Now we learned how to describe the relations between reference points of the point cloud, we realized that we were actually doing something very similar to what birds do in a flock. The birds follow some simple rules as to form the flock. Yet the birds execute their rules as a player in a running complex adaptive system, similar to being a player in a game. This triggered me to think of architecture as a dynamic system, not only in the design phase where everything is still moldable, but also in its behavior as a built structure. That being noted, I invented the Trans-Ports multimodal pavilion in the years 1999 – 2000. The Trans-ports pavilion is a structure that changes shape and content in real time as to accommodate changing use over time. Keywords that I used from then on: time based architecture, real time behavior, multimodality, interactive architecture. The nodes of the dynamic structure act as in a swarm, they look to their immediate neighbors as to change position and information content.
Thomas Daniell holds a and a with honors from Victoria University of Wellington, an from Kyoto University, and a from RMIT University. His doctoral dissertation received the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Thesis in a Higher Degree by Research. Prior to establishing his own architecture practice, he spent ten years with the award-winning Kyoto architecture office FOBA. His design work has received international recognition, and in 2007 Wallpaper* magazine selected him as being among “101 of the world’s most exciting new architects.” He is an external reviewer for ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture) and SAHANZ (Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand), an Expert of International Standing for the ARC (Australian Research Council), and a founding board member of ADAN (Architectural Design Association of Nippon). Widely published, he is on the editorial boards of the architecture journals Mark , Volume , Log , and Enquiry: The ARCC Journal of Architectural Research . A two-time recipient of publication grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, he is author of FOBA: Buildings (Princeton Architectural Press, 2005), After the Crash: Architecture in Post-Bubble Japan (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008), Houses and Gardens of Kyoto (Tuttle, 2010, second edition forthcoming 2017), Kiyoshi Sey Takeyama + Amorphe (Equal Books, 2011), Kansai 6 (Equal Books, 2011), and editor of Toyo Ito's Tarzans in the Media Forest (Architectural Association, 2011). In 2014, he was awarded second place in the Geert Bekaert Prize for Architectural Criticism and received a commendation in the CICA (International Committee of Architectural Critics) Pierre Vago Award. In 2016 he was the recipient of an Academic Fellowship at the Chiba Institute of Technology, Tokyo. In 2017 he was the recipient of the M+ Design Trust Fellowship. He is a member of the Architects Association of Macau.
update: the ‘CATable’ is presented at the 2015 gwangju design biennale as part of the ‘asian design hub’ exhibition that offers a look at how the world economy is shifting from west to east by highlighting objects that interpret and express the cultural traditions and design values of these three countries in a contemporary context. the show transmits the notion that design is something universal and easily understandable, and that people can feel empathy with the fact that good products can make our lives brighter as a result of combining long-established techniques with modern aesthetics and approaches.