After the great experience of REaction workshop 2013, we are proud to present REACTION 1401/1402 – workshop series.
Registration and details here.

REaction, an advanced grasshopper workshop focused on urban data visualization and parametric design for smart cities, took place at superbelleville on days 6 and 7 of July 2013.

It was an amazing experience in which we experimented how to track urban information, how to make it visible and understandable and, finally, how to use this information to improve the design of our environements.
Being a designer nowadays, I think the most important thing is to have a general vision of what technology can do.
In other words, I beleive it’s more important to know which technology we can use to acheive something, more than control every detail of the technology itself. That’s why during the final speech I said:

“KNOWING WHAT YOU CAN DO IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN DOING IT.”

With REaction workshop we wanted to create a learning environnement to help urban and architectural designers to take into account information exchanges in our cities, in order to create better experiences in our built environnements.

«DATA AND INFORMATION ARE THE OIL OF THE FUTURE»

Nowadays, we can say that almost everything is an information exchange.
If you talk, you are exchanging information.
If you stand in a physical space, your body is exchanging heat with the environment.
And if you walk with an smartphone in your pocket, you are producing (end exchanging) information about your localisation, your speed and your direction.

At REaction workshop we had all this in mind.
You can find below a detailed report with the work produced by participants.
Feel free to download it and share it.

SMART CITIES CONCEPTS

According to a forecast by the United Nations (UN), 70% of the world population will live in urban courts in 2050. In addition, the UN warns that the increasing population in cities can become a serious urban issue, unless citizens reach a balance between the social and environmental aspects and among themselves.
The concept of “Smart City” (associated to the concept of “Smart Growth”), is proposed in a social context where infrastructure and population of urban areas continue to grow, in many cases, dispro- portionately. Therefore a “Smart City” is the one that uses technological advances and tools to support and improve the quality of life of its citizens.

As a result of this phenomenon of transformation, it is imperative to recognize and understand the new schemes and systems of configuration, growth and development of cities, related to the Informa- tion and Communication Technologies (ICTs).
Smart cities make instrumented, interconnected and intelligent systems. This new urban concept is generated by the lifestyle of today’s citizens, who increasingly use digital devices to maintain them informed of local and global happenings. According to studies, almost 90% of the citizens had at least one account on social sites in 2012.
This kind of urban behaviors affects the role of the architect as a urban designer, demanding knowledge, understanding and application of new analysis and design tools, in order to consider several variables that have an impact in the design parameters of any project.

For instance, the analysis and design of a city project should consider:

  • Data-driven analysis of economic activity, human behavior, mobility patterns, resouce consumption, etc. in order to inform an evidence-based process of designing new cities.
  • Parametric urban design tools to schematically define mobility nodes, streets, building massing, and location of resources to create nested compact urban cells (walkable neighborhoods).
  • Urban energy, mobility, water, food, and waste simulator for new, post-oil cities.
  • Typology of streetscapes, pathways, mobility nodes, and responsive technology for cities.

It is important to understand the city as an interconnected urban ecosystem, where changes or a variation in one component affects directly or indirectly the overall system.

THE WORKSHOP

Based on the “Smart City” concept, the workshop focused on the analysis, understanding and proposal of this new approach through the next three steps:

  • Presentation of three case studies regarding the concept of Smart City in the Urban Public Space developed in the Master of Advanced Architecture of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), specifically in three different streets of Barcelona: Pere IV, Meridiana and Paseo Grácia.
  • Approach to the first visualization tools and based on the mapping concept (data collection, interpretation, representation and new analysis strategies).
  • Tools application over different urban contexts in order to understanding the relation between Paris and the smart city concept.

AGENDA 

Open Drink / July 05th , 2 0 1 3 / Free Open Drink to introduce the Workshop.

Day 1 / July 06th, 2 0 1 3 / Grasshopper workshop:

+ Smart City Lecture (study cases).
+ Introduction to the grasshopper workshop. – Visualization tools.
+ New analysis strategies.
+ Tools applcation.

Day 1 / July 07th, 2 0 1 3 / Grasshopper workshop:

+ Data collection.
+ Tools applcation.
+ Workshop conclusions.


SOFTWARE AND SKILLS

Software used during the workshop: Rhino, Grasshopper and GHowl (Grasshopper Add-on).
Required skills : basic modelling skills in Rhino and Grasshopper [Primer level] are required.

