Posted on July 29th, 2016 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _Melbourne School of Design


The MSD has just launched a new web app  – CLICK HERE TO EXPLORE.

Make sure to check out the 3d tours of the Library and B117.


Architecture for Biodiversity at Tokyo Tech

Posted on July 28th, 2016 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic

Last Spring Nader was Visiting Studio Professor at Tokyo Tech’s Midorigaoka Campus with Yoshiharu Tsukamoto. The six-week design studio researched historical architectures for animals and explored animal habitation patterns and parametric design. Below are snapshots of the resulting projects as published recently by Tokyo Institute of Technology. Photography of projects by Tomo Ishiwatari.



Light Path by Eva-Lotta Holby, Soma Nii, Hikari Hirano, Shifan Liu, Ziyue Ding, and Zimu Wang

“The aim was to create a food chain, rather than a habitat, utilizing wax… In the daytime, the whole structure looks like a landscape. At night, with the special night-light, each wax egg appears to glow, attracting insects as well as leading the path for other creatures like geckos.”



Swallow House by Alexey Golitsyn, Yibo Fu, Hanyi Liu, Yangzom Wujohktsang, Xueqi Wu, Rika Koyachi, and Shota Nemoto

“The main concept is to use recycled umbrellas as the main material for building a structure or providing a space for swallows to build their own nest. Based on the lifestyle of swallows, a dwelling should be up to three meters in height and covered by a roof… In making the best use of the original strength of each umbrella… our structure attains a geometric relationship that supports itself.”   More on Swallow House HERE.



Bat Balance by Tomasini Claudio, Tomoki Shoda, Keizo Nishi, Sayako Urayama, Sinan Kolip, and Dayu Liu

“The concept of balance is inspired by the animal’s behavior and the interplay of foces from roots to leaves that can be found in trees… The joints have not only a structural function but are also the matrix of the spaces that bats need.”



Pigeon Tower by Shota Iwata, Jelmer Buurma, Wenjing Xie, Kotchanot Tiencinvara, Hiroo Ito, Chaoyen Wu, and Anna Kawai

“The basic measurement of one unit and opening is determined by the behavior of plywood and spatial needs of pigeons. The inner wooden [rotating] boxes act as individual houses for the pigeon and help to support the surface structure.”



House for Geckos by Jingwen He, Yuto Makishima, Masunami Shimoda, Sebastian Enevoldsen, Saki Yamaguchi, Linjun Luo, and Yahan Zeng

“Geckos are nocturnal and cold-blooded. They prey on insects that have gathered around light. With this in mind, we decided to design a concrete tower with cracks to admit light… Through mock-up tests, we realized the weight of concrete… We understood that layers placed on higher positions should be much lighter than those of the second mock-up”



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Nader lecturing at the NEW LAB this Thursday

Posted on July 12th, 2016 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic

Nader to give closing lecture at Iaac’s Global Summer School Lecture Series this Thursday at 9:00am at the NEW LAB in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.


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“Bringing 3D Printing In-House”

Posted on July 5th, 2016 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: NADLAB

Architect Magazine’s Lindsey Kratochwill offers tips for architecture firms looking to grow their shops and asked NADAAA’s shop director Ergys Hoxha and Nader for their insight.

“If something is over budget or unrealistic, [designers are] thought of as artists without a grip on reality. In this case, because one is able to connect the dots between the process of imagining something and the process of delivering it, it changes the perception of the actual role of the architect.”


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Three Bow-ties

Posted on July 1st, 2016 by tberesford

Posted under: _Daniels Building, construction


Installation of structural steel is nearly complete at the University of Toronto Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape + Design.  The addition to the heritage building at 1 Spadina Crescent is primarily a concrete structure, except for its steel-framed roof and mechanical penthouse.  The roof is a signature architectural feature of the project:  it spans over 110 feet (34m) between two service cores, across a column-less hall that will house the Faculty’s graduate design studios when the building opens later this year.  A series of 3 cantilever trusses form the geometry for a modified “sawtooth,” composed of clerestory windows that will admit high-quality northern light into the studios below.  The roof will eventually support a ceiling composed of gypsum board, forming a subtle ruled surface between the clerestories as the steel members angle upwards toward the roof’s “spine”.



Above:  Rendered view of the raked seating area situated below the level 03 graduate studio hall. Roof clerestory windows above will admit diffuse north light. (rendering by NADAAA)


Above: View of the level 03 graduate studio hall, facing north. Sructural steel erection is nearly complete, and the triangular shape of the clerestory apertures are evident. (Photo credit: Richard Lee of NADAAA)

The “spine” follows the central axis of the building, which shares a significant urban alignment with Spadina Avenue and the adjacent heritage building.


Above: Rendered view of the column-less graduate studio hall. (Rendering by NADAAA)

The bow-tie configuration of the steel trusses allow for 3 discrete clerestory windows.  The two larger windows are oriented north, however, the smaller keystone apertures along the central  “spine” face south and filter direct sun with a honeycomb glazing insert.  The trusses themselves do not comprise a true span, in fact, they are 3 distinct structural components: two cantilevers and a link beam.  As such, the trusses function like a cantilever bridge such as the Forth Bridge in Scotland (see also illustration below), or the Confederation Bridge which connects New Brunswick with Prince Edward Island.  Cantilever bridges are characterized by greater structural depth aligned with the vertical supports, tapering to thin cantilevers at opposite ends between two adjacent spans.  These twin cantilevers establish an equilibrium about the vertical support, balancing equal and opposite overturning forces.


Above:  Axonometric view of bow-tie Truss #1  (Courtesy Entuitive Corporation)


Above: “Living model illustrating the principle of the Forth Bridge”

At the Daniels, however, there is only a single span.  This means that the vertical supports — the service cores — must function to anchor the bridge both vertically and laterally.  In order to resist the overturning moment of the cantilever, the design of the cores themselves must be assymetric, analogous to a contrapposto to establish counter-balance.  This is accomplished by a deeper footing below the core walls, configuration of reinforcing bar, as well as the use of the concrete floor diaphragms below to brace against the cores.


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Above Left: Donatello’s David, in contrapposto — analogous to service core design supporting the roof cantilevers.

Above Right: Full building structural axonometric view of the Daniels Faculty Addition.  (Courtesy Entuitive Corporation)


Above: Construction webcam view of the Daniels Faculty Addition, looking south.  Snapshot taken during crane pick of truss #2.   (Click the image for a live view).


Above:  View from the northeast corner of the addition, looking down to the steel fabrication and staging area, prior to truss crane picks.  (Photo credit:  Michael Lukachko, Adamson Associates Architects)


Above:  View from the penthouse level looking east, as connections between truss #1 and core walls are completed.  (Photo Credit:  Michael Lukachko, Adamson Associates Architects)


Above:  View from Spadina Ave. looking south, with all 3 bow-tie trusses in place.  (Photo Credit:  Rich Lee, NADAAA)

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