Walter P Moore's Digital Practice Specialists Directing Workshop at 2016 ACADIA Conference

Walter P Moore's Digital Practice Specialists Directing Workshop at 2016 ACADIA Conference

October 24, 2016
Steve Lewis Gustav Fagerstrom ACADIA

Today kicks off the 2016 ACADIA (Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture) Conference, which brings together AE professionals from across the globe for a week-long, peer-reviewed conference and workshop event. Walter P Moore’s Steve Lewis, Principal and Los Angeles Enclosures Specialty Structures Leader and Gustav Fagerström, Senior Associate and New York Enclosures Digital Practice Leader, are directing a 3-day workshop that began this morning at the ACADIA conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Walter P Moore is collaborating with Virginia Tech University and Autodesk to deliver the workshop entitled "Multi-species Optimization of Long-Span Wooden Structures," which focuses on computational modeling, engineering analysis, and direct-to-fabrication workflows developed for timber construction using multiple species of wood. This installment is the latest in an ongoing applied research arc on analysis and robotic fabrication of wood and has been previously prototyped and exhibited at Virginia Tech, the Boston Design Biennale, the RobArch conference, and the SmartGeometry conference.

Full Workshop Description:
Within the context of wood material systems, emerging computational design, fabrication, and analysis technologies present new challenges and opportunities. Wood is an Orthotropic — also known as anisotropic — material and exhibits different behavior in different directions. This behavior presents a challenge for engineering design but also, in the context of computational design, represents an opportunity for advanced structural performance optimization. In recent years, Additive Manufacturing (AM) and topological optimization techniques have aligned with the perceived demand for and the promise of technically feasible infinitely customizable cellular structure and ushered in new paradigms in AEC related material and process research. These factors, when explored through the lens of computational workflows and robotic fabrication, present interesting and relatively underexplored opportunities.

This workshop proposes the application of multispecies optimization techniques through the design, construction, and analysis of a robotically fabricated structure. The workshop expands on collaborative research efforts between Autodesk, The Virginia Tech Center for Design Research, and MASS Design Group and utilizes the newly developed integrated Dynamo™-to-Oasys GSA-to-Robotic Fabrication workflow. Through the design, optimization, analysis, assembly, and evaluation of a prototypical multi-species hybrid structure, the cluster will uncover new potential for computational design in wood material systems while presenting a microcosm for the broader context of functionally gradient materials in buildings. This workshop expands on workshops conducted by this team at RobArch2016 (Dynamo-BUILD!) and SG2016 (Logjam) and incorporates advanced computational functionality, post-construction deflected shape analysis.

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