We are glad to inform you, that our 6th eCAADe RIS 2018 workshop submission has been accepted!!!!
We will present a paper on Czech TreeHugger there and than in the evening show its Cyprian adaptation!!!
The Eco‐Systemic Prototypical Urban Intervention in The United Nations Buffer Zone in Nicosia
Figure 1: TreeHugger: Responsive Wood Insect Hotel that offers a variety of climatic and spatial conditions to be met with diverse insects’ preferences. This is achieved by global axis orientation, the shape of the hotel and cutting the panels from different positions of the tree trunk. Please also take note of the social communication and engagement of people and the insect habitation architecture (Photo: Carrithers 2017)
The workshop will be referenced to presented paper with the same name without location, offering hands on experience of prototyping and placing into public space the responsive wood insect hotel, TreeHugger. This eco‐systemic ‘prototypical urban intervention’ (Davidová, 2004; Doherty, 2005) would preferably take place at one of the trees in The United Nations Buffer Zone in Nicosia. The very difficult political‐urban situation gave birth to rich bio‐topes on a bio‐corridor within the, otherwise very anthropocentric, city centre of Nicosia, Cyprus. The research addresses the landscape ecologists’ discussion that our agricultural land has become so toxic (i.e. use of pests) that many species, that had adapted to them hundreds years ago, are recently adapting for the life in the cities. Nearly 80% of flying insects in biomass have disappeared since eighties/nineties in Western Europe from our landscape (Vogel, 2017). In similar percentage follows the decrease of birds that eats them (Czech Ornithologists Association, 2016). As architectural researchers addressing such data, we claim that we need to adapt our anthropocentrically evolved cities for the co‐living situation with other species across the communities.
The workshop will provide a lecture and consultancy on responsive solid wood system panelling Ray
and TreeHugger prototype that is presented as a paper at the conference. The hands on will start with adjusting its Grasshopper code to the local tools and local specific parameters. For high speed visual complexity communication, in this case analogue, process‐based diagramming, so called ‘GIGAMapping’ (Davidová, 2014; Sevaldson, 2011, 2013, 2015), will be used. Next to the above mentioned, the participants will explore the responsive solid wood digital fabrication skills, critical public space eco‐systemic intervention skills and most importantly, the performing and interacting prototype’s
observations registrations. When intervening the public space, you will‐ and need to‐ engage with the locals. Engaging them into the project generates co‐design and avoids vandalism. We will also teach variety of observational tools that can serve to generation of another analytical multi‐media GIGA‐Map and this research’s further exploration.
The QR code with a link (planned to put on Rhino News) to Grasshopper code and explanation will be engraved into the prototype for the local communities to DIY across the borders and the process GIGA‐Map will be exhibited for learning and interaction. Since it is difficult for humans to cross, they might interact through generating exchangeable habitats of other species. Through questioning the transitions across the (eco‐)systemic boundaries, we propose to question the political, when considering humans taking part of, also the eco‐systemic, struggles from the bottom up!
Note: For our application in Prague, please, see the paper ‘COLridor: Co‐Design and Co‐Living for Sustainable Futures’ (Davidová & Zímová, 2017) or our facebook page ‘COLridor’ (Davidová, 2017a).
1.1 Learning Expectations
Responsive Solid Wood Prototyping and Application Skills
Eco‐Systemic Urban Intervention and Landscape Understanding Skills
Grasshopper Code Tools and Local Specificity Environmental Adjustment Skills
Digital Fabrication Skills
Eco‐Systemic and Bottom Up Political Performance Interaction and Observation Skills
2 Lecturers’ Bios:
2.1 Marie Davidová, MArch., Ph.D.
is a researcher and main investigator of Systemic Approach to Architectural Performance (SAAP) project currently lead at the Faculty of Art and Architecture at the Technical University in Liberec in cooperation with the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. She has defended her PhD thesis ‘Wood as a Primary Medium to Eco‐Systemic Performance: The Case Study in Systemic Approach to Architectural Performance’ (Davidová, 2017b) in Architecture: Theory and Creation in January 2018 at the Czech Technical University in Prague, the Faculty of Architecture, MOLAB Department. The
thesis was developed under the supervision of Miloš Florián (FLO|W) and Birger Sevaldson (Ocean Design Research Association) and represents an in‐depth case study investigation within SAAP design field. At this faculty, Marie had been also collaborating as a scientific consultant in studios FLO|W and PET‐MAT, since 2013 until 2017 and in 2016‐17, respectively.
