Organizers: Yannis Zavoleas, Ioanna Symeonidou, Vasilis Stroumpakos, Vasilis Pappas, Dimitris-Ifitos Zisimopoulos.

Location: University of Patras, School of Architecture.

Presentation: February 24, 2012, 16.00 – 20.00, University of Patras, School of Architecture.

Workshop duration: 20-24 February 2012.

AB-USE workshop official link

workshop_poster_compr_img_engNowadays it has become common that the digital medium does not merely define a vague research area, but a powerful tool of action, fully incorporated into architectural design practices. It is important to consider, however, that the “physical” properties of a medium – including the digital one – affect decisively the approaches and the results of design; additionally, that the modes of implementation about a medium often exceed its nominative properties. The medium gives form to creative thinking and acting, therefore it is necessary to scrutinize upon its qualities, in close relation to the ways it interferes with the design process.

The workshops responds to the above challenge. Its goal is to integrate parametric methods in architectural design. The scripting language MEL is introduced, developed on the platform set by MAYA design software. The basics of parametric design, the use of algorithms and the related techniques are presented following an intensive experimenting approach. Moreover, the parametric design methods are compared to digital model development. The processes, the material and the findings of the workshop will be used as the foundation of the related research area and the classes of the school curriculum. The workshop is intensive and it lasts for five (5) days, from morning to evening. Due to its specialized character, it is necessary that the participants follow actively every session. After a series of initial implementations on scripting techniques, they will work in small groups, as they will focus on design research directions they will specify. Familiarity with the GUI and the general capabilities of MAYA is desired.

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