The translation of project briefs into spatial organisations and is an extremely complex task. SMG has developed adjacency modelling tools to streamline this process.
SMG has been experimenting with wearable and immersive technology such as Oculus Rift, Google Glass and Mind Wave, all of which have been used to aid design on several Apple stores and Bloomberg’s London Headquarters.
SMG has carried out several high profile and ground-breaking research projects in collaboration with world leading universities and organisations such as the University of Loughborough, NASA and the European Space Agency.
Alongside industrial and academic partners, SMG has been researching potential applications for 3D concrete printing for over a decade. The technology was originally conceived by Loughborough University and is currently being developed with the help of Foster + Partners, Skanska, ABB Robotics, HAL, Tarmac, BRE, and the MTC.
As part of the practice’s aim to strengthen connections between industry and academia SMG has been working with two PhD candidates at the Royal Veterinary College, London, to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between structure and function in bone biology and architectural design at various scales. SMG has developed a Grasshopper plug-in that facilitates the design of three-dimensional, mechanically efficient space frames.
Solutions for outdoor climate adaptation (soloclim) is a European industrial doctorate (EID) project in the innovative training networks programme funded by the European Commission. Our effort is led by one PhD student in collaboration with the University of Wageningen (NL), whose research will focus on green infrastructure and microclimatic simulations.