Reparameterized 0.6
Dubai, May 13 - 15, 2015

The recent development of sophisticated computational design tools has instigated new ways of integrating computation in the design process; both within architecture and engineering disciplines. The new set of digital tools has infiltrated a bottom up system to open the design space towards a high level of complexity. The integration of these tools allowed the architect to generate and control complex information derived from a manifold of sources. Reparameterized is a 2-day workshop that has been designed for participants with no previous experience in Grasshopper or parametric design techniques. The program will introduce them to both the theoretical and technical knowledge required to explore possibilities of the new design medium.

 

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Performative Skins
Muscat, Jan 05 - 09, 2016

Throughout the engagement of parametric digital tools, Performative Skins workshop will introduce participants to the logic and principles of parametric design, and will apply the learned techniques in a design exercise to explore this paradigm shift. By introducing different methods of creating variations within the subdivided surface in response to certain forces, system differentiation will be created as a result of a feedback loop and negotiations between the applied environmental forces and the participant’s aesthetic sensibility. This data-driven process will transform the role of patterns from being decorative additive elements into performative integral ones with technical responsibilities for daylight modulation, temperature control, and space enclosure. The aim of the workshop is to explore new design possibilities based on the mapping of selected contextual forces, and to expand the design space towards data-driven, performance-oriented design. 

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Reparameterized 0.5
Dubai, Oct 02 - 03, 2015

The recent development of sophisticated computational design tools has instigated new ways of integrating computation in the design process; both within architecture and engineering disciplines. The new set of digital tools has infiltrated a bottom up system to open the design space towards a high level of complexity. The integration of these tools allowed the architect to generate and control complex information derived from a manifold of sources. Reparameterized is a 2.5-day workshop that has been designed for participants with no previous experience in Grasshopper or parametric design techniques. The program will introduce them to both the theoretical and technical knowledge required to explore possibilities of the new design medium.

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in.FORM.ation
Dubai, May 29 - Jun 01, 2015

"the Basis of the Universe Isn’t Matter or Energy ... It’s Data"  - James Gleick - WIRED

 The space where we live can be monitored in many ways and it appears, even more, to be in a state of flux - a gradient of data in continuous evolution and change. Our understanding of the surrounding environment is improving everyday due to our ability to scan and sample the environment around us at increasing resolution using better technologies and sensors. Hence the space is revealed, beyond its physical boundaries, as an ever-changing data field. Our capability to act and design the space itself can be enhanced by the use of specific tools which are able to inform the design process with more accurate, specific and adaptable manifold of data streams and patterns. 

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InFORMed Verticality
Dubai, Jan 30 - Feb 03, 2015

InFORMed Verticality is an advanced Grasshopper workshop aims to explore ‘data embodiment strategies’ to inform the generation of vertical digital morphologies through the integration of specific set of conditions and rules. We will be exploring data processing methodologies of self-organizing processes to generate digital systems using advanced mesh modeling techniques and assess their application in the development of differentiated complex systems of vertical structures; starting with a simple formation and moving into more complex ones. The aim is to teach participants algorithmic design methodologies through the integration of selected information and data articulation to generate spatial and architectural vertical formations.

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Reparameterized 0.3
Dubai, Jan 16 - 18, 2015

The recent development of sophisticated computational design tools has instigated new ways of integrating computation in the design process; both within architecture and engineering disciplines. The new set of digital tools has infiltrated a bottom up system to open the design space towards a high level of complexity. The integration of these tools allowed the architect to generate and control complex information derived from a manifold of sources. Reparameterized is a 2.5-day workshop that has been designed for participants with no previous experience in Grasshopper or parametric design techniques. The program will introduce them to both the theoretical and technical knowledge required to explore possibilities of the new design medium.

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Expon-tial
Dubai, Sep 2 - 6, 2014

EXPOn-tial is an Advanced Grasshopper workshop aimed to explore the potential of growth processes and assess their application in the development of an urban fabric. Natural growth processes share common traits such as being non-linear, rule-based, and iterative. Drawing a parallel between natural systems behavior and computer growth processes such as branching systems, diffusion limited aggregation and other rule-based processes, we developed non-linear growth processes and evaluated the spatial results and forms across a wide range of scales - from Material to Urban scale. Behavior of growth processes depended largely on material properties as it influenced clustering and distribution across a terrain.  The system was developed by assessing their potential character on a basic level of organization first, then developing it to work on adaptation processes of autonomous, coherent objects on a variety of scales.

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Reparameterized 0.1
Dubai, May 16 - 17, 2014

The recent development of sophisticated computational design tools has instigated new ways of integrating computation in the design process; both within architecture and engineering disciplines. The new set of digital tools has infiltrated a bottom up system to open the design space towards a high level of complexity. The integration of these tools allowed the architect to generate and control complex information derived from a manifold of sources. Reparameterized is a 2.5-day workshop that has been designed for participants with no previous experience in Grasshopper or parametric design techniques. The program will introduce them to both the theoretical and technical knowledge required to explore possibilities of the new design medium.

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Responsive Skins - Mashrabiya Reparameterized
Dubai, April 2-5, 2014

Throughout the engagement of parametric digital tools, the workshop will introduce design exercises to re-visit the traditional Mashrabiya and to liberate it from its repetitive pattern and form. By introducing different methods of creating variations within the subdivided surface in response to certain forces, the new parametric skin will become responsive to different levels of interactions. New levels of transparency will thus arise from a communicative act between the observer and the observed, between light and dark, between movement and stillness, between openness and enclosure. The dialectical relation between the skin, which implies enclosing, and transparency, which suggests the opposite, will be re-examined in the new data driven responsive skin.

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Adaptive Skins
Dubai, Jan 28 - Feb 1, 2014

Over the last two decades, the digital revolution instigated new typologies of architectural skins and patterns. Patterns started to acquire a new role in the architectural form, moving beyond their historical symbolic decorative role into spatial devices; correlating with form structural and environmental properties. The workshop explored this paradigm shift of the function of patterns from being decorative additive elements, into performative integral elements with technical responsibilities for daylight modulation, temperature control, and space enclosure.

www.d-nat.net/adaptive-skins