LaN will be instructing a workshop at this years Advances in Architectural Geometry Conference 2010 in Vienna, Austria.  Workshops for AAG10 are Saturday September 18th and Sunday September 19th 2010 and the conference will be September 20 and 21.  We are pleased to be included in the program for this year’s event as there are many interesting workshops and lectures scheduled for the four day event.  The workshop will be instructed by Luis E. Fraguada and Tomas Diez of Fab Lab BCN.  The following is the description of the workshop:

Info – Informalism

Workshop topic
Live, data-driven associative modelling (generative design, integration of geometric and non geometric design properties)
This workshop seeks to address the current state of associative design and manufacturing. While the tools we adopt for the design of the built environment are increasingly allowing us to operate on larger and larger scales, they remain disconnected from real time data sources. This workshop proposes workflows and techniques which allow designers a connection to real world, real time data. Humanity’s largest creation is the city, a constantly morphing organism with an amazing capacity to compute informal organizations. It is our aim to view the city as a computational system, capable of calculating with a capacity which far exceeds that of our current supercomputers.

What participants can expect to learn in this workshop
The workshop will implement several prefabricated sensory nodes which participants can easily connect to, manipulate, and share. The idea is to generate a broadcast system where all of the participants can subscribe to a sensory feed which will be driving certain parameters in an associative model. The sensory nodes will be prefabricated in the Fab Lab BCN and brought to Vienna in order to be able to begin receiving and relaying data on day one. Workshop participants will be working with Grasshopper, a generative, nodal based design environment where users will be able to receive real time sensor data in order to interactively update their models. Connection to the sensory data will be done through gHowl, a set of custom components written for Grasshopper which allow users to connect to existing data streams, and also to emit manipulated data back to the sensor data stream.

Workshop presenter(s)
Luis Fraguada and Tomas Diez.

Luis Fraguada Co-Directs Live Architecture Network, is an Authorized Rhino Trainer, has taught for
McNeel throughout Europe, and currently teaches Digital Tools and Associative Design at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC) and Elisava School of Design in Barcelona. Luis has recently released gHowl, a set of interoperability components co-written with Giulio Piacentino and Damien Alomar.
Tomas Diez is the Project Manager for the Fab Lab BCN http://www.fablabbcn.org.

Prerequisites necessary for participants
Participants should be familiar with Grasshopper.

Platform used, required software
McNeel Rhino, Grasshopper, Windows, Processing, Aruino
Participants are required to bring their own laptops.

Workshop timeline
This is a 2-day course.

Day 1:
Introduction
Installation of required software / hardware (Local Wifi Node)
Initial communication benchmarks established
Initial associative implementations (Into Grasshopper)
Grasshopper tutorial
Team work on brief / geometry

Day 2:
Grasshopper tutorial
Team Work
Connection to Fab LaB BCN for fabrication