ACADIA 2020 Workshop: Generative Physics for Architecture & Projection Mapping Installations

The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture is an international network of digital design researchers and professionals. We facilitate critical investigations into the role of computation in architecture, planning, and building science, encouraging innovation in design creativity, sustainability, and education.
As part of the 2020 Distributed Proximities conference, ACADIA is pleased to offer a lineup of exciting workshops led by expert instructors from around the globe. The conference chairs have curated workshops that uniquely address the conference's theme of distributed modes of working and collaboration, including topics such as remote robotics, co-design, machine learning, and much more.
All workshops will occur online via Zoom or similar video conferencing platform. This year, generous funding from Autodesk will enable us to provide scholarships and grants to students and professionals in partnership with NOMA, NOMAS, and schools of architecture in Mexico. Please see the ACADIA Grants page for more information and application links.
Workshop Leaders:
Alida Sun, Artist
Jeffrey Halstead, Architect
This workshop, Generative Physics: Dynamic Systems Within Immersive Projection-Mapped Environments, introduces participants to new methods of collaboration and communication across disciplines of art and architecture, as well as tools and workflows that respond to our current condition of being online. Workshop participants will be guided through projection mapping techniques and their real-time integration with physics simulation & live-action modeling/sculpting, producing a singular work that is simultaneously developed and experienced in different parts of the world.
Participants will be introduced to a series of generative art techniques using algorithmic systems and physics simulators. In addition, workshop participants will be introduced to a variety of toolkits to convey ideas of form that register different actions and events that have taken place over a period of time or are occurring in real-time. Participants will also receive an overview of TouchDesigner and Maya to develop and augment workflows that can alter form or perception of form with a visual thesis in mind. Finally, students will design environments to be re-rendered in real-time and projected onto an assemblage of materials arranged in a physical space designed by workshop leaders. We will use TouchDesigner to integrate and transform multiple action-based visuals into immersive projections.

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Keywords: Immersive Environments; Algorithms; Motion Design; Collaboration & Co-Design

Software: TouchDesigner, Maya

Previous Knowledge Required: Familiarity with TouchDesigner and Maya is encouraged but not required.

Workshop Schedule: October 24 and 25, 10:00am to 6:00pm EST

AIA Continuing Education: Completion of this workshop earns 12 AIA Learning Units.

Thanks to Technology Sponsor TouchDesigner for providing software licenses for this workshop.