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The “Animating Form” workshop was based on techniques for Advanced Architectural Design. Participants were introduced to the contemporary discussions of the formal exploration in architecture, through technical attainment of design production and animation.

The goal was to push architectural design past the typical “flat” realm of visualization, and create a new category of formal expression. This was done within the discourse based on the use of multi-layered techniques and production processes, which allow control over intelligent geometries, calibration of parts, and behavioral taxonomies, normalizing an innovative field of predictability.

After introducing the skills required to animate and model in the way which architecture and design is adopting, Steven Ma moved on to more classical notions of animation. The students arrived at a new object that lies between animation and architecture.


Steven presenting his work to the students.

“As two polarized practices complete with specific workflows collide, new techniques and concepts will inevitably emerge.” —STEVEN MA


Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point_International Idea Competition 2011. Image courtesy of Steven Ma.

Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point_International Idea Competition 2011. Image courtesy of Steven Ma.

Ideas on Edge_Parramatta International Idea Competition 2011. Image courtesy of Steven Ma.

Steven Ma is a design architect for Coop-himmelb(L)au in Vienna, specialized in digital visualizations, 3D management & productions. He is also the assistant professor in the “Excessive” post-graduate program at the University for Applied Arts Vienna, Austria. Born in Hong Kong, Steven holds a master of architecture degree from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).