Call for Workshop Participants

Workshops offer the possibilities to give participants a hands-on experience and, for the workshop leader, to have an intense discussion with a small group of people on their research topic. The workshops will be held on the 22nd and the 23rd of August 2016 at the University of Oulu, Oulu School of Architecture.

The sign up for attending the workshops will open not later than 17th of June and the registration will close 8th of August 2016. All workshop participants need to be registered to the eCAADe 2016 Conference (and pay the fee), but there is no additional fee for attending the workshops. The workshop participants will be selected to the workshops based on the sign-up order.





eCAADe Workshops
Oulu School of Architecture
Aleksanterinkatu 6
90014 University of Oulu





Workshop 01

Digital Leadership

One day workshop:
Tuesday 23.08.2016, 10:00 – 12:00
Location: AhKo (small wooden building)

Tadeja Zupancic University of Ljubljana
Johan Verbeke Katholieke University Leuven
Henri Achten Czech Technical University
Aulikki Herneoja University of Oulu

Digital tools are part and parcel of contemporary practice in architecture and in the academic environment. Everyone is aware of the potential of tools such as parametric design, Building Information Modelling, generative design, and so on. High-profile projects such as the British Museum Great Court, Smithsonian Institution Courtyard roof, Beijing New Airport Terminal Building, Arnhem Central Transfer Hall, could not have been realized without such technologies. Characteristic for leading offices that are pushing the envelope of architectural design is that they have an integral view of the architectural design and the digital tools that enable such design – we would call this “digital leadership.”

This workshop explores and discusses the power of the 'Digital Leadership' concept. The workshop organizers/presenters challenge the potential participants with the initial questions: What is leadership? What does it main for CAAD, practice, education...?

After short introductions, the workshop will be developed from an open brainstorming of the participants: creative practitioners in design/research and teaching/learning at any level of their career development will explore what the ability of an individual or organization to "lead" or guide other individuals, teams, or entire organizations means for the domain covered by eCAADe as well as to explore the potential implications.




Workshop 02

Multi‐User Virtual Online Design Environment for Mass‐Housing

Two day workshop:
Monday 22.08.2016, 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 23.08.2016, 9:00 -18:00
Location: Apaja Lecture Hall /front (flat floor)

Lo Tian Tian Victoria University of Wellington
Marc Aurel Schnabel Victoria University of Wellington

This workshop aims to achieve design collaboration between end users and architects to generate jointly a mass housing design solution. Using a computational support system the process can be facilitated and ‘simplified’ into design and interaction rules for participants to engage in the process effortlessly. The participatory design experience of mass housing is enriched by an interactive gamified virtual environment that offers incentives for a social design interaction.

Comparing the concept of mass housing to a game, one can observe some similarities. We will introduce and employ the software ‘Fuzor’ as interactive virtual environment. Participants will be exposed to the opportunities and possibilities this software provides to architectural participatory design processes either as a research tool or for real practical projects. They will be then be introduced to a computational platform, ‘ModRule’, which is developed by the presenters to engage with each other at an early stage of a mass housing design process. The multi‐user virtual design environment blends seamless between both systems to arrive at a social interaction of all stakeholders.

Participants will explore the potentials of Fuzor’s open source API to develop plugins or to link with other applications such as ModRule. They will test various parameters to arrive at an optimum level of their design of a mass housing. Also, they will use their newly gained knowledge to explore different design solutions matching various needs of stakeholders, architects and end users.




Workshop 03 - CANCELLED

Ruled Assemblies - Exploring parametric and robotic strategies

Two day workshop:
Monday 22.08.2016, 9:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 23.08.2016, 9:00 -18:00

Pedro Martins University of Porto
Pedro de Azambuja Varela University of Porto

Digital design tools empower architects to explore complex customized solutions for traditional architectural problems. Nevertheless the materialization of these solutions often imposes constraints that should be acknowledged early in the conceptual phase and regarded as opportunities to explore a design strategy that integrates material, technology and form in tectonically relevant solutions. This workshop will be developed around the problem of the joint in a robotic prefabrication strategy.

