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Issue 6:1

Histories

Deadline: June 15, 2021

How are new technologies transforming historical research? How are practitioners and researchers utilizing technology to advance historic preservation? How have technological successes and failures shaped the evolution of architecture and landscapes? TAD welcomes manuscripts that define and analyze the connections, overlaps, and reciprocal impacts that occur between technology and history.

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3.2
The 'Air-Wall': Re-Evaluating a Mid-Twentieth Century Four-Sided Double-Skin Facade
In the 1950s, architect William Hajjar built a four-story research building with a two-story double-skin facade...
4.1
Designing for Durability: Helsinki Central Library’s Wood Facade
The Helsinki Central Library, Oodi, opened to the public in December 2018, is characterized by an ambitious, large-scale...
Designing for Durability: Helsinki Central Library’s Wood Facade
1.1
The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
Kevin Kelly, the founding executive editor of the tech magazine, Wired, summarizes his thoughts and theses about...
3.1
Strategies for Sustainable Communities: Landscape-Based Landslide Risk Alleviation in Medellín
Urban population growth has been considerable during the last five decades in Medellín. It has varied between...
Strategies for Sustainable Communities: Landscape-Based Landslide Risk Alleviation in Medellín
4.2
Manufacturing Architecture: An Architect's Guide to Custom Processes, Materials, and Applications
A reference to custom repetitive manufacturing for architects, Dana K. Gulling’s Manufacturing Architecture:...
Manufacturing Architecture: An Architect's Guide to Custom Processes, Materials, and Applications
1.2
Actualizing
In the fall of 2016, architect Thom Mayne, in conjunction with UCLA’s Now Institute, unveiled a proposal for...
2.1
Architectural Research in an Age of Open Systems
Design Research has an epistemological mode that differs from those in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities,...
Architectural Research in an Age of Open Systems
3.2
Blockchains as Enablers of Participatory Smart Grids
The next thirty years must bring about an accelerated change in our urban infrastructure. Global efforts, to prevent...
2.1
Built to Grow: Blending Architecture and Biology
The emerging discipline of biomimetics converges biology, chemistry, and engineering to offer a scientific approach...
3.2
Architecture Design Data: Practice Competency in the Era of Computation
Phil Bernstein situates Architecture Design Data in a transformational moment, when the development of building...
Architecture Design Data: Practice Competency in the Era of Computation
2.2
“Radical Technologies” by Adam Greenfield
Adam Greenfield’s recent book prompts the recollection of Siegfried Giedion’s seminal work Mechanization Takes...
1.2
Smog Free Tower
Contemporary design practice and education aim to address pressing social, environmental, and technological problems....
Smog Free Tower
2.2
Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959–1989: The Museum of Modern Art New York City November 13, 2017–April 8, 2018
The machine has been central to The Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition history since its founding. Exhibitions...
Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959–1989: The Museum of Modern Art New York City November 13, 2017–April 8, 2018
1.2
Cartographic Grounds: Projecting the Landscape Imaginary
In their book Prototyping for Architects, authors Jane and Mark Burry provide insight into the wide-ranging means,...
3.2
Data Integrity and Future Systems
Data is neither pure nor agnostic. Rather, data is constructed by human beings, as are the systems that surround...
2.2
Climate-Adaptive Volume: Solving the Motion Envelope of a Reconfigurable Cooling Aperture for Desert Climate
Through several prototypes of a roof aperture for passive cooling in a desert climate, the relationships between...
4.1
Making a Sensory Cocoon: Translating Discrete Sensory Needs into a Built Solution with Emerging Digital Fabrication Workflows
Multisensory environments are believed to be helpful for neurodiverse individuals with sensory-processing issues...
Making a Sensory Cocoon: Translating Discrete Sensory Needs into a Built Solution with Emerging Digital Fabrication Workflows
2.1
Re-finding a Voice: Building an Agenda for Research in Architecture
Architectural research is constitutively different in an age of open systems. There are important epistemological...
Re-finding a Voice: Building an Agenda for Research in Architecture
4.2
Interview with Craig Curtis: Industrialized Construction at Katerra
Katerra’s stated goal is to revolutionize, through the application of advanced technologies, an AEC industry...
Interview with Craig Curtis: Industrialized Construction at Katerra
1.2
Disrupting the Status Quo with Early-Stage BIM-Based Energy Modeling
Design history reveals highly differentiated types of simulations that precede the computationally-driven modeling...
Disrupting the Status Quo with Early-Stage BIM-Based Energy Modeling
3.1
Research Beyond Smart Cities
QUT Urban Informatics are currently working with university and industry partners on the Rapid Analytics Interactive...
3.2
Enhancing Workplace Design through Advanced Floor Plates Analytics
Organizations increasingly value their workplaces as important to their success through stimulating collaboration...
