- 16 NovKas Oosterhuis keynote speaker at SCALELESSSEAMLESS - International Symposium on integrated planning processes
- 14 Nov McNeel Hackfest in protoSPACE
- 12 OctFabrication Based Design and RhinoVAULT workshop
- 11 OctBook launch presentation: Hyperbody, First Decade of Interactive Architecture
- 30 AugHenriette Bier @ Blankensee-Colloquium 2012 on Neighborhood Technologies
- 29 JunMSc1 reNDSM Design Studio Final Reviews @ NDSM loods
- 23 MayLunch Lecture by ROK partners Silvan Oesterle and Matthias Rippman
- 07 MayLecture: Digital Prototyping by Jeroen van Ameijde
- 07 MayHot-Cold Transition Workshop, protoSPACE, 7th - 12th of May 2012
- 23 AprLecture: Cognition, People and Design
Free-form Design by data-driven components
On the example of the remodelling of a house in Lower Austria, it is shown, how free-from design can be used to solve restrictions of local zoning law and how parametric design can be used to structurally optimize a shell construction by local differentiation of each shell component.
Architectural free-form design, though omni-present in the conceptual work of universities and architectural practices, still is a rare feature in the built environment. If such formal concepts materialize, it is usually either a very prominent building brought to life by a huge team of highly educated experts or it is about a small, temporary building, such as a pavilion or booth. The latter usually do not have to meet much of the usual safety and legal standards. Between these cornerstones, there is a surprisingly big gap of every-day architecture, which rarely seems to be affected by the idea of free-form design. Also, there might be a lot of reasons for this fact - from design preferences of the involved planners to strict regulationsn the appearance of buildings -, this basically has to do with a lack of experience of smaller practices and the reluctance of the building industry and contractors to take on unusual building tasks.
Evolutionary Energy Design
Kaleidoscope City - daylight & adaptability
An evolutionary strategy towards a master plan for a super-dense and highly sustainable developement Kaleidoscope School - orientation & radiation. An evolutionary strategy for an efficient and differentiated ambiance
Bernhard Sommer graduated from Vienna University of Technology in 1999 and currently teaches and researches in the field of Energy Design as an Assistant Professor at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna.
In 2003, he founded Exikon, an independent architecture practice based in Vienna, which, since 2006, has a full license as a civil engineer practice. Its aim is to use latest palnning technologies to integtrate engineering skills into the architectural design process.
He was awarded the Arch+ Prize 2000, the MAK Schindler fellowship and the prize for Experimental Tendencies in Architecture.