RCD is a team of dedicated specialists who use their skills in engineering, architecture, mathematics and computer science to tackle complex challenges in geometry and optimisation. By engaging early with the design team the team applies technology in a way that is sensitive to the aspirations of the architect delivering practical solutions to complex problems are efficient and sustainable way.
Engineers John Harding and Harri Lewis are guest speakers at the TRADA Timber Expo 2012 on 25th and 26th September in Coventry, where they will discuss the Design of the TRADA Pavilion. The plywood sculpture will form the centre-piece of TRADA’s Timber Expo stand and will also be showcased on TRADA’s stand at Ecobuild next year. John and Harri will give seminars about how they created the pavilion, and how technology was used to develop the form into an easily constructed yet dramatic structure.
John will also be giving a talk at the Advances in Architectural Geometry (AAG) conference in Paris, which takes place from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th September. AAG is a symposium presenting theoretical works and practices linked to new geometrical development within architecture. John’s talk on 'Thinking Topologically for early stage Parametric Design' details the new advances in computational design methods appropriate for the early stages of design.
Director Stephen Melville, who heads up the RCD team, will give a talk on Computational Design at the 'Smart Drawing' conference in Oslo, Norway on Monday 29th October. Covering the use of digital tools in creative engineering design, the talk will be delivered to an audience of architects, developers and contractors.
This follows his 'Computational Design’ presentation given at the Copenhagen University of Fine Art School of Architecture about the team’s research with an particular emphasis on the Trada and Kreod pavilions, both of which demonstrating the cutting edge of digital design and its practical application to self-built structures.
Find out more about RCD at the Digital Design page.