Enhancing Workplace Design through Advanced Floor Plates Analytics
3.2
Improving Predictions of the Urban Wind Environment Using Data
Analysis of the urban wind environment can play an important role in the design of sustainable urban areas. The...
Improving Predictions of the Urban Wind Environment Using Data
3.1
Mixed Reality Visualizations of Urban Data
As a consequence of inexpensive sensors, ubiquitous tracking devices, and abundant digital storage, by 2019 smarter...
Mixed Reality Visualizations of Urban Data
2.2
Zen of Python: Principle 8
Measuring is perhaps the most creative and rebellious act undertaken by humans. It is driven by the premise that...
2.2
Cyber-Physical Systems and the Built Environment
Architecture’s position at the beginning of a complex process of procurement and delivery separates the discipline...
Cyber-Physical Systems and the Built Environment
2.2
Quantification and Quality in Architecture and Design
Thrilled about his ability to understand previously unknown conditions, and in awe of the universe yet to be explored,...
1.2
The Truthful Art: Data, Charts and Maps for Communication
Cartographic Grounds is a beautifully conceived and executed book that explores the productive overlaps between...
1.1
Why TAD?
Discourse on technology and design is necessary and vital in our contemporary context of environmental crisis,...
3.1
One Belt One Road Urban Observatory (OBORobs)
BRI, a global development strategy affecting 65 countries, was advocated by China in 2013. The developing economies...
1.2
Architecture from the Bottom-up
Buildings are multiscale material systems with an interconnected web of assemblies, components, and materials....
Architecture from the Bottom-up
3.1
Processing
To solve problems, we are incentivized to invent and develop new technologies. This process of invention requires...
4.1
Research, Practice, and the Making of Architecture
The old dichotomy of research vs. practice continues to play out in the constructed division between academia and...
Research, Practice, and the Making of Architecture
2.2
From Instrument to Architecture: Environmental Models as Design Tools
This paper revisits a case study in the history of technology, Étienne-Jules Marey’s 1900–1902 wind tunnel...
From Instrument to Architecture: Environmental Models as Design Tools
1.2
Cellular Fabrication
Air pollution awareness in China soared after the release of journalist CHAI Jing’s documentary “Under the...
4.2
Design Drives
Increasingly our designs and practice are informed by a broader set of parameters enabled by new tools and technologies....
Design Drives
1.1
In Service
As an architectural historian interested in issues of building performance, engineering, and integrated practice,...
In Service
2.1
Model Perspectives: Structure, Architecture and Culture
An architect’s ability to be creative and to translate conceptual ideas into spatial and material intentions...
2.2
URBOT’S Sons & Daughters: From Neutral to Nudge
Sensors to measure movement, air quality, or heat have been around for a while. They’ve been dumbly opening doors...
URBOT’S Sons & Daughters: From Neutral to Nudge
4.2
Mass(ive) Timber: Examining the Thermally Massive Behavior of Mass Timber Construction
While the embodied carbon benefits of mass timber are well studied, numerous claims regarding mass timber as thermal...
Mass(ive) Timber: Examining the Thermally Massive Behavior of Mass Timber Construction
3.1
Structural Bamboo Building Codes: Catalysts for Industry, Research, and Construction Technology
On April 16, 2016, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake destroyed over 35,000 homes along the Pacific coast of Ecuador, leaving...
Structural Bamboo Building Codes: Catalysts for Industry, Research, and Construction Technology
1.2
Computational Design Synergy: Stimulation Through Simulation
In complex decision-making such as city design, good designers should find the most synergetic solution between...
Computational Design Synergy: Stimulation Through Simulation
1.1
Cities of Clarified Energy: Houston and Palo Alto
Tesla and Solar City launched the second installment of their home battery and integrated inverter known as Powerwall...
Cities of Clarified Energy: Houston and Palo Alto
3.1
Principles for Minimizing Global Land Impacts of Urbanization
Over the past half century, the global urban population has undergone unprecedented change, increasing from one...
Principles for Minimizing Global Land Impacts of Urbanization
4.1
Performance-Based Engineering Provides Path to More Compelling Mass Timber Projects
Over the past decade, the rise of engineered mass timber products has enabled several tall wood buildings to be...
Performance-Based Engineering Provides Path to More Compelling Mass Timber Projects
4.1
The Translation of Meaning
“Research,” “scholarship,” and “information gathering” are terms that can be used indiscriminately...
2.1
Snapping Facades: Exploring Elastic Instability for the Building Envelope
This article presents an alternative dynamic facade actuation mechanism utilizing the deformation of snapping instability...