Joint, in the creation of architectural elements, is a notion connected with multi parts assemblies, present in prefabrication strategies as well as stereotomy. Prefabrication has been traditionally regarded as constrained to repetitive forms; this idea is challenged by the latest digital technologies, giving the possibility of unique and precise prefabricated elements. Stereotomy is a construction technique in which a large shape, such as an arch or vault, is built with subdivided elements of the former, where these will fit perfectly through their joints to allow for the correct flux of forces to ensure stability.

Robotic Hot Wire Cutting is a digital fabrication technology that allows for the creation of molds for the prefabrication of complex concrete elements with unprecedented speed when compared to other subtractive processes but is limited to the realization of ruled surfaces. A limited, repetitive subset of these geometries has a been a vast source of inspiration for designers such as Eduardo Torroja and Felix Candela due to their direct relation with traditional building technologies (eg. wood formwork). Robotic Hot Wire Cutting expands the space of design possibilities within the environment of ruled surfaces by enabling the production of virtually any such surface and more importantly, by introducing the possibility of variation.

In this workshop, the participants will be faced with a design problem, and will have to solve it within the possibilities and constraints of this specific fabrication technology.




Workshop 04

Contextualized Digital Heritage Workshop - Oulu

Two day workshop:
Monday 22.08.2016, 9:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 23.08.2016, 9:00 -17:30
Location: Art Class

Danilo Di Mascio Northumbria University
Anetta Kepczynska-Walczak Lodz University of Technology
Dr Nicholas Webb Liverpool School of Architecture

Built heritage represents a precious material and cultural resource to be studied and preserved for present and future generations. In recent years, constructions (buildings, monuments) pertaining to cultural heritage are increasingly understood, documented, managed, analysed and disseminated through the application of several digital technologies; this trend has created one of the main research areas in architecture, called Digital Heritage. Digital technologies open up alternative and new possibilities in the study of tangible and intangible features of built heritage. They don’t substitute traditional methods and tools but complement and enrich them. The huge variety of constructions pertaining to cultural heritage is studied using a likewise wide range of digital technologies and methods such as: laser scanning, CAAD, 3D modellers, game engines, BIM and Semantic Web technologies. The use of these digital technologies is always supported by the collection and analysis of historical information and by theoretical and methodological frameworks, influenced by a large number of architectural theories and concepts. One of the main points that characterizes built heritage compared to contemporary constructions is the strong connection with a specific physical and cultural context. For this reason, the main idea that underlies this workshop proposal is linked with a contextualized practical exercise.

The workshop will provide a balance of on-site visits, plenary sessions, breakout discussions and practical exercise activities. This workshop aims to create a space to allow scholars to discuss, share and apply their knowledge in a digital heritage exercise contextualized in Oulu.




Workshop 05

Building for an Autonomous Future

One day workshop:
Monday 22.08.2016, 09:00 - 17:00

Jaehwan Kim Advanced Institutes of Convergence Technology, South Korea
Mathew Schwartz Advanced Institutes of Convergence Technology, South Korea
Andrzej Zarzycki College of Architecture and Design, NJIT

With the increase in research into and the signs of near-future adoption of autonomous vehicles, the role of infrastructure as the facilitator and enabler of this transformation comes into question. This question needs to probe not only technological but also, or primarily, design and human considerations. What are technological components of autonomous vehicle-enabled cities, and what is expected of future buildings to meet these new needs?

Current infrastructure can already manifest a certain level of control and autonomy, as is the case with automated parking garages or motion-sensing lights. However, a broader implementation of independent agents interacting and communicating with the existing infrastructure is still very limited. To speed up the development of autonomous and mobility-friendly smart cities, architects and planners need to understand the technologies behind autonomous vehicles and the ways these technologies may inform future buildings. In the same way that the current urban infrastructure, such as tactile floor tiles, can help visually impaired people to safely navigate cities by providing clues about traffic patterns and access points, autonomous vehicles could benefit from various localization and navigation aids to increase deployment time and act as additional safety measures increasing the overall system resiliency.

This workshop will demonstrate, in detail, technologies used in designing autonomous vehicles and the role infrastructure can play to further enhance human mobility, safety, and connected cities. The workshop will also focus on the development of the conceptual framework for the built environment as a possible template for an autonomous future.