Marie is a practising architect and researcher, founding member and chair of Collaborative Collective practice design‐research network and NGO. She gained her master’s degree in architecture (2007) at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design under the supervision of Birger Sevaldson (Ocean Design Research Association) and Per Kartvedt (Archigram) with a thesis and environment responsive installation ‘HOLOSLO – The Penetrating of Latent’ (Davidová, 2007), that was developed with Systems Oriented Design. Marie had been working as an architect in design research practices Snøhetta and Expology in Oslo, and researching and teaching as a university lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art at the University of Science and Technology in
Trondheim. She has been visiting trans‐disciplinary studio course leader at the Architectural Institute in Prague and at the Faculty of Art and Architecture at the Technical University in Liberec, both respectively in collaboration with the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague. These two courses focused and resulted in building environment responsive wooden pavilions for moderating urban heat islands in the city of Prague.
Marie founded and led Trends and Tendencies in Contemporary Architecture reading seminar at the Faculty of Art and Architecture at the Technical University in Liberec with the focus on that the today design‐research meets practice. Her last trans‐disciplinary community co‐design built project COLridor is to support bio‐top and bio‐corridor within the city centre of Prague. The research addresses the landscape ecologists’ discussion that our agricultural land has become so toxic (i.e. use of pests) that many species, that had adapted to them hundreds years ago, are recently adapting for the life in the cities. As architectural researchers addressing their data, we claim that we need to adapt our anthropocentrically evolved cities for the co‐living situation with other species across the communities. The project is also using responsive wood concept for variety of
micro‐climates for dwellings of other species. For the built prototypes – ‘eco‐systemic urban interventions’ ‐ in public space, Marie funded a multi‐genre community festival EnviroCity, to promote her research and sustainable cities in general to public.
Marie has founded the Systemic Approach to Architectural Performance (SAAP) design field. SAAP is fusion of process‐based fields formally initiated by integration of Systems Oriented Design and Performance Oriented Architecture. It develops methodology and generates theory through experimental practice. SAAP involves Time Based Eco‐Systemic Trans‐Disciplinary Co‐Design that isperformed by both biotic and abiotic agents, including humans. It belongs to broader field of Systemic Design, considering overall eco‐system. Marie has held guest lectures and workshops in this field across Europe, North America, Asia and Africa, where she is also widely published and exhibited.
This research has been by now financed by grants from EEA and Norway Grants, EEA Grants, 2 Student Grant Competitions from Czech Ministry of Education and by several stipends such as Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology, Research and Education in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe or Mobility Funds from Czech Ministry of Education. The research has also received funds and sponsoring from several Collaborative Collective NGO grant and sponsoring submissions, namely the Forests of the Czech Republic, Skanska, Rothoblaas, Stora Enso, Via Foundation, NUVIT research association and from Collaborative Collective sister practice network. In all these cases, Marie has created the project proposal and afterwards lead the design‐research
project until its completion and final report. Marie has been volunteering in Prague Central Station Refugee Help Initiative since 2015 where she has been trained in ethics and various sensitivities issues (gender, sex, race, religion, anonymity protection, psychological issues, defence against racist and sexist attacks, etc). She has also training
in Krav Maga self‐defence course on the practical side point of view in extreme situations. She is practicing Yoga and extensive swimming relaxation exercising. Therefore, she has good experience and mind set to deal with and/or leading diverse teams, communities and social groups.
2.2 Ing. Arch. Šimon Prokop
graduated from Faculty of Architecture at Czech Technical University in Prague. His master thesis investigated relationships between music and architecture, mainly musical improvisation and architectonic sketching in studio FLO|W (Prokop, 2015a, 2015b, 2016). After realizing the fact that both architecture and music production main tools need to have a parametric interface to provide full customizability, both fields got together even close. The thesis explored similar these issues. The main milestones, their correlations and proposed way to transcribe musical improvisation into shapes was afterwards used in designing architecture as well as transcription in the opposite way. The architecture was the primary inspiration and the structural driver for musical compositions.
