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ONL [Oosterhuis_Lénárd]
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Dutch architect Kas Oosterhuis, founder of ONL [Oosterhuis_Lénárd], is professor of digital design methods at Deft University of Technology since 2000. He is also director of the protoSPACE Laboratory for Collaborative Design and Engineering and of the Hyperbody Research Group, the knowledge center for Non Standard and Interactive Architecture. Aided by his practical experience with digital design and communication tools, in his teaching, research and projects Oosterhuis has been exploring the areas of interactive and dynamic architecture, real time behaviour of buildings and environments, collaborative design, file-to-factory production and parametric design. He has initiated two GSM conferences at Deft University of Technology on the topics of multiplayer game design, file-to-factory design and open source communication in the evolutionary development of the 3d reference model. Oosterhuis graduated in 1979 from Deft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture. In 1987-1988 he taught as Unit Master at the Architectural Association in London and worked one year in the former studio of Theo van Doesburg in Meudon, near Paris, together with visual artist Ilona Lénárd. In 1989 they founded Oosterhuis Associates in Rotterdam, a multidisciplinary design office where individuals of various specializations explore the fusion of architecture, art and technique on a digital platform. The mission and challenge of the design studio - renamed into ONL (Oosterhuis_Lénárd) in 2004 - is to "change the building industry from within" by means of Non Standard architecture and cost-effective production methods. ONL combines virtuality with reality and integrates the visionary architectural image with the structural solutions. Oosterhuis and Lénárd like to describe their work as "building bodies, as intelligent sculptures (…) generating real-time behaviour". In the short video "TransPORTs2001" (by Kas Oosterhuis and Andre Houdart) the "trans-ports" project is introduced, an idea that has been in development by Oosterhuis Associates since 1998. The project focuses on the notion that architecture and its visible body can be animated and related to environmental data through a complex network of interactions. According to this vision, as buildings can be  manipulated and controlled through connected databases, then they start to become interactive structures, an ongoing process with unpredictable responses. The video - selected for the 2002 edition of the BEYOND MEDIA festival in Florence - shows one of the different models of the "trans-ports" network, presented within an installation for the Venice Biennale in 2000.

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Published on Oct 07, 2014