Workshop 06 - CANCELLED

Transformational Intelligent Systems.
Parametric Simulation Workshop Proposal

One day workshop:
Monday 22.08.2016, 9:00 - 18:00

Effimia Giannopoulou Thessaloniki, Greece
Nelson Montás Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Pablo Baquero Bogotá, Colombia

Contemporary design methods and processes are shaped by the tools and industry related topics such as materiality, mechanics and organic assembly. These factors influence, if not determine, not just the way the final product is achieved, but also how we think about our emotional attachment to products themselves.

In that framework, our proposal is that if we can develop integrated design, simulation as a means to preview fabrication, not only can we achieve a more fluid road between ideas and component/products, but also upgrade its potential influence in the public through an adaptability that can be far more customizable than anything we’ve done or even imagined before. In this mindset, intelligent kinetic systems are at the forefront regarding intelligence embedded, dynamic systems.

Material behavior simulation (specifically Shape Memory Alloys or SMA, in this case TiNi) could shape the decision making processes in design and pose specific kinetic challenges that arise from bridging the gap between those two workflow processes (design and fabrication). Our workshop intends to propose a very specific kinetic design application, to define an architectural component and to build simulation models that anticipate the application’s physical behavior traits.




Workshop 07

Folding the Unfoldable: A Method for Constructing Complex. Curved Geometry with Quad Edge Panels

One day workshop:
Tuesday 23.08.2016, 10:00 - 15:00
Location: Computer Lab

Ergun Akleman Texas A&M University
Negar Kalantar Texas A&M University
Ali Reza Borhani Texas A&M University

In this workshop, we demonstrate that quad-edge mesh data structure can efficiently be used to construct complex large shapes. With hands-on experiments we will show a vast variety of shapes can be constructed using square, rectangular, parallelogram and extruded-line shaped panels. In addition, using a system we have recently developed to unfold polygonal mesh, we will demonstrate how desired shapes can be constructed by using laser-cut quadrilateral panels. This approach is particularly suitable to construct complicated sculptural and architectural shapes from anisotropic materials that can only be bended in one direction.

We will bring a wide variety of pre-laser-cut quad-edge panels. Panels will include square, rectangular and parallelogram shaped panels. In addition, we will bring a set of trapezoidal that corresponds to construction of a specific2-manifold shape. We also bring sufficient amount fasteners. Using these the participants will build variety of shapes.




Workshop 08 - CANCELLED

Beyond showing renders
-Prezi presentations for architects-

One day workshop:
Tuesday 23.08.2016, 9:00 - 16:00

Ádám Kovács Budapest University of Technology and Economics
István Csúsz Prezi Learn & Support team

Our goal is to present a new way of visual communication for architects.

During a design project communicating ideas, concept and plans the best way is essential for architects. We have several contents to share: hand draws, plans, 3D models, realistic renders, video animations. How can we communicate all of these in the same time, in a way that your audience understands the relations among all of them? Meanwhile how can every bit of information remain crystal clear?

During this workshop we are going to show how to plan a presentation. We are going to introduce the mind-map technique and the way to implement it to Prezi. We will show how storytelling can help you, and how architects use Prezi as an online collaborative tool.

We would like to achieve a mind-shifting experience for the attendees and hope to see their old, slide based project introduction to be more dynamic and well structured.




Workshop 09

Dynamo: Intro/Analysis/Optimization
by Autodesk

One day workshop:
Monday 22.08.2016, 10:00 - 17:30 (09:00-10:00 installation helpdesk)
Location: Computer Lab

Subhajit Das Intern Software Development, Generative Design at Autodesk

In this two-part workshop, participants will gain an extensive experience with computational design in a BIM environment using Dynamo. We will begin by level-setting with example workflows of Dynamo with Revit to build intermediate-level skills, then introduce specialized workflows for analysis and optimization.

The introductory part of the workshop will cover basic and advanced data management concepts in Dynamo, a survey of the out-of-the-box geometry and Revit functionalities, and exploration of popular Dynamo extensions. Workflows will include working with structural framing, tabular data, Revit element parameters and general rules-based design in Revit.

We will deploy Dynamo to manage geometric, solar, spatial planning, structural analysis workflows, using packages and extensions that will be provided by the instructors. Finally, we will combine the power of computation and analysis by constructing routines to optimize designs.

Beginners are encouraged to explore Dynamo before the workshop begins, but rest assured that we will systematically cover all of the basics so that participants will understand the range of options that exist to solve problems with Dynamo.


Last updated: 22/8/2016