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Research Seminar and Workshop | 22-23 May 2014 | Politecnico di Milano

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Visibility related concepts overlap between spatial architectural analysis and configurational geometry. Novel tools for visibility analysis developed at Aedas and based on computational geometry are presented. In particular, interactive ‘isovist’ tools are proposed as support tools in the design practice for real-time validations of design schemes. Beside visibility analysis, tools allow to compute topological infrastructure analysis problems, like spatial resilience, shortest paths, occupancy patterns, flows and distances in space. Beside the open frontal seminar, a practical workshop to test tools is offered to students.

Invited speakers:

CHRISTIAN DERIX MSc Dip Arch | Director of Computational Design Research
Christian founded Aedas' Research & Development Group in 2004. He leads the Computational Design Research Group [CDR] that develops computational design applications for generative and analytical design processes in architecture with an emphasis on properties of space and human occupation. Recently, the work of CDR has been shortlisted for various design prices and research awards like the Compasso d’Oro in Italy and won the commendation of the President’s Medal for Practice Research of the Royal Institute of British Architects [RIBA]. Christian finished his architectural studies with an MSc in Computing & Design and has been teaching and researching the subject at the University of East London, University College London, Politecnico di Milano and Technical University Vienna. After graduating in 2001, he became joint-director with Paul Coates of the Centre for Evolutionary Computing in Architecture [CECA] at University of East London. He is currently completing a PhD on the subject of Computational Design at TU Vienna.

ÅSMUND IZAKI | senior designer and researcher at Aedas R&D
where he joined the Computational Design and Research group in 2007. During his time with Aedas he has been researching and implementing new forms of furniture design, architecture and urban planning through code. This takes the form of interactive tools and methods that have been applied in projects both internally and as an external service or in collaboration with industry or academic partners. Åsmund holds an MArch from NTNU, Norway and is regularly invited to lead courses and workshops on interdisciplinary topics related to design and technology.

Organizers: Laboratorio di Simulazione Urbana Fausto Curti, DAStU POLIMI (Eugenio Morello, Barbara Piga, Rossella Salerno with Laura Cibien and Anna Legnani)

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