, and moving beyond the 2d-webcam configuration that has become custom.

Daniel Caven

Daniel Caven is an experimental designer and architect whose ideas are based on exploring parametric and generative design and encompassing ideas of energy, nature, and fluidity. Working in highly distinguished offices all over the United States. Daniel’s advanced skills in emerging systems and technologies have allowed him to be emergent in cutting-edge technologies and fabrication specialties through the means of 3D printing, scripting, and high-level digital technologies.

Daniel has been featured/published around the world for projects, research, animations, and competitions throughout his career. In his professional career, Daniel has worked on many different high profile projects, such as the Astana World’s Expo, the world’s first freeform 3D printed house in Chattanooga, TN, the world’s first 3D-printed office in Dubai, and finally, many different high rises and mega tall towers overseas.

Witness insightful sessions, knowledgeable workshops, and stalwart design thinkers all at Computational Design: NEXT 3.0!

Topic: COMPUTATIONAL DESIGN: NEXT 3.0
Time: 23rd & 24th January 2021, Saturday and Sunday
Day 1 Starts: 23rd Jan, 12:00 GMT
Day 1 Ends: 23rd Jan, 18:15 GMT
Day 2 Starts: 24th Jan, 12:00 GMT
Day 2 Ends: 24th Jan, 20:45 GMT
Where: ClickMeeting platform, hosted by PA
Duration: Two Days Conference
Format: Online
Total Hours: 14.5 Hours
Speakers: Arturo Tedeschi, Hamid Hassanzadeh, Michael Pryor, Sushant Verma + 10 other guests
Collaborators: PA, A>T, DesignMorphine, rat[LAB]EDUCATION
Early-bird Registration: €48 (Till 11:59 GMT, 15th December 2020) (Closed)
General Registration: €65 (Till 11:59 GMT, 20th January 2020)
Contact us at: [email protected]

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PA Sense 13 – Shajay Bhooshan – Zaha Hadid Architects

PA Sense podcast interviews architecture and design pioneers and talk to them about their career, experiences, projects, and visions for future. On this episode we invited Shajay Bhooshan to join us from London, United Kingdom. Shajay is a Senior Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects where he co-founded and heads the Computation and Design research group (ZHCODE). He is an alumnus and a studio-master at the post-graduate course of Design Research Laboratory at the Architectural Association (AADRL). There he explores participatory systems of development of the built environment as enabled by advances in digital technologies of design and manufacturing. Shajay pursues his interests in manufacturing and structurally informed design technologies as a PhD candidate at the Block Research Group (BRG) at the ETH, Zurich and previously as a M.Phil graduate from University of Bath, UK;

Shajay has published in scientific journals and conferences, along with contributions to architectural discourse through Architectural Design and other magazines. He routinely engages in public speaking at various professional and academic conferences, events and institutions across the world. 

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horizON – 3D Printed Suspension Lamp

horizON

HorizON is a suspension lamp for architectural interiors, merging high-tech and low-tech, 3D printing and Murano glass craftsmanship, algorithmic design, and LED technology. This project is based on the belief that industry in the next years won’t only evolve through a constant, technological upgrade of products, but reconsidering and reintegrating values such as uniqueness, hand-making, and even imperfection. The project has been presented at The Venice Glass Week 2020 – Palazzo Loredan, Venezia – Italy.


Learn parametric design and computational tools from the pioneers of the industry at the PAACADEMY:


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This project is based on the belief that the industry of next years won’t only evolve through a constant, technological upgrade of products, but reconsidering and reintegrating values such as uniqueness, hand-making, and even “imperfection”. In this smartphone era, people are experiencing a sort of equation where technical perfection accelerates the obsolescence of products and disaffection. Objects are just temporary tools and companions that no longer tell a story and get abandoned at every hardware upgrade. Many leading companies (that are overcoming the obsolete Fordist model) are re-thinking objects and processes in order to meet a demand which is getting more and more complex as our society evolves. This is not only a programmatic manifesto to follow but also a crucial commercial strategy to follow for the next future.

horizON

According to these assumptions, the main idea is to encapsulate a freeform 3D printed shape within a handmade glass shelter manufactured in Murano, the legendary Italian glassmaking center for over 700 years. To create the two sinuous surfaces, the Glass Master shapes the glass by hand relying on CNC-milled molds. After the glass reaches the needed shape, it stays one day on a tempra-oven where it will slowly cool down to prevent any crack. Once the glass is cold, it is grinded, polished to remove any excess material, and finally pierced with diamond tips.

