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PAD (Probabalistic Architectural Design) addresses the sg2013 challenge Constructing for Uncertainty by coupling probability theory with parametric architectural and urban design.

Cluster participants will examine the relationship between probabilistic design methods and emerging urban environments. Through an application of statistical models, developed in partnership with the Bartlett's Urban Design Masters program, we will estimate contextual parameters and environmental data sets to be used for computational modeling. The probabilistic design method will consider each parameter as a probability distribution with an estimated mean and standard deviation, thus encoding uncertainty and variation within the modeling process.

The statistical models will be affected by the physical constraints commonly set by traditional by-laws, zoning restrictions, and easements. Participants will study how these factors interact with the probabilistic design scheme with the aim of interrogating these planning conventions. Further investigations will relate to the volumetric implications of topics such as, but not limited to, right to light, solar access, and solar envelopes within future developments.

The probabilistic modeling scheme will be applicable at multiple scales and cluster participants will investigate applications ranging from the single parcel to the structuring of communities. Site specific locations within the Thames Gateway ‘corridor’ to the east of London will be used as areas for prototype developments. Contextual parameters will be identified at each site and estimated from available data. Cluster participants will explore a range of site specific design models (both digital and physical), which will subsequently be evaluated in tandem with sites developed by other cluster participants.

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Henrik Malm took his M.Sc in Computer Science in 1998, his Ph.D in Applied Math in 2003 and his B.Sc in Architecture in 2012, all at the Lund Institute of Technology. In the autumn of 2000 he was a visiting scientist at the U. of Maryland Inst. of Adv. Computer Science. After finishing his Ph.D Henrik worked as a Post Doc at the Dept. of Zoology at Lund University, developing biomimetic video processing techniques. His teaching experience includes several courses in Mathematics and Scientific Computing and TA work in first and second year design studios, as well as Rhino, Grasshopper and Processing workshops. He is currently exhibiting work at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale.

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John Stack Ross is currently a visiting professor at the LTH, School of Architecture, Lund, Sweden where he teaches courses in architectural design, 3d digital modeling, and digital fabrication. John received his M.Arch from Harvard University and has conducted studios, seminars, and design workshops at the Uni­versity of Minnesota, University of Texas at Arlington, and the LTH, School of Architecture. In addition to being an invited critic and lecturer at offices and universities in Sweden, China, and the USA, he has practiced architecture in the USA, UK, Spain, and China. His teaching and research interests include emerging technologies, environmental analysis, data visuali­zation, and evidence-based design.


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