Snapping Facades: Exploring Elastic Instability for the Building Envelope
4.1
Fabric-Lined Tensile Formwork for Cast-in-Place Concrete Walls
This research explores fabric-lined tensile formwork systems for casting structural concrete walls with an architectural...
Fabric-Lined Tensile Formwork for Cast-in-Place Concrete Walls
3.2
Defining Geometry Levels for Optimizing BIM for VR: Insights from Traditional Architectural Media
Virtual reality (VR) provides a unique opportunity for sharing culturally significant spaces that are not physically...
Defining Geometry Levels for Optimizing BIM for VR: Insights from Traditional Architectural Media
2.2
Made-to-Measure: Automated Drawing and Material Craft
Automation in architectural design and documentation has often been a siloed process where discrete parts are scripted...
2.1
“Life” on the Beach
The recent resurgence of user-centered work in the architecture and design fields underlines the imperative to...
“Life” on the Beach
3.1
The City of Tomorrow: Sensors, Networks, Hackers, and the Future of Urban Life
One way to understand the shape of cities is to understand how the urban environment coevolves with technological...
1.2
Model-based Optimization for Architectural Design: Optimizing Daylight and Glare in Grasshopper
This paper describes a novel simulation method for measuring the amount of buzz or productive congestion in an...
Model-based Optimization for Architectural Design: Optimizing Daylight and Glare in Grasshopper
2.1
Heat Mapping Drones: An Autonomous Computer-Vision-Based Procedure for Building Envelope Inspection Using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
Comprehensive and accurate energy audits are essential to maximize energy savings and improvements in buildings...
3.1
Learning from Logistics: How Networks Change Our Cities
Architecture has an on-again/off-again relationship with other disciplines when it comes to critical theory. Clare...
3.2
Generative Deep Learning in Architectural Design
Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) are an emerging research area in deep learning that have demonstrated impressive...
Generative Deep Learning in Architectural Design
4.2
What's the Matter?
This issue of Technology | Architecture + Design began in one world and will be published in another. Two major...
What's the Matter?
3.2
FELT: Communicating Emotion Through Textile Expression
The expressive material of a textile can be used to evoke emotion(s) through vision and touch. Because textiles...
FELT: Communicating Emotion Through Textile Expression
1.1
Begetting
The shaping of our built environment is the result of multiple disciplines’ engagement and their respective discourses....
1.1
Make It New: The History of Silicon Valley Design
In the past decade, “design thinking” has taken the world by storm, exhorting individuals, companies, and academic...
4.2
Breathing is Spatial
As a child, I had a bad case of asthma. Breathing, or rather the inability to breathe, was ever present in my childhood....
Breathing is Spatial
3.2
3D Turntables: Humanizing Architectural Technology Through Hip-Hop
This paper explores the potential impacts of hip-hop culture on architectural technology through arguments on humanizing...
3D Turntables: Humanizing Architectural Technology Through Hip-Hop
4.1
Shifting Practices in Twentieth-Century Specification Writing: The Case of the R. Guastavino Company
As master builders of structural-tile arches and vaults, the R. Guastavino Company was considered the only entity...
Shifting Practices in Twentieth-Century Specification Writing: The Case of the R. Guastavino Company
1.2
Disengage, Augment, Adapt
Questions of design simulation are no longer limited to the scope of technology experts. Most simulation research...
1.2
The Mirror Stage
The moment an infant discovers its reflection marks an important stage in child development. Early twentieth-century...
3.1
Backyard Housing Boom: New Markets for Affordable Housing and the Role of Digital Technology
In an effort to address California’s affordable housing shortage, lawmakers recently passed statewide legislation...
Backyard Housing Boom: New Markets for Affordable Housing and the Role of Digital Technology
1.1
Overcoming HTTP404
When Kurt Gödel proposed the Incompleteness Theorem in 1931, it did not catch the popular imagination to the same...
4.2
Architectural Laboratory Practice for the Development of Clay and Ceramic-Based Photosynthetic Biocomposites
This study outlines the development of clay and ceramic-based living biocomposite materials under minimal moisture...
Architectural Laboratory Practice for the Development of Clay and Ceramic-Based Photosynthetic Biocomposites
4.1
Quantitative Methods for Architecture Research: Lessons from the Social Sciences
Architectural research can benefit from quantitative research methods commonly used in the social sciences. Through...
2.2
Everything That Can Be Measured Will Be Measured
If the first phase of architecture’s engagement with digital technologies focused on form (roughly the early...
4.1
Urbano: A Tool to Promote Active Mobility Modeling and Amenity Analysis in Urban Design
Modern planning paradigms promote the design of walkable neighborhoods. To allow urban designers to understand...
Urbano: A Tool to Promote Active Mobility Modeling and Amenity Analysis in Urban Design
4.1
Modern Construction Envelopes: Systems for Architectural Design and Prototyping (3rd ed.)
