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

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GENERATIVE RESIDENCE 2017
GENERATIVE RESIDENCE 2017

Architectural generative design inherits and expands traditional design methods, leading architects to seek new ways of creation, fully demonstrating advancement and upgrade of technology, which is an innovation of ideas and means. The undergraduate design studio requires students to master the basic methods of programming and related mathematics knowledge, and explore the algorithmic implementation mechanism […]

Upsilon – Robotic Timber Construction
Upsilon – Robotic Timber Construction

The Upsilon Pavilion presented the robotic technology of Southeast University at the 7th China International Robot Show (CIROS 2018), 4-7 July, 2018. The 5.8×5.8×3.7m Pavilion consists of 145 timber beams fabricated by a robotic milling system and 87 metal connectors cut by a laser cutter. Each connector joins three beams. The structure uses 0.56 cubic […]

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 […]

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 […]

High Resolution Fabrication
High Resolution Fabrication

Southeast University Team: Li Ce(李策), Yao Sheng(姚升), Wu Mingxuan(伍铭萱), Qiao Jiongchen(乔炯辰) ,Zhang Xinyi(张幸怡),Wang Junemay(王君美),Li Pingyuan(李平原) Tutor: Michael Hansmeyer Coordinator: Li Biao(李飚), Hua Hao(华好) Assistant:Wu Longjie (吴龙杰),Wang Jusen(王居森), Ji Yunzhu(季云竹) Time: Nov 2014-Jan 2015         The 8-week design studio explored the conception and design of architectural objects based on generative computational processes. It […]

Robotic Machining
Robotic Machining

Multiple axis robots have brought a lot of inspirations to free-form surface fabrication. One strategy assembles materials to construct complex structures, for instance, robotic 3D printing and robotic masonry. The other chooses material-removal process. For example, the TRI_V project of Lab.AAA cut polystyrene boards with hot wire to produce shell components. While the ‘Generative Surface Machining’ project […]

Tooling
Tooling

The digital fabrication studio ‘Tooling’ seeks synergy between codes, design, materials and fabrication. The Processing IDE is employed as a tool for transforming inputs, developing designs and producing CNC data. We emphasize a digital chain from early-stage design to final production. Digital tooling does not only pursue precision and productivity but also motivates methodological innovations in […]

Pixel Replica
Pixel Replica

Pixel Replica is a self-organizing map that replicates any images on various scales. The program “tiles” the sample image by simulating the implicit patterns inside the image rather than by copying the image. Furthermore, this “learning” process could mimic the image with voxels, in other words, invent a 3D version of the 2D image. The “mimicking” […]

manyFolds
manyFolds

How do virtual dimensions relate with real spaces?  This experiment investigates topological manifolds and Euclidean space. As we know, a 1-dimensional manifold in 2-dimensional space can be projected to a 1-dimensional map (line). Likewise, a 2d manifold in 3d space can be mapped as a 2d map (surface). In order to explore the freedom of […]

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