Design Research

Jeremy holds a PhD from the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

PROJECT TITLE: IMPROVISING POLYRHYTHMIC SPACE: Exploring a Continuum of Music-Spatial Creative Practice

ABSTRACT:

My dual practice as musician (drums) and spatial designer (architect) provides a unique perspective from which to conduct cross-domain design research. I explore a continuum of practice that reveals rich territories for investigation within and across the musical domain, the spatial domain and a speculative ‘musico-spatial’ domain. The research follows two main trajectories: an exploration of improvisation as a methodology for design research and, working synergistically with this, an exploration of the cross-domain representation (XDR) of digital drumming. I develop a three-dimensional spatial drum notation and spatial prototypes that reveal ‘affordances’ (Norman, 2002) for the understanding of my drumming ‘referents’ (Pressing, 1998) through XDR. I then explore modalities of drum-based augmented musical improvisation through a series of experimental Digital DrumScapes and extend the practice of improvisation into the spatial domain through spatial improvisation where forms are generated through spatial thinking-in-action on the digital drum kit. I bring the two trajectories of design research together through the development of a virtual drumming environment and the evolution of an augmented musico-spatial improvisational practice. This dynamic virtual environment forms a counterpoint to static spatialisations of polyrhythmic drumming and, together, these provide a repertoire of workflows to inform the continuum of cross-domain design research.

I am an internationally acknowledged researcher in the areas of design studio pedagogy, building technology, social media and music-spatial design practice. My research can be accessed on Academia.edu and ResearchGate and are listed below:

  • Jeremy J. Ham, (2018), Exploring the Intersection of Music and Architecture Through Spatial Improvisation,  Learning, Adapting and Prototyping – Proceedings of the 23rd CAADRIA Conference – Volume 1, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 17-19 May 2018, pp. 121-130
  • Jeremy J. Ham, (2017). Improvisations in Polyrhythmic Spatiality. Back to the future: The next 50 years, 51st International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Jeremy J. Ham, Woessner, U, Kieferle, J, (2017). Exploring the Three Dimensional Spatiality of Polyrhythmic Drum Improvisation. ShoCK! – Sharing Computational Knowledge! – Proceedings of the 35th eCAADe Conference A. Fioravanti, Cursi, S, Elahmar, S, Gargaro, S, Loffreda, G, Novembri, G, Trento. Rome, Italy, Sapienza University of Rome: 629-636.
  • Jeremy J. Ham, (2017) An Architectural Approach to 3D Spatial Drum Notation, TENOR International Conference 2017, University de Coruna, a Coruna Spain.
  • Jeremy J. Ham, Schnabel, Marc Aurel, Harvey, Lawrence and Prohasky, Daniel (2016) ‘Starting with Nothing’ and ‘Ending up with Something’ – Musical Improvisation and Parametric Spatial Design Improvisation, Herneoja, Aulikki; Toni Österlund and Piia Markkanen (eds.), Complexity & Simplicity – Proceedings of the 34th eCAADe Conference – Volume 1, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland, 22-26 August 2016, pp. 377-386
  • Jeremy J. Ham, Prohasky D (2016). Developing a parametric spatial framework for digital drumming. 13th Sound and Music Computing Conference. R. G. a. G. Hajdu. Hamburg Germany, Zentrum für Mikrotonale Musik und Multimediale Komposition, Hochschule für Musik und Theater 197-202.
  • M.A. Schnabel & Jeremy J. Ham (2014): Social Learning Cloud: International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC), MultiScience, Essex, UK, vol.12, 2, 20 pgs.
  • Jeremy J. Ham and Luther, Mark (2014) Prefacricated Modular Housing: A Case Study, 2014 Architectural Science Association Conference, Genoa 8-11th December 2014.
  • Alam, Jack and Jeremy J. Ham (2014 ) Towards a BIM-Based Energy Rating System, Rethinking Comprehensive Design: Speculative Counterculture, Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2014) / Kyoto 14-16 May 2014, pp. 285–294
  • Jeremy J. Ham and Marc Aurel Schnabel (2014 ) Comparisons in Representational Media Use in Design Studios between Hong Kong and Australia, Rethinking Comprehensive Design: Speculative Counterculture, Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2014) / Kyoto 14-16 May 2014, pp. 781–790
  • Jeremy J. Ham,  Luther, Mark B. and Schnabel, Marc Aurel (2013) Building systems integration, design studios and a social learning cloud, in Schnabel, Marc Aurel (eds), ANZAScA 2013 : Cutting edge : Proceedings of the Architectural Science Association 2013 international conference, pp. 71-80, ANZAScA, Sydney, N.S.W.
  • Schnabel, Marc Aurel and Jeremy J. Ham. (2013) A framework for social networked architectural education, in Stouffs, Rudi; Janssen, Patrick; Roudavski, Stanislav and Tuncer, Bige (eds), CAADRIA 2013 : Open System : Proceedings of the 18th International Conference of the Association of Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, pp. 313-322, Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, Singapore
  • Schnabel, Marc Aurel and Jeremy J. Ham. (2012) Virtual design studio within a blended social network, Journal of information technology in construction, vol. 17, pp. 397-415, CIB, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Jeremy J. Ham, Schnabel, Marc Aurel* and Datta, Sambit* (2012) Developing online construction technology resources in tectonic design education, in Achten, Henri; Pavlicek, Jiri; Hulin, Jaroslav and Matejdan, Dana (eds), eCAADe 2012 : Digital physicality : Proceedings of the 30th International Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, pp. 135-142, eCAADe and CVUT, Faculty of Architecture, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Schnabel, M. A. and Jeremy J. Ham.: 2012, The Social Network Virtual Design Studio: Integration of design learning in a blended learning environment, Journal of Information Technology in Construction, ITCON, 16, 12 pgs.
  • Jeremy J. Ham. and Marc Aurel Schnabel (2012) How social is the virtual design studio? A case study of a third year design studio, Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia / Chennai 25-28 April 2012, pp. 173–182
  • Schnabel, Marc Aurel and Jeremy J. Ham (2011) The social network virtual design studio: Integrated design learning using blended learning environments , Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia / The University of Newcastle, Australia 27-29 April 2011, pp. 589-598
  • Jeremy J. Ham. and  Schnabel, Marc Aurel (2010) Web 2.0 VDS : social networking as a facilitator of design education, in Unknown (ed.), ANZAScA 2010 : On the border : architectural science in theory & practice : Proceedings of the 44th Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association, pp. 1-8, ANZAScA, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jeremy J. Ham. (2010) On representation and construction in a tectonic design studio, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrucken, Germany
  • Jeremy J. Ham (2010) Web 2.0 VDS : social networking as facilitator of design education, in unknown (ed.), Flexible education futures : partnering for collaborative and active learning : Presentations of Deakin Teaching and Learning Conference 2010, p. 1, Deaking University, Burwood, Vic.
  • Jeremy J. Ham (2010) ‘Working outside of the system: Engaging in Web 2.0 to enhance learning and teaching in the design studio’, 15th International Conference on Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia in Hong Kong
  • Jeremy J. Ham (2008) Developing the A+B/online virtual gallery, in Nakapan, Walaiporn; Mahaek, Ekkachai; Teeraparbwong, Komson and Nilkaew, Piyaboon (eds), CAADRIA 2008 : Beyond computer – aided design : proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia
  • Jeremy J. Ham (2006) The dilemma of using real-scale modelling as a means of fabricating sustainability in the design studio, in Skates, Henry (eds), Fabricating Sustainability: Proceedings of the 39th Annual Architectural Science Association Conference
  • Jeremy J. Ham (2005) Music and architecture : from digital composition to physical artifact, in Duarte, J. P.; Ducla-Soares, G. and Sampaio, A. Z. (eds), ECAADE 2005 : Digital design : the quest for new paradigms, Proceedings of the 23rd Conference on Education in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
  • Jeremy J. Ham and Dawson, Anthony (2004) Managing digital resources for design education, in Rudiger, Bjarne; Tournay, Bruno and Orbaek, Henning (eds), Architecture in the network society : proceedings of the 22th Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
  • Jeremy J. Ham (2003) Media use in the design studio: a case study of second year architecture, in Langston, Craig (eds), AUBEA 2003 : working together : proceedings of the 28th annual conference of the Australasian Universities’ Building Educators Association, pp. 177-182, Deakin University, Geelong
  • Jeremy J. Ham (2003) Architect as composer: engaging architecture students with music in the design studio, in Newton, Clare; Kaji-O’Grady, Sandra and Wollan,Simon (eds), Design + Research : project based research in architecture, pp. 1-10, Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, Melbourne, Vic
  • Jeremy J. Ham (2003) The computer as a tectonic design tool: comparisons between virtual and actual construction, in Dokonal, Wolfgang and Hirschberg, Urs (eds), Digital design : proceedings of the 21st Conference on Education in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
  • Jeremy J. Ham(2002) Sacred ground: discovering architecture at Bells Beach, Architect Victoria, pp. 12-13, Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Melbourne, Vic.
  • Jeremy J. Ham (2002) Discovering construction through architecture, in Eshaq, A.; Khong, C.; Neo, M.; Neo, K. and Ahamad. S. (eds), CAADRIA 2002 : proceedings of the 7th International Conference on ComputerAided Architectural Design Research in Asia
  • Jeremy J. Ham (2002) Learning about construction technology from a ‘living’ case study, in Luther, Mark (eds), Proceedings of 36th Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association
  • Jeremy J. Ham, Anson, S., Datta, Sambit and Skates, H.* (2002) The construction primer in case-based e-education : the Deakin Woolstores case study, in Koszewski, Krzysztof (eds), ECAADE 2002 : eCAADe20 design e-ducation : connecting the real and the virtual : proceedings of the 20th Conference on Education in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
  • Jeremy J. Ham, Anson, S., Datta, S. and Skates, H.* (2002) The construction primer in case-based E-ducation : the Deakin Woolstores case study, in Koszewski, Krzysztof and Wrona, Stefan (eds), eCAADe20 2002 : Design E-ducation : Connecting the Real and the Virtual
  • Jeremy J. Ham (2001) The reflective making of “games” for construction education, in Playful Design Learning Forum Advisory Committee (ed.), Proceedings of the 1st playful design learning forum, School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, Adelaide University, Adelaide
  • Woodbury, Robert F.*, Wyeld, Theodor G.*, Shannon, Susan J.*, Roberts, Ian W.*, Radford, Anthony*, Burry, Mark, Skates, Henry*, Jeremy J. Ham and Datta, Sambit (2001) The summer games, in Penttilä, Hannu (eds), ECAADE 2001 : Architectural information management : proceedings of the 19th Conference on Education in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe

 

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