Dimitris Papanikolaou joins the Design Computation Faculty

August 29, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Dimitris Papanikolaou is joining the faculty at UNC Charlotte in a tenure-track joint appointment in the School of Architecture (SoA) and Department of Software & Information Systems (SIS). Dimitris recently completed a position as a Postdoctoral Associate in the Graduate School 



[Kak-tos]: A tool for optimizing conceptual mass design and orientation for rain water harvesting facades

August 28, 2017
In this project, we examined the impacts and potential for Wind Driven Rain to be harvested on the facades of buildings, and will describe a plug-in tool for schematic design for Autodesk Revit, which can assist in the definition of optimal geometries and orientation for a building to harvest water in its particular location and site. The tool described here is intended to create comparisons...

Animal: An Agent-Based Model of Circulation logic for Dynamo

August 28, 2017
The variety of quantitative optimizations available in BIM software has the potential to leave more human factors to become secondary considerations in design. Computational tools can begin to embrace predictive models of human behavior in order to generate solutions which better serve their occupants and better represent basic knowledge of human conditions. This project explores the...

PAPER[space] Architecture: A tool kit for Speculative Digital Drawing

August 28, 2017
Despite exponential developments in technological manufacturing and computational design, the act of drawing still plays a role as the central vehicle for speculation in architectural practice. Historically, drawing has been tied to not only advances in architecture, but advances in technology and culture as well. From Alberti’s Lineaments, to da Vinci's Machines, to Thomas More’s visions of...

Internet of Plants: Queen’s Clever Garden

August 28, 2017
This project is a design proposal for a series of clever gardens which work as incubators/living labs for improving the quality of life for low income and homeless population of the City of Charlotte’s North End Smart District, by creating a new life routine, learning skills and getting access to healthy food in places that are recognized as food deserts. The gardens serve as a focal point for...

Augmented : Reality :: Architecture : Interface

August 28, 2017
This project presents research on the integration of augmented reality and architecture using a design science research methodology. Our goal is to consider the design of architectural space and augmented reality (AR) applications simultaneously. The architectural brief is an archeological museum/excavation site that directly confronts issues of occupation, circulation, form, and access to large...

Anatomy of a Protest: Activism, Social Media and Urban Space

August 28, 2017
Black Lives Matter, like many modern movements in the age of information, makes significant use of social media as well as public space to demand justice. In this paper, we study the protests in response to the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, NC in September 2016. Our goal is to measure the significance of place within the virtual and physical network of protesters. Using a mixed-...

Data and Design: Using Knowledge Generation/Visual Analytic Paradigms to Understand Mobile Social Media in Urban Design

August 28, 2017
Architects and designers have recently become interested in the use of “big data”. The most common paradigm guiding this work is the optimization of a limited number of factors, e.g. façade designs maximizing light distribution. For most design problems, however, such optimization is oversimplified and reductive; the goal of design is the discovery of possibilities in conditions of complexity...

Pinned Incremental Metal Forming

August 28, 2017
Advanced design software allows designers to rapidly create huge numbers of design variations. However, these variations do not incorporate material and manufacturing limits, which are typically considered much later during the process of design documentation. By creating a method, which incorporates these limits during the design process, we avoid iterations that would be difficult, costly, or...

Machine Learning Models For Directed Curation Of Design Solution Space

August 28, 2017
The expanding role of computational models in the process of design is producing exponentially growing parameter spaces. As designers, we must create and implement new methods for searching these parameter spaces considering not only quantitative optimization metrics but also qualitative features. This paper proposes a methodology leveraging pattern modeling properties of artificial neural...

IoT & People

Invisible People; An Urban Responsive Digital Interface

August 22, 2017

By Noushin Radnia, Spring 2017 StudioLab

INVISIBLE PEOPLE is a social awareness project that gives everyone an ability to envision and engage with the community they live, in order to empower the larger society around them.



Augmented Reality- HoloLens

June 4, 2017
This project presents research on the integration of augmented reality and architecture using a design science research methodology. Our goal is to consider the design of architectural space and augmented reality applications simultaneously. The architectural brief is an archeological museum/excavations site that directly confronts issues of occupation, circulation, form and access to large...

“User Agreement” - Five movements in a prepared music field

June 4, 2017
The College of Arts + Architecture at UNC Charlotte is proud to announce an original composition by composer Ian Dicke for performances in a prepared music field as part of an on-going collaboration between Scott Christian of Fresh Ink and the Digital Arts Center at UNC Charlotte. The world premiere will be at the Bechtler Art Museum in Charlotte. Our collaboration focuses on responsive...

Urban Activity Explorer, a Visual analytic interface for Social Media

June 4, 2017
Architects and designers have recently become interested in the use of “big data”. The most common paradigm guiding this work is the optimization of a limited number of factors, e.g. façade designs maximizing light distribution. For most design problems, however, such optimization is oversimplified and reductive; the goal of design is the discovery of possibilities in conditions of complexity...

VAIRoma- Visual Interface for Spatial/ Temporal analysis of Big Data

June 4, 2017
At UNC Charlotte, the Digital Arts Center in the College of Arts + Architecture, and the Charlotte Visualization Center in the College of Computing and Informatics have created a prototype of a space, time and topic based visual analytics system, VAiRoma, (Visual Analytic interface for Roma) that focuses on the 3,000 year history of Rome in the broadest sense, encompassing the Roman Republic and...

Post- occupancy evaluation

VALSE- Computer vision tool for large scale occupant evaluation.

May 4, 2017
Recent advances in computer vision are bringing automated analysis of human motion within reach. We have developed the SENSING Toolkit, a framework for collecting and storing long-term, large-scale human motion. Our framework is designed to use a computer vision system, including a network of cameras installed in large indoor spaces, such as building lobbies or healthcare facilities. The system...