The Interactive Architecture Lab is a multi-disciplinary research group and Masters Programme at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Interested in the Behaviour and Interaction of Things, Environments and their Inhabitants.
Link to Interactive Architecture Link to 'Scorpion – Robotics Controller' Link to 'Furl: Soft Pneumatic Pavilion'
ShapeOp is a header-only C++ library for static and dynamic geometry processing, using a unified framework for optimization under constraints. Examples of its applications include architectural design subject to geometric constraints, and physics simulation of elastic materials. It is developed by the Computer Graphics and Geometry Laboratory of EPFL, in collaboration with Daniel Piker and Anders Holden Deleuran. It is released under Mozilla Public License Version 2.0.
The Intelligent Constructions research line wishes to explore how Digital Fabrication goes beyond assigning material properties into rigid construction components. The group works with digital content, information and fabrication for the generation of new techniques generating the production of non-rigid, responsive and multi-functional material and construction systems. Hence generating an architecture that is not just mimicking the living but is roaring into life.
SHAPING BEHAVIOUR revolves around the psychological and physical aspects of morphogenesis. From a psychological point of view, shaping refers to the INFLICTED, CAUSED and or TRAINED TRANSFORMATIONS of the behaviour of an organism/object – which we are addressing through computation. The physical meaning refers to the formal outline and/or geometry of a given object – this being both a two dimensional or three dimensional results of the ongoing COMPUTATIONAL EXPERIMENTATIONS. Since we are not interested in static experiments, nor in the direct results, behavior is referring to the PROCESS and the INTENSIVE USAGE of agent based algorithms and systems.
Cellular Complexity is a design-research collaboration between Kais Al-Rawi, Julia Koerner and Marie Boltenstern established in 2012 at the Architectural Association London. The Research investigates complex cellular systems and their potential for architectural applications that utilize efficient space-packing geometries with a special focus on emergent technologies in Architecture and Design.
FreeCAD is a parametric 3D modeler. Parametric modeling allows you to easily modify your design by going back into your model history and changing its parameters. FreeCAD is open source (LGPL license) and completely modular, allowing for very advanced extension and customization.
FreeCAD features tools similar to Catia, SolidWorks or Solid Edge, and therefore also falls into the category of MCAD, PLM, CAx and CAE. It is a feature based parametric modeler with a modular software architecture which makes it easy to provide additional functionality without modifying the core system.
FreeCAD is multiplatfom, and reads and writes many open file formats such as STEP, IGES, STL and others.
Link to FreeCAD website Link to an interesting 'Arch Tutorial'
Informance believes in the the cultural shift by digital technology that is transforming design, construction, operation, and inhabitation of buildings. At the core of this shift digital information is replacing traditional modes of documentation and communication in the design and construction industry. This liberation with a simultaneous gain of control is an opportunity for change and innovation.