Category Archives: Studio

final digital presentation

mid-review | current issue

Post is subject to frequent updates and changes: post will be updated continuously with current layout pages as they become available until the mid-review at which time post will move to the ‘current issue’ page for further review. Only up-to-date boards will be shown below. Below is the index and order of presentation layout; layouts will be listed up-to-date if they are current and will move to bottom of priority list.
-Cover (up-to-date)
-Sketch (up-to-date)
-Mapping: area of interest-macro
-Mapping: typologies: area of interest: network
-Mapping: bus routes/area of interest circulation
-Mapping: business/sites within area of interest “acupuncture points” + info
-Mapping: soundscape map (?)
-Business Diagram
-Siting Process/Strategy: Acoustics (up-to-date)
-Siting Strategy: arbitrary (up-to-date)
-Program Typology (up-to-date)
-Acoustic Reflection I (up-to-date)
-Acoustic Reflection II (up-to-date)
-Acoustic Foam Treatments (up-to-date)
-Geometric Explorations: swale geom. (up-to-date)
-Geometric Explorations: truncated geom.
-Fabrication: foam wall 5 (up-to-date)
-Fabrication: photos (up-to-date)
-Fabrication: acoustic milling patterns (up-to-date)
-Scripting: pseudo diagram
-Formal Studies: speciation matrix (up-to-date)
-Formal Studies: speciation matrix–enhanced view:catalog
-Representations: renderings/scenes



03-Sketch 01

04-Sketch 02

05-Mapping: Site Selection

06-Mapping: Bus Routes

07-Mapping: Midtown+Cass Corridor

08-Mapping: Midtown+Cass Corridor

09-Business Strategy

10Process Diagram

11-Siting Strategy – generic

12-Program Typology

13-Acoustic Reflection I

13-Acoustic Reflection II

14-Acoustic Foam Treatments

15-Geometric Explorations: Swales I

16-Geometric Exlorations: Swales II

17-Geometric Explorations: Truncated Pyramid

18-Fabrication: Schedule

19-Fabrication: Foam + Milling Photographs

20-Fabrication: Foam + Milling Photographs

21-Fabrication: Acoustic Milling Patterns: Blue Foam

22-20-Scripting: Pseudo Diagram + Process

23-Formal Studies: Speciation Matrix

24-Representation: Small Scale Event w/Enhanced Matrix
25-Representation: Medium Scale Event w/Enhanced Matrix
26-Representation: Large Scale Event w/Enhanced Matrix

mid review updates

-ive gone through the presentation and these i the changes i think need to be made to the current presentation: there are also new pages being added, and the order listed is the order i see the current presentation being laid out: see the current or existing 02.23.2010 presentation document for references which will be made by text:

-update cover art to match project – emphasis on acoustics/music/sound/etc.-JB
-new title: suggestion: detroit soundscape: urban acupuncture?

-last paragraph: reword to match current trajectory–no longer about dismantling -CR

-add sketch: large event -JB
-add sketch: small event -JB
-short narrative on each -JB

schedule:(move to fabrication section-see below) -JB
-02.26.10 – curved wall test
-03.12.10 – milling studies
-03.13.10 – foam seating test
-03.14.10 – surface coatings
-03.16.10 – mid review

mapping: -CR
-area of interest-overall
-typologies within area of interest-network created
-bus routes/circulation thru area
-business/or sites within area under investigation-acupuncture points
-soundscape of area? if possible some acoustic analysis/diagrammatic

business diagram:-CR

siting strategy: -JB
-redo siting strategy
-fix overlapping and misplaced text
-fix line weights: visibility
-isometric: actual area of investigation
-show network/circulation/path from area to area
-reference to renderings/representations towards end of presentation
-label business – reference to business diagram

performance + acoustics:
-“enhanced” misspelled -JB
-update bottom series: typology + use -JB
-add ergonomics diagram: seating, etc. -CR

