While urban structures act like ecologies, developing interdependent relations across diverse scales; all too often the design tools applied at the urban scale (ie planning) limit themselves to a series of top-down decisions, with a single decisional direction spanning concentric scales.
The aim of the workshop is to explore a shift in the design paradigm, from the planning of urban criteria and parameters, to the design of behaviors able to operate in information rich environments, finally allowing to build urban structures from the bottom up.
Starting from pervasive data maps, the operational substrate, participants will design basic behaviors for a multi-agent based system able to grow building coherent compounds, which are not only responsive geometries, but are constantly assessed by an internal feedback system.
The general aim is to design an ecology of mutual negotiation strategies between agents and the environment, thus re-thinking the hierarchies at work on the urban scale. In this sense scale itself is not just understood as extensive metric size, but rather the detection of certain system behaviors.
Using detail as the form of procedural information, the workshop outcome will span several scales, the definition of the system detail being decisive and propagative in its influence on the system’s growth, shape and performance.
agent based design
RECIPROCITY | Agent-based design in urban scale
IAAC Intelligent Cities Seminar
14-16 of April 2016
IN COLLABORATION WITH
Aldo is an architect and researcher. He obtained a Master in Architectonic Design in 2007 and a Master in Advanced Architecture at IAAC [Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya] in 2012. Moreover Aldo obtained MIT´s Fab Academy Diploma in 2014 in the Fab Lab Barcelona. He is an expert in computational design and digital fabrication and since 2011, he is the manager of Noumena. He is also founder of Fab Lab Frosinone and Director of Reshape – digital craft community.
Alessio is Engineer and Senior Researcher at Università di Bologna, MArch in Biodigital Architecture, PhD in Architectural Engineering. His interests interweave teaching & design ecologies in Computational design, focusing on relations among matter, information, agency, space, aesthetics explored through multi-agent based simulations coupled with form-finding strategies and robotic construction. He is also skilled in computational design, programming & modeling on several platforms. Alessio is co-founder of Co-de-iT.
Starsky studied in the UFPS – Cucuta University in Colombia, where he had the opportunity to explore digital tools and theories. Having completed his studies in architecture, Starsky moved in Barcelona where he began working in Willy Müller Architecture office and subsequently obtained a master in Advanced Architecture from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC). In his master thesis he had the opportunity to investigate in additive manufacturing techniques and programming. Starsky has collaborated with Barcelona Regional and he is currently an external collaborator of Noumena.
Eugenio is a student of Building Engineering and Architecture at Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Italy. His interest lies on digital simulation, robotic fabrication and the way of which these systems can interact. During his studies, he has attended several workshop about the aforementioned topics.
The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia is an educational and research centre dedicated to the development of an architecture capable of meeting the worldwide challenges in the construction of habitability in the early 21st century