Free Webinar: Introduction to Python Scripting in Grasshopper

Python is the most intuitive language we have found for both learning programming and developing powerful scripts. Beginning with a presentation on the main principles of scripting with Python, this webinar will incrementally unpack a diverse set of Programming techniques through a series of “live” exercises with Python and Grasshopper. With two instructors offering guided curriculum and continuous support it is our goal to provide you with an in-depth and personal learning experience. Additional topics covered will include: the basics of scripting with python, where to look for help and references, and when to script in Rhino3D vs Grasshopper.

This Webinar will last 2.5 hours including a 30 minute Q & A session. A video of the Webinar will be uploaded after the broadcast – all participants will have unlimited access to the webinar content and this video online. We look forward to your participation!

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Panel on Women in Architecture: Today in NYC

Architect Barbie, one of the topics for conversation at the Panel, hosted by Alexandra Lange, today in . Photo courtesy of Mattel, Inc.

Today at 6:30pm in New York City, Design critic Alexandra Lange will moderate a panel of award-winning female architects (Galia Solomonoff, Claire Weisz of WXY Design, and Marion Weiss of Weiss/Manfredi) on “their experiences in a male-dominated field and how the gender landscape has changed since the start of their own careers.”

According to an excellent blog post by Lange, she already knows the first question she’s going to ask: How do they feel about Architect Barbie? But the panel will go beyond gendered toys. As Lange points out, many women have been reluctant to discuss the issues facing women in architecture, preferring to let their work speak for itself; however, the reality is that little has changed for women over the last 15 years (As Lange says: “when I graduated from college in 1994 the percentage of female members of the AIA was 15 percent. In 2010, it was 17 percent.”)

The time is ripe to truly explore this issue and possible solutions -including systemic change and improved work/life balance (not just for women, but for all architects).

If you’re interested in taking part in this panel, you can buy your tickets ($20) here.

Story via Design Observer

Smart Growth: Tactical Urbanism Event

he Bayfront Parkway project, in Miami Florida, transformed a median strip parking lot into a park. Credit Ana Bikic.

Taking place at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on October 11, the Smart Growth: Tactical Urbanism Event features Mike Lydon, the primary author of Tactical Urbanism Volumes 1 and 2. He will discuss chair bombing, site-previtalization, depaving, open streets, intersection repair, and numerous other placemaking tactics at a time when cities and citizens are increasingly using short-term action to spur long-term revitalization. The event, which starts at 12:30pm, is free and presented in association with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Smart Growth Network. For more information, please visit here.

 

modeLab Simulation Lab

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Taking place October 20-21, modeLab is putting on Simulation Lab, a two-day workshop on the topic of simulation with processing. In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, they will cover technical programming concepts such as syntax, control, and modularity. Utilizing a suite of libraries to extend processing’s functionality, they will explore and incrementally develop force-based, physics-based, and agent-based simulations. Additionally, they will examine strategies for visualizing the dynamic nature, unexpected tendencies, and behavioral effects present in our simulations. For more information, please visit here.

Architects in Conversation: Jeanne Gang + Paul Goldberger

Aqua Tower by Studio Gang / © gshowman via flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gshowman/

Visionary architect, MacArthur Fellow and National Academician Jeanne Gang joins Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and architecture critic Paul Goldberger as part of the Academy’s annual Architects in Conversation series. Together they will discuss Studio Gang’s past, present, and future projects, as well as Gang’s role within the important architectural tradition of Chicago. The talk will be on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at 6:30pm at the National Academy Museum. For tickets and for more information, please visit here.

‘Beyond Green! Tall Buildings in a Sustainable Future’ Symposium

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Taking place October 10-12 at the University of Stuttgart, , the “Beyond Green! – Tall Buildings in a Sustainable Future” symposium focuses on how tall buildings be designed, built and maintained in a sustainable fashion. The keynote lectures will be held by Christoph Ingenhoven and Helmut Jahn_Murphy/Jahn. The sessions are dedicated to urban development and economy, ecology, planning and realization, structure and skin and building services. More information after the break. (more…)

Playboy Architecture, 1953-1979

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What is the connection between sex, architecture and design? Opening tomorrow, September 29, Architecture, 1953-1979 explores the role of architecture in the famous men’s magazine Playboy. Colomina, along with the curators of NAiM/Bureau-Europa in , The Netherlands, centers the exhibition around the research of Beatriz Colomina, a professor at the Princeton University School of Architecture and founder of their Media and Modernity program, who has been studying the connection for the past three years.

Playboy Architecture, 1953-1979 illustrates how cities, buildings, interiors, furniture and products have always played an important role in the fantasy world of Playboy. Ever since Hugh Hefner launched Playboy in 1952, its erotic spreads have featured the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Buckminster Fuller, Moshe Safdie, and Paolo Soleri. As Colomina’s program argues, “sexual revolution and architectural revolution are inseparable.” The exhibition reveals how Playboy reshaped masculinity with the influence of architecture and design. (more…)

ArchiNATI 2012

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Starting today, September 28, and running until October 5, ArchiNATI 2012 is week-long festival celebrating Cincinnati’s built environment, partners with institutions city wide to organize and highlight events that showcase Cincinnati’s architecture. Hosted by the Young Architects and Interns Forum (YAiF), a committee of the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the events will give everyone the opportunity to experience the built environment in a new way where their interests intersect with architecture and design. Films, talks and tours will take place in the greater Cincinnati area, which kick off with an exhibition of Miami University and University of Cincinnati student design work and open house at the Miami University Center for Community Engagement. For more information and details about the event, please visit here.

