The work of Matsys was featured on the recent cover of issue 06 of Evolo Magazine’s issue on Digital and Parametric Architecture. The issue includes two projects by Matsys: Chrysalis III and P_Wall 2009. The issue includes many great projects by dozens of emerging and innovative firms. Check it out!
Projects Featured: SEAcraft Studio
Matsys is pleased to announce that work from Andrew Kudless’ advanced architecture studio in at CCA has been featured on the cover of the September issue of the Spanish magazine Pasajes Arquitectura. Jason Vereschak’s egg is on the cover and the article shows many of the eggs crafted by students in the studio in spring 2013.
Year: 2013 – 2014
Location: FRAC Centre, Orleans, France
Matsys is pleased to announce the opening of the ARCHILAB 2013: Naturalizing Architecture exhibition at the FRAC Centre in Orleans, France. Curated by ARCHILAB’s founders, Marie-Ange Brayer, Director of FRAC Centre and Frédéric Migayrou, Deputy Director of the Centre Pompidou, the exhibition features three projects by Matsys including the permanent installation P_Wall (2013). The other Matsys projects are Chrysalis (III), on loan from the Centre Pompidou, and Sietch Nevada, a speculative urban design for a future undergoing a peak-water crisis. The exhibition will open to the public on September 14, 2013 and closes on February 2, 2014.
The exhibition brings together forty artists, designers, and architects investigating the territory between nature, technology, and architecture. Matsys is proud to exhibit its work along side our many respected peers and friends including Achim Menges, Neri Oxman, Marc Fornes, Jenny Sabin, Skylar Tibbits, Philippe Morel, Jose Sanchez, Roland Snooks, Thom Faulders, and many more. If you are anywhere near Orleans over the next 6 months, check out this amazing exhibition.
From the Curators’ text:
Broadly exceeding the boundaries of their practice, architects now develop a practice at the crossroads of design, computer science, engineering and biology. Conditions for production in the domain of architecture are radically redefined by this convergence, as well as by the constant evolution of the processes and tools for digital manufacturing.
Andrew Kudless will be teaching an introductory/intermediate workshop on parametric modeling with Grasshopper on Friday, July 12 at CCA as a part of the FACADES+Performance Conference. Please see the flyer below and the workshop website for more details.
Shellstar was honored to receive a special mention award in the Architizer A+ Awards in the Architecture + Modeling category. Check out the project page on Architzer.
Andrew Kudless of Matsys has been named to the “Ten to Watch” list of emerging designers by California Home + Design. Read the full article here.
…making contemporary arts education accessible to teachers and classrooms across the nation and around the world. Authored by noted international artists, Open Studio is a collection of art-making activities that presents the unique perspectives of practicing artists.(via the OpenStudio website)
You can view Andrew’s contribution on SFMOMA’s education website.
SFMoMA has reinstalled the P_Wall (2009) piece in their 5th Floor Gallery overlooking the Sculpture Garden. The wall is part of their “The More Things Change” exhibition focusing on the work of emerging artists over the last decade. The exhibition closes on November 6, 2011.
(Note: The amazing chair shown in the images is, unfortunately, not mine. The chair is by Dutch designers Tejo Remy & René Veenhuizen. The curators at SFMoMA did a great job pairing the wall and chair together.)
This workshop explored material systems through an iterative design process that alternates between analogue and digital modeling techniques. The workshop introduced students to various physical form-finding techniques that investigate and simulate the interrelatedness of material, structure, and form. After completing these hands-on experiments, students were given an intensive introduction to parametric modeling using the Grasshopper plug-in for the 3D modeling program Rhino. Using this generative design environment, students began to explore how to abstract the principles learned in the physical form-finding models into digital para-metric models. Finally, workshop students developed a series of digitally fabricated models from their digital models that resonate with the logic and material forces of the initial physical experiments.
The workshop was part of a larger studio taught by Prof. Wendy Fok of WE-Designs.org.
