Photos from SmartGeometry 2012

The annual conference devoted to pushing the limits of architectural technology explored “Material Intensities” at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

This weekend marked the 9th anniversary of SmartGeometry, the annual conference and symposium on the use of digital technologies for creating the built environment. The original members were users of Generative Components, a parametric design tool from Bentley Systems; the software remains popular among conference attendees, but the focus today is more general. Bentley remains the primary sponsor.

SmartGeometry starts with four days of Cluster Groups, teams of architectural students and professionals working together on specific challenges issued by SmartGeometry activists. The last two days are TalkShop (roundtable discussions on relevant topics) and Symposium (invited keynote speakers and reports from the Cluster groups). This year the Clusters were scattered throughout the EMPAC, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, host for this year’s conference. The common theme of this years Cluster work was “Material Intensities.”

I’ll file an article next week about the conference, but for now here are a few photos.

EMPAC, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at RPI, where all SmartGeometry 2012 meetings took place. The building was designed by Grimshaw Architects; Davis Brody Bond is the local architecture firm of record. (Source: Bentley Systems)


The incredible adjustable acoustic ceiling in the main auditorium at EMPAC. It crowns an impressive acousitically perfect concert hall. (Source: GraphicSpeak)


During the last day of Cluster work, members of the press met with the various groups. (Source: Bentley Systems)


Cluster groups alternated between computer-based design and discussion and hand-on work with materials. (Source: Bentley Systems)


Cluster groups were scattered throughout the EMPAC facility. (Source: Bentley Systems)


A Cluster group led by students from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard brought a robot to help them form custom bricks for their "Material Intensities" project. (Source: GraphicSpeak)