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_id caadria2020_098
id caadria2020_098
authors Davidova, Marie and McMeel, Dermott
year 2020
title Codesigning with Blockchain for Synergetic Landscapes - The CoCreation of Blockchain Circular Economy through Systemic Design
source D. Holzer, W. Nakapan, A. Globa, I. Koh (eds.), RE: Anthropocene, Design in the Age of Humans - Proceedings of the 25th CAADRIA Conference - Volume 2, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, 5-6 August 2020, pp. 333-342
summary The paper is exploring methodology within the work in progress research by design through teaching project called 'Synergetic Landscapes'. It discusses codesign and cocreation processes that are crossing the academia, NGOs and applied practice within so called 'real life codesign laboratory' (Davidová, Pánek, & Pánková, 2018). This laboratory performs in real time and real life environment. The work investigates synergised bio-digital (living, non-living, physical, analogue, digital and virtual) prototypical interventions in urban environment that are linked to circular economy and life cycles systems running on blockchain. It represents a holistic systemic interactive and performing approach to design processes that involve living, habitational and edible, social and reproductive, circular and token economic systems. Those together are to cogenerate synergetic landscapes.
keywords codesign; blockchain; systemic design; prototyping; bio-digital design
series CAADRIA
last changed 2020/08/14 18:40

_id cf2005_2_63_81
id cf2005_2_63_81
authors McMEEL Dermott, COYNE Richard and LEE John
year 2005
title Talking Dirty: Formal and Informal Communication in Construction Projects
source Learning from the Past a Foundation for the Future [Special publication of papers presented at the CAAD futures 2005 conference held at the Vienna University of Technology / ISBN 3-85437-276-0], Vienna (Austria) 20-22 June 2005, pp. 265-274
summary We analyse the emergence and use of formal and informal communication tools in group working to aid in understanding the complexity of construction projects. Our test case is the design and build of an interactive digital installation in an exhibition space, involving students. After the project we conducted focus group studies to elicit insights into the effective use of the digital communications available for the project. We recount key insights from the study and examine how digital messaging devices are contributing to or hindering creative discussion. Whereas the construction process is concerned with the removal of dirt and re-ordering, in this paper we reflect on constructions ritualistic, contractual and unauthorized aspects, and dirts role within them. We draw on Bakhtins theories of the carnival in exploring ritual, and the mixing of the un-sanctioned (rumour) with the official (contractual). How does dirt impinge on issues of communication, open discussion, and the move towards partnering in construction practice? We conjecture that while physical dirt might be unpleasant, the removal of other forms of metaphorical dirt hampers construction as an efficient and creative process.
keywords communications, technology, construction
series CAAD Futures
last changed 2005/05/05 05:06

_id cf2013_149
id cf2013_149
authors McMeel, Dermott and Robert Amor
year 2013
title Fabricate It, Paint It And Dont Wait up: Separating Fact from Fiction in Digitally Sponsored Fabrication
source Global Design and Local Materialization[Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Computer Aided Architectural Design Futures / ISBN 978-3-642-38973-3] Shanghai, China, July 3-5, 2013, pp. 149-158.
summary This paper offers perspectives on emerging trends in materiality and digital fabrication. It explores effects on communication practices and investigates how this changing materiality of data impacts collaboration and interoperability within design and making. Computer numerical controlled (CNC) routing and laser-cutting services are available in most major cities. Affordable kits for 3D printers, CNC routers and DIY KUKA robots are available across the Internet. A considerable part of the attraction of these tools is the ability to fabricate physical goods without detailed fabrication knowledge. We look at this phenomenon through two sets of examples, making furniture with a CNC router and making robots and tangibles with a 3D printer. In our examples it appears materiality remains an important factor throughout the process. We unpick these examples to shed light on how the technology impacts knowledge practices and ways of thinking during design and making.
keywords Design, digital media, fabrication, 3D printing, CNC routing, materiality
series CAAD Futures
last changed 2014/03/24 06:08

_id cf2015_077
id cf2015_077
authors McMeel, Dermott and Walker, Charles
year 2015
title Urban Prototyping: Socializing the Design to Fabrication process
source The next city - New technologies and the future of the built environment [16th International Conference CAAD Futures 2015. Sao Paulo, July 8-10, 2015. Electronic Proceedings/ ISBN 978-85-85783-53-2] Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 8-10, 2015, pp. 77-89.
summary Within the context of burgeoning urban populations and the rolling back of state resources, there is growing interest in ways in which citizens may participate in the creation of resilient and livable cities. This paper proposes the concept of urban prototyping, and employs a design research methodology to develop and document the socially-sponsored design and digital fabrication of an urban shelter. We explore how we might use networked design and fabrication technologies to leverage the social capital locked within non-professional communities so that our current cities might evolve into whatever our next cities need to be.
keywords participatory design, urban prototyping, eco-digital fabrication, expertise, design futures, value frameworks.
series CAAD Futures
last changed 2015/06/29 05:55

