Workshop 01| ROBOTIC ARCHITECTURE PROTOTYPES | Jason Kelly Johnson with Zachary Jacobson-Weaver

The Robotic Architecture Prototypes workshop explores the emerging integration of micro-controllers, sensors and actuators within architecture and allied fields with a focus on prototyping responsive environments, robotic architectures and digital fabrication machines. The workshop was structured around hands-on demonstrations focused on the creative and technical use of Grasshopper , Firefly and Arduino (both software and hardware). Firefly is a new set of comprehensive software tools dedicated to bridging the gap between Grasshopper, the Arduino micro controller, the internet and beyond. It allows near real-time data flow between the 3D digital and physical worlds, and will read/write data to/from internet feeds, remote sensors, connect with machine vision protocols, and more. Firefly was co-authored and released by Jason Kelly Johnson and Andy Payne in 2010. Grasshopper, a free plug-in for McNeel’s Rhino modeler, allows designers to create adjustable parametric code and geometric forms through both graphic icons and programming.

All software can be downloaded for free or trial.  Hardware must be ordered ahead of time. We suggest purchasing the Arduino Budget Pack. Required software and hardware: Rhino 5.0, Grasshopper, Firefly, , Arduino, Arduino Budget Pack, and laptop.

Jason Kelly Johnson is a founding design partner of Future Cities Lab, an experimental design and research office based in San Francisco, California. 

Workshop 02 | LIGHT AND SOUND AS BUILDING MATERIALS | Michael Szivos with Madeline Gannon

In the Light and Sound as Building Materials workshop Michael Szivos gave a detailed breakdown of the design and production of the installation for Sonos Studios: Light House. After this breakdown he introduced the Processing development environment and various examples of how sound can be used as an input for interactive models. The workshop started with basic one to one interactions and moved on to develop a simple model that translatesd sound into results which begin to take on behavioral and variable spatial qualities.

All software can be downloaded for free. Required software: Processing and laptop.

Michael Szivos is the Principal and Founder of SOFTlab, a design studio based in New York City.