Saturday, November 24, 2012

More Fun with Catia Optimization

In an effort to re-familiarize myself with the catia optimization tool for class this week, I spent some time this weekend using it to develop a family of forms.  The function controls 14 different variables and solves for a ratio of volume to surface area.

This experiment builds on what I learned in an earlier tutorial posted here.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

New Knowledge Pattern Work

Work continues this semester with the MS_DT group at Michigan.  The Virtual Engagement core seminar is using Digital Project to investigate various computational methodologies.  In an effort to stay slightly ahead, I have been brushing up on knowledge templates and scripting in DP.

Here is a slideshow of a recent file that uses one surface to drive the UDFs and another surface on the interior to control the depth of the UDFs. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Menotme Nearing Completion

We will be setting Menotme on Thursday in Detroit for Dlectricity.


Monday, September 3, 2012

Good Craft and Minimal Resistance

 A couple of years ago I spoke with a fashion designer at a dinner party. We spoke about craft and design and the various tools a designer uses. She mentioned how different cultures value different aspects to their fabric and forms, patterns and structure. She mentioned a Chinese story that I just came across. ZhuangZi and the Butcher. A nice parable about craft and making.

A cook was butchering an ox.  The places his hand touched, his shoulder leaned against, his foot stepped on, his knee pressed upon, came apart with a sound.

He moved the blade, making a noise that never fell out of rhythm.

The cook put down the knife and explained:"When I started butchering what I saw was nothing but the whole ox.  After three years, I no longer saw the whole ox.  Nowadays, I meet it with my mind rather than see it with my eyes.  My sensory organs are inactive while I direct the mind's movement.  It goes according to natural laws, striking apart large gaps, moving toward large openings, following its natural structure.  Even places where tendons attach to bones give no resistance, never mind the larger bones!  A good cook goes through a knife in a year because he cuts.  An average cook goes through a knife in a month because he hacks.  I have used this knife for nineteen years.  It has butchered thousands of oxen but the blade is still like it's newly sharpened.  The joints have openings and the knife's blade has no thickness.  Apply this lack of thickness into the openings and the moving blade swishes through with room to spare!  That's why after nineteen years the blade is still like it's newly sharpened.  Nevertheless, every time I come across joints I see its tricky parts and I pay attention and use caution.  My vision concentrates, my movement slows down. I move the knife very slightly, Whump! It has already separated.   The work gives me much satisfaction.  I clean the knife and put it away."


Sunday, July 29, 2012

BLU - Studio Complex receives award

Here is a link to the Metal Mag announcement.  The Haney Studio Complex received an honorable mention in the residential category of the annual Metal Magazine Awards.  The studios make use of a folding structural steel frame, light gauge steel framing, and a galvanized metal rain screen.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Change of Direction

I have accepted the role of Vice President for Design and Creative Director for Blu Homes.  As part of this change, I am stepping down as co-principal of PLY Architecture. should receive more frequent updates as the creative outlet for my technological preoccupations that have been fueled by teaching and practicing.  The continued and intensified role at BLU will be sure to advance my investigations into digital design and manufacturing.

Here is a link to the BLU press release.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Lecture in Boulder on April 16

Karl will be presenting the work of PLY and related digital design and fabrication research at the University of Colorado Boulder on April 16th.