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Lecture / Workshop | TexFab / San Antonio

Marc Fornes will run a Python workshop as part of the “Applied Research through Fabrication” TexFab conference in San Antonio, Tx – April 14-15 2012

110506 FRAC Centre | Assembly (4/40)

FRAC Centre | Assembly | 10% : 4 modules / 40…

Design: MARC FORNES & THEVERYMANY™ ©2011

110406 Centre Pompidou, Paris

Opening April 6th, 2011

Y/Surf/Struc* | Centre Pompidou, Paris (4th floor)

*project part of the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Design: MARC FORNES :: THEVERYMANY™ ©2010-11

“from surface condition to structural network”

110321-31_F(AA)SHIONS | AA Visiting School Paris

PARIS | F(AA)SHIONS | AA Visiting Workshop | 21-31st March 2011
Director: Jorge Ayala | Location: Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris

Marc Fornes has kindly been invited to run one of the studio at the f(AA)shions workshop / one of the visiting workshop of Architectural Association School that will be hosted at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.

Paris AA Visiting School Website – link   |   Application: vistingschool@aaschool.ac.uk

Marc will propose to his group a special type of workshop in a two steps process:

# First to be part of the assembly process for an installation by THEVERYMANY™ for the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The piece will be assembled at the Centre** and will give a chance for the students to experience the process &  logistic involved around the physical production of complex morphologies resulting from the development of highly custom protocols of descriptive geometry (written in Python / Rhcommon).

# Then will initiate the students to text based protocols/scripting (RhinoPython/Rhinoscript) – and investigate a similar design approach then the installation through applied exercises on the human morphology and study multiple ways to describe it…

Looking forward…

** in order to be able to enter the closed floor of the Centre each students will need to be personally insured with “responsabilite civile” and to sign a discharge.

100809-12_MF @St Louis | Wash. Univ. | Workshop

Material Resonance | August 09-12, 2010

St. Louis | Washington University | Sam Fox School of Art and Design

Material Resonance will be a four day, intensive workshop focused on practical application of Rhinoscripting or Grasshopper.  The workshop will also train participants in CNC fabrication using MasterCAM and the Washington University DIL fabrication lab.  There will also be demos of the new plug-ins Firefly and Kangaroo. 
The workshop is meant for professionals or students with a working knowledge in Rhinoceros.  Prior experience with Grasshopper or Rhino VB scripting is not necessary.  The workshop will start from first principles and cover topics from tessellation, components and connections to part organization, nesting and labeling.

http://samfoxschool.wustl.edu/events/workshops/3630

Instructors:  
Marc Fornes /  THEVERYMANY ( RVB scripting )
Andy Payne / LIFT Architects ( Grasshopper )
Kenneth Tracy / Associated Fabrication ( MasterCAM )

Sponsored By McNeel Rhinoceros

100610-12_TVMNY @MIAMI | AIA Convention |McNeel

TVMNY @ AIA National Convention | Miami | June 10-12th 2010

Marc Fornes has been invited by McNeel US to display a piece within the Software pavilion.

That new prototypic structure has been produced at Penn State.

Many thanks to David Celento & Jamie Heilman at PSU for the invitation & support.

Image of the prototype | place holder for more…

(images and full credits to come…)

100505-07_MF @TexasTech | Workshop(2)

LUBBOCK (TEXAS) | RHINOSCRIPT WORKSHOP | May 05-07th, 2010
Marc Fornes will be teaching a three days Rhinoscript workshop at the College of Architecture, Texas Tech University.
(Invitation: Christian R. Pongratz)

100423-25_MF @PennState | Workshop


PENN STATE (PA)| RHINOSCRIPT WORKSHOP | APRIL 23-25th, 2010
Marc Fornes will be teaching a three days Rhinoscript workshop at Penn State: Stuckeman School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
(Invitation: David Celento)

Note: the workshop will be followied in the next two weeks by the production and assembly of a new prototypic structure / installation…
more to come…

100205_MF @TexFab | Rhinoscript Workshop


TEXFAB (ARLINGTON, TX) | RHINOSCRIPT WORKSHOP | February 05th, 2010
Marc Fornes will be teaching a two sessions Rhinoscript workshop at the University of Arlington, Texas.
(Invitation: Kevin Patrick McClellan)

