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Computation Works


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EditorIal 5 Helen Castle About the GUEST-EDITORs 6 Brady Peters and Xavier De Kestelier Introduction 8 Computation Works: The Building of Algorithmic Thought Brady Peters Algorithmic Tectonics: How Cold War Era Research Shaped Our Imagination of Design 16 Daniel Cardoso Llach Recent Developments at Foster + Partners? Specialist Modelling Group 22 Xavier de Kestelier Symmetry As Geometry: Kuwait International Airport 28 Kristoffer Josefsson Mathematical Ensemble: Molteni Arc Table 32 Jethro Hon Integrated Computational Design: National Bank of Kuwait Headquarters 34 Dusanka Popovska Networked Space 36 Dennis Shelden Spatial Computing for the New Organic 42 Christian Derix and Asmund Izaki Structural Emergence: Architectural and Structural Design Collaborationat SOM 48 Keith Besserud, Neil Katz and Alessandro Beghini Realising the Architectural Idea: Computational Design at Herzog & De Meuron 56 Brady Peters Simulating the User Experience: Design Optimisation for Visitor Comfort 62 Shrikant Sharma and Al Fisher Bridging a Culture: The Design of Museo Soumaya 66 Fernando Romero and Armando Ramos Interoperability in Sports Design 70 David Hines From Model Thinking to Process Design 74 Jan Knippers Navigating the Computational Turn 82 Ben van Berkel Domesticating Parametric Design 88 Bruce Bell and Sarah Simpkin Planning by Parameters 92 Jeroen Zuidgeest, Sanne van der Burgh and Bas Kalmeyer After After Geometry 96 Michael Meredith Embedding Intelligence: Architecture and Computation at Grimshaw, NY 104 Seth Edwards Linking Structure and Parametric Geometry 110 Clemens Preisinger Undrawable Architecture: Heritage Buildings and Digital Tectonic 114 Stylianos Dritsas and Kang Shua Yeo Computational Fluid Dynamics for Architectural Design 118 Sawako Kaijima, Roland Bouffanais, Karen Willcox and Suresh Naidu Design Ecosystems: Customising the Architectural Design Environment With Software Plug-ins 124 Daniel Davis and Brady Peters Galapagos: On the Logic and Limitations of Generic Solvers 132 David Rutten Kangaroo: Form Finding with Computational Physics 136 Daniel Piker Pachyderm Acoustical Simulation: Towards Open-Source Sound Analysis 138 Arthur van der Harten WeaverBird: Topological Mesh Editing for Architects 140 Giulio Piacentino Geco?: Architectural Design Through Environmental Feedback 142 Thomas Grabner and Ursula Frick Firefly: Interactive Prototypes for Architectural Design 144 Andrew O Payne and Jason Kelly Johnson Contributors 148

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Xavier De Kestelier is Associate Partner with the Specialist Modelling Group of Foster+Partners, where he has worked on a broad range of projects such as Beijing Airport, the Yacht Plus BoatFleet and the Masdar Institute of Technology. Originallyfrom Belgium, he gained an MArch from the University of Ghent and an MSc (Urban Design) from the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. Since 2006 he has been visiting professor at the University of Ghent (Belgium) and Syracuse University (USA). He is a Director at SmartGeometry, an international group of academics and professionals who promote the use of parametric and computational techniques in architecture through conferences and publications. Brady Peters is an architect and researcher. Currently, he is a PhD Fellow at the Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA) in Copenhagen Denmark. His current research focuses on the use of computation and parametric design tools in architectural practice. Originally from Canada, Brady Peters has a MArch from Dalhousie University and a BSc from the University of Victoria. In London he worked for Buro Happold and in 2003, he joined Foster + Partners, where he was a key member of the Specialist Modelling Group, and became an Associate Partner. He has taught architectural design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture in Copenhagen, the University of Ghent, the University of Nottingham and has been a tutor at almost every SmartGeometry conference.

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