To get a sense of Jason Kelly Johnson’s vision for buildings of the future, drop by the Buckminster Fuller show on view at SFMOMA through July 29. Johnson’s San Francisco-based studio Future Cities Lab was one of the firms chosen to represent Fuller’s legacy in the Bay Area. You’ll see the motorized model for the HYDRAMAX Port Machine, a waterfront “urban-scale robotic structure” that harvests rainwater and fog, designed by Johnson and his partner Nataly Gattegno—a dynamic concept that makes today’s built environment look positively lazy by comparison.
Better yet, go learn from Johnson firsthand. On July 27 Johnson will explore how technical tools like Grasshopper, Firefly, and Arduino can help tap the potential of buildings in “Responsive Building Facades,” a special workshop that is part of AN‘s upcoming conference Collaboration: the Art and Science of Building Facades, taking place July 26-27 in San Francisco.
Future Cities Lab has gained recognition for exploring architecture through the lenses of advanced fabrication technologies, robotics, responsive building systems, and public space, receiving Architectural League of New York Young Architects Prize in 2011. Johnson, past recipient of fellowships at the University of Michigan and the Van Alan Institute in New York, also teaches at the California College of the Arts (CCA), and he’ll serve as chair of the upcoming ACADIA 2012 Conference “Synthetic Digital Ecologies” to be held in San Francisco.
Johnson’s upcoming July 27 Responsive Building Facades workshop will examine the use of Grasshopper, Firefly, and Arduino as creative and technical tools in the design, simulation and prototyping of intelligent building skins. To register for this workshop and the preceding July 26 symposium, click here.