100127-29_MF @TexasTech | Rhinoscript Workshop


LUBBOCK (TEXAS) | RHINOSCRIPT WORKSHOP | January 27-29th, 2010
Marc Fornes will be teaching a three days Rhinoscript workshop at the College of Architecture, Texas Tech University.
(Invitation: Christian R. Pongratz)

091014_MF @CHICAGO | ACADIA_(Rhinoscript Workshop)



CHICAGO | ACADIA | RHINOSCRIPT WORKSHOP | October 19-21, 2009
Marc Fornes will be teaching a three days Rhinoscript workshop in Chicago as part of the ACADIA conference
Invitation: McNeel US – Scott Davidson
http://www.acadia.org/acadia2009/

090526_MF @PARIS | Rhinoscript Workshop



PARIS | RHINOSCRIPT WORKSHOP | June 23-24, 2009
Marc Fornes will be teaching a two days Rhinoscript workshop in Paris
Invitation: McNeel Europe – Carlos Perez
Eligibility: Open to all design students and professionals
http://www.eu.rhino3d.com/e-news/rhinoscript_france0609.htm

CONTACT:
MCNEEL EUROPE | CARLOS PEREZ | carlos@mcneel.com
Roger de Flor 32-34 bajos | 08018 Barcelona – Espagne
Tél. +34 933199002 | Fax. +34 933195833

090501_MF @MILANO |_ID&CT




Marc Fornes has been invited as one of the main lecturer for:
INNOVATIVE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGIES
MILAN (ITALY) May 6 – 7th, 2009

http://www.innovativetechnologies.polimi.it/key_speakers.html

# FORM FINDING and COMPLEX MORPHOLOGY
Chair: Filippo Innocenti (Zaha Hadid Architects)
Sense and Advanced Sensiblity – about the relationship of sensuality, obsessions and advanced design techniques
Matias del Campo – SPAN Architects, Vienna
Partly logic / Logic of parts
Marc Fornes – THEVERYMANY

Parametric models: formal thinking for architects
Arnold Walz – DesignToProduction
Liquid parametrics: fluidity of form and process
Cristiano Ceccato – Zaha Hadid Architects

# ENGINEERING FOR CONSTRUCTION
Chair: Massimo Majowiecky (Studio Tecnico Majowiecky)
From structure to fabrication
Nathaniel Stanton – Buro Happold Special Projects, New York
Shrikant Sharma – Buro Happold SMART Group- London
Geometrical approach to complex architecture
Luca Buzzoni -Arup Italia
Digital methods in structural design
Oliver Tessmann– Bollinger & Grohmann
Complex Building Shapes – a Developer’s Perspective
Bruce Frey, Hines

# DIGITAL FABRICATION and FILE TO FACTORY PRODUCTION
Chair: Stefano Converso (Dipartimento DIPSA, Università degli studi Roma Tre)
A bottom-up approach to the implementation of advanced fabrication methods
John Nastasi – Product-Architecture Lab, Stevens Institute of Technology / Nastasi Architects
Architecture = Information
Marthijn Pool – ONL Oosterhuis – Lénard
Compound curved building surfaces with shaped stone blocks
Christian R Pongratz – Pongratz Perbellini Architects
Application of new “fit-for-use” materials in building and construction market
Erwin van Maaren – Nedcam

# TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION and MASS CUSTOMIZATION
Chair Ingrid Paoletti (Dipartimento BEST, Politecnico di Milano)
Parametric Fabrication
Martin Bechthold – Harvard GSD
Evolution of Technical Rationalization in Complex Curtain Wall components
Christian Florian – Permasteelisa Group
Composite Blob Shells
Mike Eekhout – Octatube
Design Driven Innovation
Roberto Verganti – DIG, Politecnico di Milano

090325_TVMNY | Log


SAN FRANCISCO | RHINOSCRIPT WORKSHOP | March 28-29, 2009
Marc Fornes will be teaching for MCNeel US a two days Rhinoscript workshop as part of FLUX, an event hosted by CCA – California College of the Arts.
Invitation: McNeel US – Scott Davidson
(Thank you to Andrew Kudless from MATSYS – http://www.materialsystems.org/ – to make it happen!)
http://mlab.cca.edu/?p=453


