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EVENT

Making Interactive Prototypes w/ Andy Payne


Dates:
Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:00 - Sun Nov 03, 2013

Location:
Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

Interactive Prototyping is a process which strives to empower the designer – giving them the ability to build and prototype ideas in a more fluid and cost effective manner.

About this Workshop:

It is without a doubt that the design process encompasses many things. From ideation, 3D modeling, programming, and manufacturing to material testing, marketing, life cycle assessment, and cost analysis; the designer is often confronted with many challenges. Prototypes give the designer the ability to test or simulate how a given set of parameters will affect a particular design. Prototyping is inherently iterative in nature and we’re constantly searching for faster more powerful ways to build better prototypes. Interactive Prototyping is a process which strives to empower the designer – giving them the ability to build and prototype ideas in a more fluid and cost effective manner.

This workshop will focus on hardware and software prototyping techniques; primarily focusing on a wide range of sensing and actuation modalities and the creation of custom built tools in order to create novel interactive prototypes. Using remote sensors, microcontrollers (Arduino), and actuators, we will build virtual and physical prototypes that can communicate with humans and the world around them. There will be particular emphasis on the concept of prototyping – both digitally and physically – as a means to explore intelligent control strategies, material affects, and the parameters which effect dynamic systems. This fast-paced two day workshop will introduce a number of different topics relevant to the domain of prototyping including: introduction to physical computing and electronics, Arduino essentials, circuit design with Fritzing, interactive prototyping with Firefly, computer vision, soldering, and much more.

About the Instructor:

Andrew Payne is an architect and computational specialist who founded LIFT Architects in 2007 to provoke a broader concept of architectural practice in order to better address and shape a dynamic world. He is currently pursuing his Doctoral degree at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design where his research explores how recent advancements in technology can help architects create more intelligent spaces and systems that have a capacity to meet changing individual, social, and environmental demands.

Andrew’s work explores embedded computation and parametric design and he has published and taught extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia University.

In 2010, Andrew and Jason Kelly Johnson published Firefly - a comprehensive software plug-in dedicated to bridging the gap between Grasshopper, the Arduino microcontroller, input/output devices, the internet and beyond. It allows near real-time data flow between the digital and physical worlds, and will read/write data to/from internet feeds, remote sensors and more. As of 2011, Andrew is the lead researcher and developer of Firefly’s new X control tools.


EVENT

Procedural Tailoring w/ Francis Bitonti


Dates:
Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:00 - Sun Oct 13, 2013

Location:
Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

Bitonti’s design process is a blend of cutting edge digital design and manufacturing technologies, aimed to transform mass production.

About this Workshop:

In this course students will work with 3D digital scan data to generate a garment that could be fabricated using cutting edge computer controlled manufacturing methodologies, including laser cutting and 3D printing. Students will be introduced to the limitations and advantages of these types of production and design methodologies. Students will have the opportunity to produce in class a prototype of a digitally fabricated textile using one of these production technologies.

About the Instructor:

Francis Bitonti is ushering in a new manufacturing paradigm through his innovative use of computational design techniques and emerging manufacturing technologies. “I see technology as deeply connected to being human.” says Bitonti, the multidisciplinary designer and founder behind Francis Bitonti Studio.

Bitonti’s design process is a blend of cutting edge digital design and manufacturing technologies, aimed to transform mass production. Looking instead to the future of manufacturing; mass customization, Bitonti sees computational design, smart materials, and interactive environments as opportunities to create new aesthetic languages for our built environment and he has taken that vision and applied it to a wide range of disciplines ranging from architecture to product design to fashion.


EVENT

Introduction to Parametric Design for Architects


Dates:
Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:00 - Sun Sep 29, 2013

Location:
Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

This workshop will introduce participants to the ins and outs of parametric design for architectural production.

About this Workshop:

This workshop will focus on the underlying concepts and mechanisms for creating performance-based parametric systems. The objective of this workshop is to provide participants with both the conceptual and technical framework through which to better understand the relevant application of Parametric Design to the various design problems they will encounter in professional practice.
Digital content will be delivered through the parametric modeling plug-in Grasshopper for Rhino 3D with additional supporting plug-ins and add-ons as required. The tools and technology introduced throughout the workshop will serve as a strong foundation to build on and implement in professional practice.

About the Instructor:

Ronnie Parsons is an architect and expert in the field of generative design. As the co-founder of Mode Lab, a knowledge platform for creative professionals, he combines his expertise in design, technology, and education to help foster innovation across a dynamic, ever-evolving design community.


EVENT

Hands-On Desktop Prototyping For Designers


Dates:
Sat Nov 09, 2013 14:00 - Sat Nov 09, 2013

Location:
Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

Learn about the fundamentals of 3D printing, the free tools available to get started, and the materials and processes used to bring your ideas out of the computer and into the world.

About this Workshop:

Powerful, affordable, and user-friendly 3D printing enables millions of creative individuals to design and develop the products of tomorrow. Producing a professional-grade prototype on your desktop has become a realistic option for making and testing your ideas. Learn about the differences between the various types of 3D Printing technology from Fused Deposition Modeling to Stereolithography and get hands-on knowledge on how to turn your digital model into a physical and precise prototype.

Audience:

Interior designers, architects, designers, representatives, and anyone who is interested in learning more about 3D printing and how this disruptive technology is impacting design.

About the Instructor:

Ronnie Parsons is an architect and expert in the field of generative design. As the co-founder of Mode Lab, a knowledge platform for creative professionals, he combines his expertise in design, technology, and education to help foster innovation across a dynamic, ever-evolving design community.


EVENT

Introduction To 3d Printing Marketplaces


Dates:
Thu Oct 03, 2013 18:00 - Thu Oct 03, 2013

Location:
Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

This hands-on lab will introduce designers to the world of web-based 3D printing services and the future of on-demand product marketplaces.

About this Workshop:

Shapeways is the world’s leading 3D Printing marketplace and community. Shapeways harnesses 3D printing to help designers and the curious make and share their ideas with the world. By providing a platform for individuals to share ideas and gain access to cutting edge technology, Shapeways is bringing personalized production to everyone. This hands-on lab will introduce designers to the world of web-based 3D printing services and the future of on-demand product marketplaces. Participants will receive a credit on Shapeways to fully realize their own design.

Audience:

Interior designers, architects, designers, representatives, and anyone who is interested in learning more about 3D printing and how this disruptive technology is impacting design.

About the Instructor:

Ronnie Parsons is an architect and expert in the field of generative design. As the co-founder of Mode Lab, a knowledge platform for creative professionals, he combines his expertise in design, technology, and education to help foster innovation across a dynamic, ever-evolving design community.