Top Fuel: Filters Funnels Flows is a series of events exploring the theme of performance as it transforms and advances the architectural design of building components and systems. Each spring for three consecutive years, the USC School of Architecture will host a week-long design-build workshop, in conjunction with special lectures, exhibitions, and panel discussions. A pamphlet will be produced each year that documents these events as well as presents topical scholarship.

Top Fuel 2012: Funnels
19 March – 26 March 2012

Top Fuel: Funnels will focus on pneumatic structures, exploring relationships between form, structure and environmental performance. Achim Menges of the Institute for Computational Design at Stuttgart University with Thomas Auer of Transsolar Klimaengineering will lead a week-long intensive design-build workshop, during which students will design and fabricate full-scale building components utilizing advanced computational modeling and analysis. Check this website periodically for updates.

Monday, 19 March 2012
4:30 PM, Gin D. Wong Conference Center
Future City Lab
Lecture by Thomas Auer
Principal, Transsolar KlimaEngineering
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
6 PM, Gin D. Wong Conference Center
Material (In)Formation
Lecture by Achim Menges
Director, Institute for Computational Design, Stuttgart University
Monday, 26 March 2012
4 PM, Harris Courtyard
Performance Pneus
Top Fuel 2012: Funnels Design-Build Workshop Final Review
6 PM, Harris CourtyardReception

Click Here to Download the Workshop Brief

Click Here to Download the Student Application

Top Fuel 2012: Funnels curated by Eric Haas, with Alice Kimm & Doris Sung
Workshop Coordinators: Eric Nulman, Scott Uriu, Chris Warren, with Scott Mitchell, Alvin Huang, Will Rollins