SAN FRANCISCO | RHINOSCRIPT WORKSHOP V2 | March 30-31, 2009
Marc Fornes will be teaching a second Rhinoscript workshop while at the Flux event; that one will be hosted by the CCA Industrial Design Department – California College of the Arts.
http://design.cca.edu/graduate/
Note: that second workshop was organized through a direct student request – thank you to Kristin Neidlinger to make that one happen! – if also interested in such rhinoscript workshops do not hesitate to contact me…

090215_TVMNY / MF | Log


SAN FRANCISCO | RHINOSCRIPT WORKSHOP | March 28-29, 2009
Marc Fornes will be teaching for MCNeel US a two days Rhinoscript workshop as part of FLUX, an event hosted by CCA – California College of the Arts.
Invitation: McNeel US – Scott Davidson
Location: California College of the Arts, San Francisco Campus
Eligibility: Open to all design students and professionals
(Thank you to Andrew Kudless from MATSYS – http://www.materialsystems.org/ – to make it happen!)
http://mlab.cca.edu/?p=453
Note: that event is somehow victim of its success and got fully booked within less than a week time! Never mind further Rhinoscript workshops can be organized! if you are interested to host one (or a summer course) do not hesitate to contact directly McNeel or me – it can easily be organized within a University framework or custom tailored for offices to specific problems solving…


LOS ANGELES | ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN | Friday February 27th
Colloquium – Design Dialogues | Environmental Design Program
Marc Fornes will be doing a lecture as part of “Efficient, See!”
Times Media Center | Hillside Campus
Invitation: Jenna Didier & Oliver Hess

SPRING 2009 /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////


ANN ARBOR | UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN | Spring 09
TAUBMAN COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN PLANNING
Marc Fornes has been kindly invited by Tom Buresh (Chair of Architecture at TCAUP) to lead a design studio as visiting faculty.
(Thank you to Karl Daubmann from http://www.paramod.net to make it happen!)
http://arch.umich.edu/newsandevents/news/?news=3168773550373911885
NOTE: Marc Fornes will give an Informal Lecture/Presentation on Wednesday February 18th – A+A Building East Review Space

JANUARY 2009 ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////


BOSTON | MIT | Jan 26th 2009
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Marc Fornes was invited as guest critic to the final review of “Commands and Control”, a design and Rhinoscript workshop hosted at MIT.
Invitation: Simon Kim and Skylar Tibbits
With: Dave Pigram, Kyle Steinfeld, Ana Miljacki, Juhong Park and Sigurdur Adalgeirsson (HRI – Human Robot Interface)
http://commandcontrol.wordpress.com/


VIENNA, AUSTRIA | DIE ANGEWANDTE | January 22nd 2009
Final review – Cross Over studio 2008/09
nCertainties v3.0
Studio Francois Roche, Marc Fornes & Stephan Heinrich
With: Kivi Sotamaa & Alisa Andrasek (Biothing)
http://www.ncertainties3.wordpress.com


CALGARY, CANADA | RHINOSCRIPT WORKSHOP | January 05-07th 2009
Marc Fornes gave a three days Rhinoscript workshop at the FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN | University of Calgary | Canada
Invitation: Jason S. Johnson

DECEMBER 2008 ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////


PHILADELPHIA | UPENN | December 2008
Marc Fornes @ Final review of “Form and algorithm”
Invitation: Roland Snooks
With: Dave Pigram, Ezio Blasetti, Kyle Steinfeld


NEW YORK | GSAPP | December 5th 2009
Final review – Columbia University (Advanced studio)
nCertainties v2.0
Studio Francois Roche, Marc Fornes
with Paula Antonelli (MoMA), Bruce Sterling (cyber punk writer – Italy), Marco Vanucci (AKT – London), Mark Wigley (GSAPP), Roland Snooks (kokkugia)
http://www.ncertainties2.wordpress.com

