Biodynamic Structures Workshop: AA meets CCA

The AA is acting as a visiting school to the California College of the Arts this summer with a intense summer studio entitled Biodynamic Structures Workshop. More information about the application process below

The biggest names in emergence and applied biologically inspired architecture are sure to be there including but not limited to

Michael Weinstock (Director of Emergent Technologies Programme, AA London UK), we posted about his book here, he is lecturing today here. Christina Doumpioti, Evan Greenberg, Konstantinos Karatzas (AA EmTech Programme, London UK) who wrote this book. Jason Kelly Johnson [Future Cities Lab], Andrew Kudless [Matsys] (CCA MediaLab Coordinators, SF CA) Who we have posted about here and here. As well as Andre Payne of Lift Architecture.

The program is from July 12th-21st, 2010 and concern Biodynamics, the study of the force and energy of dynamic processes on living organisms. Through simple mechanisms embedded within the material logic of natural systems, specific stimuli can activate a particular response. This response occurs in carnivorous plants such as the Venus fly-trap, which uses turgor pressure to trap small insects in order to feed, and worms, which by contracting differently oriented muscles, achieve movement.

This ten-day intensive workshop, which as we mentioned will be co-taught by the leading faculty of the Emergent Technologies and Design Programme at the AA and the faculty of Architecture and MEDIAlab at California College of the Arts, will explore active systems in nature, investigating biomimetic principles in order to analyze, design and fabricate prototypes that respond to electronic and environmental stimuli.

Students will work in teams to research specific biological systems, extracting logics of organization, geometry, structure and mathematics. Advanced analysis, simulation, modeling and fabrication tools will be introduced in order to apply this information to the design of both passive and active responsive architectural systems. Investigation and application of robotics, sensors and actuators will be employed for the activation of the material system investigation through the construction of working responsive prototypes.

In other words…its going to be legit.

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