Presentation 1
Title: Dhour – Grasshopper Based Visualization Toolkit
Kyle Steinfeld, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
This presentation will detail a new prototyping visualization toolkit called “Dhour”, developed for the Grasshopper visual programming environment, which enables the situational development of information graphics. By enabling more nuanced and customizable views of complex data, the software described here offers designers an exploratory framework in contrast to the highly directed tools currently available.
About the Speaker: Kyle Steinfeld is an Assistant Professor specializing in digital design technologies in the Department of Architecture at University of California Berkeley, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate design studios, core courses in architectural representation, and advanced seminars in digital modeling and visualization. Professionally, he has worked with and consulted for a number of design firms, including Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Acconci Studio, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Howler/Yoon, Diller Scofidio Renfro, and TEN Arquitectos. His research interests include collaborative design technology platforms and bioclimatic design visualization, and he holds a Masters of Architecture from MIT and a Bachelor’s Degree in Design from the University of Florida.

Presentation 2
Title: Visualizing Building Performance Data
Neil Katz, Associate, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Chicago
Visualizing analysis results can be as important as generating the analysis itself. This information should be presented in a way that non-engineers – a client, a designer – can understand, and (even more importantly) can be used as part of the design process to improve and optimize a design; ie. can be used as a decision-making tool. This is particularly true during the early design phases of a project.
This presentation highlights examples of visualizing energy and lighting analysis results, through color-coded graphs, mapping results onto visually-identifiable building models, and even animating the results through time. One project will be presented as a case study, and additional visualization examples will be shown as well.
About the Speaker: Neil Katz is an architect with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. His area of expertise is “computational design”, which includes parametric and algorithmic design and modeling, building information modeling, and various kinds of analysis. While computational tools (computers and applications) are intensely used and developed, “computational design” is more an approach to design than these tools.
Geometry and visualization are important aspects of his work, which is primarily immersed in projects as part of the project team, but also includes research which spans many projects (and some research is independent of projects).
Neil has taught parametric modeling and various software applications at the office and at schools of architecture in New York and Chicago (including: NYU, the New York School of Interior Design, Parsons / the New School, IIT, and the School of the Art Institute).