Topo-facade: envelope design and fabrication planning using topological mesh representations.
Robert Aish is visiting professor of Design Computation at the University of Bath. He studied with the renowned craftsman, David Pye, at the Royal College of Art and also with the pioneering design methodologist, Bruce Archer. His interest in design computation reflect these formative influences. Robert Aish has been at the forefront of the parametric design movement, first in shipbuilding at the Gdansk Shipyard, followed by YRM where parametric software was first applied to architecture in the development of the Waterloo International Railway Station designed by Grimshaw. These ideas where further developed in GenerativeComponents with SmartGeometry and latterly with the development of DesignScript as the fusion of graph based parametrics and imperative scripting. The project presented at Fabricate 2014 is a collaboration with Erik Verboon and Gustav Fagerstrom of Buro Happold, New York and demonstrates how computation and topology can be combined with great effect in façade design and fabrication.
Gustav Fagerström is a registered architect and Associate with Buro Happold New York where he leads the structural BIM and advanced modeling team. Specializing in design computation, automation and Building Information Modeling he has developed his knowledge in all project phases from concept to construction. His work focuses on the areas of intersection of architecture, engineering and computer science and deals with the optimization and automation of design processes by means of novel techniques in computational modeling, analysis and programming. He has practiced architecture with Urban Future Organization and with Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in the UK and with UNStudio in the Netherlands, gaining experience of projects in over 10 different countries. Work of his has been exhibited and published in Europe, the Americas and Asia as well as presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale, CAADRIA, ACADIA and the SmartGeometry conference. Frequently engaging with academia he has sat on design juries, given workshops and lectures at UPenn, Yale, the AA London, UCL Bartlett, the Royal Institute of Technology and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm.