Call for Papers
The practice of the expert formerly known as the architect is in an accelerated process of change and transformation. This transformation implies the adoption of open ended design systems, which are fit to deal with the challenges of radical user oriented customization and ubiquitous precision driven manufacturing procedures. Economic instability coupled together with rapid urbanization and cultural complexities are also transforming the building market from a supply-driven to a demand-driven one. People thus no longer accept to be mere consumers but rightfully request to become participating actors within the design process instead. Robotics driven fabrication and assembly logics too are increasingly shaping future building topologies, by means of implicitly embedding manufacturing protocols within the DNA of constituting building components. Human labor and robotic devices will thus inevitably be cooperating in the future to locally produce customized, fully adaptive buildings. Lean bidirectional information exchange processes will thus aid in the optimization of sustainable concepts within a looped design, manufacturing, on-site assembly and during the operational phases of the building. In order to attain a sustainable future, interdisciplinary fields of expertise should be woven together to give shape to socially, technically as well as energy efficiency driven performative buildings. This opening issue of NGB embedded within the aforementioned context illustrates cutting-edge developments in both research and praxis, which will pave the path towards performance driven sustainable buildings.
Next Generation Building
Aims and scope
The aim of the journal Next Generation Building is to establish a professional scientific research platform that addresses challenges and implications of contemporary and future developments with respect to planning procedures, computational design integration, design systems and fabrication methodologies, assembly logistics and operational management strategies forming the design to production and operation chain of buildings. Binding socio-cultural dynamics with economically attractive, customizable and user-oriented sustainable spatial outputs, representative of 21st century information integrated emergent aesthetics is increasingly becoming the core business for today’s design discipline. The Next Generation Building journal provides an excellent platform to explore and report on such contemporary modes and directions of design thinking involving multiple themes and their combinations.
The scope of Next Generation Building is thus to address innovative, ICT embedded concepts and technologies that influence and potentially radically change/innovate current design thinking and building processes. Considering that societal diversity and dynamics as well as technological and scientific advances take place increasingly fast, while designers, architects and engineers seem to take advantage of the new opportunities at a rather slow pace, this NGB journal aims to accelerate the immersion of new insights into academic research and design practice.
A personal note from the Editor-in-Chief
Radical design concepts are necessary for innovation in order to drive the future of the building industry. A truly radical design concept contains precise/relevant associative data, which can be described in a few lines of code. Computational representations of the code, such as dense point clouds, built to form a personal design universes of numerous reference points. Simple rules of local communication apply within such reference points, communicating quintessential data with their immediate neighbors. Natural systems driven logics such as the Swarm logic is thus embedded within the design concepts, and the concept of real-time communication is thus subsequently ingrained within the DNA of the constituting building components. The Building components themselves are mass customized, produced by a interacting collective of humans and robots and other CNC machines and subsequently assembled by a swarm of robots cooperating with human labour. Multi-modal functionalities are distributed among various groups of interacting swarms of such building components. A flock of sensitive communicating distributed devices provide for micro-climates within such building component ecologies as desired by the nomadic inhabitants / flex workers. The Next Generation Building thus emerges bottom-up from the radical new definition and agency attributed to the building component. In the design process logical scripting procedures together with intuitive powerlines inform the complex adaptive design system. Representational diagrams thus become information embedded living systems of data exchange. Designs and buildings are designed to live and act as input output devices. Buildings are thus generated bottom-up as porous formations with a consistent body plan, balancing between global and local symmetries. In the dynamic design processes streaming data are exchanged bilaterally. The members of the swarm of design experts exchange only those data that are crucial for their mutual understanding. There is no leader in the design swarm, all experts are co-designers, including the users and the clients, being responsible for decisions identified as belonging to their own field of expertise. The “just that, just there, just then and just therefore” strategy is adopted to its radical essence, while the sustainable coming out of industrial made to measure processes are running in real time.
Forthcoming special issues:
- NGB#2: Disappearing Robotics
GUEST EDITORS: Prof. dr. Neil Leach [USC CA, USA], Prof. dr. Robert Babuska [3ME, TU Delft, NL]
- NGB#3: Networked Component Ecologies
GUEST EDITORS: Prof. Xu Wei-Guo [Tsinghua University Beijing, China], Prof. Michael Weinstock [AA London, UK]
- NGB#4: The Robotary
GUEST EDITORS: Prof. dr. Marcos Novak [TransLab UCSB, CA, USA], Leonel Moura [Artist, Noschool Lisbon, PT]
- NGB#5: Building in Extreme Climates
GUEST EDITORS: Prof. dr. Hongyuan Mei [HIT Harbin, CN], Enric Ruiz-Geli [Cloud9, Barcelona, ES]
- NGB#6: Buildings in Motion
GUEST EDITORS: Prof. dr. Antonino Saggio [La Sapienza, Rome, IT], Chris Bangle [CB Associates, IT]