IMAGE ABOVE: average sun vectors reaching shops
If you have been recently following our activities on facebook or twitter, you may have heard about our design for the Climate Ribbon® in Miami, a project we develop for Swire Properties Ltd., with the main architects Arquitectonica and wind specialists RWDI.
The vision behind the project is now becoming reality and it’s a pleasure to share the details of the design process via this blog.
Sebastian Perrault of Hugh Dutton Associates will be one of the tutor of the 4th Parametric Design workshop taking place in Leipzig from 5th to 9th December 2013.
The workshop is an initiative of UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, ECONOMY AND CULTURE IN LEIPZIG (HTWK) initiated in summer 2009 as “a venue for international students of architecture, engineering and design to develop techniques for generative algorithms and iterative optimisation of design solutions”.
ABOVE : Tomás Saraceno, In Orbit, 2013, Work in progress.
K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf.
Photography by Camilo Brau, © Studio Tomás Saraceno 2013.
In orbit is the last installation of artist/architect Tomás Saraceno with whom we are working these weeks for The Paris Atelier program. Here is how he presents this work : when I look at the multilayered levels of diaphanous lines and spheres, I am reminded of models of the universe that depict the forces of gravity and planetary bodies. for me, the work visualizes the space-time continuum, the three-dimensional web of a spider, the ramifications of tissue in the brain, dark matter, or the structure of the universe. with “in orbit”, proportions enter into new relationships; human bodies become planets, molecules, or social black holes.
It’s now official : Hugh Dutton Associates is taking part in The Paris Atelier “LIGHTER THAN AIR”, an advanced academic program run in Paris by the Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation with the participation of visiting artist Tomas Saraceno.
Cover of the book “A pattern language” by Christopher Alexander
It often happens that the most significant and interesting contributions in a discipline such as architecture come through unusual routes of unlikely character. And very often the recognition of the person and appreciation of the value of its work comes late. Sometimes too late. But since the seed of a wonderful idea (rather than of a revolutionary theory) has been planted, even if it is ahead of its time, there is a sort of inevitability that will bring it to fruition.
After weeks of discussions, brainstorming and details organizations, we are very very very happy to finally announce that Hugh Dutton Associates is the organizing partner of the REaction workshop about Smart Cities and Parametric Design. The workshop will be held on July 5th – 7th at SUPERBELLEVILLE coworking in Paris. You’ll find all the details and application form at superbelleville.org/reaction.
Today we introduce Alessandro Carabini – @xybale, a new guest author for complexitys. Alessandro (on the photo above during a bike trip) is a young and talented designer “looking for innovation at the intersection of People, Technologies and Architecture”. We met him at the 1st Open Drink at superbelleville coworking about social parametric research. Alessandro is also lauching with Hugh Dutton Associates the reaction workshop about smart cities and computational design that will be held in Paris in July ( more info soon on this blog :) Here is an introductory text by Alessandro. Enjoy!
1st Grid Expo @ CeBIT 2013 – flickr.com
Our “pylons of the future” named GERMOGLI (Sprouts) will be part of the GRID EXPO: Beauty of Power, an exhibition of about 20 pylon designs, which will be shown from the 22nd of April until the end of this year in the Stiftung Mercator in the center of Berlin.
Michael Najjar’s High Altitude photo superposed with Dow Jones chart
For architects design and architecture are tools to shape the world and make of it a more beautiful and more comfortable place to live in, so we think it is very important to ask ourselves : Is our world being shaped by algorithms or by us? This question arose a few days ago during an exchange between me and Gaëtan at Hugh Dutton Associates. After watching the talk below “How algorithms shape our world” by Kevin Slavin [ENGLISH with FRENCH subtitles - 15 minutes] Gaëtan asked : “Is that what we really want?”