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Matthew Parker Vera Parlac

Agile Spaces

Date: 2013
Client: n/a
Primary Investigator: Vera Parlac
Collaborators: n/a
Project Budget: Withheld
Research Assistants/ Project Team: Matt Parker
Sponsors: University of Calgary Seed Grant
Publications: “Agile Spaces” published in the Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA): Adaptive Architecture, University of Waterloo, Cambridge, Ontario, 2013
Agile Spaces/ Iconic/ SKiN“, Responsive Architecture Research Team V. Parlac and B. Kolarevic, in Facing the Future, Exhibition Book, 2nd International Scientific Conference and Exhibition, Gallery of Science and Technology, Belgrade, Serbia, 2014

The backbone of this project is a kinetic material system actuated by shape memory alloy (SMA) springs. The material system is developed both as a physical and digital prototype. Its behavior is examined at a physical level and the findings are used to digitally simulate behavior of the larger system. The system utilizes a lattice structure and its structural behavior. It relies on elastic deformation of the constituent members, which allows the forces of bending to be distributed along a wider region of the surface. The system becomes kinetic when the SMA spring actuators are activated. Activation of the springs introduces tension into the lattice members that causes change in the geometry of the lattice cells. The result of this is bending of the wider region of the surface. The lattice can be actuated in the lower or upper zone. Depending on the zone of actuation the lattice deforms and moves upwards or downwards. The contraction of the SMA spring produces a tension in the middle layer of the lattice, which manifests through the deformation of the cell structure, bending an entire region of the lattice. Strategic placement of the actuators across the lattice produces accumulated bending effect and deforms the entire surface.

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Jason Johnson Jodi James Kurtis Nishiyama

AX2011: ACADIA 2011 Exhibit Wall

Date: 2011
Client: ACADIA Conference 2011
Primary 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
Primary 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
Primary 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.