Achim Menges Podcast

Achim Menges is an architect and partner in OCEAN NORTH and the Emergence and Design Group. He studied at the Technical University Darmstadt and graduated from the Architectural Association with Honours. He has taught at the AA since 2002 as Studio Master of the Emergent Technologies and Design Master Program and as Unit Master of the Diploma Unit 4 Morpho-Ecologies Program. He has been a visiting professor at Rice University School of Architecture, Houston. Since 2005 he is also Professor of Form Generation and Materialization at the HfG Offenbach University for Art and Design in Germany. Achim Menges research focuses on the development of integral design processes at the intersection of evolutionary computation, parametric design, biomimetic engineering and computer aided manufacturing.

Achim Menges recently received the FEIDAD (Far Eastern International Digital Architectural Design) Outstanding Design Award in 2002, the FEIDAD Design Merit Award in 2003, the Archiprix International Award 2003, RIBA Tutor Price 2004 and the International Bentley Educator of the Year Award 2005. Recent publications include Emergence: Morphogenetic Design Strategies [AD Wiley, London, 2004], Techniques and Technologies in Morphogenetic Design [AD Wiley, London, 2006] and Morpho-Ecologies [AA Publications, London, 2006].

In this podcast, Achim Menges discusses some of the fundamental changes to the design process by engaging computation design tools. Menges describes a “process of materialization”, which privileges the rigorous interrogation of performative material capacities as a catalyst for the generation of form. Parametric design software, procedural scripting, and performance analysis tools enable the management and crafting of information in service of a bottom-up negotiation of design constraints and performative opportunities.

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