Institute of Architectural Algorithms & Applications 建筑运算与应用研究所 School of Architecture, Southeast University, Nanjing

mero – Robotic Timber Construction
Generative Residence 2016
Robotic Fabrication 2017
Taihu Stone Imagination
Robotic Timber Construction
mero – Robotic Timber Construction
mero – Robotic Timber Construction

The ‘mero’ pine sphere in ZDICP Nanjing is the first constructed instance among the mero class. Each member of the mero class is parameterized, furthermore, all components of any mero installation are geometrically unique. Thus, the mero pavilion is similar to natural organism within which the form is differentiated anywhere. Contrast to industrial uniform products, […]

Generative Residence 2016
Generative Residence 2016

The design studio is conducted on the two levels: site planning and house/apartment design, which constantly inform each other. Classical methods such as multi-agent systems and evolutionary algorithms are studied and adapted to fit bespoke design logics. On the one hand, the students investigated a vast range of computational/mathematical models through programming; on the other […]

Robotic Fabrication 2017
Robotic Fabrication 2017

The undergraduate design studio is to build a pavilion at the cross of two pedestrian roads in the campus. To formalize design ideas, the students developed computational models that do not only encapsulate the design logics, but also incorporate the procedure for their digital fabrication. The twelve students, in four groups, created forms with Processing, […]

Taihu Stone Imagination
Taihu Stone Imagination

Taihu Stone Imagination The installation is built on the side of Taihu Lake at Yixing. The team developed a computer program to simulate the complex geometry of Taihu stones, which has been widely recognized as an essential symbol of Chinese traditional aesthetics. This design combines the Gyroid minimal surface and the meatball algorithm to create […]

Robotic Timber Construction
Robotic Timber Construction

The Neuron project built a novel thin-shell structure with advanced methods of computational design & robotic fabrication. The wood pavilion, located in the campus at Nanjing University, spans about seven meters. The entire installation is made of 61 pieces of irregular plywood panels connected by their own “fingers”, without any nails or glue. The team […]

Interactive Design 2016
Interactive Design 2016

By integrating sensors and actuators, building can also feel and react to its occupants to improve their experience and save energy. In this 8 weeks working studio, students were asked to choose one building element and give it interactive functionality by programming, circuit and mechanical design, and finally build a prototype to demonstrate the concept. […]

Digital Fabrication 2016
Digital Fabrication 2016

The 2016 workshop of Digital Fabrication consists of 11 students of fourth grade. They gain a new architectural perspective by exploring the potential of machine-induced design and materialization processes. The works are exhibited in the AAA (Architectural Algorithms & Applications) conference in Southeast University (2016.11.24 – 12.05). The course is very intensive since the students learn […]

Generative Residence 2015
Generative Residence 2015

Computational approach to residential architecture in Institute of Architectural Algorithms & Applications (former CAAD Lab) were initiated in the early 1980s. Thirty years after the first attempt, the workshop led by Prof. L. Biao and H. Hao revisited this topic with cutting-edge advantages in algorithms, optimization, and computational geometry. The design is conducted on the […]

Beyond the Grid (Chinese & English Version)
Beyond the Grid (Chinese & English Version)

When I assumed the professorship for CAAD at the ETH in Zurich in September  2000, computer aided architectural design was mainly a matter of building models in a computer. Two directions were then prevalent: Under the title of  ‘virtual reality’—in simple terms, applied computer graphics—the surface features of  architecture were reproduced in the computer, while […]

CDDF 2015
CDDF 2015

运算化设计与数控建造   Computational Design & Digital Fabrication 指导教师:华好,李飚     助教:季云竹,郭梓峰 The 2015 workshop of Computational Design and Digital Fabrication (CDDF 2015) at the School of Architecture is directed by Hao Hua and Prof. Li Biao. The workshop consists of 12 students of fourth grade. They gain a new architectural perspective by exploring the potential of machine-induced […]

2.5D Print
2.5D Print

Process: 1. Generate geometric data (Eclipse, Java). 2. Convert geometric data into G-code (Eclipse, Java). 3. Print with G-code.   printer: FDM, delta robot. material: PLA. elapsed time: 1 hour per piece. print head run: 120m-150m per piece. height: 0.15m. topology: single closed curve per layer.   by Hao Hua, Guo Zifeng November 2015 . .

Digital Chain
Digital Chain

Digital tools innovate design methods. The undergraduate workshop ‘Digital Chain’ led by Prof. Li Biao and Hao Hua made the techniques of computer programming, computational geometry, and CNC fabrication accessible to the students. The workshop pursues a seamless digital chain covering form-finding, material research, tectonic design, and NC production. The essential course of design lies […]

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