VENUE

SuperBelleville Coworking,
5 passage Piver – 75011 Paris, France

Schedule:
Morning Session, h. 9.00 – 13.00
Afternoon Session, h. 14.00 – 18.00

ORGANIZERS AND TUTORS

The Workshop is organized by Super Belleville + abacO in collaboration with: Noumena Architecture + Estudio Hibrido + Open Collective

Francesco Cingolani
Co-founder and Curator at superbelleville coworking.
Parametric Design Teacher and Lecturer at École d’Architecture Marne La Vallé in Paris
Computational designer since 2007.
@immaginoteca

Alessandro Carabini
Co-founder and designer for abacO, researcher on urban social design for VoD Think Tank platform (Iuav).
In the last years, he has attended many events and workshops like Advances in Architectural Geometry (AAG) and Smart Geometry.
www.generativemistakes.tumblr.com

Alejandra Díaz de León
Mexican architect collaborator of the firm Taller 13 and coordinator of the Architecture Cell of the multidisciplinary studio Ezequielfarca in Mexico City. Attended the Master in Advanced Architecture at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia.
www.iaacblog.com/maa2012-2013-designing-associativity

Robert Garita
Co-founder of MG Studio, member of The open innovation group (Holcim, Costa Rica) professor of architecture and design in Veritas University, Costa Rica. Currently part of the technical and design team of the Fab Lab Barcelona.

Winner of the Hunter Douglas Awards Archiprix International 2007.
Total Quality Award in Architecture and Design Services Category in the Business Leader of the Year Award Founders of Success (Guayaquil, Ecuador 2011).

Aldo Sollazzo
Italian architect, co-founder of Noumena Architecture.
Attended a postgraduate master program at Iaac (Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia).
Partecipated at several workshop with Andrea Graziano, Luis Fraguada, Monika Wittig and Uto.
www.noumenaarch.com

Mauricio Valenzuela
Nicaraguan architect, co founder of Estudio Hibrido.
Attended a postgraduate master program at  Iaac (Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia).
Professor of design in Universidad Americana (UAM), Faculty of Architecture, Nicaragua.
Team member of BCN Main Street design proposal.
www.estudiohibrido.com
www.bcnmainstreet.com

Workshop partner : Hugh Dutton Asscociates

ANY QUESTION?

Fell free to write us or just pop in at superbelleville coworking if you are in Paris :)

After the great experience of REaction workshop 2013, we are proud to present REACTION 1401/1402 – workshop series.
Registration and details here.

7 Comments

  1. ALESSANDRO CARABINI : #GenerativeMistakes, #RovinedalFuturo, #abacO and much more. | complexitys
    May 9, 2013

    [...] about social parametric research. Alessandro is also lauching with Hugh Dutton Associates the reaction workshop about smart cities and computational design that will be held in Paris in July ( more info soon on [...]

    Reply
  2. REaction workshop: Smart Cities + Grasshopper | complexitys
    May 13, 2013

    [...] After weeks of discussions, brainstorming and details organizations, we are very very very happy to finally announce that Hugh Dutton Associates is the organizing partner of the REaction workshop about Smart Cities and Parametric Design. The workshop will be held on July 5th – 7th at SUPERBELLEVILLE coworking in Paris. You’ll find all the details and application form at superbelleville.org/reaction. [...]

    Reply
  3. REaction workshop du 5 au 7 juillet à Pa...
    May 21, 2013

    [...] Based on the “Smart City” concept, the workshop will be focused on the analysis, understanding and proposal of this new approach through the next three steps:Presentation of three case studies regarding the concept of Smart City in the Urban Public Space developed in the Master of Advanced Architecture of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), specifically in three different streets of Barcelona: Pere IV, Meridiana and Paseo Grácia.Approach to the first visualization tools and based on the mapping concept (data collection, interpretation, representation and new analysis strategies).Tools application over different urban contexts in order to understanding the relation between Paris and the smart city concept.The workshop results will be published in the collective blog and web page, with the goal of amplifying the range of influence of this developing concept and bring to public view the work of all the people involved in this knowledge incubatorOpen Drink / July 05th , 2 0 1 3 / Free Open Drink to introduce the Workshop.Day 1 / July 06th, 2 0 1 3 / Grasshopper workshop:+ Smart City Lecture (study cases). + Introduction to the grasshopper workshop. – Visualization tools. + New analysis strategies. + Tools applcation.Day 1 / July 07th, 2 0 1 3 / Grasshopper workshop:+ Data collection. + Tools applcation. + Workshop conclusions. SOFTWARE AND SKILLSWe will work with Rhino, Grasshopper and GHowl (Grasshopper Add-on). Basic modelling skills in Rhino and Grasshopper [Primer level] are required. No specific GHowl skills are required.  [...]

    Reply
  4. Augmented cities | Pearltrees
    May 27, 2013

    [...] REaction workshop [...]

    Reply
  5. REaction workshop in Paris : Diseño paramétrico y Smart Cities | ecosistema urbano
    June 18, 2013

    [...] DETAILS AND REGISTRATION : superbelleville.org/reaction [...]

    Reply
  6. REaction workshop + OPEN DRINK #5 | immaginotecaimmaginoteca
    June 27, 2013

    [...] une description détaillee des enjeux du workshop, voici le lien : superbelleville.org/reaction Le workshop est organisé en partenariat avec l’agence Hugh Dutton Associés. Pour en savoir [...]

    Reply
  7. Food et Design : un architecte au Salon Saveurs - @immaginoteca
    November 27, 2013

    [...] conception design est la même que celle de la cuisine et pourquoi une Pasta Therapy est comme un workshop de design. Photo : Rita [...]

    Reply

Leave a Reply