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Beth Tzedec Jason Johnson Kevin Spaans Kurtis Nishiyama Mahdiar Ghaffarian Michael Ting

Sukkah 2013:

Date: 2013
Client: Beth Tzedec Congregation, Calgary
Principal Investigator: Jason Johnson
Collaborator: Shaul Osadchey
Project Budget: $6000
Project Design/Build Team: Mahdiar Ghaffarian, Micheal Ting (Design & Fabrication) Kurtis Nishiyama, Kevin Spaans (Fabrication)
Funding Agencies: Beth Tzedec Congregation

Each year since 2012 a team of students has worked with the Beth Tzedec Congregation to design and build a sukkah.  A sukkah is a temporary hut constructed for use during the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot. Students spend a semester designing an building the project in consultation with local Rabbi Shaul Osadchey.  These projects are part of a series of projects that seek out local communities interested in supporting design research in the area of computation and digital fabrication techniques.

This proposal imagines the sukkah as a canyon in the desert and articulates the layering sandstone through a variably spaced series of horizontal planes.  The carved out space allows for inhabiting the sukkah which provides temporary shelter.

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Alanna LaRose Alyssa Haas Beth Tzedec Jason Johnson Nadine Vroom

Sukkah 2012: Soupkah

Date: 2012
Client: Beth Tzedec Congregation, Calgary
Principal Investigators: Jason Johnson, Catherine Hamel
Collaborator: Shaul Osadchey
Project Budget: $6000
Project Design/Build Team: Alyssa Haas, Alanna LaRose,
Nadine Vroom
Funding Agencies: Beth Tzedec Congregation
Publications: Avenue Magazine May 21. 2013

Project Description: Each year since 2012 a team of students has worked with the Beth Tzedec Congregation to design and build a sukkah.  A sukkah is a temporary hut constructed for use during the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot. Students spend a semester designing an building the project in consultation with local Rabbi Shaul Osadchey.  These projects are part of a series of projects that seek out local communities interested in supporting design research in the area of computation and digital fabrication techniques.

“Collaborating with the Beth Tzedec Congregation and Rabbi Shaul Osadchey, students in the Masters of Architecture program worked to design a sukkah — a symbolic shelter in which Jews dwell and dine during the autumn harvest festival of Sukkot to represent the sheltering of the Israelites in the wilderness. Students designed 12 different sukkahs and one was selected for construction. The winning design, called the “soupka,” was created to incorporate the charitable aspect of the holiday and features round holes through which congregation members can deposit cans of soup and other foods to donate to charity. Local children enjoyed the participatory aspect of the design. “

Avenue Magazine May 21. 2013

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Jason Johnson Jodi James Kurtis Nishiyama

AX2011: ACADIA 2011 Exhibit Wall

Date: 2011
Client: ACADIA Conference 2011
Principal Investigator: Jason S. Johnson
Collaborators: FLATCUT_LLC
Project Budget: Withheld
Research Assistants: Jodi James, Kurtis Nishiyama
Funding Agencies: ACADIA, FLATCUT_

Design for the ACADIA 2011 Project Exhibit.  Taking cues from localized cloud conditions and weather simulations, this project explores surface definition and articulation through the manipulation of flat stock materials.

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Branko Kolarevic Jason Johnson Joshua Taron Vera Parlac

Integration Through Computation, 2011 ACADIA Proceedings

Date: 2011
Client: n/a
Principal Investigators: Joshua Taron, Vera Parlac, Branko Kolarevic, Jason S. Johnson
Project Budget: Withheld
Collaborators: n/a
Research Assistants/ Project Team: n/a
Sponsors: Autodesk, Flatcut, Bentley, ACE-BIM, Ice Edge Business Solutions, Altar, Autodessys, Robert McNeel & Associates, John Wiley & Sons, Routlandge, Faculty of Environmental Design University of Calgary, LID Laboratory for Integrative Design
Publications: Integration Through Computation Proceedings

The ACADIA 2011 Annual Conference proceedings explores integrative trajectories and areas of overlap that have emerged through computation between design, its allied disciplines of engineering and construction, and other fields, such as computer science, material science, mathematics and biology. The presented research work projects integrative design as an emerging trajectory for architecture as it enters a post-digital phase and as it embraces ideas, concepts, processes, techniques, and technologies from elsewhere (just like before only more so).

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Alison MacLachlan Branko Kolarevic Jason Johnson Jordan Allen Joshua Taron Michael McGie Vera Parlac

Integration Through Computation, 2011 ACADIA Project Catalog

Date: 2011
Client: n/a
Principal Investigators: Jason S. Johnson, Joshua M. Taron,
Vera Parlac, Branko Kolarevic.
Research Assistants/ Project Team: Michael McGie, Jordan Allen,
Alison MacLachlan
Sponsors: Flatcut, Bentley, ACE-BIM, Ice Edge Business Solutions, Altar, Autodessys, Robert McNeel & Associates, John Wiley & Sons, Routladge, Faculty of Environmental Design University of Calgary, LID Laboratory for Integrative Design
Publications: Integration Through Computation, Project Catalog

Project Description: The ACADIA 2011 Annual Conference project catalog presents experimental projects that explore integrative trajectories and areas of overlap that have emerged through computation between design, its allied disciplines of engineering and construction, and other fields, such as computer science, material science, mathematics and biology. It highlights experimental projects in which methods, processes, and techniques are discovered, appropriated, adapted, and altered from elsewhere, and digitally pursued.

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Janet Tam Jason Johnson Joshua Taron Matthew Knapik Steven Rowe

WEATHER STRIPPING: John Frye Pavilion

Date: 2011
Client: City of Edmonton
Principal Investigators: Joshua Taron, Jason S. Johnson
Collaborators: n/a
Project Budget: n/a
Research Assistants/ Project Team: Steven Rowe, Janet Tam, Matthew Knapik,
Funding Agencies: n/a
Publications/Exhibits: Kasian Gallery (2011), ACADIA 2011 Proceedings

Project was developed as a competition proposal for a park pavilion in Edmonton. The pavilion provides a backdrop for numerous seasonal activities in the park. Weather patterns and weathering are explored in a series of material distributions inside of the pavilion and on the site itself. Precedents in the weathering effects on wood and shingles in particular are further developed to engage specific performance criteria for the project.

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Jason Johnson Jodi James Joshua Taron Matthew Parker

RE:Connect Devington

Date: 2010
Client: Devington Communities Association
Principal Investigators: Jason Johnson, Joshua Taron
Collaborators: Wil Marquez (W/Purpose)
Project Budget: n/a
Research Assistants/ Project Team: Jodi James, Matthew Parker
Funding Agencies: URGC/University of Calgary

Re:Connect Devington is a proposal for adaptive reuse of an abandoned railroad corridor in Indianapolis.  The project deploys cellular patterns and swarming structures to produce an urban agricultural park. Circulation, structure and program are distributed via a parametric cellular system and connected through swarming protocols.