090105-07_MF @CALGARY | Rhinoscript Workshop


LOG 2009.01.05-07: Marc Fornes will run a three days Rhinoscript Workshop at the FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN | University of Calgary | Canada
(invitation: Jason S. Johnson)


THEVERYMANY will also produce & build a new proto-arch – more to come…
(opening on Friday 9th)

081112_MF @PARIS | McNeel Europe | Rhinoscript Workshop

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Due to current teaching positions on both sides of the Atlantic (Columbia University in New York and Die Angewandte in Vienna) – I happen to recently develop the highly specific skills of low end jetsetters: deploying a standard 15” screen laptop in any squeezed space airlines! I am talking here about those ones that obviously based on your financial contribution are pushing to the extreme the basic space efficiency algorithm by taking to new levels the competition of packing the maximum seats in the same exact airplane than everybody else – one can argue fair split? Yes! Though in the case of someone attempting to work it generates an inverse relation between the angle of the sit in front of you and the orientation of your screen (supposedly normal to your eye sight) – add to the conflict of the necessary elbow angle to access the touch pad and the comfort of your side neighbor…

Anyway based on those parameters – which obviously have two solutions: afford other airlines or simply buying a 13” laptop! – I recently surprised myself producing quick renderings as a third solution to the equation: enjoying back in my seat the advantage of performative computing! you don’t have to focus on your screen while processing is taking care of your render!…

Anecdote aside – Since I didn’t post for a little while now (btw sign of production!) – I thought I would upload my first ever renders in a plane! I can only agree not the best ones – but those were done leaving Paris last September after providing for McNeel Europe a two days Rhinoscript workshop for professionals…

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Within this two days workshop the students were introduced to Rhinoscripting through the basics of “building up”: from points to curves, from curves to surfaces, and from surface back to extract curves, etc… while on the same time gaining some syntax knowledge it allows to cover in a short period of time some simple patterning (dia-grid, honeycombs), tessellation (non air-tight planar quads) and finally some highly requested components – or basically an introduction toward topology and production of similarity on host surfaces…


Depending on the level – and as a conclusion during the last hour – I tend to introduce the relation between parameters and information (obvious path toward environmental feedback) such a simple possible correlation between a imported direction and the orientation of component, inverse related size of aperture and color coding…

Here are the very modest results of such a workshop – no pretention what so ever – few faces missing here and there! – but simply an introduction to a path going away from render maps and shaders toward the actual informed control of geometry…



Hopefully a small step toward globalization of environmental feedback into the design process? At least many offices pretends to – yet from my experience too often only beautiful colored diagrams for conferences or justification for excessive patterning – but yes like my plane story at the beginning: performance and confort – it all depends on how much you are ready to endure if not willing to pay…

080530_MF @PARIS | McNeel Europe |_Rhinoscript Workshop

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RhinoScript workshop for professionals organized by McNeel Europe in Paris
E.N.S.A.P.L.V. – 17-18 juin – 9:00 to 17:00
http://blog.rhino3d.com/2008/05/rhinoscript-workshop-in-paris.html
http://www.eu.rhino3d.com/e-news/rhinoscript_france0508.htm

Marc Fornes will teach how to get the most from RhinoScript starting from the basics (operators and functions, conditions, arrays) to the final analysis, description, reconstruction and tessellation of NURBS surfaces.

Marc Fornes, Architect DPLG, is the founder of THEVERYMANY, a design studio and collaborative research forum engaging the field of architecture via encoded and explicit processes. Rhino and RhinoScript expert, Marc collaborates with McNeel on a regular basis.

Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris La Villette
11, Rue de Cambrai
Rez-de-chaussée, Bâtiment Nº. 31
Paris 75019
Metro : Corentin Cariou

070720_MF @NYC | SOM | Rhinoscripting_Class


LOG : here are the results of the very first rhinoscripting class I am starting to teach within SOM (Skidmore Owings and Merill LLP) – yet still very basic array space and crude components (two arrays and three curves further) but nice introductory exercice to .VB for the second session of three hours – more to come…




070502_MF | Tessellation / Flat_Panels v3.0


Some sort of panels “stability” mapping based on the number of connexions for each panels toits neighbours:
– GREEN: connexion to at least three neighbours
– YELLOW: connexion to two neighbours
– RED: connexion to one single neighbour

