Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture
London / Hooke Park, United Kingdom
July 21 – August 8, 2014
Summer DLAB experiments with the integration of algorithmic / generative design methodologies and large scale digital fabrication tools. Continuing its color based agenda, Summer DLAB immerses in ‘white’ for its 2014 cycle. 'White' is the starting point to investigating natural formation processes and interpreting them as innovative architectonic spaces. ‘White’ becomes the means of looking into extreme natural conditions which it is associated with. Concepts of emergence, differentiation, and complexity shape the theoretical framework of this investigation. We will observe natural structures of differing scales, which are then abstracted and interpreted into elaborate design proposals. The computational process of Summer DLAB is based on generative design algorithms, as seen in natural growth patterns such as the Lindenmayer system and fractal theory. These concepts are carefully interwoven with interaction and participatory design to create full-scale working prototypes.
One of the major objectives of Summer DLAB is to demonstrate the workflow between computational software and digital assembly procedures leading to physical fabrication. In this respect, the programme is a two-phase process. During the initial phase participants benefit from the unique atmosphere and facilities of AA’s London home. The second phase shifts to AA Hooke Park campus where we fabricate and assemble a full-scale architectural intervention. Here we unify the design goals of Summer DLAB.