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Arak Shohada Square

Mirage : "A square design , with urban impression!"Studying the context ; lead us to a solid statement regarding what the city need and what people need : "Greenery"Based on preserved trees location along the pathway and the present square a geometrical magnetic field attraction was activated ; temporary resting nodes have been formed accordingly and regarding human motion along the site an agent based system was activated in the field to form the shade zones over most picked routes. The monument is a piece of peaceful space, which is emerged in form of a mirage like effect in the heart of the city.Team : Firouz Firouz / Ali Zolfaghari / Bahar Kamali / Ali Abbasi / Maryam Masoudi


ComStruct was a two-week workshop on computational structures as form generators which took place in summer of 2015 and aimed to explore the material behavior, directionality of elements, as well as understanding structural potentiality of complex geometries. During the workshop period hosted by the Contemporary Architects Association in Tehran, Iran, the workshop team consisting of 5 tutors and 25 participants utilized the algorithmic design and analysis potentials of Rhino, Grasshopper and Karamba, as well as fabrication techniques existing in industrial zone of Tehran, the capital of Iran, to design and construct a one to one scale canopy. The venue at the Contemporary Architects Association is located in a converted 30-years-old residential house, with an unused and empty swimming pool in the front yard. The task of the workshop was to design and fabricate a self-supporting/self-stable canopy covering the 4x10m pool, converting it into a vivid exhibition and public area. To this end, the parametric FEM program Karamba was used as the main tool to aid design development, from form-finding stage to optimizing structural shell and elements. After a few days of experiments and studies on structural elements such as truss and shell structures via physical models and above mentioned software the starting pistol of final product’s form-finding was fired. The goal of the form-finding process was to come up with an optimal shape taking into account boundary conditions of the site (the pool) and the use of material. A multi-objective optimization was performed using Octopus.e, where parameters for use of material was combined with stress analysis calculated with Karmba engine. This resulted in a form of non-trivial nature, a concave shell cantilevered along its length, however still highly optimized concerning downwards loading. After breeding an optimized shell structure, the surface was discretized into a folded pattern to increase the stiffness by creating inertia, while rationalizing the form in terms of fabrication. Among a bunch of rationalization techniques, triangulation was selected due to adaptability with the selected material (Aluminum sheet) and metal laser cutting approach and by converting the double-curved canopy into a grid of planar surfaces. For coming up with the most efficient pattern a couple of different patterns were tested program and comparing the structural performance of these folded patterns through Karmaba program resulted in an optimized folding methodology. After this tessellation phase, introduction of multiple load cases took into account to simulate the structural behavior from snow and…

Patternitecture [2]

This tool has been developed through analysis of sound form characteristics;An algorithm has been established based on sound wave unconventional presets.All of these experiments are struggling to investigate events on metaphysical basis! For instance; what would happen if sound had appearances! What would happen if the Earth would not rotate and this rotation have not had affected all the natural phenomena. Maybe; the un-rotated sound would not have sounded like it does! Maybe; if sound was the only rotational element and all the other things were stable it would have other characteristics. Maybe what we see is only illusion , which is rooted in our limitations and natural surrounding phenomena. Their reality differs!This is a conceptual kinetic form of music, conversation or any kind of sound in a rotational world, that sound has different characteristics in it.In this process sound is being collected from environmental sensors and analyzed in periods which length 1.5 seconds and converts to motion.This kinetic-responsive Installation contains reels, motors, controllers and processors and struggles to illustrate a choreography of sound frequencies.“This time it appears as if; sound, itself, has gone out of control!”

Object 2 (SAMA)

"Sama"The design process of this light is derived from the analysed geometry of Sama dance. Elegance, purity and simplicity are the keywords to describe Sama. The nature of Sama is engaged with minimal and organic stable curves. All of those twists, bends and transitions are the abstract translation of maturity in form. These curves contain a high level of information when studied in detail. Developing a conceptual geometry based on the properties of the analysed choreography has been the main challenge in designing this product. In addition to proportions of human body an extra element of unity had been added to the object to elevate its legibility. While metal and concrete has always been good matches in combination, they can also represent art in the roughest and purest way. Therefore; a casting technique has been developed to produce the lower part while the hyper curve is made by copper foundry. The upper piece is a folded sheet of (matted) copper with a faded cut to drag light outside. The object is meant to be a decorative stand light which is 90*30*9 cm in dimensions.

Dragon – Pods

Dragon.[pod]New solutions for habitable spaces on "Mars" has pushed boundaries:Designing life capsules with the capability to simulate earth conditions is the main criteria to follow as design principle.These "Modular Life Pods" are industrially thought to be made in terms of precision and economy. The compacted habitable space which can easily turn to another space with user-friendly arrangements is a pre-casted "Pod" of life with infra-facilities installed separately within each pod. Therefore; each module is self-sufficient to some extent while it can be developed to a colony and form multi-use habitat. These habitable capsules are 19.6m length and 6m height/width with a 2.5m width entrance.The exterior envelope is a combination of an interactive panelized surface and a semi-layered structure and outer translucent ETFE skin. The interactive skin is not only to provide the environmental light and radiation but also to keep the pods secure in terms of invasion or environmental factors. These panels are pneumatically controlled to do so and a Nano photo-cell system is engaged to keep them even more functional. The multi-chrome color style is the effect caused by opened-closed panels and it is the representative that shows these pods are alive. In addition to the functional layers, there is a structural layer which is 25cm thick and keeps all the pipes and infra-structure beneath.The interiors are arranged linearly in 2 levels to keep the circulation fluid and organize the spaces in a way to be easily converted to another space and keep the facilities in the lower floor.There are 13 pods recommended for 5 hosts which also contain water, air, energy supply and food in addition to research equipment’s and a high-tech homey interior. "Made in MA"

Emam SQR “Tree of life”

Adopted from the movie "The fountain" this ornament has been proposed for a cultural square.The form is a metaphoric tree and the pattern transition works both structurally (lightening the upper parts) as what happens in natural trees and conceptually a rhythm of bottom up growth and unity in total.The ornament has been featured with a geometrical motif and an upside down form of dome.Acording to the radial shape it also has an exuberance in form from different angels yet unified as one piece.The colour is intentionally strong green to revitalize the need of peaceful trees for Earth to stay alive.

CC Festival (Urban Furniture)

2 out of 5 finalist projects was our hit in @ccfestival.zibasazi .These Urban furniture are created with 2 completely different manifests.One literally has more landmark-ish characteristics and the other design is more practical.Based on the cultural context of the site the formal is developed through optimization of Farsi letters calligraphy with all the elegance & choreography. The practical design is a casted module which can organize different spaces simply by alternative arrangements. This multi function concrete/metal module is customizable by means of different accessories & tools added to its joint slot.