Variable Territories | Design Workshop 1




Applied Data Towards a Performance-driven Design Approach

The contemporary city can be conceived and comprehended as a living organism characterized by the constant changes of dynamics of its inhabitants and their environments. This one-week workshop will introduce students and recent graduates to computational design methodologies to target a medium to large territorial scale to explore smart, sustainable design solutions driven by large data sets.


Data will be mined from mappings and metrics related to environmental, social and infrastructural issues such as pollution, thermal gain, energy supply, over population and traffic.



Taught by experts leading multidisciplinary groups of participants, the emphasis of the agenda and outcomes of this workshop will be on the integration of data driven design approaches for the collection, analysis, mapping of information, towards the design of environmental design prototypes. These prototypes anticipate variable performance across complex networks and field spaces, with emergent behavioural patterns of growth and change.




The anticipated outcomes of the workshop will target variations of the applied data driven systems towards the development of complex, adaptable, yet coherent design solutions. Participants will acquire advanced skills and strategies with which to confront the environmental challenges facing China and the world in this century of accelerated urbanisation.





The focus of this 7-days workshop is an intensive digital design studio with an open-forum for discussion. Its outcome is a set of digital drawings and renderings that reflect students’ analysis, strategies, and design intentions to mediate social/environmental concerns facing urbanization.





Tutors and Lecturers



Chie Fuyuki
Principal Tutor

Founder and Principal Designer, TuningSynesthesia; M.Arch. Pratt Institute, B.F.A Rikkyo University; Previous work experience: Roy Co., MAD Ltd.

Chie Fuyuki is the primary and principal designer of Tuning Synesthesia, an international collective of aspiring designers and engineers. As a team of specialist consultants in computational design, Tuning Synesthesia has collaborated with numerous firms, providing services across various disciplinary fields in architecture. Chie’s expertise extends to emerging technologies and creative design, linked by the use of computation. She has successfully organized several academic events.



Tom Verebes
TA Workshop Series Director and Lecturer

Provost, Turenscape Academy; Director OCEAN CN Studio; Director AA Visiting School Shanghai



Satoshi Ohashi

Director, Zaha Hadid Architects, Beijing



Feng Xu

Director, WAX, Beijing; Director, Laboratory for Computational Design



Federico Ruberto

M.Arch Architecture and Urbanism, Polytechnic University of Milan; PhD Candidate “Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought” EGS European Graduate School



Lichao Qin

Architect, Tuning Synesthesia; Previous work experience: MAD, DotA, THAD, CCDI




The curriculum is dedicated for students to tackle any issue of their choice using applied data towards a performance-driven design approach. In the first 3 days, students will have a quick yet intensive review of both input/output skills and methodologies necessary for them to complete the ambitious design work of this workshop. The last 4 days will be dedicated to actual studio sessions where students develop their design through one-to-one review meeting with tutors as well as technical support by computational design experts. On the last day of the workshop, 16 February, a final review is scheduled with critics.






Tools will include

Rhinoceros 3D modelling, and plug-ins including Grasshopper, Elk or Mosquito, Ladybug, and Galapagos, as well as Hoopsnake orcustom components scripted in GHPython.

Curriculum and Fees

Time: 2.10.2017-2.16.2017(Seven Days)

Fees: 6000 RMB (base tuition not including room and board)

*Early Bird Price: 500 RMB discount for registration made by 26th of Jan. A deposit of 500 RMB as required to reserve a place for a workshop. The final balance of fees shall be due to be paid 10 day prior to the start of each workshop.

Location: No.305 Peking University Science Park Beijing, China 305(127-1 Zhongguancun North Street)


1 | Guest lectures
2 | Portfolio consultant during/after the course 
3 | Turenscape internship and job recommendation for outstanding students 
4 | TA designers alliance’s membership 
5 | Discount for other upcoming workshops held in 2017 (Workshop 2-6)


  • The schedule may be subject to change according to guest lecturer’s availability.
  • It is required for students to bring their Windows laptop to participate this workshop. Download Rhinoceros 5 (>SR12) and Grasshopper before the lab starts. Recommended computer specification: CPU-i7, Memory card: 8G+, Video card: +1G.
  • The last day, 16th of February, is a final review for the studio and this will take the whole day. We require all students complete their study by attending the review until the end of the day. For this reason, we recommend students arrange for travel at the earliest on the 17th of February. 
  •  Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements and insurance (travel, health, property loss, etc.)


How to Apply

For further information on all workshops and details of payments of student fees, please contact us by email at A deposit of 500 RMB as required to reserve a place for a workshop. The final balance of fees shall be due to be paid 10 day prior to the start of each workshop. Payment is to be made by bank transfer, WeChat or Ali Pay. Any bank charges are to be borne by the payee.


Start Time

9:30 pm

Friday, February 10, 2017

Finish Time

5:30 pm

Thursday, February 16, 2017


No.305 Peking University Science Park Beijing, China 北京北大科技园

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