Architecture and Design Students Participate in Casey Reas Workshop

Casey Reas, who presented this semester’s initial Baumer Lecture on September 3, directed the two day workshop “-GRAPH” in Knowlton Hall, September 4-5. The workshop included 24 Knowlton undergraduate and graduate architecture students, as well as students from the Ohio State Department of Design which co-sponsored the event. Reas is a professor in the Department of Design Media Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The workshop primarily used the software Processing, an open source programming language and environment for the visual arts initiated by Reas and Ben Fry in 2001. Its focus was on the studio process of working with code. Within the framework of concise example code, workshop participants generated form, evaluated what was produced and then tuned and adapted code based on that evaluation. Then the process was repeated. Each student produced thousands of files while following an individual idea about code and form. The workshop final review took place on September 5 and included jurors Kristy Balliet, assistant professor of architecture, Knowlton School Director Michael Cadwell and Chair of the Department of Design Mary Anne Beecher

The Casey Reas workshop is the latest in a series of workshops run by Baumer Lecturers. Last year, Baumer speakers Peter Trummer, Michael Young and Herman Hertzberger also presented workshops for Knowlton students. And in October, lecturer John Peterson of Public Architecture in San Francisco will run a workshop entitled, "Navigating a Design Career: Alternatives.”