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Advanced Digital Model and Digital Fabrication

Date: 03/11/2011

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Location: 100 Rapson Hall

Cost: Free


Friday, March 11, 2011, 2 pm, 100 Rapson Hall
Advanced Digital Model and Digital Fabrication
Gil Akos and Ronnie Parsons, Studio Mode, New York

This lecture will introduce participants to the conceptual and technical domain of parametric design by engaging systemic processes which register and respond to a range of diverse ecological criteria. The parametric modeling plug-in Grasshopper in conjunction with digital fabrication technology will be the primary platform for design research. The lecture will investigate the Urban Archipelago as an architectural catalyst for tectonic and spatial innovation. The archipelago, a chain of islands grouped either geographically or geologically, is a diverse ecology that differs vastly from that of its land-based counterparts in its capacity to accelerate the adaptation of material systems. This lecture will show the catalyst work produced under the direction of Akos & Parsons, which developed a collection of architectural prototypes related both spatially and logically that range in scale from the wearable to the occupiable.

Studio Mode/modeLab is a Brooklyn-based design studio and research collective founded by Ronnie Parsons and Gil Akos. As a studio committed to design as a form of applied research, Mode engages in practices that have a requisite and deep connection to material and the processes by which it is formed and informed. While they are interested in intense iterative design processes, they believe the evolution and contextualization of these procedures in a broader social and cultural domain is both their primary objective and the means for embedding interest and significance into design.

Parsons holds both a Bachelor and a Master of Science in Architecture and has studied abroad at The Architectural Association, London; The Institute for Experimental Architecture, Innsbruck; and The University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Parsons has taught at Stevens Institute of Technology as well as the Pratt Institute and has assisted in design studios at Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture and Princeton University School of Architecture.

Akos holds both a Master’s of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and a Master’s of Architecture from the University of Kansas. Akos has taught at the Product Architecture Lab | Stevens Institute of Technology and Pratt Institute and assisted in design studios at Columbia University and Princeton University.

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  • Name: Laura Walton
  • E-mail: lwalton@umn.edu
  • Sponsored by: School of Architecture, College of Design

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Laura Walton at 612-626-6385 or lwalton@umn.edu.

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