words & images by Shane M Burger

Sketch, Prototype, Experience

Sketch, Prototype, Experience

I was honored to give the keynote lecture at the 2014 AEC Technology Symposium in NYC a few weeks ago: http://core.thorntontomasetti.com/aec-technology-symposium-2014/ “BIM, computation, robotic fabrication, drones, mobile sensing and weak AI. Despite all the advances in design and construction technologies in the past 10 years, we remain a profession stuck designing and erecting buildings more suited to 20th century […]

Fulton Street Transit Center Oculus

Fulton Street Transit Center Oculus

Photo of the interior of the Fulton Street Transit Center dome. I spent considerable time on the early iterations of the dome design. Many years and numerous design iterations later, I had my hands on the layout and orientation of the oculus reflectors. Each is tuned to a particular time and day of the year, […]

Queens Museum images

Queens Museum images

Two images from Halley Tsai, a former Grimshaw co-worker of mine, showing the Queens Museum west facade and LED system I designed.

Natural and Intuitive

Natural and Intuitive

In mid-2008, I spent a stimulated series of days working with the founder and chairman of our firm, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, developing a mixed-use tower in a prominent Manhattan location. During the previous weekend, I had made the decision to transfer a number of our design decisions for the tower into a computational model in […]

The Cedar Hull: EMPAC's Wooden Instrument

The Cedar Hull: EMPAC’s Wooden Instrument

The development of the wood enclosure surrounding EMPAC’s Concert Hall was cutting edge in its processes and use of technology from concept to construction. From the very beginning, references to the geometry of musical instruments guided the development of form and space at EMPAC. This reached its culmination on the curving wood enclosure. As part […]

Sketch, Prototype, Experience
Sketch, Prototype, Experience

I was honored to give the keynote lecture at the 2014 AEC Technology Symposium in NYC a few weeks ago: http://core.thorntontomasetti.com/aec-technology-symposium-2014/ “BIM, computation, robotic fabrication, drones, mobile sensing and weak AI. Despite all the advances in design and construction technologies in the past 10 years, we remain a profession stuck designing and erecting buildings more suited to 20th century […]

Fulton Street Transit Center Oculus
Fulton Street Transit Center Oculus

Photo of the interior of the Fulton Street Transit Center dome. I spent considerable time on the early iterations of the dome design. Many years and numerous design iterations later, I had my hands on the layout and orientation of the oculus reflectors. Each is tuned to a particular time and day of the year, […]

Queens Museum images
Queens Museum images

Two images from Halley Tsai, a former Grimshaw co-worker of mine, showing the Queens Museum west facade and LED system I designed.

Natural and Intuitive
Natural and Intuitive

In mid-2008, I spent a stimulated series of days working with the founder and chairman of our firm, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, developing a mixed-use tower in a prominent Manhattan location. During the previous weekend, I had made the decision to transfer a number of our design decisions for the tower into a computational model in […]

The Cedar Hull: EMPAC’s Wooden Instrument
The Cedar Hull: EMPAC's Wooden Instrument

The development of the wood enclosure surrounding EMPAC’s Concert Hall was cutting edge in its processes and use of technology from concept to construction. From the very beginning, references to the geometry of musical instruments guided the development of form and space at EMPAC. This reached its culmination on the curving wood enclosure. As part […]

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