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Data, Matter, Design

Strategies in Computational Design, 1st Edition

Edited by Frank Melendez, Nancy Diniz, Marcella Del Signore


264 pages | 224 Color Illus.

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Data, Matter, Design presents a comprehensive overview of current design processes that rely on the input of data and use of computational design strategies, and their relationship to an array of physical outputs.

Technological changes, through the use of computational tools and processes, have radically altered and influenced our relationship to cities and the methods in which we design architecture, urban, and landscape systems. This book presents a wide range of curated projects and contributed texts by leading architects and designers that transform data as an abstraction, into spatial, experiential, and performative configurations within urban design, emerging materials, robotics, responsive and adaptive systems, and virtual/augmented/mixed reality.

Richly illustrated with over 200 images, Data, Matter, Design is an essential read for students, academics, and professionals to evaluate and discuss how data in design methodologies and theoretical discourses have evolved in the last two decades and why processes of data collection, measurement, quantification, simulation, algorithmic control, and their integration into methods of reading and producing spatial conditions, are becoming vital in academic and industry practices.

Table of Contents

Part I – Data & Matter Chapter 1: Information Matters Chapter 2: Computation Matters Chapter 3: Data and Design Part II – Projects Chapter 4: Data + Urban Design • Urban Syncopation: Ila Berman, Mona El Khafif, Marcella Del Signore, Steven Beites • Rezoning New York City Through Big Data: Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa + Alejandro Mieses Castellanos,Tamara Orozco Rebozo, Francis Egipciaco Cruz and Linnette Guitierrez Ortiz - e(eiroa)-Architects • Data (Are) Matter: Data, Technology, and Urban Design: Fábio Duarte and Carlo Ratti • DATAField: Marcella Del Signore and Cordula Roser Gray • Buoyant Ecologies: Computing Material Performance Across Scales: Adam Marcus Chapter 5: Data + Emerging Materials • Artificial Lucidum: Nancy Diniz, Frank Melendez and Christine Marizzi • Bio-Data Matter of New York City: Wendy W Fok • Hexchar: A Carbon Negative Hexagonal Aperiodic Tiling: Allison Dring and Daniel Schwagg • A New Material Vision : Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, Paul Nicholas, Martin Tamke and Tom Svilans • 10 Short Films About Fog: Gyungju Chyon and John Stanislav Sadar Chapter 6: Data + Robotics • Robotic Technologies for Non-Standard Design and Construction: Jose Pedro Sousa, Digital Fabrication Laboratory • Jammed Architectural Structures: Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler • Elytra Filament Pavilion: Achim Menges • Renewable Molds and Robotic Casting: Mark Parsons, Pratt Consortium for Research and Robotics • Manus: Madeline Gannon, ATONATON Chapter 7: Data + Response and Interaction • Can Buildings Smile? Designing behavior and empathy as counterpoints to style and aesthetics: Michael Szivos • Lightweave: Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno • Associative Agnosia: María Fullaondo and Lee-Anne Khor + Diego Fullaondo and Ciro Márquez • Thinking Forest Fabbed Fields: Carla Leitao and Ed Keller • Performing Collaborative Robotic Fabrication in Public Space: Moritz Behrens, Konstantinos Mavromichalis and Ava Fatah gen. Schieck Chapter 8: Data + Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR) • Optical Illusions of Volume - Bubbles: Adam Schueler, Mara Marcu and Ming Tang • Collaborative Fabrication in Mixed Reality: Gwyllim Jahn, Cameron Newnham, Nick van den Berg • Body Architectures (IaaC): Nancy Diniz, Frank Melendez, Sebastian Morales, Mint Boonyapanachoti • Mille-Oeille: Elena Perez Guembe and Rosana Rubio Hernandez • Digital Heritage as a Route to Social Engagement: Richard Laing, Marianthi Leon, Claire Herbert and Cheryl Roberts Chapter 9: Conclusion: Futures for Data & Matter

About the Editors

Frank Melendez is an architectural designer, educator, and researcher. He is a partner at Augmented Architectures and bioMATTERS, LLC, based in New York City and London, and teaches at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York. His practice, teaching, and research engage topics pertaining to architectural drawing, computational design, emerging materials, digital fabrication, and robotics. Frank is the author of Drawing from the Model (Wiley, 2019). He has held academic appointments at Carnegie Mellon University and Louisiana State University, and his work has been supported through grants and fellowships including, the New York State Council of the Arts / Van Alen Institute and the MacDowell Colony. 

Nancy Diniz is an architect and educator. She is the Course Director of the MA in Biodesign at Central Saint Martins UAL and co-founder of Augmented Architectures and bioMATTERS, LLC based in New York City and London. Her research and practice engage in topics pertaining to biomaterials and computational design. Her work has been exhibited internationally at various venues including MAAT Lisbon, Lisbon Architecture Triennale, London Design Festival, Istanbul Design Biennale, EYEBEAM, The Today Art Museum and GAA Foundation. She is the recipient of several grants and fellowships namely from New York State Council on the Arts/Storefront, MacDowell Colony, EYEBEAM, Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, and The Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal. Nancy is a member of the Design and Living Systems Lab at CSM UAL.

Marcella Del Signore is an architect, urbanist, educator, scholar, and the principal of X-Topia, a design-research practice that explores the intersection of architecture and urbanism with computational technologies. She is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the New York Institute of Technology, School of Architecture & Design. Her work concentrates on the relationship between architecture, urbanism, and the public/social/cultural scale in dialogue with technologically-mediated systems. She is the author of more than 40 refereed papers, articles, book chapters, the co-author of "Urban Machines: Public Space in a Digital Culture" and the co-editor of "Recalibration: On Imprecision and Infidelity" Paper and Project Proceedings published during the 2018 ACADIA Conference where she served as Technical Co-Chair and Board of Directors.

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ARCHITECTURE / Design, Drafting, Drawing & Presentation