Here is the second Digital Project tutorial developed for the ParaMod Seminar.
It is 65 minutes long and builds on tutorial 1. Here we will use the first sketch to drive the height and shape of the covering surface. At this point the form is less of a concern than learning how to develop the interactions.
Click the image below to go to the streaming video. I am still working on the best format / size/ player for the tutorials. This one is a bit large and takes a minute to load.
It is that time of the year; back to school. This semester I will be running the ParaMod grad seminar at the Univ or Michigan School of Architecture. Rather than work with a different topic I am continuing the work that we started in the spring term. The seminar will again be looking at the relationship between structure and organization. Obviously the associativity and intelligence of the Digital Project modeling environment allows for various ways to explore the topic.
The plan is to post samples of the student work to share the research. A series of video tutorials will be developed to support the seminar work. I will be posting these tutorials here too.
is a digital sketchbook devoted to parametric and digital modeling, BIM, and the creation and description of complex form. Issues of craft, materiality, and technology were always present when I was growing up, making these values tangible long before I became an architect. Before I could drive a car, I had learned how to operate a boom crane and use computer-controlled equipment. To this day I make no distinction between the computer and the crane, both extensions of my body, both amplify my dexterity.
As an architect and educator, I use the computer to investigate issues related to fabrication and construction. As VP of Design and Creative Director at Blu Homes the links between design and manufacturing were always present. As principal of PLY Architecture we tested professional limits through technology. At the University of Michigan I teach design, robotics, innovation and coordinate the Masters of Science in Digital Technologies. Parametric thinking has led to my recent interests in biology, evolution, business, and robotics - all of which require an intense understanding of relationships.