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This process allows seriality and at the same time, it generates differentiation and desired imperfection. Instead, the light-diffusing core is 3D printed in order to achieve a formal complexity not possible with traditional production systems. This process fuses together the ideas of handmade and large-scale production.

HorizON has a dual life. During daylight hours the glass shelter is the main protagonist, exhibiting the beauty and preciousness of Venetian glass, partially revealing the complexity of the inner shape. At night the led system emits light which is filtered and bounced by the inner 3D printed core, creating unpredictable and intriguing effects on walls and ceiling.

HorizON aims at becoming a hybrid object, between evolution and tradition, an expression of the current urge to rebalance the role of technology within a framework where the human touch can be considered as an industrial value.

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Design Team: Arturo Tedeschi, Michael Pryor, Pavlina Vardoulaki
Glass Consultant: Matteo Silverio
Glass Master in Murano (Venezia): Nicola Moretti
3D Printing by: Solidfill

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Greenland Complex by Mehrdad Iravanian Architects

The geometric harmony in the façade of the exhibition building belonging to the Greenland Complex strikes the eye in the developing town of Sadra in Iran. This entire multi-purpose convention center designed by the architecture studio of Mehrdad Iravanian provides its visitors with areas for entertainment, sports, cultural activities, accommodation, office, and shopping. Each of those spaces with different functions has a constructional definition particular to themselves.

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The actual design of the center with a total area of 46,178 square-meter accommodates eight individual buildings, five of which have been built so far on the site. The alterations in the scale and the material use of each of these structures determine the character of this center.

One main attraction of the complex is the exhibition building (EXB) in the south, where the other event venues such as the cultural center and the ceremonial hall also are positioned. Additionally, a brutalist bridge was designed for making a connection between the café-gallery with a dark rectangular design that has a contrast with other buildings, and the EXB. Thus, the exhibition place has become the starting point of reaching this gallery.

The cubic shapes used for the gallery building are deformed and multiplied for the design of EXB. This situation creates an architectural balancing effect for the decomposition between these two constructions caused by the changes in color and material. The double-skin façade, in playful volumetric forms, serves as a sunshade for the dining space of the 3-storey exhibition center while offering frames for the scenic view of the hill town.

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Architect: Mehrdad Iravanian Architects

Location: Sadra, Iran

Year: 2015

Built Area: 1070 m2

Photographer: Keyvan Gharaeenejad, Suzan Iravanian, Navid Atrvash 

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DRIVEN Incubation Program Call for Projects

DRIVEN by Volumes has now announced an open call for projects for their November 2020 intake.

Do you feel like advanced technologies and digital strategies could create a big impact in solving major challenges to transition our cities into a circular economy?  If you want to convert this feeling into a company, this open call for projects is for you.

What is DRIVEN?

DRIVEN is an incubation program aiming to embed advanced computational design and fabrication strategies in early-stage entrepreneurship for a circular economy. DRIVEN offers both an online and onsite platform to support emerging companies to accomplish their goals with the input of brilliant minds in the computational field such as Bollinger+Grohmann, Gilles Retsin, AUAR, Mateusz Zwierzycki, and many more.

Who are we looking for?

Designers, architects, engineers, entrepreneurs, makers, creative technologists, or something in-between all these fields and who plans to build a company to tackle circular economy with computational design.

We aim to incubate projects that are technology embeddable and committed to a circular economy that could be real demonstrators of the effectiveness of computational design and fabrication strategies from the design phase to industrial production processes.

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Please check out our incubation program here to see if we are a match!  We will be announcing our Winter/Spring workshop series by September which will cover topics such as computational fabrication, structural design, machine learning, amongst others.

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