070419_MF | Tessellation / Flat Panels v.02


SUPERSTRUCTURE

A superstructure is an extension of an existing structure or baseline. (…) The word itself is a combination of super (Latin for above, in addition) and structure (also from Latin meaning to build, to heap up). (ie wikipedia.org)

Here, the routine is plotting first flat components onto the host surface to create a non air tight skin system which serves as “basline” for a secondary searching algorythm looking for intersection points as assembly nodes for a extra structure or superstructure…


Emergent properties:
1/ all the components are intersecting with one neighbour at least which allows them to be connected via that point without requiring extra complex bridging through gaps and difference between the panels of heights, angles, ect… though some sort of “continuity check” algorythm will be required in order to identify larger autonomous clusters which wouldn’t be connected to the whole and therefore structurally failling…
2/ the resultant skeletal system – driven from a simple neighbourhood condition and linking all the connexion nodes with the inputed point set – is looking very similar to leafs structures… emergent biomimetism?

070417_MF | Tessellation / Flat Panels v.01


FITNESS CRITERIA is probably where – within any morphogenetic or form finding processes – “subjectivity” is the most “exposed”… recent trends are pushing back towards the return of SUSTAINABILITY as the latest alibi for form: data set extracted from environmental analysis software package are directly – or yet still often via old school Excel sheets – feeding back parametric models… or facades aperature systems are designed according to optimization after to arrays of vectors simulating precise rays of light, etc… fair enough as far as sustainability is probably the most current anti-polemic marketing tool whenever politic is involved… though more worrying in certain case where it becomes an other escapism root to the designer responsability of decision making…

“PROBLEM CARING” as design tool versus “PROBLEM SOLVING” as optimization tool…

As any young practice interested in “depth-less spaces” by introducing continuity of surfaces – most often resulting in “complex shapes/forms/ornementations/etc… – I’ve very early on been introduced to VALUE ENGINEERING and like any constraints V.E. can be turned at your advantage in terms of design tool: planar within curved?


“In computer science, COMPUTATIONAL GEOMETRY is the study of algorithms to solve problems stated in terms of geometry.” (ie Wikipedia)

Displayed is a further study in progress onto TESSELATION of double curved nurbs surfaces with FLAT components (without calling triangulation).
Here the most important design hypothesis was for the component to be non homogenous and therefore shouldn’t have the same number of verticies: from 3 to 7-8… also the emergent propriety of the used algorythm is to avoid any sharp angle (cost control + tolerance issue)
also the assembly is yet mot packed – and therefore not air tight – all the the component are within a certain tolerance non overlapping.

Assemblies (step 001): within non linear algorythm – resulting here in non ordered systems – intersection points can be used as sampling test for tangencies:
IF a point is shared by the boundaries of two panels THEN they are neighbours…

060707_MF | DigitalMapping & FashionDesign

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LOG_01 : theverymany / marc fornes will be leaving London to rellocate in New York early October. If interested in the work of theverymany or in the paradigm of scripted technics applied to design purposes, please do not hesitate to contact him: marcfornesAThotmailDOTcom
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Log_02 : theverymany is currently looking – in collaboration with the members of YME- at scripted ways of mapping the body in order to taylor its complex surface…
Here the code is evaluating -via a step process- a nurbs surface, plotting points according to a specified angle to the vertical and drawing circles (oriented to the normal) with a radius related to its nearest neighbour… (code will follow)
YME (http://www.yme-uk.net/) is a design research collaboration of young architects interested in the applications of mathematics in design and fabrication (mostly via “Mathematica”, a software developped by Steven Wolfram).
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Log_03: the work of theverymany (marc fornes, vincent nowak & claudia corcilius) exhibited for the Royale Academie (London,UK) will be published in next book of Peter Cook (Archigram) called ‘Drawings’ as part of the Wiley Primer Series
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Log_04: theverymany has been invited for an exhibition in December in Marseille (France), featuring the work of EZCT, Biothing (Alisa Andrasek), dECOi(Mark Goulthorpe), Evan Douglis, Andrew Kudless (materialsystems.org), YME,…
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