5 Ways Computational Design Will Change the Way You Work

09:30 - 15 April, 2016
5 Ways Computational Design Will Change the Way You Work, Adapted from an image © hanss via Shutterstock
Adapted from an image © hanss via Shutterstock

This article was originally published on ArchSmarter.

These days, nearly every architect uses a computer. Whether it’s for 3D modeling, documentation or even creating a program spreadsheet, computers are well entrenched within the profession. Architects now need to know almost as much about software as they do about structures, building codes, and design.

As our tools become more powerful and sophisticated, we need to evolve and develop our working methods in order to stay competitive. I’ve written previously about how architects should learn to code. A lot of the problems we need to solve don’t fall within the capabilities of off-the-shelf software. We need to tweak and customize our tools to work the way we work. Creating our own tools and software is one way to do this.

That said, the reality is that not everyone has the time or the inclination to learn how to code. It’s time-consuming and you’ve got projects to run, show drawings to review, and buildings to design. Fortunately there are new tools available that deliver the power of programming without the need for all that typing.

Enter computational design and visual programming.

EF House / GRND82

09:00 - 15 April, 2016
EF House / GRND82, © Pol Viladoms
© Pol Viladoms
  • Architects

  • Location

    Arenys de Mar, Barcelona, Spain
  • Author Architects

    Sergi Serrat + Roberto González
  • Area

    260.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Pol Viladoms © Pol Viladoms © Pol Viladoms © Pol Viladoms +13

Schematic Design of St. Petersburg Pier Wins City Council Approval

08:00 - 15 April, 2016
Schematic Design of St. Petersburg Pier Wins City Council Approval, Courtesy of ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers
Courtesy of ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers

The St. Petersburg City Council has approved the schematic design for the new St. Pete Pier. First awarded in a competition in 2015, the new site was designed by a team composed of three firms: Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers (lead designer); ASD (executive architect); and WORKSHOP: Ken Smith Landscape Architect (landscape architect). Although the final design was updated based on city and public requests, the core programming of the original scheme was maintained.

Comic Break: "Sexism in Architecture"

06:00 - 15 April, 2016
Comic Break: "Sexism in Architecture"

Since Zaha Hadid’s death two weeks ago, we’ve been thinking a lot about her legacy. Hadid’s accomplishments in architecture are impressive not only because of her innovative designs, but because she succeeded in a male-dominated profession, and undoubtedly experienced sexism along the way. In our webcomic, Architexts, we use humor to cope with various aspects and stereotypes of the architectural profession, including negative ones. With our forthcoming book, Architects, LOL, we hope to share the stories--your stories--that paint a more realistic picture of the profession, rather than an idealistic one that most of us can only dream of.

Church Renovation / Architectures Amiot-Lombard

05:00 - 15 April, 2016
Church Renovation / Architectures Amiot-Lombard, © Mathieu Noël
© Mathieu Noël

© Mathieu Noël © Mathieu Noël © Mathieu Noël © Mathieu Noël +23

Stone Sculptures Reveal Monumental Architecture at a Micro Scale

04:00 - 15 April, 2016
Stone Sculptures Reveal Monumental Architecture at a Micro Scale, One of Simmonds' miniature spaces carved from stone (Corona). Image © Matthew Simmonds
One of Simmonds' miniature spaces carved from stone (Corona). Image © Matthew Simmonds

Matthew Simmonds, an art historian and architectural stone carver based in Copenhagen, is known as the creator of exceptionally beautiful miniature spaces hewn from stone – a number of which have been previously featured on ArchDaily. Drawing on the formal language and philosophy of architecture, his work "explores themes of positive and negative form, the significance of light and darkness and the relationship between nature and human endeavour." Here he shares four recent projects: Ringrone (Faxe Limestone, 2016, 61cm tall), Corona (Faxe Limestone, 2016, 30cm tall), Ararat: Study II (Faxe Limestone, 2016, 20cm tall), and Tetraconch (Limestone, 2015, 31cm tall).

Ringrone (Faxe Limestone, 2016, 61cm tall). Image © Matthew Simmonds Ararat: Study II (Faxe Limestone, 2016, 20cm tall). Image © Matthew Simmonds Ringrone (Faxe Limestone, 2016, 61cm tall). Image © Matthew Simmonds Ringrone (Faxe Limestone, 2016, 61cm tall). Image © Matthew Simmonds +16

School in Vila Nova da Barquinha / Aires Mateus

03:00 - 15 April, 2016
School in Vila Nova da Barquinha / Aires Mateus, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
  • Architects

  • Location

    2260 Vila Nova da Barquinha, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    Manuel Aires Mateus, Francisco Aires Mateus
  • Area

    4600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +49

Marseilles Docks / 5+1AA

02:00 - 15 April, 2016
Marseilles Docks / 5+1AA, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly
  • Architects

  • Location

    Marseille, France
  • Architects in Charge

    Alfonso Femia, Gianluca Peluffo, Simonetta Cenci, Nicola Spinetto
  • Area

    21000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly +29

Mzamba Bridge / CUAS + buildCollective NPO

22:00 - 14 April, 2016

Oeconomicum / Ingenhoven Architects

20:00 - 14 April, 2016
Oeconomicum / Ingenhoven Architects , © H.G.Esch
© H.G.Esch

© H.G.Esch © H.G.Esch © Holger Knauf © H.G.Esch +11

Rural Engineering Building / ThomsonAdsett

19:00 - 14 April, 2016
Rural Engineering Building   / ThomsonAdsett, © Alicia Taylor
© Alicia Taylor
  • Architects

  • Location

    Panorama Ave, Bathurst NSW 2795, Australia
  • Area

    2366.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

© Alicia Taylor © Alicia Taylor © Alicia Taylor © Alicia Taylor +12

Design Capital 21 Competition – Calling for Entries!