acoustic reflection properties: -JB
-line weights too thick–fix
-text not legible- resize
-reference to acoustic reflection math diagram

acoustic reflection properties: -JB
-add new acoustic reflection digram

material acoustics: -JB
-update isometric milling patterns: swale, truncated, rough pass, voronoi?
-update placement strategy diagram: show where these would go

geometric explorations:(swale surface) -JB
-add kuka foam wall 5 milling diagram (new)
-add kuka foam wall 5 renderings

fabrication: -JB
-add updated schedule(see above)
-add milling test dwgs + renderings
-add milling test photos
-add kuka foam test photos(snapshots)
-delete old studies no longer relevant(poorly crafted “bumps”)

scripting: -CR
-update script diagram: variability, truncation
-update pseudo-scenario of acoustic reflection on site-add actual site+geom.

formal studies: -JB
-delete all old studies from this page
-add geometry matrix-reference to catalog or is catalog
-add speciation catalog(50)-reference to matrix

interventions: -JB
-redo/update all renderings/representations-current geom + scenarios
-update diagrams somehow
-show sectional relationship of scenario in representation
-show placement on map + network to other sites (relationships)
-use actual site photos gathered from area of interest


-foam matrix
-kuka foam wall 5
-milling studies w/coatings tests

-foreground general concept, explain how microiconography is working

-key is how algorithm is enabling the realization of what would otherwise not be possible
-intelligent site specific reflection/absorption

-what fabrication possibilities are created by the robot, and how are the products quantifiably differnet because of the methodology
-super controlled dispensation of foam
-complex forms

-catalogue of many diverse outcomes to show differentiation
-example of one that is taken all the way through

-business diagram
-flesh out how we’re occupying space
-tighten up narrative
-branding books


-relative locations of building typologies in the area
-sites, both specific and networked
-specific physical features of chosen
-existing sound
-physical features of the site

-different ways of reflecting sound
-bump unit geometry/types
-(bump with with dimple out the one side)
-milling patterns
-raster milling?
-bump assemblies
-bump scales
-gradient types
-diagrams of possible uses for bumps
-equipment storage
-bass traps

-how the script incorporates site variables
-individual bump geometry
-ergonomic incorporation

-video stills
-material tests

site selections
acoustic map of primary site
-types of sound
-sources of sound

scripting diagrams
-pull codes and regulations
biz narrative diagrams
secondary uses

1. major physical test

2. milling pattern tests
-talk to moji tomorrow
-develop a few surfaces that reflect our geometry

3. finished surface tests
raster pyramid
tie back? structure on wall?
milling pattern climbing handholds

brief | 03

While its overall economic and social decline is well-documented, Detroit has nonetheless managed to sustain historically rooted cultural establishments as well as generate a handful of new ones. In the face of the dominant image of Detroit as a city that is bleeding out, decentralized commercial districts are forming with the establishment of new businesses. This nascent vitality is not totally legible from the outside; a car culture borne of the city’s inherent friendliness to automotive transit is further supported by a perceived lack of pedestrian safety. In part, the lack of pedestrian safety is the result of a lack of pedestrian presence. The implementation of strategically positioned insertions can serve to activate the sidewalk by creating spatial and social conditions that incentivize and support pedestrian community. The resulting visibility of local business and cultural activity can in turn strengthen the identities of these commercial districts.

Drawing on Detroit’s musical heritage, we propose a system of interventions that would provide sites for public amateur musical performance as well as environments conducive to street-side social interaction. Local businesses would choose to sponsor one or more installations that would be detailed to suit the specific site conditions of each business. By aligning themselves with local performers, the businesses obtain an additional avenue for self-promotion while additionally establishing themselves as active supporters of their community. Music is a way in which people connect to one another; people gathering to watch a street performer step out of their status as individuals on the street and assume a collective identity as an audience, strengthening a sense of community.

