Thursday, April 6, 2017

Intelligent Tectonics V2.0 workshop - Athens (Greece)

July 8-15, 2017

DeCode fablab
Agiou Thoma 9 and Halkidonos 52 corner
Athens, 11527 Greece

Intelligent Tectonics V2.0
will focus on the application of computational design in form-finding design strategies and fabrication methodologies for membrane typologies, stretched across spatial rod-string structures.

Learn to use physics simulations and optimization tools to design advanced computational forms, as well as achieve material representations through digital fabrication methodologies. Participants will revisit the compelling work of well-known architects on catenaries, minimal surfaces, and tensegrity structures, to generate a series of physical and digital study models for a proposal for a permanent ceiling installation at the DeCode fab lab in Athens.

A single built ceiling-mounted structure by all the participants will be the final result of the computational studies. The design will be digitally simulated, then fabricated and assembled by all students collectivelyA complete journey from design, through experimentation to fabrication and construction.

This workshop is for architects, designers, and artists at all skill levels interested in applied computational design strategies and the process from concept to reality.


and Rhinoceros will be the main tools used to carry out studies on the final design scheme and fabrication. Students will be guided through the writing of parametric definitions in Grasshopper, to create digital models of spatial systems.

Kangaroo will be the tool to develop digital simulations with particles and springs to create tensile physical systems and explore physical and digital design intuitions. In this digital environment, participants will be shown various ways to represent physical forces and their interactions with springs and anchor points that will recreate the construction of the membrane.

Structural analysis will be performed with Karamba3D to understand different stresses in the elements and thus choose rods or strings. Further optimization will be achieved by introducing material properties in Karamba3D and optimizing them with Octopus.

The resulting design will be digitally detailed by additional parametric plugins and prepared for fabrication, using laser cutting and 3D printing technology for accurate control of the final components.

An important scope of the workshop will be understanding the fabrication implications and structural practicality not as a final design stage but as part of the design process. The system will inform the outcome. In particular, the integration process will include merging different materials as well as two fabrication techniques for the development of component-based systems with a combination of flexible/rigid/locking joinery.

During the workshop participants will receive both theoretical knowledge of the relevant topics and a practical demonstration of material samples and fabrication methods.

Early registration until May 8, 2017
Late registration until June 8, 2017

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