The third edition of Modern Construction Envelopes presents a comprehensive taxonomy of building envelope systems...
Modern Construction Envelopes: Systems for Architectural Design and Prototyping (3rd ed.)
2.1
Architectural Research Legally and Ethically Considered
OPEN represents inclusion, exploration, and open-mindedness. With this issue, we direct this receptivity towards...
Architectural Research Legally and Ethically Considered
1.1
Dynamic Building Environment Dashboard: Spatial Simulation Data Visualization in Sustainable Design
When communicating the results of environmental building performance analysis, It Is Important to display resultant...
Dynamic Building Environment Dashboard: Spatial Simulation Data Visualization in Sustainable Design
1.1
M by Morphosis
My personal exposure to the monographs of Morphosis began as an undergraduate student at the University of Kentucky....
3.1
Urban Design Thinking: A Conceptual Toolkit
The twenty-first century, or the “Century of the City,” involves rapid urbanization in ways that are divergent...
1.1
Virtual Environment for Design and Analysis (VEDA): Interactive and Immersive Energy Data Visualizations for Architectural Design
Visualizing energy-based data according to multiple perspectives and performance criteria is critical to understanding...
Virtual Environment for Design and Analysis (VEDA): Interactive and Immersive Energy Data Visualizations for Architectural Design
4.2
Whole-Building Life Cycle Assessment: Comparison of Available Tools
For years, reducing the carbon emissions related to building operations has taken priority. However, operational...
Whole-Building Life Cycle Assessment: Comparison of Available Tools
4.1
CITYFOOD: Research Design for an International, Transdisciplinary Collaboration
Twenty-first-century cities face challenges including potential food shortages, water scarcity, and dependence...
CITYFOOD: Research Design for an International, Transdisciplinary Collaboration
1.2
Benchmarking the Embodied Carbon of Buildings
SIFT descriptors exist within the lineage of flattened architectural representation but pose new disciplinary ambiguities...
Benchmarking the Embodied Carbon of Buildings
1.1
Loci of Disruptiveness: Reflections on Ethics at the Dawn of the Technocene
The task is unnerving. To write a polemical article on technology and its potential forthcoming impact is an intimidating...
3.1
Mapping the Body: The Use of the Body Mapping Method to Explore Health and the Built Environment in Cape Town, South Africa
How do different types of built environment impact the health and well-being of residents? The working hypothesis...
Mapping the Body: The Use of the Body Mapping Method to Explore Health and the Built Environment in Cape Town, South Africa
1.2
Performance Based Simulations for Membrane-based Enclosures
Greenhouse gas emissions from extracting and manufacturing building materials, often termed “embodied carbon,”...
4.1
Materials in Progress: Innovations for Designers and Architects
Jellyfish chips, plastic-eating bacterium, chicory-root nylon, artificial cartilage made from recycled denim fabric,...
Materials in Progress: Innovations for Designers and Architects
2.2
Nature and the City: Measuring the Attention Restoration Benefits of Singapore’s Urban Vertical Greenery
A considerable amount of research has shown that views of nature can provide psychological benefits. Attention...
Nature and the City: Measuring the Attention Restoration Benefits of Singapore’s Urban Vertical Greenery
2.1
Describe, Explain, and Predict
Contemporary design practice and education aim to address pressing social, environmental, and technological problems....
2.1
OPEN: Call for Papers
OPEN represents inclusion, exploration, and open-mindedness. With this issue, we direct this receptivity towards...
2.1
Open
In his reflection on “The Nature of Research,” L. Bruce Archer, the late mechanical engineer and professor...
4.2
Enhancing the Human Condition: Reducing Building Material Toxicity by Design
Architects play a critical role in reducing building material toxicity and protecting occupants’ health. This...
Enhancing the Human Condition: Reducing Building Material Toxicity by Design
3.1
Urbanizing: Call for Papers
Urbanizing is an active process. More than half of the world’s population now lives in cities, and by the year...
1.1
Representing the Visible on Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Hurrah! At last, the design and engineering community has benefited from an exhibit on the life and work of Sir...
Representing the Visible on Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
2.1
Developing Timber Volume Calculators Through a Comparative Case Study Analysis of Wood Utilization in On-Site and Off-Site Construction Methods
The research and development of Timber Volume Calculators (TVCs) was conducted to determine the amount of wood...
Developing Timber Volume Calculators Through a Comparative Case Study Analysis of Wood Utilization in On-Site and Off-Site Construction Methods
1.1
VIRAL: Information Technology as Prophet, Panacea, or Pariah?
According to Kevin Kelly, founding member of Wired magazine, technology is ubiquitous, ever present and our destiny....
3.2
OPEN: Call for Papers
TECHNOLOGY | ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN (TAD) invites submissions of original research from scholars, practitioners,...
2.2
Balancing Design Conjecture and Research Analytics
The literature on design methods suitable for research related to the built environment is prolific. But the majority...
Balancing Design Conjecture and Research Analytics
1.2
Bespoke and Organic: Simulation toward Simplification, Repetition, and Rationalization
The recent history of architecture and engineering has rightly focused on rationalization to realize otherwise...
Bespoke and Organic: Simulation toward Simplification, Repetition, and Rationalization
2.2
Waste and Tolerance in Design and Construction
Building materials developed during the industrial revolution, when energy was cheap and raw materials seemingly...
Waste and Tolerance in Design and Construction
4.2
Matter(s)
The primordial analog world. The novel digital world. Two canonical poles in a quintessential dualism. Like the...
Matter(s)
4.2
Superjammed: Tunable and Morphable Spanning Structures Through Granular Jamming
This paper introduces a method of post-tensioning granular jammed structures to achieve horizontal spans that can...
Superjammed: Tunable and Morphable Spanning Structures Through Granular Jamming
2.2
“Tall Wood Buildings: Design, Construction, and Performance” by Michael Green and Jim Taggart
The use of wood in the construction of multistory buildings is receiving increased attention at a time when our...
2.2
Challenges and Opportunities in Quantifying and Evaluating Building Sustainability
Green building demand in the US has grown over the last decade. Yet the development and implementation of holistic...
4.1
More or Less
The process of translation in architecture requires expertise in the language and content of design, such as using...
More or Less
3.1
The Speed of Urbanizing
In his poem “Papa’s Bridge,” Richard Blanco, inaugural poet and civil engineer, shares how a bridge was impressed...
2.2
The Impact of Measurement Research on Prefabrication and Modulation in SOM’s Postwar Housing and Office Buildings
Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill (SOM) committed to innovations in prefabrication and modulation of construction in...
The Impact of Measurement Research on Prefabrication and Modulation in SOM’s Postwar Housing and Office Buildings
4.1
Creative Framing, Systematic Exploration
The value of translation—of bridging the divide between concept and realization, between academia and practice—has...
Creative Framing, Systematic Exploration
3.1
Building-Integrated Solar Technology: Architectural Design with Photovoltaics and Solar Thermal Energy
The world of architecture is in the midst of a revolution, a seismic sea-change in how our energy infrastructure...
2.1
Energy Accounts: Architecture Representations of Energy, Climate and the Future
Intrigued by the title of this engaging compilation of essays, a reader interested in the built environment, energy,...
4.2
Matter: Call for Papers
Materials—and their alchemical transformations through construction—have long been the subject of intense study...
4.2
Hygro‐Responsive Canopies: Scaled Passive Actuation with Chitosan Composites
Current examples of passively actuated structures and surfaces show enormous potential in conferring buildings...
Hygro‐Responsive Canopies: Scaled Passive Actuation with Chitosan Composites
3.1
Morphogenic Spatial Analysis: A Novel Approach for Visualizing Volumetric Urban Conditions and Generating Analytical Morphology
This investigation explores the simultaneous mapping of environmental and socioeconomic conditions for the volumetric...
Morphogenic Spatial Analysis: A Novel Approach for Visualizing Volumetric Urban Conditions and Generating Analytical Morphology
4.2
Responding to COVID-19: Healthcare Surge Capacity Design for High-Consequence Infectious Disease
Surge events are not new to healthcare organizations. Natural disasters, including floods, hurricanes, and pandemics,...
Responding to COVID-19: Healthcare Surge Capacity Design for High-Consequence Infectious Disease
1.2
The Bullitt Center: A Comparative Analysis Between Simulated and Operational Performance
Energy and thermal comfort simulations guide the design of integrated building systems in modern high performance...
The Bullitt Center: A Comparative Analysis Between Simulated and Operational Performance
1.2
Effective Data Visualization: The Right Chart for the Right Data, and Data Visualization: A Handbook For Data Driven Design
Though not always obvious, there is a notable difference between research that searches for the truth and research...
1.2
Simulations: Modeling, Measuring, and Disrupting Design
Model-based optimization is an innovative optimization strategy and particularly appropriate for time-intensive...
4.2
Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Environmental Impacts of Cross-Laminated Timber
With advances in wood product development and building code acceptance, mass timber structural systems have become...
Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Environmental Impacts of Cross-Laminated Timber
3.1
Too Big: Rebuild by Design: A Transformative Approach to Climate Change
When Hurricane Sandy hit the New York and New Jersey coasts in October 2012, the region was immobilized for days....
3.2
Data in Architecture: Structure and Content
Architectural space is exposed to the influences of numerous stimuli, such as daylight, ambient humidity, occupants’...
