sg2012 workshops


The sg2012 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 sg2012 Workshop is made up of ten Clusters that respond in diverse ways to the challenge.


beyond mechanics

Champions: Simon Kim + Nick Puckett + Mariana Ibanez

This cluster provides the opportunity for architectural designers to participate in the formulation, manufacturing, and implementation of Responsive Polymers. The cluster will investigate methods for designing the form and behavior of multi-scalar prototypes from a molecular level through to material assemblies.


micro synergetics

Champions: Sascha Bohnenberger + Peter Liebsch + Anton Savov + Andre Chaszar

The goal for the period of the SG2012 event is to produce a modular, digitally augmented physical system interacting bi-directionally with the microenvironments around it. The modules will both sense the users and involve them in playful engagement, which sharpens their perceptions of otherwise, unnoticed micro processes and -climates.


composite territories

Champions: Paul Nicholas + Martin Tamke + Mette Ramsgard Thomsen + Matthias Oppe

Architecture is shifting to practices where the computational generation of form is performance driven. At the same time, the ability to compose material increasingly links the specification of local performance to material properties. Where one trait points at locally optimized compositions of material another opens spaces for the engagement of design with material behaviour. Both require the individual composition of material, and afford opportunities not available when using existing natural or off-the-shelf materials. How do we link the design, simulation and making of materials with the design of architecture?


ceramics 2.0

Champions: Martin Bechthold + Stefano Andreani + Aurgho Jyoti + Nathan King + Jose Luis Garcia del Castillo

The challenge posited by the Ceramics 2.0 cluster is twofold. Firstly, the exploration and definition of the potential that computational design and digital fabrication can bring to ceramic as a material, through the lens of material efficiency and performance. Secondly, to explore the potential of clay based ceramics to inform the use of digital design and parametric design tools.


material conflicts

Champions: Robert Cervellione + Volker Mueller + Makai Smith + Samuel Wilkinson

The aim of this cluster is to test building energy performance, to see how a building can be tuned to balance a number of parameters such as building shape, orientation, amount of glass, depth of floor plate, orientation, amount of ventilation, facade material, to provide good human comfort and low energy and carbon use. Using generative design techniques, structures will emerge from energy and material studies and design constraints.


transgranular perspiration

Champions: Rory MacDonald + Brian Lilley + Roly Hudson + Kevin Plucknett

The cluster aim is to investigate the relationship between geometry, ambient conditions, and ceramic composite material in the production of an adaptable, environmentally reactive formation.


reactive acoustic environments

Champions: Zackery Belanger + Seth Edwards + Eric Ameres + Guillermo Bernal

The Reactive Acoustic Environments cluster will utilize the technological infrastructure and inert acoustical spaces of EMPAC to develop systems that harness these possibilities. Two installation and two control threads will be pursued. The first installation thread will be a deformable membrane ceiling suspended at variable control points, the modification of which will affect geometric and acoustic changes in the host space. The second will be parametrically-derived wall systems of transformable geometry that will exhibit shifting gradients of acoustic properties. 


form follows flow

Champions: Jason Vollen + David Menicovich

From Form Follows Function to Form Follows Flow: Designing Air Flow Topologies through Adaptive Geometries.


bioresponsive building envelopes

Champions: Bess Krietemeyer + Anna Dyson + Bill Babbitt + Satoshi Kiyono

As choreographers of bioresponsive mediated facades, new dynamic design frameworks are required to anticipate the fundamentally new architectural implications of their dynamic material behavior. This cluster will harness the behavior of an electropolymeric display technology to design bioresponsive building envelopes that negotiate aesthetic and cultural desires with bioclimatic energy flows.


gridshell digital tectonics

Champions: Mark Cabrinha + Andrew Kudless + David Shook

This cluster will intensively explore how material properties can be embedded within parametric design and analysis environments. Although the skills developed and techniques learned in the workshop are applicable to many material systems, the cluster will focus on timber gridshells as they provide an excellent opportunity to investigate the integration of generative and analytic digital tools with material reality.