Thermal Reticulations

Thermal Reticulations

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Thermal Reticulations will explore the ways in which we can measure the gap between the prediction of performance and the measurement of reality for facade design.

Thermal Reticulations will explore the measurement of uncertainty within our thermal predictions of facade design. The workshop will deal with multiple units of study starting with advanced methods for harnessing empirical data(Thermographic Imaging, Raspberry Pi + IR sensors) and various ways in which designers can simulate entropy within thermodynamic systems, using simulation software aimed both at Building efficiency(energy+) and heat flow (Ansys,Autodesk Multiphysics). We will contrast the physical data acquisition methods with the digital data acquisition methods in an effort to validate our “models” of reality, and through this process enhance the predictive powers of our facade design principles.

The vision we are proposing here is for an alternative approach, a method that acknowledges, captures and exploits uncertainty instead of trying to ‘deal’ with it. Our hypothesis is that both uncertainty and the discovery of the unknown during design conception of a building, can be merged into a novel method that fosters Designing with Uncertainty within architectural design and practice.

This workshop is the third installment of a series of workshops immersing designers with complex physical phenomena:

- The Responsive Acoustic Surfacing

- Designing the Dynamic

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Thermal Reticulations Alex Pena

Alexander Pena de Leon is a PhD candidate at the Spatial Information Laboratory in RMIT University. as well as a Research Assistant for Prof. Mark Burry and Dr. Jane Burry on the ARC Discovery Grant “Challenging the Inflexibility of Flexible Digital Models”. Mr. Peña has worked on numerous international projects, appraised both for their design excellence and complexity in geometrical organization and fabrication techniques. While trained as an architect at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, his expertise and broad knowledge in advanced geometry, computer science and mathematics have allowed him to find elegant solutions to apparently complex design problems.


Thermal Reticulations JaneBurry

Jane Burry is the Director of SIAL at RMIT University and an Australian registered architect. She has worked on research into the continuing construction of the Sagrada Familia church with Mark Burry and directly with the team in the technical office in Barcelona. Her leading research interests are the deployment of mathematics in contemporary spatial design practice and the relevance of philosophy of mathematics to digital design modelling. She is also engaged in research into model flexibility in early design, integration of analysis feedback in early design, design communication for distributed design collaboration, interactive physical and digital architecture.

Thermal Reticulations kamil Sharaidin

Kamil Sharaidin is a PhD candidate at Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL), RMIT University His current research is investigating on reactive kinetic façades to improve building performance in architectural practice.The is looking on how the evaluation and analysis of reactive façades in early design can help designers in making effective decisions. He also tutors at RMIT University.


Thermal Reticulations Mark Burry

Mark Burry is Professor of Innovation (Spatial Information Architecture) and Director of SIAL at RMIT University. Mark is also Founding Director of RMIT’s Design Research Institute which brings together researchers from a range of design disciplines and harnesses their collective expertise to address major social and environmental dilemmas. Mark holds various senior positions at academic institutions in Australia, New Zealand and Europe, including Velux Visiting Professor at CITA, Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark, is a member of the Advisory Board of Gehry Technologies and was a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts 2003 – 2007.


Flora Salim

Dr. Flora Salim is a Research Fellow at Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL), RMIT University. Her PhD, which was completed in 2009, was done in the Distributed Systems and Software Engineering lab in Monash University. Her research interests include pervasive and mobile computing, real-time data analysis, urban sensing, collaborative design, augmented reality, and tangible interactions. She was one of the cluster champions for the workshop cluster "Parametrics and Physical Interactions" in SmartGeometry 2010 and "Interacting with the City" in 2011.


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