1.1
Three Experiments in Wood and Computational Design
This article focuses on the relationships among material-oriented design, digital technologies, and environmentally...
Three Experiments in Wood and Computational Design
1.2
Computational Doppelgängers
Future Cities Lab explores the intertwining of physical space and objects with their computational doppelgängers:...
Computational Doppelgängers
1.1
Assembling the Digital House by Hand: Lessons from Deep Engagement and Guiding the Experimental Impulse
The potential impact of digital fabrication for housing has been an intriguing topic of speculation for many years....
Assembling the Digital House by Hand: Lessons from Deep Engagement and Guiding the Experimental Impulse
1.1
A Mathematical Model Toward Energy Optimization with Building-Integrated Photovoltaics
This paper presents a new mathematical model for quantification of photovoltaics performance as a function of the...
3.1
Designing for Complexity: The Challenge to Spatial Design from Sustainable Human Development in Cities
Never in history have we built so much, in so many different places. Population growth, urbanization, and technological...
Designing for Complexity: The Challenge to Spatial Design from Sustainable Human Development in Cities
2.2
Interview with Greg Lynn: Forward-Thinking Land Drones
Along with Michele and Roberto Colaninno and the Piaggio Group, Jeffrey Schnapp and I co-founded the company to...
Interview with Greg Lynn: Forward-Thinking Land Drones
1.2
The Buzz Metric: A Graph-based Method for Quantifying Productive Congestion in Generative Space Planning for Architecture
Conventional energy-efficient wall assemblies suffer from thermal bridging and moisture entrapment due to thick...
3.1
Delta Urbanism: Aligning Adaptation with the Protection and Restoration Paradigm in Coastal Louisiana
Increasing resilience and adaptive capacity to climate change through hazard mitigation and social capacity building...
2.1
Searching
While addressing the World Architecture Festival in November 2017, architect Raphael Viñoly shared observations...
4.1
The Role of California's State Regulations in Reducing Building-Related Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Senate Bill 32, Assembly Bill 32, Senate Bill 100, and Assembly Bill 262
The 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “Summary for Policymakers” was very clear: The earth...
The Role of California's State Regulations in Reducing Building-Related Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Senate Bill 32, Assembly Bill 32, Senate Bill 100, and Assembly Bill 262
3.1
The Resilient Design Imperative: A Call for Action
Ellicott City, a historic patch of Maryland nestled between the Tiber and Patapsco rivers, regularly endures catastrophic...
The Resilient Design Imperative: A Call for Action
2.1
Legs
Hurrying across a deserted beach, their many legs weaving intricate spatial patterns, Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest...
Legs
2.1
Archaeo-tectural Translations: New Roles for the Field Architect
This article examines the field architect’s evolving role in interdisciplinary archaeology projects when equipped...
Archaeo-tectural Translations: New Roles for the Field Architect
4.1
TRANSLATION: Call for Papers
From new design procedures to the physical testing of materials and production techniques, as well as alternative...
1.2
Symposium: “Mass Customization and Design Democratization”
Throughout the late 1930s and early 1940s there was much speculation in the pages of California Arts and Architecture,...
4.2
Development of a Mono-Material Wood Wall System: Activating Digitally Fabricated Air Cavities for High-Performance Solid Timber Construction
The Mono-Material Wood Wall (MMWW) is a solid timber construction system combining traditional timber joinery techniques...
Development of a Mono-Material Wood Wall System: Activating Digitally Fabricated Air Cavities for High-Performance Solid Timber Construction
4.1
The Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan: Community Engagement and Policy Development Addressing Housing
On December 7, 2018, the Minneapolis City Council passed the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan by a vote of 12–1....
The Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan: Community Engagement and Policy Development Addressing Housing
4.1
Building Dusty Robotics
The construction industry is one of the largest industries in the world, employing over ten million workers in...
Building Dusty Robotics
2.2
Post-Occupancy Testing of Thermal Dynamics of Design-Build Residences in Tucson, Arizona
A series of low-cost residences were designed and constructed by students and faculty in the University of Arizona’s...
Post-Occupancy Testing of Thermal Dynamics of Design-Build Residences in Tucson, Arizona
2.2
Profiling Occupancy Patterns to Calibrate Urban Building Energy Models (UBEMs) Using Measured Data Clustering
Uncertainty in predicting occupancy patterns leads to discrepancies in simulated building energy when compared...
4.2
Porous Mass: Terra-Cotta Redefined Through Advanced Fabrication
Terra-Cotta Grotto prototype tests the bioclimatic conditioning and experiential qualities of a porous mass by...
Porous Mass: Terra-Cotta Redefined Through Advanced Fabrication
2.1
Design Research: Objects, Procedures, and New Understanding
Shifting objects across the earth’s surface is no easy matter. The moon rushes through space, as do the satellites....
