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Environmental Responsive Envelopes | WORKSHOP 2016
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International Workshop “Parametric Computation and Digital Prototyping for Environmental Responsive Envelopes” @ the School of Architecture, University of Florence + Conference “Computational Design and Automated Technologies Beyond Architecture” @ Le Murate Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea, Comune di Firenze.

 «The workshop is focused on the realization of a robotic scale model prototype giving students the opportunity to learn digital manufacturing process. Students will acquire principles and skills on architectural and energy modeling using a parametric approach  (BIM-BEM); they will discover new applications and materials in architecture, and partecipate in the realization  of an interactive multimedia system.»

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Architectural Form Manufacturing
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The course is a fab-lab workshop to explore new technologies and related opportunities derived from digital computation and industrial automatic production in conceiving, designing and producing architecture.
The course gives a preliminary introduction to industrial design in architecture and an overview about the workflow between computational design, building modeling and computer programmable devices for architectural constructions.
The topic is «Form manufacturing» in which students are asked to study forms and model materials to feed automatic manufacturing in order to fabricate, at their own choice, structures, components and elements of buildings. Emphasis will be upon the use of 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD), and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) related to the technologies of laser cutting, 3D printing, rapid prototyping and reverse engineering.

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These classes address the application of appropriate materials, smart technologies and architectural solutions to build a sustainable environment. Introductory lectures will cover fundamental concepts and criteria of comfortable outdoor/indoor space for living, sustainability and bioclimatic design, renewable energy and energy conservation, Life Cycle Costing, ecolabels and international metric assessment on green building. Lectures will be integrated by presentation and discussion of case studies and best practices of historic and contemporary examples of various sustainability features to give students awareness of the most effective solutions to be applied in designing. The verification of knowledge will be carried out through design exercises guided and assisted by the teacher. The design activities will be carried out as a fab-lab developed through in-class design assignments, case-study analysis, and assisted baseline exercises involving use of state of the art architectural modeling, energy simulation/assessment software, and CNC prototyping technology as well.
For this purpose the class will include a basic training on these tools and their application to support the design decision-making process.

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Project Management and Building Information Modeling
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The aim of the course is to give a basic knowledge of Project Management in building construction within the context of the EU regulatory framework and  how to use BIM software (Autodesk Revit Architecture/Graphisoft Archicad 18) to support the different phases of the construction process. More in detail, the course covers information management and coordination to address the construction phase including dataset implementation of materials and  building components; costs and performance benchmarks; production of integrated detailed project deliverables using international standardized procedures.
Architectural Design for Brandscaping
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The course intends to prepare new professionals able to face the marketing trends that see the profitable use of architecture to  promote brand and corporate image. From the “department store” to the multi-brand stores and the flagship store to the most recent “guerrilla store”, the course will aim to retrace the innovations occurring in conveying the brand strategies and to experiment with new solutions and mingling. Following  examples of contaminations between fashion / architecture, fashion/art  and art/communication, student will be expected to elaborate an architectural proposal consistent with a communication strategy for a selected brand in a business field at their own choice.
Robotic Architecture and Media Buildings
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Topic of the course is building architectures that are able to stay in tune with both the external environmental condition changes and those of the user requirements as well as to respond to the information needs of the contemporary society of communication. From the past utopian vision to the recent realizations around the world, this course will give a preliminary overview on meaning and performance potentiality of this kind of building. Building automation, new façade materials, systems, technologies and multimedia devices, as well, will be analyzed and tested through practical design assignments. In detail, the course will cover the state of art of:
  • mobile and flexible architecture
  • interactive design and technologies for interaction
  • kinetic buildings
  • robotic in architectural building
  • materials and technology for adapting envelopes
  • lighting design
  • display technologies and architectural integration
  • media façade.
Multimediascape. From Video Projection to Generative Vjing
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This course is conceived as  a training workshop to design and manage the realization of video scenography  in its different applications: from the more traditional video scenography to the most advanced generative performances.
The course covers the analysis of influential  designers and artists and the technical implications of their  works; the  presentation of the state of the art of  A/V hardware and software, media contents formats; the most advanced frontier in new media and cyber art where graphics and sounds are trigged and evolve in real time under parametric coding. Upon completing the workshop students will learn how to conceive and realize audio/visual live events, electronic scenography, multichannel videoprojection, architectural videomapping, real time,  and interactive multimedia performances.

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Multimediascape. Responsive Environment Art and Design
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 A course for students interested in acquiring knowledge, critical capacity and expertise on «sensitive environments“ design and realization:  on natural and architectural spaces transformed by digital technologies and activated by «natural interfaces» such as gestures, sounds or other ambient data. Multimediascape is a computer based class, supported by theoretical lectures, tutoring and addressed to the realization of a «site-specific» installation.
Upon completing the course, the student is expected to acquire critical awareness, knowledge, methodology and skills on digital technologies,  specific devices, I/O hardware, controllers and dedicated software to conceive and realize multimedia and interactive environments.
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Spatial Analisys and Architectural Layout Optimization
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Performative Design and Optioneering in the Early Stage
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Diagrams in Architecture

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Advanced Materials

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Cnc Fabrication and Robotic Systems

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Parametric Design

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Generative Art and Interactive UIs Prototypes

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Multimedia Scenography for Live Performance

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