Tutorial Session. Wed 16 November

Grammars in Architecture

by Thomas Grasl

Tutorial 1
14:00 - 15:45

About the Tutorial

The tutorial will investigate the possibilities of grammars, more specifically graph grammars, in architectural design. First they are related to shape grammars by introducing the implementations of a specific shape grammar, the Palladian grammar, and a parametric shape grammar editor in U13. Both of these applications use a graph grammar package as computational engine. Subsequently non shape related aspects such as processes and functions are introduced to expand the ways in which grammars may be useful to the designer.

Detailed summary: PDF
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About the Presenter

Thomas Grasl is a founding member of SWAP Architects, Vienna, Austria and lectures at the Department of building theory and design of the School of Architecture at TU Vienna. His research focuses on computational design, CAAD, and the application of grammars in architecture.

Thomas holds a M.Sc. in Architecture from TU Vienna, a Fulbright scholarship for advanced studies in architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, and he is currently working towards his doctorate degree at TU Vienna.

Neuro-Architecture Design

by Eve Edelstein

Tutorial 2

16:15 - 18:00

About the Tutorial
The emerging discipline of ‘Neuro-Architecture’ introduces design students and professionals to a new paradigm of design inquiry and practice. Bio-medical research that reveals the human response to the sensorium provides the basis for understanding the interaction between the brain, body and the built environment. This approach to design thinking utilizes peer-reviewed literature and on-site research as the starting point for investigation of existing built conditions in order to reveal elements of design that may influence physiological, cognitive and behavioral responses. Wearable sensors and ethnographic methods measure ‘as used’ rather than ‘as built’. The results inform development of research-based design guidelines and the creation of full-scale virtual reality immersive and interactive mockups that, synchronized with electrophysiological brain and body recordings, test the response to design before the first brick is laid.

Detailed summary: PDF
About the Presenter

Dr. Eve Edelstein, President, Innovative Design Science, holds a unique combination of degrees in Neuroscience (PhD & MS), Architecture (MArch), and Anthropology (BA) along with clinical expertise in auditory electrophysiology and vestibulo-ocular diagnostics (National Hospital Neurology & Neurosurgery & Harvard/MIT Hearing Science Lab).

Her research with Calit2 at the University of California San Diego harnesses fully immersive virtual reality CAVE visualizations of full-scale buildings to evaluate the response to design. Eve developed the program in Neuroscience for Architecture and teaches design studios at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego, and consults internationally in research-based design. Projects include educational, research, health, and mental health facilities.