Biodynamic Structures: July 2011
San Francisco Visiting School
California College of the Arts
Monday 11 to Friday 22 July, 2011
I am happy to announce that I will be teaching again at this summer’s Architectural Association San Francisco Visiting School at CCA. For more information, please visit the main website for the workshop. We have a great line up of Grasshopper, Kangaroo, and Firefly workshops as well as lectures on fabrication, design, and material systems by many leading designers and thinkers including Jason Kelly Johnson from Future Cities Lab, Andy Payne from Lift Architects/GSD, Ronnie Parsons and Gil Akos from Studio Mode/Pratt, and Michael Weinstock, Evan Greenberg, Christina Doumpioti, George Jeronimidis and Toni Kotnik from the EmTech Program at the AA in London.
Location: Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, CA
Description: (From the exhibition website) At once conceptual and practical, models are an integral part of an architect’s toolkit. By helping to guide experiments, and encourage dialogue, they provide insight into the rigors of landscape and building design. Crafting Architecture: Concept, Sketch, Model brings together work from Bay Area design professionals and students, and explores how these architects and landscape architects use models and mock-ups to communicate creative ideas.
Featured Projects: C_Wall, Honeycomb Morphologies
Projects Featured: Honeycomb Morphologies, P_Wall (2006), C_Wall
This is a great new book by Lisa Iwamoto covering a wide range of contemporary digital design. In addition to projects by Matsys, the book features projects by Office dA, Thom Faulders, Chris Bosse, MOS, and many others. Check it out.
The wall for SFMoMA is done! Or at least my part is pretty much done. The great art movers from Atthowe started crating all of of the panels today and delivering them to the museum. Since the last update we’ve sealed all of the panels so they easier to clean and some of the minor surface discolorations are muted. But, the cast texture of the fabric formwork is still very visible as you can see in the photos.
The opening reception at SFMoMA is on the evening of Thursday, August 6 and the exhibition is open from the following day until November 8th. Here’s the press release from SFMoMA on the larger show: Sensate: Bodies and Design.
Matsys was commissioned by SFMoMA to produce a wall installation for the upcoming exhibition Sensate: Bodies and Design. After many months of research and prototyping, production on the final wall began in early May and is nearly complete. At the moment, all of the panels have been cast and we are just waiting for them to fully dry. Check back soon for more images of the final installation.
Location: California College of the Arts, San Francisco
Description: FLUX: Architecture in a Parametric Landscape by CCA Architecture/MEDIAlab is an exhibition that focuses on the emerging field of advanced digital design. In the last two decades of architectural practice, new digital technologies have evolved from being simply representational tools invested in the depiction of existing models of architectural space to becoming significant performative machines that have transformed the ways in which we both conceive and configure space and material. These tools for design, simulation, and fabrication, have enabled the emergence of new digital diagrams and parametric landscapes—often emulating genetic and iterative dynamic evolutionary processes—that are not only radically changing the ways in which we integrate disparate types of information into the design process, but are also significantly altering the methodological strategies that we use for design, fabrication and construction. After the early digital explosion of the 1990’s, new forms of rigor and production have entered into the field of architecture, supporting the emergence of parametric and building information modeling and the enhanced use of computational geometry and scripting that together represent the second critical wave of digital design practices. That our current models of space are far more continuous, variant and complex, is specifically a result of the tools we are using to produce them, an inevitable byproduct of the ever-expanding capacities of digital computation and related fabrication technologies as these intersect with theoretical trajectories that long ago dismantled the social, functional and technological truths of the early part of this century.
The FLUX exhibition was generated in conjunction with this year’s CCA Architecture Lecture Series focused on the integration of digital practices and design, CCA MEDIAlab’s digital workshops and the International Smart Geometry conference held in San Francisco in the spring of 2009. The content of the exhibition is organized through a series of thematic categories each of which explores a set of spatial logics that have been transformed through advanced digital practices: Stacked Aggregates, Modular Assemblages, Pixelated Fields, Cellular Clusters, Serial Iterations, Woven Meshes, Material Systems, and Emergent Environments. In this exhibit, these themes are elaborated through the presentation of 50 built works and experimental architectural projects, and are expanded by analytical diagrams and 3D printed models generated by CCA architecture students.
