parametric design, architecture and art

design by data

You know that at HDA we like to share because we believe in sharing as a way to learn and design. After two month of work we are happy to officially announce DESIGN by DATA workshop, organized in partnership with IMMAGINOTECA studio and La Gâité Lyrique.


Parametric Design Workshop Leipzig

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”.


The Paris Atelier

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.




IMAGE ABOVE: WikiHouse: Democratizing Architecture – source :

 “We are moving to a future where the factory is everywhere and the design team is everyone.”  Alastair Parvin

It’s been almost a month since the first OUI SHARE FEST took place in Paris. It was a really interesting 3 days festival entirely dedicated to collaborative economy aiming to spread the knowledge and grow the global community of citizens, designers, makers, economists, politicians etc.

Along with well-known speakers, institutions and organizations, there was a collective of designer (or better a community) that truly couldn’t miss the appointment. And to be honest, they were the main reason to me for being there. If you are readers of this blog, you probably already know them. I’m talking about the World’s biggest design team, the WikiHouse platform.

Let me just spend few words to introduce them. “WikiHouse is an open source construction set. Its aim is to allow anyone to design, download, and ‘print’ CNC-milled houses and components, which can be assembled with minimal formal skill or training”. It is a non-profit project that adopts an inclusive approach and grows through the collaborative efforts of a community in an open-source culture.



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


lighter than air / READ MORE

Thanks to our friend Andrea Graziano we’ve been informed of this exciting summer course in Paris presented by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. The Paris Atelier – Architect as Critical Maker course with the motto “Lighter than air”  will be held in Paris from June 3 until  July 15, 2013 with visiting artist Tomas Saraceno. If you are a reader of this blog, you probably know that we are very interested in the artist’s work who is famous to push the conventions of art and architecture and their capacities to invoke inventive solutions to complex questions about how we inhabit and coexist in the world.




Le 15 mai prochain, architectes et startups se rencontrent en occasion de FUTURE ARCHITECTURE NIGHT (FAN) pour évoquer le futur de l’architecture. Nous avons suivi et participé à l”organisation de cet événement qui, pour la première fois à Paris, va rassembler les mondes de l”innovation et de l”architecture à la Cantine, un espace de coworking très influent pour l”innovation et les nouvelles technologies en France.


Universal Joint (Jonathan Chertok) presented the results of his ongoing research at the poster session of Advances in Architectural Geometry 2012 Conference held at Centre Pompidou Center in Paris in collaboration with Aurelien Lemonier, Curator of Architecture Department at MNM-CCi and the Ecole Nationale Superieure d”Architecture Paris-Malaquais. This work is the result of a hybrid design build practice based out of Austin, Texas and the research began in 1998 with a project that involved the digital recreation of a classical mathematical model collection housed in Goettingen, Germany.


We are pleased to announce our presence tomorrow at École nationale supérieure d”architecture Paris-Malaquais for the workshop Materializing the Louvre Cour ViscontiAdvanced Architectural Geometry 2012 directed by Waagner Biro.


We have previously announced on this blog the ADVANCES IN ARCHITECTURAL GEOMETRY Symposium that will be held in Paris from the 27 to 30th of September 2012 with the support of the  Centre Pompidou. If you are interested in complex geometry and the relationship between forms and architecture, we invite you to have a look to the workshops of the symposium here.