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Biodynamic Structures

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Biodynamic Structures

Time: July 11, 2011 to July 22, 2011
Location: California College of the Arts
City/Town: San Francisco
Event Type: visiting, school, workshop
Organized By: AA | CCA
Latest Activity: Jul 9, 2011

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Event Description

Biodynamic Structures is a two-week design workshop co-taught by the Emtech faculty at the AA and the faculty of Architecture and MEDIAlab at California College of the Arts, exploring active and passive systems in architectural design that respond to changing environmental and spatial needs.


In its second year the workshop will delve more into the concepts of self-organization, emergence and systems behaviour in architecture, borrowing concepts and tools from biology. Associative modelling, simulation, material experiments and digital fabrication tools will be introduced in order to apply this information to the design of both passive and active responsive architectural systems.


The digital toolset for the studios will be Rhino, Grasshopper,, Firefly and Arduino. Model making, engagement with different materials and utilisation of digital fabrication will be integral to the core of the course throughout the workshop.

The workshop will provide students with the opportunity to engage in parallel with both the theoretical aspects of biomimetics and integrated design processes, as well as the technical tools essential for the realisation of design outcomes. It will explore adaptive and responsive systems in architecture, capable of interacting with their context, both environmental and social in a context specific brief.


The work generated throughout the workshop, as well as the final prototypes constructed will contribute to a publication and travelling exhibition as the culmination of the three-year programme.


The deadline for applications is 20 June 2011. A late deadline of 4 July 2011 is also in effect, but this will incur a £50 surcharge. Application forms and additional information are available online at: and applications can be submitted to:

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Comment by Gennifer E Munoz on June 9, 2011 at 10:32am
Great to hear. I have great knowledge of Rhino and Grasshopper, but not Firefly. I am also acquainted with Andy and Jason. Thanks for the info! See you there.
Comment by ChristinaD on June 9, 2011 at 10:23am

Hi Gennifer,

Glad that you are excited!

the instructors of Firefly during the biodynamic structures workshop are its developers, Jason K Johnson and
Andy Payne. All tutorials are being taught by experts in specific fields. If your question is related to the participants, then it is not obligatory to have in depth knowledge of arduino/firefly. It is very productive though for the participants to have basic knowledge of rhino/ grasshopper (again not mandatory). 


Comment by Gennifer E Munoz on June 9, 2011 at 9:49am

I'm very excited about this workshop!


Out of curiosity, are the people here well experienced with Arduino / firefly?

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