The initial implementation of this system provides an acoustically enhanced venue, directly connected to the sponsor business, where performance times are be limited and adjusted as warranted by the needs and occupation patterns of the neighborhoods. Performances create a draw to the business and encourage people to linger at the business. During non-performance hours, the installations are open to continue to operate as a social space. Whether occupied by musicians, people on their lunch break, or no one at all, the installation’s street presence alone contributes to a contiguous community identity that is legible from the street.

The largest scale of intervention is a short-term installation in the form of a music festival. While a fresh performance territory is put in place for this event, this installation is sponsored and branded by participating businesses. At the end the of the festival, the installation will be dismantled and redeployed into the city as multi-functional fragments at bus stops, i.e. places on the street that have already established an identity as a place where there is a certain population density. By piggybacking onto existing bus stops, these installations will provide shelter that is current lacking at many of the city’s bus stops. They will be acoustically treated to provide a performance space for a street busker and, in turn, entertainment for the bus riders. Additionally, they will continue to be connected to their sponsor business and, in some cases, provide information about performances at other installations. In addition to reducing waste affiliated with the construction of short-term event spaces, this also provides an additional advertising benefit for the sponsor business. This logic can similarly be deployed in neighborhoods across the whole city, where one festival aggregates representatives from each commercial district into a single, highly imageable rebuttal to the dominant image of Detroit as a failing city.

program update 1.25

rumble strips
sound isolation booth
recording station
rhyming battle station
pirate radio
performance stage
musical environment (embedded resonance chambers)

staging logic:
pods that move around
impromptu festivals
underground shows

algorithmic logic diagrams

abandoned buildings
-site with high traffic for an outdoor interactive music environment
-abandoned house in a blocks
-dense with low pop/industrial

pig house
greek organ

Speciation + the Architecture of Micro Icons

This studio is part of a continuing series dedicated to furthering the evolution of the techniques and concepts of algorithmic architecture. In this instantiation the primary ambitions of the course are: – To test the proposition that the concept of architectural speciation is more robust, open and productive than typology. – To create an intimate feedback loop between material and digital investigations and experimentation, leading to projects-as-proof of new architectural possibilities and their extended cultural implications.
Proposing an alternative to the singular building as Icon (Sydney’s Opera House or Bilbao’s Guggenheim as prime examples) this studio asks for the design of a population of smaller public insertions that would define and collectively contribute to Detroit’s public identity. The precedents for this kind of swarm branding might be the yellow cabs in New York, London’s double-decker buses, Paris’ iconic subway entrances or even the activist initiated distribution of red tents for the homeless by Medecins sans Frontiers, also in Paris. This plural approach is both more flexible and more inclusive, allowing for the adaptive addition of elements as they are needed to serve the diverse desires of the city’s residents and visitors. In order to tie all of these ‘micro-icons’ together it is necessary to devise a common design vocabulary with a high capacity for variation in response to diverse contexts and programmatic or infrastructural demands. We will employ and develop computational design and robotic fabrication methodologies to face and celebrate these challenges.
Students, working in pairs, are to design and produce: – An urban siting and staging strategy for a population of micro-icons including a description of the range of proposed programs. The scale can range from that of a bus shelter to that of a pedestrian bridge or mono-rail station.
– A formal and constructional vocabulary with a high degree of consistency of character across a wide variety of performative possibilities demonstrated through a catalogue of possible outcomes. – Three highly resolved case study projects with different sites and different programs selected from the overall population.
– Detailed fabrication and assembly drawings of the construction system.
– A series of experimental physical prototypes evidencing intelligent design evolution.
– A high finish quality 1:1 built portion of the final building system at least 8ft high x 8ft wide.
Primary issues that will be discussed and explored through the studio are:
– The understanding of the city and in particular its public domain as a collectively owned and created system.
– Branding and iconography as they relate to culture.
– The questions of form, meaning and representation in architecture.
– The potential ambiguities of structure and ornament.
– How? vs. Why? vs. What?, Form vs. Content, Post-programming vs. Post-forming.