Posts Tagged ‘Parametric Architecture’

Log 21 – “Apropos Parametricism: If, In What Style Should We Build?”

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Addressing parametric architecture and its formalizations in “Apropos Parametricism: If, In What Style Should We Build?” Ingeborg M. Rocker of Rocker-Lange Architects questions, if parametricism is indeed “a system of games,” defined by strategic operations without “aims, gains, histories, or reasons”. The Winter 2011 issue of Log features a tug-of-war of ideas and compelling reflections on where architecture might go, running across time from preservation to parametricism, with insightful entries from around the globe.

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“Urban Adapter” – New Urban Street Furniture for Hong Kong

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Rocker Lange Architects are participating in this year’s Hong Kong & Shenzhen bi-city biennale with their proposal for a new urban furniture concept.

Urban Adapter, detail, Rocker Lange Architects, Hong Kong & Shenzhen biennale, Christian J Lange, Urban furniture

Hong Kong’s urban furniture contains multiple functional objects. Each of them belongs to a different set of formal expression or is part of a different style. While variation is obvious in the style mix of Hong Kong’s public furniture, there is a lack of uniformity in the formal expression that could foster a unique Hong Kong identity..


Urban Adapter, Urban furniture, overview, Rocker Lange Architects, Hong Kong & Shenzhen biennale, Christian J Lange

This design proposal for a contemporary city bench seeks to understand the concept of street furniture as a holistic design problem. Instead of offering only one single static design, this scheme suggests multiple varying solutions that meet specific fitness criteria.
Urban Adapter, Parametric Prototype, family, Rocker Lange Architects, Hong Kong & Shenzhen biennale, Christian J Lange The project “Urban Adapter” is based on a digital parametric model. At its core the model utilizes explicit site information and programmatic data to react and interact with its environment. That way the model’s DNA structure is capable of producing a variety of unique furniture results. Together they generate an endless family of new urban bench furniture.

Urban Adapter, Parametric Prototype, Urban furniture, Rocker Lange Architects, Hong Kong & Shenzhen biennale, Christian J LangeRather than having a fixed form the members of the family can adapt to different site conditions and programmatic needs. While all of the designs have the ability to serve as a seating element, some have additional programmatic values added, such as recycling containers, flower buckets or billboards serving for advertisement or educational purposes. The generated functional surface invites the user to new seating and communication arrangements and establishes a unique identity for the urban space of Hong Kong.

Urban Adapter, Urban furniture, night shot, Rocker Lange Architects, Hong Kong & Shenzhen biennale, Christian J Lange

“On the Bri-n-k” Robotic built wall at the GSD

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Professor Ingeborg M. Rocker, Rocker-Lange Architects – developed with students at the GSD, Harvard University a robotic built wall.

On the Brinck, Robotic built wall at the GSD, Harvard, Rocker Lange Architects, parametric brickwall, Critical Digital Conference

On the Brinck, Robotic built wall at the GSD,Harvard, Rocker Lange Architects, parametric brickwall, parametric architecture, Critical Digital Conference

On the Brinck, Robotic built wall at the GSD, Harvard, Rocker Lange Architects, parametric brickwall, parametric architecture, Critical Digital Conference

On the Brinck, Robotic built wall at the GSD, Harvard, Rocker Lange Architects, Critical Digital Conference

Student quotes:
“This was the best experience so far at the GSD: generating a digital design, fabricating a model and then building it in a 1:1 scale.”  Jeff LaBoskey

“A whole set of new challenges occurred when we started to build the design – and a constant re-adjustments of design and building process had to happen – overall great fun and a fantastic learning experience for all of us. The most rewarding is to be in the space we have created and to watch people experiencing it.” Misato Odanaka

“This is the type of experience for which I came to the GSD! More of this!” Teresa McWalters

Credits:
On the Bri-n-ck project, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design

Advisor:
Ingeborg M.Rocker

Leading Team:
Jeff LaBoskey
Misato Odanaka
Benjamin Franceschi
Teresa McWalters

Coding:
Jessica Rosenkrantz, Nervous System
Jesse Louis-Rosenberg, Nervous System
Christian J. Lange, Rocker-Lange Architects

Core Team:
Natalya Egon
Ricardo Munoz
Matthew Swaidan
Tory Wolcott

Team:
Masana Amamiya, Sen Ando, Ben Brady, Julian Bushman-Copp, Lindsay Chandler-Alexander, Brad Crane, Theodore Diehl, Elizabeth Farley, Matthew Fiely, Chelsea Garunay, Jeremy Jih, Tessa Kelly, Jeongyon Kim, Jessica Knobloch, Carl Koepcke, Annie Kountz, Eva Leung, Cara Liberatore, Lesley McTague. Paul Merrill, Brian Militana, Yuhka Miura, Jason Phipps, Alicia Taylor, Jessica Vaughn, Ka Yip

Special Thanks:
Stephen Hickey
Martin Bechthold

Funding:
Junior Faculty Grant and Preston Scott Cohen, Chair of the Architecture Department

Icosahedron Studies, Homage to Buckminster Fuller

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Icosahedron 1, Buckminster Fuller Homage, Rocker Lange, Architecture, Platonic Solid

Icosahedron 2, Buckminster Fuller, Rocker Lange, Architecture, Platonic Solids

Cross Scalar Variations, Homage to Erwin Hauer

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

cross scalar variation, Rocker Lange, Architecture, computation, mapping, parametric

cross scalar variation, Rocker Lange, Architecture, computation, mapping