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The four year Complex Modelling research project investigates the infrastructures of our design models. By questioning the tools for integrating information across the expanded digital design chain, the project asks how to support feedback between different scales of design engagement moving from material design, across design, simulation and analysis to specification and fabrication. Continue reading

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Inflated Restraint (2016)

Investigating cutting patterns and net topologies in a pneumatic hybrid

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Inflated Restraint investigates how computational techniques of clustering and graph traversal can be applied in the context of cable stiffened pneumatic structures to produce new forms of expression.

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Lace Wall (2016)

Generative Cable Networks For Active Bending Structures

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Lace Wall explores hybrid structures that combine elements in tension and compression. Here two elements of low stiffness – the fibreglass beam and the cable network – are combined to create one whole of high stiffness. The element is form active shaped by the interdependency between the elements that restrain each other.

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Complex Modelling Research Exhibition (03.09 – 11.12.2016)

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CITA is exhibiting the final three demonstrators of the Complex Modelling project in a research exhibition in Copenhagen from 3. September – 11. December 2016.

The Complex Modelling research exhibition explores new design strategies for architectural construction. Digital design and fabrication and the integration of simulation into our design tools are enabling new ways of using materials and building. The research exhibition presents results from CITA’s latest research into air-inflated membranes, hybrid structures combining tension and compression based elements and into the strategic corrugation of steel plates using robotic fabrication. The exhibition presents the final three digital-material experiments that make up this research.

2016_CM_RE_EINVITEv2F_blank Complex Modelling is a Sapere Aude Advanced Research project granted by The Danish Council for Independent Research and undertaken by CITA: the Centre for IT and Architecture at KADK. It investigates the infrastructures of our design models. By questioning the tools for integrating information across the expanded digital design chain, the project asks how to support feedback between different scales of design engagement moving from material design, across design, simulation and analysis to specification and fabrication.

Venue:
Meldahls Smedie
Danneskiold-Samsøes Allé 51
Copenhagen

Learning (machine) Learning (2016)

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The complex modelling workshop and symposium Crossing Into Physical Realms with Collaborative & Interactive Machine Learning is a three day event exploring and discussing machine learning methods, their application within architecture and the impact of this computational paradigm will have on the ways physical artifacts and spaces are designed, fabricated and behave. The event is structured around a two-day workshop and a one day seminar drawing together key researchers form the fields of architecture, evolutionary robotics, computer science and artificial intelligence. The workshop provides an opportunity for participants to engage with machine learning in a design-led and hands-on way, and the symposium provides an opportunity to discuss, reflect and gain insight from cutting-edge research and practices engaging with machine learning.

 

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The morning session of this first workshop day has provided a theoretical grounding in machine learning concepts, methods of problem representation (direct and in-direct), principle and hybrid paradigms (Evolutionary Computation, Artificial Neural Networks, NeuroEvolution of Augmenting Topologies (NEAT), Compositional Pattern Producing Networks (CPPN) and HyperNEAT), algorithm architecture and application realms. This was delivered by Sebastian Risi (ITU). The afternoon session was led by Robert Vierlinger (University of Applied Arts Vienna and Bollinger+Grohmann) who provided a whistlestop tour of the new Octopus plugin for Grasshopper. Workshop participants followed a series of introductory design exercises using CPPNs – warming up for the design exercise of Day 2 which will see machine learning informed designs fabricated using CNC milling…

 

Crossing Into Physical Realms with Collaborative & Interactive Machine Learning
is co-organised by CITA and REAL:Robotics, Evolution and Arts Lab, ITU

 

Exhibition In Rotterdam (2015)

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1:1 samples from three research projects will be part of the materialXperience exhibition in Amsterdam from 27.-29.th January. Hybrid Tower, Stressed Skin and Sensitive Ceramics demonstrate how material and its behavior becomes part of design through the combination of digital fabrication, simulation and Craft. The projects are simultaneously investigations into novel ways of robotic making with CNC Knitted Textiles, sheet metal and porcelain and new areas of architectural computing. Tower and Stressed Skin are part of the Sapere Aude research project Complex Modelling http://www.complexmodelling.dk/ at CITA.
More info and free tickets to the event here http://materialxperience.com/

Design Modelling Symposium Copenhagen 2015 – Workshop & Masterclass announced

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The Design Modelling Symposium Copenhagen 2015 is hosted by CITA and is the first conference, which takes place within the Complex Modelling project.

The conference on September 30th – October 2nd and the four 2-day workshops and one Master Class preceding the event, provide a unique opportunity for practitioners to gather theoretical and practical knowledge and expertise in the current state and technology for the increasingly relevant modelling practices in architecture and engineering. A focus in the workshop is to provide knowledge and tool, which are directly applicable in practice.

The workshops and Master Class are hence ran by leading researchers and practitioners from high profile companies and universities including KieranTimberlake, designtoproduction, HAL-Robotics, Bollinger-Grohmann, Berkley and Harvard University, who will share their expertise and latest developments.

We hope that you and your colleagues are taking the chance to register for the workshop and join the event. The Workshops and Master Class fee of 460 Euros includes entry to the conference. The conference only fees is 320 Euro (professional). A reduced fee is available for students.

Please find more information and the registration here

Complex Modelling – Opening reception and Evaluation event (21.04.2015)

CM-DesignMuseumThe ComplexModelling Project invites for a public evaluation event and reception. We will present two demonstrators at the Danish design Museum and discuss the ongoing project with experts and he interested public.

April 21. 2015 – Evaluation Seminar – PROGRAMME:

MORNING: PROJECT OVERVIEW AND STATUS

9:30 – 10:00           Welcome and coffee – browse around the process exhibition
10:00 – 10:30           Presentation of the full project scope and ideas
10:30 – 11:30           Presentation of sketches and projects: Tower
11:30 – 12:30           Presentation of sketches and projects: Stressed Skin
12:30 – 13:30           Lunch Break / Walk around the installations

AFTERNOON SESSION: INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION OF THE CONSTITUENT PROJECTS

13:30 – 14:30          PhD Anders Holden Deleuran 1st year VIVA presentation
14:30 – 15:30          PhD David Stasiuk pre-final VIVA presentation
15:30 – 16:00          PhD Michel Schmeck startup presentation: aims and ambitions

 

Complex Modelling is supported by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science.  

The Social Weavers (2013)

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The Social Weavers is a bending active, non-standard grid shell structure made from fibre composite rods of variable diameter and stiffness. The installation develops aggregate self-forming processes that intersect with the behavioural activation and distribution of fibre-composites under design direction for the production of a novel architecture. 

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