The IDEA Studio at the Gallery at One Market is a place where industry and academia come together. For example, we've have hosted professors and students from institutions like the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Southern California. Recently a team completed a fascinating project related to architectural design - so fascinating that there is now a gallery exhibit in its honor.
- Zaha Hadid Architects // more
Autodesk software used:
Shajay Bhooshan, lead researcher at Zaha Hadid Architects, used Maya and Algor Simulation to create operative pathways from physically-based simulation designs to structurally sound architectural models. In other words, "What would look really cool, allow people to use it, and not fall apart?"
Inspired by analogue architectural design methods that were established in the 19th century by architects like Antonio Gaudi, Shajay created a digital method to unite playful architectural form-finding with qualitative structural analysis in the early stages of the design process. Shajay developed a plug-in for Maya that quickly approximated the results one would attain through more time-taking analysis using Algor Simulation. This allows him to get Algor-like structural soundness feedback while still exploring possible shapes using Maya.
To test out the workflow that Shajay created in the IDEA Studio, he and his colleague, John Klein, created a case study design of a train station. The result was a very unusual but visually appealing train station platform whose stability arises from its structural ribs aligned to the directions of its force flow.
To make a physical model, Shajay and John worked closely with Autodesk employees, Brian Pene and Gonzalo Martinez, to use Stratasys printers in the Gallery to generate 18 3D prints that fit together to create one fluid form.
Perhaps one day in the future we will walk among such platforms to the call of "All Aboard!"
The Autodesk Gallery at One Market is open to the public every Wednesday from noon to 5:00 p.m., with a guided tour at 12:30 p.m. Visit us.
Once again, thanks to Senior Marketing Manager, Kimberly Whinna, who supplied the facts behind this exhibit.
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