Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 11:15
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September 2017

The ParaMat studio offers students the opportunity to become immersed in digital capabilities not as production tools but as design media. The studio offers an introductory exploration of computational design by instilling an awareness of structures, processes and opportunities necessary to develop a design practice inclusive of computational strategies and techniques.

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Pavel Tsolov

The context of this project originates from the notion of two ideologies:

1.understanding context in Christopher Alexander’s terms in order to solve a problem relating to form:“The context is that part of the world which puts demand on this form;anything in the world that makes demandsof the formis context...We want to put thecontext and the form into effortless contact of frictionless coexistence”.

2.having a tool that would highlight useful services and features in close proximity ofa specific site selected by the user.

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Richard Mui

I am interested in developing new hybrid manual and computer controlled construction methodologies for the construction of temporary architecture. The relationship between manual techniques and computer control is a dialogue rather than a process of supersession. In order to promote this relationship, computer controlled machinery should provide visceral feedback in addition to numerical feedback. I believe that input method is integral to achieving this visceral relationship. Gesture control is one of such input methods that I will be exploring.

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Daniel Shen

Similar to the original Rain Room, the project aims to create an amplified experience to the environment. Human presence (interactions) prevents the rain from falling. The goal is to explore the relationship between human and nature as it becomes increasingly more mediated through technology.

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Brian Liu

The introduction of autonomous driving will have an immense impact on the nature of parking currently in place within our cities. It is predicted that autonomous cars will drastically reduce the number of cars on the road as well as reduce personal ownership of vehicles from the increased sharing of vehicles. As a result, the spatial requirements for the parking of vehicles within cities will be drastically reduced. Autonomous technology will also completely transform how we currently use cars.

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Parshan Fatehi

The focus of this computational exploration was the creation of dynamic façade patterns through vertical rotational elements. This project was initiated with the intent of finding efficient ways of pattern creation, in order to generate a sensitive dialogue between interior and exterior environments - creating a composition between solids and transparencies. The play with angles of rotation was an interesting premise, providing the opportunity to generate patterns based on various degrees of openings, while working within a 3-dimensional environment within Processing.

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Christopher Chan

The field of biology has much to offer architecture. Biology has, over time, crafted and refined phenomena in our natural world over millions of years. Things like the process of how a silk worm spins highly strong fibers into a sophisticated cocoon could perhaps help to optimize the highly inefficient ways in which we construct our buildings today. This code is a first step into modeling one the way in which things in nature grow. In this case, it is plant like root systems.

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Monday, January 2, 2017 - 11:30
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Material Matters is an exhibition presenting works of architecture and design by five firms that have generated innovative prototypes by combining material experimentation with advanced digital technologies.

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Friday, July 3, 2015 - 12:00
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Stephen Wenzel

As Toronto's population continues to grow, the city is faced with many new challenges related to the quality of urban life. Central to overcoming these challenges is a rethinking of urban mobility. As the regionís population grows, city streets have become ever more congested, and commute times have increased exponentially. The city and the regionís governments have called for an end to sprawling development and initiated a policy of densification.

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May 2015

DATALab directors supervise and advise M.ARCH students on thematically related thesis projects. A list of these projects is shown below: 

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 13:15
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 11:30
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 01:30

Conducted by: Alexander Dunkel, TU Dresden
RM. 2026

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Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 11:15
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ReMade: Growing Cities is a large multi-media display dynamically showing the growth of Waterloo Region's cities over the quarter century following WWII.
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A research group based in the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo, DATAlab is focused on expanding information-centric design methodologies for the built world.
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January 2017

Coding Design posits that through working in the process-oriented methods associated with programming, new ways of design thinking are exposed. The course positions computers and their associated technologies not only as machines used in the imitation and appropriation of what is already understood but also as vehicles for exploring and visualizing what is yet to be discovered.

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In recent years, discussions and conferences within the discipline have debated how architecture should respond to the radical technological, social, and environmental changes happening in societies around the world. A crisis is perceived with the concern that architecture is out of touch with the ever-emerging present and is being marginalized through its inability to adapt. Nonetheless, many new practices have emerged, seizing the opportunities that present themselves as situations change.

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The OnTheLine project presents a transit-oriented cultural guide by highlighting and connecting transit riders with local arts, culture, architecture, heritage, commerce, recreation and entertainment activities along a key bus route connecting the KWC Region.
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