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Day 2: Workshop Schedule


Pratt Manhattan Campus, 144 W 14th St, New York, NY



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10/01/11 - 01/31/12

02/01/12 - 02/17/12

1 Parametric Design, Gil Akos / Ronnie Parsons SOLD OUT
9:00 - 1:00PM + 2:00 - 6:00PM
This workshop will introduce participants to the cultural, technological, and tectonic domain of parametric design and digital fabrication. Over two sessions, we will investigate work-flows that utilize constraint-based design, associative modeling techniques, and environmental influencers to discover novel and inventive design solutions through the use of Grasshopper. The workshop curriculum will progress through a series of applied exercises and will be supported by a series of lectures on fundamental concepts such as computational geometry, implicit/explicit dependencies, and data management and manipulation in order to foster a fast-paced and productive learning environment.

2 Scripted Design, Skylar Tibbits SOLD OUT
9:00 - 1:00PM + 2:00 - 6:00PM
This workshop will provide an introduction to Python for Rhino. Topics covered will include: Running Scripts, Syntax, Data Types, Variables, Flow Control, Tuples/Lists/Dictionaries, Points/Vectors, Functions, Paneling and Recursion. The training will concentrate on IronPython within Rhino.

3 Revit Design, David Fano
9:00 - 1:00PM + 2:00 - 6:00PM
This workshop builds from fundamental Revit design concepts to advanced techniques concentrating on how the formal and organizational potentials emerge from informational modeling.

4 Computational Design & 4D Sequencing,
John D. Cerone & Hashim Sulieman
9:00 - 1:00PM + 2:00 - 6:00PM
Session one will focus on basic parametric-rule based modeling that allows design variations and tests the limits of form. The second session is a step by step 4D construction sequencing model process. Software used: Catia/Digital Project; Rhinoceros; Navisworks® Manage; Microsoft project; Microsoft Excel.

5 Rhino Design, Kevin Patrick McClellan & Brad Bell
9:00 - 1:00PM + 2:00 - 6:00PM
This workshop will cover user interface navigation and provide a broad understanding of the different tool sets and workflow options within the software. Step-by-step design problems will address both Solids Modeling, NURBS Modeling and documentation methods. Advanced techniques for complex geometries and the use of the paneling tools plug-in will be covered in the afternoon session.

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Gil Akos / Ronnie Parsons
Studio Mode
Studio Mode/modeLab is a Brooklyn-based design studio and research collective founded by Ronnie Parsons and Gil Akos. As a studio committed to design as a form of applied research, Mode engages in practices that have a requisite and deep connection to material and the processes by which it is formed and informed. Studio Mode has completed and collaborated on a number of projects, varying in scale and complexity from interactive installations to stadia design. Mode has exhibited throughout North America and Europe in shows that most recently include System:System by Random Number and Spontaneous Schooling at the Nous Gallery. Ronnie and Gil currently teach at Pratt Institute and have previously taught studios, seminars, and workshops at institutions such as California College of the Arts, University of Minnesota, University of Toronto, and University of Kentucky as well as Yale, Princeton, and Columbia Universities.

Skylar Tibbits
Skylar Tibbits is a trained Architect and Computer Scientist whose research currently focuses on developing self-assembly technologies for large-scale structures in our physical environment. Skylar was recently awarded a 2011 TED Fellowship, a 2012 TED Senior Fellowship and was named a Revolutionary Mind in SEED Magazine’s 2008 Design Issue. Previously, he has worked at a number of design offices including: Zaha Hadid Architects, Asymptote Architecture, SKIII Space Variations and Point b Design. He has designed, collaborated and built large-scale installations around the world and exhibited at; The Guggenheim Museum NY, the Beijing Biennale and lectured at MoMA and SEED Media Group's MIND08 Conference. Skylar currently resides in Boston, MA, is the founder and principal of a multidisciplinary research based practice, SJET LLC and teaches at MIT’s Architecture Department.

