PROFILE> Kevin McClellan + Andrew Vrana Decode Parametric Facades, July 27

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Friday, July 13, 2012
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Winning entry by Vlad Tenu by TEX-FAB's REPEAT competition.

Winning 2011 entry by Vlad Tenu by TEX-FAB's 2.0 and REPEAT competition.

Kevin McClelland and Andrew Vrana of TEX-FAB, the Texas-based fabrication think tank, are also pioneering members of the Digital Fabrication Alliancean international network of  digital fabricators, academics, architect, designers, and developers of hardware and software with a goal of sharing information and knowledge. The TEX-FAB partners bring their expertise into the classroom at Texas A&M, and also host the annual REPEAT conference and competition.

On July 27  McClellan and Vrana will delve into the making of such facades in “Parametric Facade Tectonics,” a special workshop that is part of AN‘s upcoming conference Collaboration: the Art and Science of Building Facades, taking place July 26-27 in San Francisco.

Kevin McClellan (left) and Andrew Vrana (right) of Digital Fabrication Alliance.

Kevin McClellan (left) and Andrew Vrana (right) of Digital Fabrication Alliance.

“Projects develop along specific and delineated steps of implementation, from conceptualization, through to implementation,” according McClellan. “These are standard within all projects, however, what is not standard are the procedures used within those steps.” McClellan and Vrana will break it all down at an upcoming workshop “Parametric Facade Tectonics.” By understanding those procedures, via reverse engineering the steps used to implement them, workshop attendees will learn a repeatable analytic technique applicable for understanding other projects.

McClellan and Vrana’s upcoming July 27 Parametric Facade Tectonics workshop,8 LU Credits, will will use a procedural method of constructing an integrated facade system in Rhino. It will begin with associative modeling advancing into Paneling Tools while progressively implementing Grasshopper throughout. As a reverse-engineered case-study developed through design vignettes applied to successive layers of a building enclosure, a holistic design strategy for using the tools will be covered that will include: quantitative approaches in design scope, adaptive feedback of building information, optimization and tolerance control in design and iterative strategies for managing data setsTo register for this workshop and the preceding July 26 symposium, click here.

RELATED: On July 27 Bill Kreysler and his associate Joshua Zabel will lead a special workshop on how composites are used in facades today as part of the AN‘s upcoming conference Collaboration: the Art and Science of Building Facades. UPDATE: This workshop is 8 LU/HSW Credits.

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