‘Richard Meier. Building as Art’ Exhibition

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Taking place September 30-March 3 at the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck in , , the ‘Richard Meier. Building as Art exhibition illustrates Richard Meier’s complex design process using prominent buildings and projects from his entire work history. The main focus will be on his museum buildings, as well as on the residential projects created at the start of his career in the USA. The works on display included in the exhibition explore the concept of an architecturally composed space on the basis of five aspects: site, proportion, light, route and color. The exhibition includes a selection of models, original sketches, renderings and photographs. More information after the break. (more…)

Architecture and Design Film Festival

Life Architecturally, 2011; Director, Britt Arthur

Featuring more than twenty-five films from eleven countries, public programs, and an architectural driving tour of Lower Manhattan, the fourth season of the Architecture and Design Film Festival is taking place October 18-21. Returning to Tribeca Cinemas, in City, the films in this year’s Festival consider a range of topics, including contemporary and historic visionary architects, the creative design process, architecture as cultural emissary, the creation of the High Line, and modernist architecture on the East and West Coasts, among other subjects. The Festival features two world premieres, two U.S. premieres, and numerous films shown in City for the first time. Tickets go on sale October 1. More information after the break. (more…)

NC State University Fall 2012 Lecture Series

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North Carolina State University’s School of Architecture recently launched their Fall 2012 lecture series which focuses on “Material | Digital.” The series begins September 24th with Grace La of La Dallman. Featuring other keynote speakers throughout the series, it concludes on November 19th with a local practitioner panel. For more information, please visit their website here.

‘Pleated Shell Structures’ Exhibition / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Opening October 12th, the ‘Pleated Shell Structures’ Exhibition consists of a short term, site specific research prototype designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid and her firm. Presented by the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in their gallery, the exhibit positions itself within the argument of parametric design research to focus its efforts on design methods that encompass an operative pathway from design intent to manifestation. The exhibition will be on display until December 2. More information after the break. (more…)

Akihisa Hirata: Tangling

: Tangling © Daniel Hewitt

Presented in an “interwoven tangle”, Japanese architect Akihisa Hirata has revealed his view of architecture and ecology, along with form and function, in his first ever international solo exhibition at the in London. Now on view, the immersive 1:1 scale installation – “a contorted loop” – display’s over a hundred study models and conceptual sketches, an interview with the architect, and intimate films of based on his projects.

The exhibition opened shortly after Hirata’s receipt of the Golden Lion award at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale for his contribution, with Kumiko Inui, Sou Fujimoto and Naoya Hatakeyama, to the Japanese Pavilion, curated by Toyo Ito.

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HelloWood 2012: Social Architecture in Hungary

2012: Landscape Architecture Workshop © Márk Péter Vargha

HelloWood - a creative, professional and social program with a message that mobilizes more and more young people – was organized for the 3rd year by MOMElinedesignworks, together with its new partner Reflekt social architecture studio.  The week-long creative camp included 200 Hungarian and international students who worked together to realize social and cultural spaces for eight north-eastern Hungarian communities.  The social mission of the project was showcased at Sziget, Europe’s Best Major Festival.  Cameron Sinclair, the co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, commended HelloWood’s inspirational initiative for aspiring to social change with thoughtful design for marginalized communities.

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modeLab Data Lab

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Data Lab, a two-day workshop put on by modeLab September 29-30, focuses on advanced topics and data structures in grasshopper for rhinoceros. In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, they will cover the fundamental concepts of data structures as well as strategies for working with lists, sequences, and data trees in the newly released version of Grasshoppper 0.9. They will engage a series of design problems which highlight the limitations of standard parametric design workflows and serve as catalysts for discussions related to best practices, linear versus non-linear design processes, and the re-use of files. Each design problem will require either the specific use and manipulation of data structures or the extension of Grasshopper through add-ons. To register and for more information, please visit here.

modeLab Grasshopper Webinar

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The Grasshopper Webinar, presented by modeLab, is a free event that will introduce participants to the fundamental concepts and essential skills necessary for effectively designing with Grasshopper for Rhinoceros. They will cover concepts such as object attributes/parameters, data types, data structures, and designing with algorithms. Specifically, this webinar will focus on creating and manipulating both lists and data trees as well as best practices for integrating Grasshopper into your professional workflow. Also, due to the high demand, they opened up a second date, which is set for September 24. To register and for more information, please visit here.

‘New Towns New Territories: New Players in Urban Planning’ Conference

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The International New Town Institute is organizing the ‘New Towns New Territories: New Players in Urban Planning’ conference taking place September 27th from 9am-7pm. The event, which will be held at the NAi in , will explore the latest innovations in global urbanization, privatization and new organizational models of urban development as well as the impact and challenges for professional practice. Global urbanization is moving at a faster pace than ever before and it is showing a fundamental shift in its structure and organization. Hundreds of economic, eco and satellite cities are being developed by private companies. Not only in Asia, but also in Europe. Who are the new players in the field of urban development? What visions, ambitions and strategies do they have? What innovations and financial models make these cities possible? These are just a few of the questions that will be answered and discussed. For more information, please visit here.

Designer Thomas Heatherwick is Star Guest at Hay Festival Segovia 2012

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Hay Festival Segovia just announced that UK designer Thomas Heatherwick will be the keynote speaker for the architecture and design sessions at the Spanish edition of Hay Festival set to take place in September 27-30. In an hour-long conversation entitled The Truffle Pig Process, will be talking to Martha Thorne, executive director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize and associate dean of external relations at IE School of Architecture & Design (IE University), about his studio’s creative process and the increasingly blurred borders between design, architecture and society. More information on the event after the break. (more…)