18:06 - 14 April, 2016
Design Capital 21 Competition – Calling for Entries!, Courtesy of BCI Asia
Courtesy of BCI Asia

Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your design ideas and win cash prizes!

Design Capital 21 is an interior design competition for a new integrated mall. The integrated mall intends to adopt as its conceptual design this theme: the world’s famous capital cities from the five continents. Each floor must be representative of the continent by bringing to life the characteristics and identities of its capital cities.

Heatherwick's Pier 55 Green-Lighted by New York Supreme Court

17:01 - 14 April, 2016
Heatherwick's Pier 55 Green-Lighted by New York Supreme Court , Pier 55.. Image ©  Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon
Pier 55.. Image © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon

Pier 55, the floating park designed by Heatherwick Studio and landscape architecture firm, Signe Nielsen, received a green-light from the New York Supreme Court this past Friday, April 8, according to a report by the Architect’s Newspaper. Floating above the Hudson River on the Lower West Side of Manhattan, the park is anchored by an aggregation of enormous petal-like stilts that are submerged in the water below. The park is being funded by the philanthropy of Diane von Furstenberg and her husband Barry Diller.

Pier 55’s legal troubles began last spring when the non-profit, City Club of New York filed a lawsuit against Pier55 Inc. and Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT) to stop the project.

Casa Blas / Adamo Faiden

17:00 - 14 April, 2016
Casa Blas / Adamo Faiden, Courtesy of Adamo faiden
Courtesy of Adamo faiden
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gorostiaga 1744, C1426CTF CABA, Argentina
  • Architects in Charge

    Sebastián Adamo, Marcelo Faiden
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Adamo faiden, Javier Agustín Rojas

Courtesy of Adamo faiden Courtesy of Adamo faiden Courtesy of Adamo faiden Courtesy of Adamo faiden +12

Gabba Hey / CUAC arquitectura

15:01 - 14 April, 2016
Gabba Hey / CUAC arquitectura, © Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda
  • Architects

  • Location

    Granada, Granada, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Tomas García Píriz, Javier Castellano Pulido
  • Area

    146.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda +25

Herzog & de Meuron Share New Images of the National Library of Israel

13:20 - 14 April, 2016
Herzog & de Meuron Share New Images of the National Library of Israel, Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron have released new images of their design for National Library of Israel. Located on a prominent site in West Jerusalem, the National Library is at the base of the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) and adjacent to the Israel Museum, Science Museum and Hebrew University.

Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron +10

Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre / KPMB Architects + Hughes Condon Marler Architects

13:01 - 14 April, 2016
© Nic Lehoux
© Nic Lehoux
  • Architects

  • Location

    6163 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T, Canada
  • Architect in KPMB Architects Project team

    Shirley Blumberg (Partner-in-Charge and Design Partner), Bruno Weber (Associate-in-Charge, Construction), Andrew Dyke (Associate-in-Charge, Design), Sanaz Shirshekar (Project Architect, Design), Matt Krivosudsky (Project Architect, Contract Documents), Bryn Marler (Project Architect Contract Administration), Lily Huang, David Poloway, Marcus Colonna, Coben Christiansen, Alejandro Lopez Hernandez
  • HCMA Architecture + Design Project team

    Karen Marler (Partner-in-Charge), Daniel Philippot (Associate-in-Charge), Elena Chernyshov (Architect), Craig West (Architect), Steve DiPasquale (Intern Architect), Rachel Wilson (Technologist), Karen Nolan (Technologist), James Woodall (LEED Coordinator) Client: UBC Properties Trust
  • Area

    40000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux +17

Rafael Moneo Reveals Design of His First Condo Tower in Miami

12:05 - 14 April, 2016
Rafael Moneo Reveals Design of His First Condo Tower in Miami, Courtesy of Apeiron Miami
Courtesy of Apeiron Miami

Rafael Moneo has unveiled the design of his first Miami project, a luxury high-rise at the north end of the city. Known as Apeiron at The Jockey Club, or simply Apeiron, the condo project features a pair of towers to be completed in separate stages and will include 240 serviced residential units, a 90-key boutique hotel, a deep-water marina, health and wellness facilities, and outdoor pools. With Apeiron, The Jockey Club hopes to hearken back to its 1970s heydey, when it was a center of Miami’s vibrant social and nightlife scenes. Apeiron, a Greek work meaning ‘limitless’, is at 11111 Biscayne Boulevard, a location with expansive views of the water and surrounding landscape.