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The eCAADe Grant

Each year the eCAADe council invites young PhD researchers studying in Europe to apply for a workshop at that years eCAADe conference, who did not attend any eCAADe conference previously. The PhD has to be in the wide field of computational technologies in research and education for architecture and related profession. Successful applicants attend a pre-conference PhD workshop where they can present their work and discuss with experienced colleagues. The Workshop is most valuable for PHD students in the earlier stages of the work and NOT intended to be a presentation of an already finished PHD.

The grant consists of a subsidy of 400 Euro to cover travel expenses (where appropriate) to the workshop and a special students registration to attend the conference afterwards.

PhD workshop
Tuesday 15th of September
12:00 - 16:00

Seminar Room 1/1
Operngasse 11 - 1st floor
1040 Vienna

List of presentations in alphabetical order:

Timo Carl
Revisiting the Concept of Brise Soléil
This thesis will tests different propositions through project‐based investigation within glass fiber laminated membrane structures. A series of methods, techniques and operations are conducted and several prototypes with individual geometric qualities are produced. CAD‐software Rhinoceros and Grasshopper is used to generate differentiated façade systems. Solar evaluation is calculated via Grasshopper interface to Ecotect. To enable flexible fabrication of prototypes non‐toxic resin system ED 40 is applied to different textile membranes. An in depth analysis of Le Corbusier work concerning Brisé Soleil helps us to establish useful design research experiments and to establish criteria for architectural evaluation.

Ugo Maria Coraglia
Design of a Low Impact Development Construction Site in a Healthcare facility through Integrated Simulation of Energetic-Environmental parameters and User behaviour.
Health & Safety awareness among Construction Site workers is a widely discussed topic in literature. A different matter entirely, however, is Construction Sites within Healthcare facilities where prevention for those involved (patients, visitors and healthcare staff) is remarkably lacking. The ever-growing necessity to adapt and maintain existing healthcare facilities has brought on an increase in both risk and impact, due to numerous challenges encountered on sites negatively affecting patient well-being and the organisation and management of healthcare activities, which cannot stand to incur any setbacks. Recently research has demonstrated that simulation is one of the most suitable tools for the study of complex problems (e.g. Healthcare facilities) and how the use of BIM tools allows for interference monitoring and management. The aim of the research proposal is to provide a support tool for the design of a Low Impact Development Construction Site. The interaction between modeling and definition of a model in BIM architecture and the real-time simulation of physical and behavioural phenomena, thanks to Game Engine, will enable a constant decrease in risk, cost and impact. To ensure efficacy, the proposed model will be applied to one or more processes of intervention in pre-existing Healthcare facilities.

Julia Forster
Strategic Spatial Visualization
The aim of the Doctorate College entitled "Urban Energy and Mobility Systems" (URBEM) is to research and develop an interactive environment for analyzing scenarios for the way to a "sustainable, supply secure, affordable and livable city". The holistic and interdisciplinary approach uses the example of the City of Vienna. My research topic within URBEM is entitled “Strategic Spatial Visualization” (Worktitle) and handles the visualization of defined output data of other URBEM disciplines within one 3D city model. Furthermore this model will be prepared for the use in a 3D virtual reality environment (VR-Wall, Oculus Rift,..). Thus the URBEM visualization constitutes a virtual environment and enables the development of strategic considerations for a sustainable handling of land resources and energy and mobility efficient planning strategies with interactive user controls (Decision Support System). The goal is to illustrate the research results of URBEM and to communicate new findings and ideas to a broad community.

Paul Goodship
The Impact of Urban Interventions on Informal Settlements
In Latin American, informality is fast becoming a recognised part of cities, increasing awareness of urban poverty, leading to the rapid rise of urban interventions of which cable-car transport systems is one of the most popular. Through the case of Medellin, this research explores the socio-spatial issues related to cable-car transport system, specifically the role spatial connectivity played in the slum upgrading process. This investigates why space is so pivotal to the urban transformation of informality and how socioeconomic improvements are related to the spatial network, thus the reconfiguration of this can enhance the upgrading process. This is done through the use of Space Syntax, since its established methods tackle the relationship between space and society. However a standard Space Syntax analysis is not enough to understand these locally dependent environments or locations where movement patterns are influenced by steep paths. Therefore whilst Space Syntax will be used as the foundation, it will be adapted to take into account local socio-components and topology, which influence the day-to-day lives of residents. This research aims to demonstrate the role spatial connectivity, offered from interventions like urban cable-car, plays in a comprehensive slum upgrade, so that we can better interpret and predict change.

Herbert Peter
Ornaments and Colours of Destroyed Viennese Synagogues
By 1824 first activities in building up Jewish community centres started within the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy. After the first (gothic) and the second (renaissance and baroque) phase of building synagogues, the third phase started with the erection of Vienna’s Stadttempel by Joseph Kornhaeusel. This phase lasted until the mid 1930-years and ended with the November Pogroms in 1938. Architectural design was strongly orientated to the „taste of the time”. Around 1900 Arts&Crafts Movement influenced synagogue design as well as Modernism from the mid 1920ies. Almost all Viennese Synagogues were destroyed. Today you can hardly find any traces oft them. Residential buildings occupied spaces or Synagogues were used differently until the 1960ies. Best case a commemorative plaque shows about a former synagogue location. Nowadays we do not have awareness about the lost cultural heritage of synagogues. In search of clues about the destroyed Viennese Synagogues, the way will guide one into the archives oft he City of Vienna, where most oft he original drawings are stored. Those architectural documents can be the basis of a virtual reconstruction only up to a certain level of detail.

Mina Tahsiri
A Study on the Designer-tool Interactions in the Process of Architectural Concept Development
This PhD research aims to understand how the performance of a designer’s cognitive system can be optimized to support creative thinking through the tools they use. In particular it intends to look for possible correlations between sequences of design activities and the structural relationship of ideas produced real-time within a process of architectural concept development as a way of providing an alternative to current approaches for procuring CAD tools for creative thinking. This requires an in-depth analysis of cognitive activities during a design process, which can be obtained through the protocol study method. Respectively, the research identified two gap categories, one regarding the assumption about the role of tools in design cognition and the other concerned with the inclusiveness of methods (in particular coding schemes) used to analyze such processes. Grounded on a distributed cognitive perspective for the designer-tool relationship, the research has tailored the method introduced by Zhang and Norman(1994) for the development of a new coding scheme. In its current phase, the research had completed a pilot protocol study with a group of architecture students using three different tools of freehand sketching, SketchUp and Rhinoceros 3D, for which the implications of the proposed coding scheme are being tested.

Marta Wierzcholska
Evolutionary Modeling as a Design Assisting Tool
The form finding method can be helpful in finding the correct way for organizing a building. Natural processes are the perfect study basis for exploring the optimal form, as well as adaptability. Both the development of computer tools and the ability to more accurately map the processes occurring in nature open up new possibilities for designers. Design, including the generative design, by using the morphogenesis processes, also gives us hope for the development of environmental architecture and the popularization of a new approach toward design that not only informs us about changes in the structural logic, but also changes the perception of the environment, focusing on sustainable development and – last but not least - ecology. The subject of article are also genetic algorytms, optimatization process using Grasshopper for Rhinoceros 3D, L - System.

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