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_id acadia16_440
id acadia16_440
authors Clifford, Brandon
year 2016
title The McKnelly Megalith: A Method of Organic Modeling Feedback
source ACADIA // 2016: POSTHUMAN FRONTIERS: Data, Designers, and Cognitive Machines [Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) ISBN 978-0-692-77095-5] Ann Arbor 27-29 October, 2016, pp. 440-449
summary Megalithic civilizations held tremendous knowledge surrounding the deceivingly simple task of moving heavy objects. Much of this knowledge has been lost to us from the past. This paper mines, extracts, and experiments with this knowledge to test what applications and resonance it holds with contemporary digital practice. As an experiment, a sixteen-foot tall megalith is designed, computed, and constructed to walk horizontally and stand vertically with little effort. Testing this prototype raises many questions about the relationship between form and physics. In addition, it projects practical application of such reciprocity between architectural desires and the computation of an object’s center of mass. This research contributes to ongoing efforts around the integration of physics-based solvers into the design process. It goes beyond the assumption of statics as a solution in order to ask questions about what potentials mass can contribute to the assembly and erecting of architectures to come. It engages a megalithic way of thinking which requires an intimate relationship between designer and center of mass. In doing so, it questions conventional disciplinary notions of stasis and efficiency.
keywords rapid prototyping, design simulation, fabrication, computation, megalith
series ACADIA
type normal paper
email brandon@matterdesignstudio.com
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last changed 2016/10/24 12:18

_id acadia18_404
id acadia18_404
authors Clifford, Brandon; McGee, Wes
year 2018
title Cyclopean Cannibalism. A method for recycling rubble
source ACADIA // 2018: Recalibration. On imprecisionand infidelity. [Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) ISBN 978-0-692-17729-7] Mexico City, Mexico 18-20 October, 2018, pp. 404-413
summary Each year, the United States discards 375 million tons of concrete construction debris to landfills (U.S. EPA 2016), but this is a new paradigm. Past civilizations cannibalized their constructions to produce new architectures (Hopkins 2005). This paper interrogates one cannibalistic methodology from the past known as cyclopean masonry in order to translate this valuable method into a contemporary digital procedure. The work contextualizes the techniques of this method and situates them into procedural recipes which can be applied in contemporary construction. A full-scale prototype is produced utilizing the described method; demolition debris is gathered, scanned, and processed through an algorithmic workflow. Each rubble unit is then minimally carved by a robotic arm and set to compose a new architecture from discarded rubble debris. The prototype merges ancient construction thinking with digital design and fabrication methodologies. It poses material cannibalism as a means of combating excessive construction waste generation.
keywords full paper, cyclopean, algorithmic, robotic fabrication, stone, shape grammars, computation
series ACADIA
type paper
email bcliffor@mit.edu
last changed 2019/01/07 11:22

_id caadria2007_683
id caadria2007_683
authors Tayyar, Bahram
year 2007
title Digitally Supported Neighbourhoods
source CAADRIA 2007 [Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia] Nanjing (China) 19-21 April 2007
summary The new infrastructure of digital telecommunication and ubiquitous computation enables people to work, communicate, and entertain via electronic networks from their living places. Therefore, understanding the nature and design of digitally supported neighborhoods is likely to emerge as an increasingly important research question. This study investigates how neighborhoods in Melbourne can be more appropriately designed for new technologies and other convenience, especially for new residents with different life styles. It adopts Sidney Brower’s (1996) typology of neighborhoods and explores social, spatial and technological implications of new emergent lifestyles, according to Clifford’s (2002) classification, on every type. Key Words – Digitally Supported Neighborhoods, Implication of Modern ICTs, Telecommunication Based Lifestyles, Typology, Scenario Based Study.
series CAADRIA
email tayyarb@unimelb.edu.au
last changed 2008/06/16 08:48

_id ijac20064201
id ijac20064201
authors Vollen, Jason; Clifford, Dale
year 2006
title The Peculiar Nodal Generator: a speculation
source International Journal of Architectural Computing vol. 4 - no. 2, 1-15
summary Economically abandoned cities as well as urban cores depopulated because of catastrophic events have spawned urban renewal projects of all varieties. Often these projects promote civic programs such as arenas, theaters, museums, and aquariums as replacements for what was once an interactive public realm. Unfortunately the realization of these large programs promotes a disconnected series of sequestered activities rather than the prospect of a lively and potentially frenetic urban center governed by chance interactions. As an intervening strategy, this paper considers the possibility of implementing Nodal Generators, responsive systems that sense and adapt to environmental fluctuations to create localized microclimates capable of providing unscripted public space in the discarded and interstitial regions of the modern city. Inspired biotically and explored digitally, the Nodal Generators provide a linkage between community and technology using smart materials and adaptive assemblies. This paper details several speculations on the nature and form of these nodes and proposes their implementation into urban arid situations.We can postulate that while the nodal generators speculated upon in this paper might at first draw attention to themselves through spectacle, they will ultimately create a shared community experience through eventual inhabitation of that public space.
series journal
last changed 2007/03/04 06:08

_id acadia07_048
id acadia07_048
authors Vollen, Jason; Clifford, Dale; Winn, Kelly; Gindlesparger, Matt
year 2007
title Digital Fabric: Generating Ceramic Catenary Networks
source Expanding Bodies: Art • Cities• Environment [Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture / ISBN 978-0-9780978-6-8] Halifax (Nova Scotia) 1-7 October 2007, 48-55
summary Digital modeling in the design environment has prompted intuitive shaping of architectural form. The pliability of the imagination allows limitless possibilities of shape without a constrained methodology. This paper chronicles a design exploring catenary form-finding using parametric constraints in a dynamic modeling environment. Catenary structural networks are treated as digital cloth objects. Applying parametric edge and point constraints simulates various behavior patterns under gravity load. The integration of real-time Finite Element Method [FEM] and dynamic cloth simulation presents an intuitive method for the design and analysis of catenary structures. Constraints resist the limitless pliability of shape and hone the intuition using force to find form realized as a ceramic catenary network.
series ACADIA
email jvollen@email.arizona.edu
last changed 2007/10/02 06:14

_id acadia17_650
id acadia17_650
authors Zayas, Luisel; Brugmann, Dustin; Clifford, Brandon; McGee, Wes; Durham, James
year 2017
title Quarra Cairn: Incremental Stability Through Shifting and Removal of Mass
source ACADIA 2017: DISCIPLINES & DISRUPTION [Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) ISBN 978-0-692-96506-1] Cambridge, MA 2-4 November, 2017), pp. 650- 659
summary Recent advances in integrating physical logic into computation strategies have brought the mastermakers mentality back to the forefront of the digital era, yet a long-standing problem persists: ongoing efforts to develop reciprocal structures with gravitational forces tend to generate forms that are unable to be constructed without massive falsework. This paper explores the potential to intelligently remove material from the interior of a column drum in order to produce a leaning column that could contribute to solving this age-old problem. The paper describes the computation and fabrication logic required, then demonstrates a full-scale prototype and some of the discoveries that emerged as a result of the computation process.
keywords material and construction; fabrication
series ACADIA
email bcliffor@mit.edu
last changed 2017/10/17 09:13

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