Dear colleagues and friends
We are pleased to announce our fourth Design Modelling Symposium Berlin as follows:
Design Modelling Symposium Berlin 2013
Workshops & Master Classes: 28 – 29 September 2013
Conference: 30 September – 2 October 2013
As in previous years the Conference will feature a series of Key Lectures between 30 September until 2…Continue
Julian Lienhardt and I have started a new study group "active bending" as part as the Structural Morphology Group of the IASS. After the recent IASS conferences where subjects around elastic bending were scattered into different sessions and even parallel sessions, we felt the necessity to channel this interest into a newly focused study…Continue
Al and I were involved in running a cluster at the recent Shape to Fabrication workshop in London.
Working alongside Rupert Maleczek (KOGE, Innsbruck university) and his innovative folded stripe method.
The aim was to work alongside three other teams using generative design software and digital fabrication techniques to produce a prototype theater. This cluster led by Buro Happold and KOGE looked at optimize the design of the lightweight roof using …
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Buro Happold has won The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) Yorkshire Branch, Structural Engineering Excellence - Building Award 2011 for Scunthorpe Sports Centre.
You will see a few visuals on this site that capture the process of formfinding and optimisation of this iconic pod geometry. SMART Form software played a significant part in the development of the…Continue
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I've just uploaded a new beta of SMART Move Viz (the old version expired this morning - sorry!). There's a few cool new features.
First up, the moving people are actually walking - a massive improvement over the slightly odd 'skating' appearance we had before.
Secondly, the colour maps feature that we added in the previous release has been enhanced to include plots of density that update in real time whilst the simulation is running.
This video shows…Continue
Added by Robert Hart on August 1, 2011 at 14:20 — No Comments
is there anyone who knows if i can input on a surface a constraint that can help to generate a surface?
so in fact, i have a surface and when i input the points (constraints) smartform doesn't take it as a constraint. i dont know if it's in my case that the problem persists or if anyone had the same.
According to This is Scunthorpe the 'Pods' leisure centre will open to the public soon. If you've used SMART Form of even if you've just watched one of our videos this building should be very familiar to you as it crops up in a lot of our examples.…Continue
Added by Robert Hart on June 5, 2011 at 19:24 — No Comments
We are pleased to announce a new beta release of SMART Form including lots of new functionality, a polished user interface and improvements to stability and performance.
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To me the most obvious use of a dynamic relaxation tool like SMART Form is formfinding of pure compression and tension structures. But SMART Form is aimed to reach even further, being a conceptual tool for performance driven design.
With the new features in the latest release I have made experiments with some less conventional examples of formfinding, trying to broaden my mind of what SMART Form can be used for. In two of the examples I have played with the attractor point…Continue
Added by Jens Olsson on April 12, 2011 at 14:12 — No Comments
We're getting ready to issue an updated SMART Move Viz beta. We've been busy working, and have fixed a range of bugs, performance issues and crashes. We've also been working on a new feature to display data as a shaded colourmap on the floor space. The image below demonstrates this in use. Details will follow when the release is ready (hopefully tomorrow).…Continue
Added by Robert Hart on April 11, 2011 at 16:40 — No Comments
The current release of SMART Form relaxes curves and meshes but does not allow you to relax NURBS surfaces directly. So I thought it might be helpful to show an example for how to convert a surface into a mesh, ready for use with SMART Form. Rhino has an inbuilt command “Mesh From NURBS Object” that converts any arbitrary trimmed surface into a mesh.
However to get a good mesh using that command one might have to play around with the parameters in the “Detailed Controls”. I…Continue
Added by Jens Olsson on March 29, 2011 at 9:58 — No Comments
Announcing the beta release of SMART Move VIZ, a real time crowd modelling tool.
Designed and developed by Buro Happold's SMART Solutions team, SMART Move VIZ is based on our flagship crowd simulation software (SMART Move) that has been developed over a number of years, benefiting from our vast experience in simulation of crowd flow at venues covering…Continue
Added by Dr. Shrikant B. Sharma on February 22, 2011 at 16:00 — No Comments
The use of parametric design methods in architecture is now becoming widespread (leading to some debate on their merits). Parametric methods seems like a fairly modern concept, so I was slightly surprised to come across a parametric design method for aerofoils (or airfoils if you are American) that was used as far back as 1933.
Full details are available on…Continue
Added by Robert Hart on February 18, 2011 at 15:30 — No Comments
I got a copy of “The New Mathematics of Architecture” for Christmas (after having dropped some hints to my family). Naturally, the biggest delight for me with the book is the coverage of buildings I worked on – Louvre Abu Dhabi, Qatar Education City, and the Möbius…Continue
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