Design Research: Objects, Procedures, and New Understanding
4.2
Evolving Vernacular: Reinventing Rammed Earth in the Context of Twenty-First Century Seismic Regulation
The vernacular architecture of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in southeast France is dominated by unstabilized...
Evolving Vernacular: Reinventing Rammed Earth in the Context of Twenty-First Century Seismic Regulation
2.2
Software: Tableau and Microsoft Power BI
Data literacy—the ability to generate, understand, and use data—is a central challenge of design education...
3.1
A Case for Infrastructural Opportunism
Since the publication of the Brundtland Report in 1987, the term “sustainable development” and its accompanying...
A Case for Infrastructural Opportunism
3.2
Conducting Human-Centered Building Science at the Well Living Lab
The Well Living Lab explores a methodological approach to conducting human-centered building science research in...
Conducting Human-Centered Building Science at the Well Living Lab
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Clay Cracking: A Natural Process Guiding a Design-to-Fabrication Method for Cast Aluminum Panels
Clay cracking, a natural process often associated with material failure, can be leveraged by designers to generate...
Clay Cracking: A Natural Process Guiding a Design-to-Fabrication Method for Cast Aluminum Panels
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Clouds and Cataracts: Optical Experiments at Sir John Soane's Museum
Plagued by cataracts, Sir John Soane’s (1753–1837) failing eyesight prompted new design strategies at his house...
Clouds and Cataracts: Optical Experiments at Sir John Soane's Museum
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Novelty and Ownership: Intellectual Property in Architecture and Design
Throughout history, architects have prided themselves on their problem-solving skills and their ability to overcome...
Novelty and Ownership: Intellectual Property in Architecture and Design
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Prototyping for Architects
Mass-Customization, a term coined in 1987 by Stan Davis in his seminal book Future Perfect, described what was...
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Supradata: The Experimental Dimensions of Data
Whether big data or small, it has become clear that data, and their impact on our daily lives, are inescapable....
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The New ABC’s of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations
In an age of TED talks and an emphasis on interdisciplinarity, Ben Shneiderman’s The New ABCs of Research: Achieving...
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A Post-Digital Architectural Research Agenda to Address 21st Century Challenges
In 1995, Mitchell and McCullough posed the question, “What was computer-aided design?” as a provocation that...
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Design Immersion and Virtual Presence
The recent emergence of virtual reality (VR) as a next-generation human-computer interface followed a strong industry...
Design Immersion and Virtual Presence
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Qualitative Data and Design: Understanding the Experimental Qualities of Place
Data come in many forms. They can be numbers, images, stories, sounds, and feelings; they can be biological tissue...
Qualitative Data and Design: Understanding the Experimental Qualities of Place
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Measured
Measurement is fundamental to the discipline of architecture. Through measurement, one gains a more complete understanding...
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Research and Architecture’s Knowledge Loop
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has developed a research roadmap that sends the AIA further down a road...
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Racial Equity and the Future of Work
Automation is changing the nature of work in ways that are profoundly impacting the social and built environments.1...
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The Changing Higher Education Research Environment: New Opportunities for Architectural Research
Higher education faces many challenges that are profoundly changing its funding, governance, values, and faculty...
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Rethinking Wood: Future Dimensions of Timber Assembly
Wood is seemingly an answer to the systemic challenges of scarce material resources, dearth of construction labor,...
Rethinking Wood: Future Dimensions of Timber Assembly
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The Limits of Simulation: Towards a New Culture of Architectural Engineering
Computational design and fabrication are at the focus of advanced practice and research in architecture. They allow...
The Limits of Simulation: Towards a New Culture of Architectural Engineering
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Research Methods for Architecture
Renewed interest in integrating research into design is apparent when we look at books published on the topic in...
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Innovating the Urban Water System: Achieving a Net Zero Water Future Beyond Current Regulation
Recent extreme climatic events and failing infrastructure have increased awareness of the need for expanded resilience...
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Experiments Toward Hyper-Local Reverse Heat Flow Assemblies
Latitudo Borealis is a project that develops an innovative cold-climate wall assembly that combines new passive...
Experiments Toward Hyper-Local Reverse Heat Flow Assemblies
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DIY in Pandemic Times: Design Leadership During COVID-19
COVID-19 will have lasting impact upon our teaching methodologies and learning outcomes, from primary school through...
DIY in Pandemic Times: Design Leadership During COVID-19
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Building Dynamics: Exploring Architecture of Change
Flexible, agile, adaptive, responsive, transformative, dynamic—popular terms in contemporary architectural discourse—embody...
