Pure Tension Pavilion

SDA-Volvo-openingPURE Tension Pavilion, a competition winning project by USC Professor Alvin Huang, has been unveiled in Milan at a private press event hosted by Volvo Car Italia in Milan, Italy. The striking pavilion is a portable, solar-powered tensile membrane structure for the new Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid electric car which not only charges the car but also flat-packs in the trunk of the car and assembles in less than one hour. Alvin Huang is currently attending the Acadia conference at the University of Waterloo, where he is presenting a paper.

Design Intelligence: Advanced Computational Research

dada_coverThe exhibition, Design Intelligence: Advanced Computational Research, opened in 751, Beijing on Friday 27 September 2013. The exhibition was curated by Neil Leach and Xu Weiguo, and included the work of 32 of the leading schools of architecture in the world, including the Architectural Association, Harvard GSD, Princeton, Yale, USC, UCLA, SCI-Arc, UPenn, Bartlett, Tsinghua, Tongji, RMIT, IaaC and DIA. Projects by Behnaz Farahi, Yunyun Huang and Wendong Wang were selected to represent USC. The exhibition was part of the larger DADA exhibition of architectural work, that included the work of Zaha Hadid Architects, Morphosis, RUR, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Jean Nouvel and Gehry and Partners, curated by Patrik Schumacher. The exhibitions took place as part of the Beijing Design Week. The catalogue for Design Intelligence: Advanced Computational Research was edited by Neil Leach and Xu Weiguo, and published by China Architecture & Building Press.

Interactive Shanghai Exhibition




The Interactive Shanghai AAC 2013 Exhibition opened in the CAUP Exhibition Space, Tongji University on 9 August 2013. Interactive installations from the GSAP Shanghai Fabrication Workshop by students from USC, Tongji, SCUT and Dessau Institute of Architecture were exhibited alongside videos of interactive work from many of the leading schools of the world, including the AA, Bartlett, CITA, RMIT, Stuttgart, Columbia, Princeton, Harvard, Michigan, RPI, TU Delft, Paris Malaquais and Tsinghua University. Shown here are the two USC installations. For those unable to view YouTube or Vimeo please see the following youku videos:



Interactive Shanghai Forum

PB2013AuroraSimonsPB2012VesicaThe AAC 2103 Forum, Interactive Shanghai, was held at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, Shanghai, on 9 August. Philip Beesley (University of Waterloo) was the keynote speaker. He was joined by Qingyun Ma (USC), Gail Borden (USC), Matias del Campo (SPAN), Neil Leach (USC), Gang Song (SCUT), Philip Yuan (Tongji) and Yu Lei (Tsinghua). The Forum was followed by the opening of the Interactive Shanghai AAC 2013 Exhibition in the CAUP Exhibition Space, Tongji University.


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The theme of AAC 2013 is ‘Interactive Shanghai’. Philip Beesley will give the keynote address at the AAC Forum starting at 3pm on 9 August in the CAUP Main Lecture Hall, Tongji University, Shanghai. There will be presentations also by Matias del Campo, Ali Rahim, Gail Borden, Gang Song and Philip Yuan. The AAC Exhibition will open in the adjacent CAUP Exhibition Space at 6pm, and will display interactive design work from leading schools of architecture, including Harvard GSD, AA, TU Delft, University of Stuttgart, CITA, Paris Malaquais, Columbia GSAP, Tongji University, Tsinghua University, Dessau Institute of Architecture, RMIT, SCUT and USC.



USC students are currently undertaking a Fabrication Workshop as part of their Shanghai Graduate Studies Abroad Program. On 17 July they visited the E-Grow factory near Shanghai and were taken on a tour by Jerry Ku who has developed a system for fabricating GRC and GRP panelling systems using wax based CNC milled molds. In this photo can be seen interior furnishings for a project by Zaha Hadid Architects.



USC Professor Neil Leach and Tongji University Professor Philip Yuan have now published their latest book, Digital Workshop in China. The book looks at the rapid growth of computational workshops in China, a phenomenon that has spread like a virus, so that there are now over 10 such workshops annually, each attracting up to 200 students. The book is the latest in the DigitalFuture series of bilingual publications edited by Neil Leach and Philip Yuan and published by Tongji University Press.

Rob Ley Studio

"HyperParavilion" by Max Miller, Ting Ting Anda Lam, Jessie Rabideau, Li Xiaoyun

“HyperParavilion” by Max Miller, Ting Ting Anda Lam, Jessie Rabideau, Li Xiaoyun

Pavilions have long been a vehicle for the testing and dissemination of architectural ideas. These micro-architectural structures are often narrow in their conceptual scope, and as such, serve as compelling test beds for innovative proposals, unburdened by typical architectural responsibilities.  This studio utilized a Skunkworks method of designing and building small computational pavilions. Students worked in small groups of 4, with an emphasis placed on developing and testing performative material assemblies utilizing contemporary digital fabrication techniques.

USC in Dessau


NASA sponsored USC research project to develop a 3-robotic fabrication technology to 3-D print structures on the Moon and Mars. Visualization by Behnaz Farahi and Connor Wingfield

NASA sponsored USC research project to develop a 3-robotic fabrication technology to 3-D print structures on the Moon and Mars. Visualization by Behnaz Farahi and Connor Wingfield

A conference on “3-D Printing in Concrete: Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Applications” will be held in the Main Lecture Hall, Building 08, Room 006, Dessau Institute of Architecture, Bauhaustrasse 5, Dessau, Germany 14.00-18.00 on Saturday 22 June 2013. The conference will bring together for the first time the two leading figures in the field, Enrico Dini (Monolite UK) the inventor of D-Shape, and Behrokh Khoshnevis (USC) the inventor of Contour Crafting. Michael Hansmeyer (ETH Zurich) and Neil Leach (USC/DIA) will also be taking part.USC professor Neil Leach is currently a Visiting Professor at the Dessau Institute of Architecture. In May, newly appointed USC professor, Jose Sanchez, also gave a lecture at the Dessau Institute of Architecture.

PLAYFIELDS studio review


Arch 605 // studio Biayna Bogosian + Victoria Coaloa / May 14th, 2013 / Verle Annis Gallery

The expression of architectural form is rarely singular or homogeneous.  In addition to producing the scalar and spatial variety demanded by programmatic and contextual variables, formal systems allow complex geometries to emerge through coherent integration and transformation of heterogeneous modes of expression. PLAYFIELDS studio investigates the translation of complex geometries through 1:1 composite fabrication into a performance space at the Geffen Contemporary MOCA. The students have developed micro and macro design proposals for MOCA’S summer music festival through various computation and fabrication techniques. The goal of PLAYFIELDS is to translate quantitative and qualitative attributes into novel geometries and spaces.

Feathered Inversions by Chen Chen + Rodrigo Shiordia

Invited Jury: Satoru Sugihara, Tom Wiscombe, Maxi Spina, Nefeli Chatzimina, Colin Sieburgh