Šimon teaches CAAD‐Scripting at the MOLAB Department of Design Modelling where emphasises on parametric and generative design. He has been also a scientific consultant in Experimental studio PET‐MAT lead by Henri Achten and Kateřina Nováková, both at the Faculty of Architecture, Czech Technical University in Prague. He had been a visiting transdisciplinary studio leader together with Marie Davidová at the Faculty of Art and Architecture at the Technical University in Liberec in cooperation with the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague. Šimon frequently organises and holds workshops of visual programming using
Grasshopper platform. This covers i.e. the Technical University in Prague, the Architectural Institute Prague, the Technical University of Liberec and variety private companies.
Šimon is founding member and chair of the management board of PETMAT, z.ú., an NGO based in Prague aiming to promote social responsibility when using plastics. PETMAT is an unofficial spinoff of the Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Architecture, which evolved from a research group at that faculty while working on sponsored research dealing with usage of recycled plastic bottles in architecture. He is also a member of Collaborative Collective NGO where he focuses on parametric and generative design process and optimization tasks. Šimon plays guitar in band called Vít Hasl Band and composes music. Lately he has started developing a new type of guitar called Enkidu with custom guitar builder Jan Běhounek.
3 Number of Participants
Around 5‐15 – can be adjusted
4 Previous Knowledge of the Participants
No previous knowledge required. We will be happy to welcome participants from various backgrounds with variety of experiences to enrich our research.
5 Required Infrastructure of the Participants
Please, bring whatever you find relevant as analysing and recording tools for our workshop proposal. Next to that, we would like to ask you to bring notebook with Grasshopper running and possibly some registering and analysing soft wares based on your preferences (MATlab, Sound Forge, etc.).
Please, bring your personal physical drawing tools, cameras, video and sound recorders, thermocams and all the variety of recording tools and their players, you imagine.
6 Required Infrastructure of the Organizers
We would kindly ask for:
a role of packing paper and variety of markers
Access to a colour printer
0.5cm thick, at least 160 mm wide with length based on the length of laser cutter solid pine
wood plies, cut in tangential section. Total area 7 m2 altogether.
0.5cm thick ply wood 3 sheets 2x3m, 12 m2 altogether.
a laser cutter (need to know dimensions)
Cordless driver/drill and 3mm in width, l = 1,5 cm screws and equal borer
all necessary permissions to put the prototype on a tree
7 Detailed Timetable (one or two day workshops are possible)
7.1 23rd May
12:00 – 13:30 – Common Lunch, Every Team Member Introduces Her/is Self, Skills and
13:30 – 14:30 – Introduction Lecture
14:30 – 16:30 – Site Registering
16:30 – 18:30 – GIGA‐Mapping for the Prototypes Local Specificity (site, tools, participants; agenda) and for Performance Registering
18:30 – Common Dinner with Planning and Concluding Discussion
7.2 24th May:
9:30 – 13: 00 – Grasshopper Code Editing + Adjustments in‐ Workshop, of‐ Materials
13:00 – 14:30 – Lunch Break
14:30 – 18:30 – Prototyping, Getting the Code, Project Description and Event Opening
Invitation on Rhino News
18:30 – 19:30 – Placement in Public Space with its Interaction and Engraved QR Code with a Link to Grasshopper Code for Downloading, Project Description and Event Opening Invitation (Hopefully on Rhino News, else on our Site), GIGA‐Map exhibiting in suitable neighbourhood
– Discussion on Performance Registering > Following social engagement on site with brought
drinks >> PARTY, PARTY
7.3 25th May:
Observations of Prototype’s Performance During Symposium Breaks
TreeHugger Paper for eCAADe RIS Symposium Presentation
18:30 – Presentation of the built Prototype, process GIGA‐Map and the performance
registering to eCAADe RIS Participants and to the Local Public we Managed to Engage When Building and Tagging the Place.
19:00 – PARTY, PARTY!
8 Envisioned Outcome
The eco‐systemic prototypical urban intervention should follow similar mode as the TreeHugger insect hotel responsive wood prototype from Prague (please, see Figure 1, the accepted paper proposal and (Davidová & Zímová, 2017)) . This all has to be adjusted to local environment (ecosystemic: natural, social and cultural), tools and participatory characters and skills that will be available on place. We would be also happy to exhibit the process GIGA‐Map documenting the design process for participatory interaction. The performance registering from the last day of the conference will be discussed and possibly used for the digital GIGA‐Map after the conference.
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