Open Source School

This 2nd year bachelor design studio at TU Berlin introduced parametric planning processes for the design of a school in South Berlin. Students experimented with one-to-one material models aiming at the creation of a particular spatial effect. These models were presented to the primary school pupils and transformed based on their feedback.
These physical models we translated into digital parametric models. The reduction of an elusive physical effect into a mathematically controlled parametric model required a radical re-conception of design processes. The parametric design component allowed the students to integrate user feedback. 
Institution: Technische Universität Berlin
Year: 2010
Type: Design Studio, Assistant to Visiting Professor Susanne Hofmann
Students: 80 undergraduate students
Open Source School - Generative Diagrams
Fold Typology 1: String
Fold Typology 2: Ring
Fold Typology 3: Screw
Projekt Kiezklänge - Folded surfaces controlled by parametric digital model

Bürolandschaft – Complex

This seminar held at The Ohio State University (OSU) explored German architecture, culture and aesthetic from 1960–70, a period which re-defined modern architecture in Germany, while coinciding with the cultural and aesthetic revolution of Paris in 1968. German post-war movies served as cultural backdrop to establish a critical architectural theory.

Metabolism Redux

This theoretical seminar held at The Ohio State University (OSU) examined Japanese architecture, culture and aesthetic between 1960 and 1970. The seminar revisited so called Metabolism in architecture and urbanism by studying Japanese movies and pop culture of the time.

Parametric Product Design

Parametric design workshop for industrial designers at Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) Karlsruhe on the invitation of Prof. Volker Albus & Stefan Legner. The workshop focussed on concepts of parametric design to generate parametric geometries creating definitions and scripts (Grasshopper for Rhino3D).

Digital Design & Representation

Digital Design and Representation stand at the core of the education of architects and urban designers. Due to the proliferation of computers, the increasing computer literacy amongst incoming students and the fundamental shift in the profession towards the digital, digital design and representation needs to be re-assessed all together.

Parametric Urbanism

CAD 4 @ GUtech 2010 - present In their last regular CAD semester students are introduced to parametric modeling. They elaborate protocols and definitions that can handle design relevant parameters and yield 3D geometries. Student evaluate the resulting shapes and re-interpreted them as architectural or urban forms. A special focus is laid upon the production of variations and repetitions. Once students master parametric design from scratch they use building information modeling software. Again, they work and update a digital model that can be enriched with information to produce technical drawing set, a rendering or a fabrication file.

Powers of ten

GIS mapping Oman in various scales / CAD 3 @ GUtech 2010 - present In their 3rd semester students work on a larger GIS database survey of the coastal urbanisation of Oman. Based on Eames' ideas of the power of ten, each student works on a quadrant at the level of the neighborhood, the city and the region. The data is added to the database, that reaches better and better resolution through the student contribution. The GIS database contains areal imagery, census data, 3D information. Students are encouraged to extract layer axonometric models from the database to visualise the complex urban interaction of the built environment, the topography, hydrology and environment.