With the Olympics focusing more and more on the presentation and image not only of the host city but also with the image of a whole country the need for an “image-idea” that delivers a clear and easy message becomes more important. With the Olympic Games televised in more than 160 countries, this event reaches a population of 3 billion people around the world. However, only 2 million tickets are sold for competition sessions. With the high importance of TV on the way the Games are perceived by the wider public, the venues and the Olympic stadium in particular are in need of strong iconic status.
Main aims: Algorithmic design is used to develop systems of a higher degree integration and variability of the space inside the stadium shell. Consideration of environmental parameters such as sun-light can allow for a masterful play of light inside the stadium while structural considerations might lead to for example, clever lightweight solutions to problems of excessive span, or dealing with issues of perforation of the skin, the proliferation of self-similar components, the deformation and morphing of textural differences.
The aim of the studio is to deliver highly integrated and highly differentiated, multi-component stadium envelopes that are able perform to a variety of aesthetic, experiential and technical criteria.
The students are strongly encouraged to enhance their design research with real world parameters such as environmental information, structural considerations etc. Seeking the advice of professionals to deliver a sound but exciting project will also be encouraged. The topic and will be based on the design and investigation of forms using 3d design software and are expected to learn and use the software such as 3d studio, rhino and rhino script and Maya (and Maya MEL) to investigate complex forms of algorithmic or component based design.
CHRISTOS PASSAS,DESIGN STUDIO PROFESSOR
Starting from the notion of the single surface project, the aim of the fall 2008 studio is to examine formal issues of surface modulations using methods and tools that are inherent to algorithmic design.