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Object-e is a blog dedicated to experimental architectures. It displays explorations in the domain of digital -and not only- architecture and tries to promote alternative processes in architectural design.
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More CA...
2009-07-13 19:16:00
I was playing with MaxScript, trying to see how I can rewrite the .mel ca script and at the end I came up with a much more elaborate version for 3ds max, that implements 18 different sets of rules.CA are quite critical for what I am researching right now (self-organization that is...). It is really impressive how different classes of rules produce different results, from quickly normalized ones to totally chaotic (rule 30).The script is available for downloading at the tools section.
Folding the Suburbs / UIA 2005 proceedings
2009-06-02 23:05:00
This is a project, already quite old, that we presented at the 2005 UIA conference in Istanbul. It looks like it took some time but finally they published a selection from the presentations, including ours, under the title "Folding the Suburbs". I hope that it still makes some sense after five years... It was written and presented in collaboration with Vana Tentokali, Katerina Tryfonidou & Magdalena Pantazi.
Axi:Ome books
2009-05-23 14:48:00
Both Axi:Ome books are finally out! The first one (spacial practice) contains the earlier projects and the second one (damdi is.32 - between practice and education) the latest projects. It might sound strange coming from me, but I don't think that there are many practices with such quality and consistency of work, so these two books are really valuable!You can find the first one here and the damdi here.
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Cellular automata examples
2009-05-12 20:08:00
I finally found some time to wrap the ca mel scripts with a UI and to upload the at the /tools section of the blog. The following images are some examples where I used the ca in orders to generate geometry; surfaces in these cases.
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Temporary Gallery Space
2009-04-29 17:11:00
The design for a temporary gallery space. Dimensions 10?X20?X10?. It explores the idea of having two ?layers? of transparency. One defined by the transparency/translucency of the material of the panels; the other defined by the size of the holes of the panels.The grasshopper definition for the panels here.
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KU project selected for the World Architecture Community Awards.
2009-02-28 17:01:00
The project for the New School of Architecture at Kansas University was awarded in the 2nd cycle of the World Architecture Community Awards . Here is a link to the project page and here a link to the posters. Thanks to those who voted for it!
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foam brick
2008-12-17 12:50:00
?foam brick? is a proposal for a modular brick unit made out of foam that can be used in order to create soft partitions and walls. The bricks are held together with the help of cylindrical connectors that are also made out of foam.
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Education in vacuo exhibition
2008-08-06 01:43:00
Education in Vacuo is an exhibition taking place at the Athens Byzantine Museum from 15th of June to 30th of August. It displays several diploma projects from the A.U.Th. from 1998 to 2006, all of which were developed with as. professor Vana Tentokali as advisor. Our participation comes under the name 'folding the suburbs' and goes back to 2004.A lot of thanks to the organizing team for the great installation!
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D. Areopagitou 2008 competition. 2nd price & mention.
2008-06-30 08:47:00
Our two entries for the D. Areopagitou 2008 competition. Theme of the competition was a design that will rethink the relation of Tschumi's New Museum, the Acropolis and the two historical building that are found between the two. Our first entry got a mention and the second one the second price. The competition site here.(in collaboration with Katerina Tryfonidou, Theodora Christoforidou, Fotis Vassilakis, Vasilis Ntovros)
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M.A.P. on ecoms magazine
2008-06-18 20:38:00
The competition entry for the 5th SUS aluminum competition has been published (along with the rest of the prices and mentions) on the 23rd issue of the Japanese magazine ecoms. Ecoms site here and details about the project here.
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UIA 2008 infopoint competition
2008-06-17 22:19:00
This is the entry for the UIA 2008 competition. Two stochastic algorithms are used for the generation of the project. The first one is generating random boxes with the aim to create the spaces that will host the program (info point, exhibition area, press area). Certain criteria are set (distance between the volumes, shape of the public area etc.) which have to be met in order for the algorithm to position the space. The second algorithm is finding the bounding box of the 3 spaces and is then stochastically generating vertical cutting planes that define a structural system that creates a canopy above the 3 volumes. A rather weak linear element - that of a plane cutting a box - is repeated and weaved in such a way that the result becomes rigid and structural.The light strategy followed is shifting the focus of what is being perceived as the dominant element during the day and during the night, from the structural canopy (day) to the glowing rectangular volumes (night).(in collaborat...
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2008-05-18 09:21:00
Some experiments with L-systems and how they can be used as form generating processes. Here is an example for a highrise structure. The l-system in this case is used more as a procedural modeling tool, than a truly generative system, but still recursion plays an important role for the development of the form.
2008-04-15 08:15:00
While the future is uncertain (?) here are some events that I will certainly be participating this spring/summer:Critical Digital Conference: What Matter(s)?This coming weekend I will be in Boston for the Critical Digital Conference at the gsd. I will be presenting together with Katerina Tryfonidou. The title of the presentation is ?What comes first: the chicken or the egg? Pattern Formation Models in Biology, Music and Design?. More information here.EAAE/ARCC 2008 Research Conference.25 - 28 June 2008 in Copenhagen. I will be presenting with Katerina Tryfonidou and Magdalena Pantazi. The title of the presentation: ?Pattern Formation Models?.More information here.XXIII UIA World Congress of Architecture. Torino 2008.June 29 ? July 3 in Torino. Presenting with Katerina Tryfonidou and Magdalena Pantazi: ?Digital Cartographies: mapping the global and local networks?. More information here.
Pattern Formation Models
2008-02-19 03:55:00
Here is a link to the blog of the class that I am teaching this semester at Washington University. The class is looking at several different pattern formation models, deriving mainly from biology or mathematics, and how they can organized through the concepts of pre-formation and self-organization.
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What if NYC... competition. Honorable mention.
2008-02-11 01:11:00
This the entry for the "What if new york city..." competition, that got a honorable mention. The idea is a development of the "inflateit" project. Here the focus is on the implementation of the project while inflateit was more about the development of a protocol. Also the inflatable units are following a different pattern in this version. More information for the project here. The competition website with all the entries here.
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2008-02-11 01:00:00
InflateIt is an idea for the development of a protocol for the production of modular housing units. The units are developed in a hexagonal pattern, while the walls are inflatable. The elevation pattern is defined through a light study. The production of more units results in the expansion of the database with the lighting solutions. More information here.
Shifting Lines final review and exhibition (12/10/07)
2008-02-08 22:33:00
Photographs from the review and the exhibition for the Shifting lines to surfaces/Virtual to empirical class. The exhibition was up at Givens Hall from 12/09/07 to 01/05/08.Guest reviewers were Heather Woofter, Dr. Mitchell Joachim and Sung Ho Kim.
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interactive wall
2008-01-10 22:15:00
A study for an interactive wall, developed together with Fotis Vasilakis. The idea was that a tiled surface will react to the presence of people close to it, which will cause the tiles to rotate around their vertical axis, locally. Obviously an idea like this has to be based on sensors in order to operate, however is still in a very primitive stage.This study was implemented using expressions and wire parameters in 3dstudio max.
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2007-11-30 16:55:00
Axi:Ome's website is up and running! It took us some time to finish, but it is finally done...
Shifting Lines mid review
2007-11-19 03:40:00
Some photographs from the mid review for Shifting Lines to Surfaces, the class I am teaching at Washington University. The reviewers were Heather Woofter, Katerina Tryfonidou and Jen Maigret.
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Algorithmic body... reactions.
2007-11-12 16:36:00
It is amazing how fast information can travel today, and it is even more important that this can promote dialogue and exchange of opinions, in a way that would have been impossible using just the traditional ?printed? means. This was the first thought that occurred to me when I was browsing archiblog today and I came across the article entitled ?Of Buildings, Computers and Telescopes? published originally on the HAD blog, by Rafael, a computer science student in the University of Sussex (unfortunately no further information is available). Subject of this article is to justify how one of my projects, Algorithmic Body , is using ?invalid?, ?grossly-erroneous reasoning methods? and totally fails to meet its aims by ?contradicting its architectural intentions?. The above comments of the author are used in order to justify the thesis of the article which more or less is that: ?it is possible for a computer scientist to acquire the knowledge necessary to produce software that automatica...
