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id acadia07_074
authors Peters, Brady
year 2007
title The Smithsonian Courtyard Enclosure: A Case-Study of Digital Design Processes
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, 74-83
summary This paper outlines the processes involved in the design of the Smithsonian Institution’s Patent Office Building’s new courtyard enclosure. In 2004, Foster + Partners won an invited international competition to design the new courtyard enclosure in Washington, D.C. Early in the project, the Specialist Modelling Group (SMG), an internal research and design consultancy, was brought in to advise the project team on computer modelling techniques, develop new digital design tools, and help solve the complex geometric issues involved. Throughout the project, computer programming was used as one of the primary tools to explore design options. The design constraints were encoded within a system of associated geometries. This set-out geometry performed as a mechanism to control the parameters of a generative script. The design evolution involved the use of many different media and techniques and there was an intense dialog between a large team and many consultants. The computer script was a synthesis of the design ideas and was constantly modified and adapted during the design process. The close collaboration between architects, consultants, and fabricators was of key importance to the success of the project. This project, now named The Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, will complete in late 2007.
series ACADIA
email brady.peters@fosterandpartners.com
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100%; open Foster + Partners (2005) Find in CUMINCAD Catalogue: Foster and Partners , London: Prestel
100%; open Peters, Brady and Xavier De Kestelier (2006) Find in CUMINCAD The Work of the Specialist Modelling Group , Bridges London 2006 Conference Proceedings, eds. Reza Sarhangi and John Sharp, 9-12. London: Tarquin Publications
100%; open Whitehead, Hugh (2003) Find in CUMINCAD Laws of Form , Architecture in the Digital Age: Design and Manufacturing, ed. Branko Kolarevic, 81-100. New York: Spon Press
100%; open Williams, Chris (2004) Find in CUMINCAD Design by Algorithm , Digital Tectonics, eds. Neil Leach, David Turnbull, and Chris Williams, 78-85. West Sussex, UK: John Wiley and Sons

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