The FLUX installation, developed by a team of CCA faculty and students, also explores the possibilities of parametric modeling and digital fabrication through the production of the exhibition armature. Produced using CCA’s new CNC router and advanced parametric modeling techniques, the undulating structure expands and contracts as its volume extends down the center of the long nave space. Through the use of parametric modeling and a series of custom designed scripts, the installation design can be quickly updated to address new design criteria. From the thickness of the ribs to the overall twisting geometry and perforated skins, the spatial form of the armature is controlled through a complex set of relationships defined by its formal, performative, and fabrication constraints.
Architect: CCA Architecture/MEDIAlab
Location: San Francisco, United States
Date: 2008 – 2009
The FLUX installation, developed over 6 months by a team of CCA faculty and students, explores the possibilities of parametric modeling and digital fabrication at CCA. Produced using CCA’s brand new CNC router and advanced parametric modeling techniques, the structure undulates in plan and section producing a sense of expansion and contraction in the long Nave space. Through the use of parametric modeling and a series of custom designed scripts, the installation design can be quickly updated to address new design criteria. From the thickness of the ribs to the overall twisting geometry and perforated skins, the geometry is controlled through a complex set of relationships between its formal, performative, and fabrication constraints.
Director of Architecture: Ila Berman
Project Coordinator and Director of the MEDIAlab: Andrew Kudless
Installation Design: Kory Bieg, Andre Caradec, Andrew Kudless, Ila Berman
Exhibition Curation: Andrew Kudless with Ila Berman and Marc Fornes
Graphic Design Assistants: Jessica Gibson, Andy Payne, Melissa Spooner
Parametric Design Consultant: Andy Payne
Installation Team: Laurice der Bedrossian, Yoon Choi, Stephanie Close, Loi Dinh, David Garcia, Jessica Gibson, John Hobart-Culleton, Charlotte Hofstetter, Madaline Honig, Wayne Lin, Sandra Lopez, Mariko Low, Jen Melendez, Michelle Mucker, Andrew Peters, Jason Rhein, Ocean Rogoff, Angela Todorova, Dianne de la Torre, Michael Victoria, Olesya Yefimov
Graphic Design, Modeling and Scripting Team: Olutobi Adamolekun, Lynn Bayer, Ripon DeLeon, Anthony Diaz, Alexa Getting, Jessica Gibson, Noah Greer, Benjamin Harth, Madeline Honig, Elizabeth Jackson, Pouya Khakpour, Anna Leach, Ryan Lee, Charles Ma, David Manzanares Garcia, Ariane Mates, Andy Payne, Harsha Pelimuhandiram, Michael Perkins, Javier Rodriguez, Ricardo Ruiz, Melissa Spooner, Jessica Stuenkel, Vladimir Vlad, Duncan Young
Sponsors: SolidThinking, K Bieg Design, SUM Arch, Vogue Graphics
CNC Fabrication Support: Ryan Buyssens, Jo Slota
Consultation: Chris Chalmers, Andrew Sparks
Projects Featured: Honeycomb Morphologies
Description: Another great issue of AD from two of my professors at the AA: Michael Hensel and Achim Menges. My work is included in an article by Michael called “Performance-Oriented Design: Precursors and Potentials”.
Projects Featured: Branching Hypar, EOES
Description: Catalog for the 2008 Beijing Biennale curated by Neal Leach. Matsys’s work was included as one of the top 5 emerging firms on the West Coast.
Projects Featured: P_Wall (2006), Honeycomb Morphologies
Description: Matsys is featured twice in this great issue of Praxis (Issue #9). First, Michael Weinstock wrote about the first version of P_Wall in his article “Surfaces of Self-Organization: Andrew Kudless’ Material Exploration”. At the end of the issue, the Honeycomb Morphologies project is included in a section on various surface techniques. The issue also includes work by CCA colleauges Thom Faulders, Andre Caradec and Craig Scott.
Projects Featured: Honeycomb Morphologies, Voronoi Morphologies, P_Wall (2006), C_Wall, Tulum Site Museum
Description: Catalog of the 2006 Beijing Architecture Biennale curated by Neal Leach.