David Fano
CASE Design
David Fano established CASE Design in 2008. He previously worked at SHoP Architects, where he was Director of Technology Research. His responsibilities included managing technology R&D initiatives, working with project teams to ensure the successful implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM), and developing “direct to fabrication” initiatives with software manufacturers and fabricators through the use of BIM. He contributed technology expertise on numerous projects, including a 41-story rental tower in New York City and The New Seaport – a 860,000 sq. ft. multi-use development in New York City’s Historic Seaport District. Since 2006, David has been an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation where he teaches seminars and workshops focusing on the impact of technology on design processes. David received his Master of Architecture with honors from Columbia University where he was the recipient of the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize and the Computer Aided Design Honor Award.

John D. Cerone
John David Cerone is a Virtual Design & Construction Coordinator and a member of the Advanced Technology Group at SHoP Construction. Since he joined the firm in 2008, he has been instrumental in its development of technology and process, specializing in Building Information Modeling (BIM). John received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the School of Architecture at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio (2002), and his Master of Architecture degree from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University (2008). He has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Parsons New School for Design, co-teaching a ‘Digital Representation’ seminar and a ‘Building Information Modeling’ workshop.

Hashim Sulieman
Hashim Sulieman is a Virtual Design and Construction Manager at SHoP Construction and a member of the Advanced Technology Group. His work focuses on implementation of parametric controlled models, BIM, and direct-to-fabrication technology across various platforms. He previously worked at Skidmore Owings & Merrill as a Digital Design Specialist working mainly on complex geometry and computational design optimization. Hashim received his Architecture degree with honors from Khartoum University, Sudan and in 2009 he graduated with a Master of Engineering from the Product of Architecture Lab at Stevens Institute. He has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation’s C-BIP project.

Kevin Patrick McClellan
Digital Fabrication Alliance
Kevin Patrick McClellan is a designer, artist and founder of Architecturebureau a design research office exploring complex systems and their material effects on form. After receiving his Masters in Architecture and Urbanism in the DRL from the Architectural Association School of Architecture with a Project Distinction in 2005, he subsequently worked in New York for Kevin Kennon and in London with Zaha Hadid Architects. There he led the development of two highly publicized temporary installations, one for the Serpentine Gallery titled Lilas and the second for Swarovski Crystal Palace exhibited in the 2008 Milan Furniture Fair. He teaches design studio at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Kevin is a founder and co-director of TEX-FAB *Digital Fabrication Alliance, a regional platform for the dissemination of issues related to computational fabrication.

Brad Bell
Digital Fabrication Alliance
Brad Bell is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Arlington where he researches and teaches on the integration of digital fabrication technologies into the architectural design process. He has lectured, taught, and written on the uses of such technologies for the past 10 years and has been an invited critic at schools of architecture throughout the United States. Brad is a founder and co-director of TEX-FAB *Digital Fabrication Alliance, a regional platform for the dissemination of issues related to computational fabrication. And as principal of brad bell studio, he has completed projects in Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. His practice focuses on adapting contextual and regional construction methodologies with new digital fabrication techniques.

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100% BEFORE 01/13/12
50% BEFORE 01/27/12
25% BEFORE 02/03/12
0% AFTER 2/10/12

Registrants must pay in advance for their desired workshop. Any payment which is declined or returned unpaid is invalid and cancels the registration. Falsifying personal data or unauthorized use of a credit card will cancel the registration. Concurrent enrollment in multiple sessions is not allowed. Attendees are encouraged to contact The Architect's Newspaper with any questions at ddarling@archpaper.com.

Attendees are expected to bring their own hardware unless otherwise noted. No desktops. We recommend you bring a laptop, power cord of sufficient length, and a mouse. You are free to bring any other device necessary for you to follow the session leader. No video recording equipment is allowed.

Contact Diana Darling for more info: ddarling@archpaper.com.


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