SOFTlab is a design studio based in New York City. The studio was created by Michael Szivos shortly after receiving a graduate degree in architecture from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. The studio has since been involved in the design and production of projects across almost every medium, from digitally fabricated large-scale sculpture, to interactive design, to immersive digital video installations. As the studio adjusted to a wide range of projects, we began to focus less on the medium and style and more on ideas. As a studio, SOFTlab, embraces projects through a mix of research and ideas. On one hand the studio is invested in projects that require significant research and experimentation.
Re-Thinking CAD Standards: Why there’s never a good time, and never a better time…After several months of blood, sweat and tears, we are very happy to share with you a free download of our CAD Standards, the Electronic File Naming Convention and the Project Folder Organisation we will be using at HDA, with immediate effect. We are a hybrid team of architects, designers and engineers. Even though we strongly believe in this interdisciplinary approach, we understand that it presents difficulties in achieving coherence and clarity in our management systems. The files we are sharing today with our readers are the first outcome of a thorough review and coordination process intended to make our different design tools and activities more coherent. As noted elsewhere on this blog, at HDA we believe in an open culture, that sharing content can be useful, productive and not anti-economic, and therefore offer these free to download in the hope that they may be useful to others.As noted earlier, HDA is a French company. CAD Standard
Parametric Modeling in AutoCAD: AECbytes Viewpoint #32AECbytes Viewpoint #32 (May 16, 2007) Neil C. Katz Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP Many people are surprised by some of the work that I do at SOM. But while we have created a number of sophisticated tools for building modeling and analysis, it is not the work itself that provokes this reaction. Instead, it is the fact that much of the work has been done in AutoCAD.parametric – digital futuresDescription: Grasshopper Level I will serve as an introduction to the parametric plugin Grasshopper for Rhino3D. Participants will be exposed to beginner/intermediate level workflows and design strategies... Digital Futures Workshop Series Pratt Institute School of Undergraduate Architecture Revit Workshop Level I Location- Higging Hall Auditorium Date + Time- 2010.02.20, 12-6pm (w/ a 30min break @ 2:45pm) Requirements-...
Parametric 3D optical illusionAt beginning of this post, you can see some interesting artistic works. The first famous project named the 3D face of Mae West was the new 3D version from Dali’s painting face of Mae West. And the two 3d painted rooms from Felice Varini were created through projection and light. They first project the 2d image on the many surfaces and then paint the guideline through the shadows of the projecting.Gallery of ComputationLIVING WORKS binary.ring bit.10001 bone.piles box.fitting box.fitting.img new bubble.chamber buddhabrot city.traveler cubic.attractor deep.lorenz guts new happy.place new henon.phase henon.phase.deep new inter.aggregate new inter.momentary new invader.fractal limb.sand.stroke limb.strat limb.stroke mcp moonlight.soyuz nine.block node.garden new offspring orbitals new paths.i peter.de.jong sand.dollar sand.stroke sand.traveler new self-dividing.line stitches substrate new tree.garden.ii trema.disk trema.spike INFORMATION about the programmer about the medium ORDERING works available production qualities ordering policies CONTACT j.tarbell @ complexification.net
Computational designCTM.08 – Unpredictable Festival for Adventurous Music and Related Visual Arts Generator.x 2.0: Beyond the Screen 24 Jan - 2 Feb 2008, Ballhaus Naunynstrasse / [DAM] Berlin Workshop / Exhibition / Performance Generator.x in collaboration with Club Transmediale and [DAM] presents Generator.x 2.0: Beyond the screen, a workshop and exhibition about digital fabrication and generative systems. Digital fabrication (also known as “fabbing”) represents the next step in the digital revolution. After years of virtualization, with machines and atoms being replaced by bits and software, we are coming full circle. Digital technologies like rapid prototyping, laser cutting and CNC milling now produce atoms from bits, eliminating many of the limitations of industrial production processes.
Digital OrigamiBackground An ancient Japanese proverb says: "If you meet a person that is able to make many items of different shape by folding up simple sheets of paper, don't think it is trivial, but try to learn.” The “first wave” of digital architecture hit the world in the mid nineties. Ninety percent of all final projects at Chris Bosse’s faculty were hand-drafted on tracing paper and out of balsa wood.
access R&Sie...BACK to index PracticeasLifeSpan: lostinparis spidernethewood barakhouse asphaltspot thesnakeGrasshopper Modules - Proxy WikiFrom Phylogenesis, FOA 2003 The following Grasshopper modules were created in consultation with FOA's Phylogenesis, in particular the taxonomy of forms found at the conclusion of the book. Grasshopper is an exciting and evolving modeling platform - the following examples attempt to develop a range of geometric examples to explore its form-making potentials. Andrew Payne, a GSAPP alum, has created a comprehensive primer on Grasshopper that can be found here. You should have this handy for reference.
New Fabrications for ArchitectureThe Euclid robot and Ron 2.0 make their first 3D printed object. This was just a simple test print on the Euclid robot now that it is fully up and running, but it came out better than I was expecting. This whole layer based printing business is pretty easy. The details: It is printed with ABS plastic,size is 12 inches tall and 5x5 inches in plan. Because Ron 2.0 is such a huge plastic extruder the ‘line weight’ is very wide; that coupled with the speed that the robot was moving makes for a very thick walled structure. So much so that I can stand on this thing, both upright and on its side.
TutorialsHow to Edit R Charts in Adobe Illustrator A detailed guide for R users who want to polish their charts in the popular graphic design app for readability and aesthetics. How to Make an Animated Map in R, Part 4 In the the last part of the four-part series, you make a longer animation with more data and annotate.muehlseifeThe aim of the project is to question the role of computer-aided design methods in urban development, to ask in which parts of the design process the use of the computer can be appropriate. While commonly the focus of most computer aided design sotware is on drawing layouts, that are defined by various analog methods, it does not give the designer any information about the quality of the design itself. The developed tool assists the designer in an early step of the design process, where basic principles of the layout are defined. While the conditions of the design regarding light, spatial, geometrical and urbanistic context are displayed, it can be addapted in real-time. Therefore three kinds of analysis methods are implemented in the tool so far: