Chicago's collective IQ, no doubt already impressive, may rise a few points even higher this Thursday and Friday. The city is hosting a gathering of international thinkers and innovators who specialize in the tools that enable the creation of some of the world's most high-tech and visually arresting building skins. The conference, Collaboration: The Art and Science of Building Facades, is sponsored by The Architect's Newspaper and Enclos. On Thursday, the conference features a high-powered line-up of speakers on Thursday, including Fernando Romero of FREE as the keynote. Then on Friday, the conference turns practical with a series of hands-on workshops that will lead participants through the very latest tools, programs, and applications. For example, Florin Isvoranu of Austria-based firm Evolute, which has collaborating with Zaha Hadid, Asymptote and others, will host a workshop on parametrically driven optimization of freeform facades, a topic that even has industry experts signing up to learn something new. From students to seasoned veterans, those currently attending include staffers from firms like Sapa, Thornton Tomasetti, Interface, Cannon Design, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architcture, Perkins + Will, NBBJ, SOM, and KieranTimberlake, with roles ranging from engineer to BIM manager, market analyst to company president. PhD candidates, MArchs, and undergrads are flocking in from area universities and colleges including The School of the Art Institute, IIT, and Cranbrook Academy, as well as a hefty contingent of 12 students and three profs from the University of South Dakota State University's new Department of Architecture (DoArch). Collaboration is the industry conference you can't afford to miss. There's still time to sign up! Registration details here.
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The Austrian company Evolute itself began with an evolution: in 2008 a research group on industrial design and geometric modeling at Vienna University of Technology founded a business. The goal? Deploy mathematicians, engineers, and architects to create tools that facilitate the design and optimization of highly complex geometric forms. In the October 12 workshop "Parametrically Driven Optimization for Freeform Facades" Florin Isvoranu, an architect who now leads Evolute's outreach efforts, will focus on optimization of complex geometry envelopes for efficient and cost effective fabrication. Working in Rhino 4, EvoluteTools PRO 2.0, and Monkey Script Editor, Isvoranu will move step by step from design to optimization to detailing to generating fabrication information, and how to parametrically link these steps into an integrated workflow. The day-long event is part of Collaboration: The Art and Science of Building Facades, the Chicago edition of The Architect's Newspaper's popular conference taking place October 11-12. Isvoranu stresses the need for easy configuration and a user-friendly interface in new products that address technical subjects."EvoluteTools allows the user to specify an unlimited number of paneling constraints, prioritize the requirements and let the optimization engine find the right solution," he said. EvoluteTools PRO, a Rhino plug-in, even provides feedback that enables precision tailoring of all of a design's parameters, from aesthetic to financial. "Within the same piece of software we are able to design the panel layout, add as many constraints needed into the equation, tweak the optimization goals and export fabrication geometry using our Rhinoscript Interface," said Isvoranu. "The Scripting interface allows architects, engineers, and designers to tailor and manage the data flow to their specific environments and local requirements, saving time and cost." Throughout the whole workshop EvoluteTools PRO 2.0 for Rhino will be used by the attendees for hands-on examples and exercises. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own designs to be rationalized. Experience in using Rhino and knowledge of RhinoScript is advantageous. Participants will receive a 30 day evaluation license of EvoluteTools PRO to further explore its capabilities and also have a chance to preview new optimization tools and paneling technology. To register for the conference and this workshop, click here.