_id 2006_358
id 2006_358
authors McMeel, Dermott
year 2006
title Carnival and Construction - Towards a Scaffolding for the Inclusion of ICT in the Construction Process
source Communicating Space(s) [24th eCAADe Conference Proceedings / ISBN 0-9541183-5-9] Volos (Greece) 6-9 September 2006, pp. 358-363
summary In this paper we explore the process of construction, we consider the construction site as a mediated collaborative environment in which many specialist crafts and esoteric skills are present and negotiated. Concrete information when pass onto a construction site becomes part of a fluid morphing object, the validity and meaning of information can changeor be lostdepending on where and when it is. We look at current models of construction and actual construction process and we explore the notion of Carnival as a tool to reconcile the concrete and fluid aspects to communication dynamics of mediated group working in general and of construction site practice specifically.
keywords Carnival; ICT; Construction; Mediation
series eCAADe
last changed 2006/08/16 16:54

_id cf2011_p110
id cf2011_p110
authors Mcmeel, Dermott
year 2011
title I think Therefore i-Phone: The influence of Pervasive Media on Collaboration and Multi-Disciplinary Group Work
source Computer Aided Architectural Design Futures 2011 [Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Computer Aided Architectural Design Futures / ISBN 9782874561429] Liege (Belgium) 4-8 July 2011, pp. 69-84.
summary The study of value and its transfer during the multi-disciplinary process of design is stable fodder for research; an entire issue of Design Studies has been devoted to Values in the Design Process. By scrutinising design meetings Dantec (2009) and Ball (2009) separately examine the mechanisms of value transfer between the agents involved in design (clients, designers, engineers). Dantec suggests this is best understood in terms of requirement, values and narrative; Ball proposes it should be viewed as a combination of "analogical reasoning" and "environmental simulation". If we look at Vitruvius and his primary architectural manual (Pollio 1960) we find valuesin the form of firmitas, utilitas and venustasembedded in this early codification of architectural practice. However, as much current research is restricted to design practice what occurs when value frameworks move between domains of cultural activity (such as design to construction and vice-versa) is not privileged with a comparably sizable body of research. This paper is concerned with the ongoing usage of pervasive media and cellular phones within communications and value transfer across the disciplinary threshold of design and construction. Through participation in a building project we analyse the subtleties of interaction between analogue communication such as sketches and digitally sponsored communication such as e-mail and mobile phone usage. Analysing the communications between the designer and builder during construction suggests it is also a creative process and the distinctions between design and construction processes are complex and often blurred. This work provides an observational basis for understanding mobile computing as a dynamic tuning deviceas hypothesized by Richard Coyne (2010)that ameliorates the brittleness of communication between different disciplines. A follow up study deploys digital fieldnotes (dfn) a bespoke iPhone application designed to test further suppositions regarding the influence exerted upon group working by mobile computing. Within collaboration individual communiqu_s have different levels of importance depending on the specific topic of discussion and the contributing participant. This project furthers the earlier study; expanding upon what mobile computing is and enabling us to infer how these emergent devices affect collaboration. Findings from these two investigations suggest that the synchronous and asynchronous clamour of analogue and digital tools that surround design and construction are not exclusively inefficiencies or disruptions to be expunged. Observational evidence suggests they may provide contingency and continue to have value attending to the relationship between static componentsand the avoidance of failurewithin a complex system such as design and construction.
keywords collaboration, design, mobile computing, digital media
series CAAD Futures
last changed 2012/02/11 18:21

_id caadria2019_107
id caadria2019_107
authors McMeel, Dermott
year 2019
title Algorithms, AI and Architecture - Notes on an extinction
source M. Haeusler, M. A. Schnabel, T. Fukuda (eds.), Intelligent & Informed - Proceedings of the 24th CAADRIA Conference - Volume 2, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand, 15-18 April 2019, pp. 61-70
summary This paper reports on ongoing research investigating applications and methodologies for algorithms and artificial intelligence within urban design. Although the research recognises not all design is numerically quantifiable, it posits that certain aspects are. It provides evidence of algorithmically derived solutions-in many cases-being as good as those developed by a design professional. I situate the research within a series of examples of design quantification and description. Before discussing practical implementations of algorithmic spatial planning by the co-work start-up WeWork. These projects demonstrate an ongoing narrative to establish spatial syntactical rules for building and urban design. Finally, the paper reports on original research that aims to apply algorithmic space planning to urban design. A work-in-progress, at this stage the finding report on our methodology, preliminary implementation of an algorithmic strategy. It finally presents emerging data pointing to what might happen if the sector does not embrace algorithms and AI.
keywords Algorithm; Artificial Intelligence; Architecture; Urban Design
series CAADRIA
last changed 2019/04/16 08:21

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