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Drawing Disruptions: Representing Automated Distortions of Multi-Perspectival Form
This paper poses the question: Is BIM-based energy simulation reliable? If so, how might this impact early-stage...
Drawing Disruptions: Representing Automated Distortions of Multi-Perspectival Form
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Nürburgring-ing
Performance can be understood as a measure of function. Beyond identifying nominal effects, the quantification...
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Building Envelope Mositure Transport in the Context of Assembly Aging and Uncertainty
Uncertainty analysis and assembly aging can be meaningfully integrated into building envelope simulations to predict...
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Robotic Control Strategies Applicable to Architectural Design
While research in robotic control has produced numerous inventions and extensions of human ability, industrial...
Robotic Control Strategies Applicable to Architectural Design
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Smart Building Design: Conception, Planning, Realization, and Operation
With the help of advanced technology, smart infrastructure has become ubiquitous, and many of the elements we interact...
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Simulation and Design of Hybrid Human-Natural-Technological Systems
Interactions among complex and rapidly evolving human, natural, and technological systems in urbanizing regions...
Simulation and Design of Hybrid Human-Natural-Technological Systems
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The Measure of All Things: Toward an Architecture of Information
A famous medieval illumination depicts God as an architect, armed with a set of calipers, measuring the boundaries...
The Measure of All Things: Toward an Architecture of Information
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A Ladder
In May of 2015, climate scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration observed that, for the...
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Interwoven: The Kolon One & Only Tower
The Kolon One & Only Tower in Seoul, South Korea is a new research laboratory, design studio, and corporate...
Interwoven: The Kolon One & Only Tower
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Barcelona Links: Application of Research by Design to the Study of Urbanism
The problem of how to connect parts of the metropolis to break down interior barriers is of strategic importance...
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3D Printing and Buildings: A Technology Review and Future Outlook
Three-dimensional (3D) printing has drawn attention from professionals in various fields for its ability to efficiently...
3D Printing and Buildings: A Technology Review and Future Outlook
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Modern Construction Case Studies
In 2001, Andrew Watts published the Modern Construction Handbook. Featuring construction assemblies found in notable...
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Past Issue
Viral
VIRAL asks whether architecture is once again on the threshold of significant changes in the material, technical and procedural context of design. Our current issue explores the way information technologies are transforming how buildings are designed, constructed, delivered, occupied and assessed.
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Past Issue
Simulations
The simulation of physical reality is a necessary preoccupation of the architect, engineer, builder and systems specialist. For centuries, simulations have existed in the form of heuristic techniques used in establishing rules of thumb for architecture and design. This issue explores how architecture benefits from the availability of near-immediate performance simulations executed during the design process and enabled by advanced computation software and rapid prototyping.
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Open
Constant innovation in building technologies such as building materials, construction, computer-mediated design tools, automation, and virtual reality has yielded a strong impetus to value the expansion of research-based inquiry and method development in architecture. This OPEN issue provides a forum for established and emerging talent to share insights from diverse perspectives about state-of-the-art research.
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Past Issue
Measured
Measurement is fundamental to the discipline of architecture. Through measurement, one gains a more complete understanding of what is intended to be produced and how to produce it.
Technology plays a vital role in the mediation between design ideas and their physical manifestation. This issue of TAD seeks scholarly submissions and primary research concerning measurement in technology, architecture and design.
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Past Issue
Urbanizing
Urbanizing is an active process. More than half of the world’s population now lives in cities, and by the year 2050 greater than two-thirds will be urban dwellers due to migration and increased birth rates. Both basic and applied research are necessary for advancing disciplinary expertise, and initiating interdisciplinary engagement on urban solutions for use in this twenty first century. Urbanizing seeks to attract, collect, and forge a combined body of knowledge for use in our inevitably urban future.
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Past Issue
Open
Research methods are a developing area of interest in the built environment and OPEN to discussion. Methods are part of our intellectual, social and institutional contexts. This OPEN issue asks researchers across architecture and related subfields to share their methods through original research including qualitative, quantitative, mixed, design studies, historical, correlational, causal-comparative, and experimental.
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Past Issue
Translation
From new design procedures, to the physical testing of materials and production techniques, to alternative construction methods and workflows, the process of advancing an architectural concept from initial idea to full material realization makes use of a broad array of strategies. This issue investigates the means by which the design concept becomes translated into the built environment.
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Current Issue
Matter
Materials – and their alchemical transformations through construction – have long been the subject of intense study and thoughtful deliberation by practitioners and researchers. This issue asks: How are current material investigations responding to rapid climate change and the imperative for sustainability? What methodologies are researchers using to explore and test materials? How are designers, material scientists, and others engaging in material innovation, developing patents, and influencing business practices? How are emergent materials and cyber-physical processes altering the arc of architecture and design?
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