sg2016 Workshop

The sg2016 Workshop is a response to the challenge Hybrid Domains. Information technology has introduced new potentials for building designers and Smartgeometry is at the forefront in the exploration of this territory. The notion of interdisciplinarity refers to the integration of two or more disciplines focused on a complex problem, and in this new landscape of interdisciplinary working lies the potential to address some of architecture’s most challenging problems. At sg2016, designers and researchers are challenged to question how they work and connect and borrow from other disciplines, thereby creating new hybrid disciplines.

The Smartgeometry Workshop is a unique creative cauldron attracting attendees from across the world of academia, professional practice and industry. The workshop is open to 100 applicants who come together for four intensive days of design and collaboration.


The sg2016 Workshop will be organised around Clusters. Clusters are hubs of expertise. They comprise of people, knowledge, tools, materials and machines. The Clusters provide a focus for workshop participants working together within a common framework. Clusters provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, processes and techniques and act as a catalyst for design resolution. The sg2016 Workshop is made up of ten Clusters that respond in diverse ways to the challenge ‘Hybrid Domains’. The 10 selected clusters for sg2016 are below.


Atmospheric Delight aims to produce generative feedback loops between spatial scenarios and user experiences through a close working relationship between architecture and cognitive science.


Calibrated Modeling of Form-Active Structures. How can we implement projection based dynamic relaxation methods to unlock the latent potential of form-active hybrid structures?


LOGJAM: Polar Orthotropy and Principal Stresses. LOGJAM proposes an exploration of the potential of interspecies optimization for the construction of spatial structures.


MARS: Martian Autonomous Robot Swarm. MARS will research the challenges and opportunities to use an autonomous swarm robotic system to construct a protective shell for a Martian habitat.


Mud, Textiles, and Robots for Large Structures. This Cluster will work with the participants on exploring domes and large spans recursive geometries allowing the construction of earthen shells.


Nano-Gyroids: A Collaboration Between Architects and Crystallographers. Nano-gyroids will bring together the fields of crystallography and architecture and will look at gyroid-like formations (along with other ways of interpreting structures of materials at the atomic level), with the aim of exploring how these three-dimensional surfaces can have a transformative potential in the design of objects and spaces surrounding humans.


The Parallel Parametrics Cluster will envision and demonstrate future design media that enable us to find, make, compare, combine, organize, remember, recall and reflect on many design ideas at once.


Sensory Detectives will be an immersive design experience visualise a physically simulated thermal environment question the dynamics of heat, moisture and air within an atmospheric pavilion design modular architectural elements and experience their effect through your body, electronic sensors and augmented reality.


Swarmbot Assemblage will explore dynamic construction processes through the stigmergic interaction of autonomous robots and a malleable environment.


20,000 Blocks Above the Ground

Can gameplay be used to guide nonexpert groups in creating architecture?