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Algorithmic Body on Surface magazine
2007-11-09 18:18:00
Algorithmic body has been published on the November issue of new york's design magazine Surface (is*68). The publication is part of the annual avant guardian project: "In our annual Guide to outstanding undergraduate and graduate design, we salute this year's crop of students-laureates, who focus on smart and economical flat-pack solutions for everything from products to architecture, and explore the user-as-catalyst approach that's turning design into a participatory process..."
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MAP: 5th SUS aluminum competition. Honorable mention.
2007-11-05 04:46:00
A project for a modular aluminum kiosk developed in collaboration with Claudia Barahona for the 5th SUS aluminum competition, where we won an honorable mention. Visit the competition site for all the entries. More information for the project here.
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Widmann exhibition; May 2007
2007-09-30 21:11:00
This post is a little bit outdated, but actually all the previous ones were :-) The layout and some photographs from the widmann exhibition that took place on May 2007 in Washington University in St. Louis. My participation had the title design/research and included most of my work from September 2005 to April 2007. In other words... old staff... A good way, I suppose, to summarize and move forward...
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2007-09-02 08:43:00
Some experiments with fractals, using chaoscope and gaston. Both applications can generate fractal formations in 3d. However, the models are made out of (millions of) points, so I suppose that it would be impossible to export in any standard 3d format...
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Walk through
2007-09-02 01:58:00
A small walk through of the project published at the previous post.
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Voronoi Study, part_03: algorithmic body
2007-08-28 00:54:00
In my previous post concerning voronoi diagrams I presented an example where I used program requirements in order to define the initial set of points that will be used in order to create the final voronoi diagram (the problem of deciding on the initial set of points is, I think, one of the most interesting in relation to voronoi diagrams). However, as I wrote before, I find far more intriguing the idea of using an algorithm that can simulate a process of growth for that scope (lets call it a 'growing algorithm'). Therefore I continued my research in that direction by employing a cellular automaton script (same one I used on the space_sound project). So I developed a process, or 'recipe' that can be described by the following steps:a. a 2d cellular automaton script is executed, with a random or pre-defined initial configuration of cells.b. every generation of the ca is stacked on top of the previous ones creating this way a 'progression' of active cells.c. the centers of the ac...
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2007-08-24 05:12:00
Space_Sound is a study on the work of composer and architect Iannis Xenakis. The study took the form of an interactive web site (which can be seen here. However there are still some problems with the page so it might not display correctly).Iannis Xenakis used extensively computation and mathematics in order to create music. The initiative for this project was that while Iannis Xenakis is widely acclaimed and studied as an innovator in avant guard music, his work is not extensively examined in relation to architecture, and when that is done the focus is always on his architectural designs and mostly on the Philips Pavilion. However, Xenakis in his writings was always underlining that his methods in composition are not only applicable to music, but also to the visual arts and most notably to architecture.Xenakis? musical scores are composed in such a way that they have an underlying spatial dimension. His scores and diagrams for his compositions share very little resemblance to conven...
Voronoi Study, part_02
2007-08-24 04:38:00
This is a first attempt to use the voronoi diagrams for a specific design. The initial set of points is defined by the program requirements. The edges of the voronoi cells become the structure, while a first idea for enclosed space was to use again the voronoi cells (in a 'smoothed' version) as clusters of space in a configuration that resembles the relation of bones to organs. This project though was not developed further...
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Voronoi Study, part_01
2007-03-02 01:26:00
A voronoi diagram is a way of decomposition or subdivision of space based on an initial set of objects or points (for more information Voronoi diagrams have countless applications from statistics to biology and urban planning. Lately they are becoming ?popular? also in architectural design. There is indeed a number of reasons making voronoi diagrams useful in architectural design:a. Their structural properties, both in 2d and 3d.b. As a way to subdivide/organize space, based on proximity/closest neighbor.c. The fact that they can describe many natural formations, like soap bubbles, sponges or bone cells.There are two problems arising though. The first is a method to construct them. It looks that the most reliable solution until know is Qhull ( , in relation to rhino or generative components. Rhino script could be another option. What is more interesting though is the problem of defining the initial set of points. Of course...
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