KENT LARSON – GUEST LECTURE


11 JULY, 11:30 – 1:00  DESIGN HALL, BALDWIN SPENCER BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

Kent Larson from the Media Lab at MIT will be giving a guest lecture during the Creative Computing Workshop.

Kent Larson directs the Changing Places research group at the MIT Media Lab.  He is also director of the MIT House_n Research Consortium and the MIT Living Labs initiative in the School of Architecture and Planning.  Current research is focused on three related areas:

1) Responsive Urban Housing.  Strategies to disentangle places of living into three independently configured layers: high performance chassis, integrated infill, and responsive façade modules to create zero-energy, mass-customized, scalable housing.   The group’s Open Prototype Initiative has completed several prototypes created with these concepts, including a zero-energy home at Unity College, Maine for the school’s president.

2) Ubiquitous Technologies.  Wireless sensing, algorithms, and interfaces to understand and respond to human activity.  Projects range from fine-grain activity recognition using wearable accelerometers, a persuasive thermostat using GPS location of occupants, and a context-aware tunable LED lighting for office environments.

3) Living Lab Experiments.  Deploying and testing design and technology solutions in actual living environments.   Studies have been conducted at the scale of the person, home, office, and city.

PINKI-SIL PROJECT


The Pinki Sil Project introduced students to parametric design through the platform of Grasshopper and digital fabrication. The project illustrated the workflow from a parametric model to digital fabrication and the materialisation of the physical object through the creation of a three dimensionally patterned resin tile. The project illustrated to students the power of parametric and computational design tools while reinforcing the importance of materiality and the interrelationship of digital tools with traditional construction process. The project was the result of the first week of the Digital Design + Fabrication Intensive Summer Workshop 17 Jan – 11 Feb, 2011, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne.

CREATIVE COMPUTING WORKSHOP


This workshop will introduce participants to the basics of creative computing including associative geometry, parametric design, and responsive environments.

The first lecture will take place in the Design Hall, Baldwin Spencer Building, University of Melbourne.

TECTONIC REEF


The Tectonic Reef, an installation built on the beach during the St Kilda Festival 2011 was the result of the first initiative of the Ex-Lab, the Digital Design + Fabrication Intensive Summer Workshop 17 Jan – 11 Feb, 2011, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne. The intensive 4 week workshop introduced students to advanced digital modelling and parametric design software with a focus on producing physical objects through different digital fabrication methods.