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LORENZO VILLAGGI

Designer and Research Scientist
The Living, Autodesk Research

Lorenzo Villaggi is a Designer and Research Scientist with The Living, an Autodesk studio. His work focuses on generative design, new materials, and novel forms of visualization. More recently he has been exploring space subdivision techniques for space planning problems as well as the quantification of spatial experience for generative workflows for architecture. He has worked on several projects at multiple scales including the new Autodesk offices at MaRS in Toronto, a net-zero energy and affordable housing development in the Netherlands and the Laboratory for Embodied Computation in Princeton campus. His work has been exhibited and published in internationally renowned venues, conferences proceedings, and journals.

Lorenzo and Danil will partner on a presentation that will show recent work by The Living in applying the generative design method to projects in architecture and urban design. They will also discuss how the studio operates as a hybrid applied research/advanced consulting group which suggests a new mode of practice for architects in the building industry.

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DANIL NAGY

Principal Research Scientist and Project Manager
The Living, Autodesk Research

Danil Nagy is Principal Research Scientist and Project Manager at The Living, an applied research and design consulting group within Autodesk Research. His work focuses on computational design, generative geometry, advanced fabrication, machine learning, and data visualization. Danil teaches at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University and in the Graduate Architecture and Urban Design (GAUD) program at Pratt Institute, where his classes focus on architectural visualization, generative design, and applications of artificial intelligence.

Danil and Lorenzo will partner on a presentation that will show recent work by The Living in applying the generative design method to projects in architecture and urban design. They will also discuss how the studio operates as a hybrid applied research/advanced consulting group which suggests a new mode of practice for architects in the building industry.

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Marcy Ostberg

Director
City of Boston, Mayor's Housing Innovation Lab

As the Director of the Mayor's Housing Innovation Lab, Marcy Ostberg brings an eclectic background in civic innovation, urban policy, and education. She previously worked as a Strategic Project Manager advancing a question formulation strategy used for problem-solving in innovation, critical thinking in education and self-advocacy in social services. Additionally, Marcy worked as a High School Biology Teacher at the Boston Day & Evening Academy, a Boston Public School, where she developed experiential education and personalized learning modules. Her experiences as an urban educator drove her to explore innovative solutions to systemic and complex problems that face low-income families. Marcy holds an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University, and a MEd from Franklin Pierce University.

Marcy will talk about the mission of the Mayor’s Housing Innovation Lab, which aims to test innovative models and systems to increase housing affordability for all Boston residents as well as discuss a few pilots of the Lab and the outcomes on our day-to-day lives and affect on Boston policy.

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CHRIS MACKEY

Co-Founder
Ladybug Tools LLC

Building Scientist
Payette Associates

Chris Mackey is a co-founder of Ladybug Tools LLC. He has worked as a Building Scientist at Payette Associates since 2015, after graduating from MIT’s Building Technology program. He is a lead developer of Ladybug Tools, which he regularly applies at Payette and teaches to thousands of professionals and students across the globe. Chris is committed to improving building environmental performance through the introduction of new design workflows and software tools. His MIT thesis involved developing software to produce detailed thermal comfort maps of interiors from energy models along with a new set of spatial thermal comfort metrics.

As parametric modeling in AEC moves increasingly away from inflated expectations and towards productive applications, we find ourselves asking a fundamental question: What features of parametric modeling and visual scripting are most important to realizing its full potential? In this session, Chris will address this question by presenting lessons learned from developing Ladybug Tools, the third most popular plugin for Grasshopper.

 

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