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By Daniel Inocente (DC) & Kevin Vandeman (DC)
The Idea Fellowship continues as the Holistic Design Workflow team makes advances in the research and application of computational strategies. As buildings and the industry become increasingly technological, architects are challenged to continuously develop new ways of mastering the intricacies across ever-changing elements and systems. The architecture of today has not only been infused with technological growth, but it has also become dependent on it. Technology has enabled numerous design processes and yet not one single process can fully solve the thousands of contingencies that present themselves as a project evolves. Today, the design of a building is a challenge of bringing together various technological systems, outside of our domain, that rely on computational processes.
By Daniel Inocente, Kevin Vandeman
This is the Holistic Design Workflow team's first post in a series that will trace our research and development through the course of the HKS Idea Fellowship. Our research will be focused on the role of advanced computational processes and their implications on design to fabrication efficiencies. Through the implementation of integrated digital design and prototyping technologies, we are now beginning to see the potential for architects to eliminate the boundaries between design and fabrication processes.
Although it is very difficult to categorize a wide range of London's architectural masterpieces designed by world's renowned architects, the contemporary architecture in London appears to have its own unique character. Unlike most of its European neighbors where architecture is still heavily infulenced by the simplicity of modernism, cubic expression and minimalism, the British contemporary architecture appears to have liberated itself from right angles and embraced more sophisticated and futuristic compositions that define the London skyline. The unorthodox form of the London skyline monuments earned them rather interesting nicknames among Londoners such as Cheesegrater, Walkie-Talkie, Gherkin and the latest Renzo Piano addition called Salt Cellar, or officially known as the Shard.
By Simon Grayson
Thanksgiving has just been here and gone in the US and despite thoroughly stuffing myself with two turkeys and a ham on Friday, I managed to use the rest of the long weekend to travel south and see every geek's dream - the NASA Control Centre at Houston (Johnson Space Centre). (Above image courtesy noisydecentgraphics.com)
Buildings today are conceived and constructed in much the same way as they were hundreds, if not thousands, of years ago. A design team envisions what can be and draws this up conferring with a builder on how to get it done, the builder sets out to build the design and confers with the design team about intent, there is much conflict and camaraderie and moments of exhaustion and exhilaration, and then one day the building is finished and put to use.
Universities around the nation are making huge strides in the design of their student facilities. College Planning & Management Magazine’s front page features the University of Central Florida’s Technology Commons I & II that breaks the mold of typical student technology labs. A design build effort by HKS and Charles Perry Partners, Inc., this multi-functional collaborative space is filled with some pretty cool technology, and has a design that invigorates the student mind. For more information, check out page 54 of this article.
"A ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday marked the official opening of the center, which is now open for use."
Following Ashley’s great post, I thought I would update you all with a new iPad app that supports Prezi viewing. For those of you who are not aware of Prezi, see my post from a year ago to get a glimpse of this alternative to PowerPoint. Prezi has had several updates over the past year that make it worth checking out again.
Have you ever forgotton your drawings in the overhead bin compartment of the plane, when headed to client meetings? I have. Thankfully though, I remembered them on the jet bridge. But, the panic I experienced helped me come up with a good digital back-up plan for when I have to hit the road for meetings. Maybe one day this will be the primary way we do it (who knows how quickly we’ll give up our physical drawings and trace paper, though?)