LaN - Andrea Graziano + Ron Shvartsman + Monika Wittig

LaN Andrea Graziano Ron Shvartsman Monika Wittig // Grasshopper parametric modeling + GPS running data

LaN submits to present at MEDICINE X CONFERENCE at STANFORD School of Medicine


LIVING FORCES ARCHITECTURE: parametric design for human health

Architects are increasingly employing computational tools in their design process as a means of visualizing, analyzing and managing design responses to complex gradients of natural forces. In recent years, these abilities have seemingly focused on the understanding of environmental forces and yet lack a real closing of the loop back to the human–architecture’s true client.

Can we come to understand that environmental forces in fact only become significant in the resultant human effect. The way sun strikes a building is not important for the building nor the sun’s sake but rather for the way it heats a space for a human and provides natural illumination affecting a body’s vitamin d levels.

The more that designers abandon national design standards and becoming accustomed to utilizing local human health data sets, the more our design decisions are capable of meeting human-specific needs that vary by context. Given that humans on average spend 80% of our lives “indoors” its due time that the main body of architecture consider far more critically the relation to human health to our everyday spaces over the typical focus of health conferences addressing hospital design.

Presented ongoing research material shows how complex data sets are handled with parametric modeling software to become more profoundly readable 3d visualizations. This process illuminates how such software can not only be used to design buildings and spatial relationships, but rather how these tools can become immensely powerful to a range of areas in the medical fields– from financial analysis to diagnostics and patient personal health tracking. Furthermore, how such diagnostic realms open health tracking to new incredible levels of accessibility– personally & financially reachable.

Lastly, exciting developments with 3d printing & prototyping technologies will be covered to all the more convey the increasing worth of a multi-disciplinary approach to healthcare; now more than ever architects are capable of utilize big health data sets to guide decisions in building processes and therefore in need of collaborating closely with medical professionals to systemically influence health via our design environments.

Learning Goals + Objectives:
1) highlighting the role of designers to craft the collection of personal health data (via increasingly

accessible sensor and personal technologies) as a viable data set to drive architectural form

2) utilizing 3d parametric modeling platforms to render complex data sets visible–showing how elaborate personal health visualizations offer new affordable open-source modes of health tracking & diagnosis

3) provoking the value in stronger collaborations between patients, designers and medical professionals beyond typical medical product design or hospital architecture

4) familiarizing participants with emerging 3d printing + prototyping technologies as applicable to medical realms

Intended Audience:

This workshop hopes to draw a varied audience and is set up in a fashion to include various levels of (hands-on) participation with (hardware) data collection and (software) manipulation of form. ‘Patients’ and those with a technical and/or design background of any sort are valued. Researchers and those specializing in ‘big picture’ thinking may also find appeal.

Length of Workshop:

2 or 4 hours (TBD dependent on whether laptops can be provided to participants)

Technical requirements:

LCD projector, some participants with laptops running Windows, free demo 3d software installed (Rhinoceros&Grasshopper), flip-board(optional)


Academic discipline and sub-disciplines 3d Data Visualization; Computational Design; 3d printing; Data-Fed Architecture