Intense Workshop II – Behaving Structure

Parametric Approaches Workshop 2 General Intro.pdf

Behaving Structures Description.pdf

Time Frame:
20. – 30. November 2008

The Red House
Royal Academy of Fine Arts
School of Architecture Copenhagen
Teaching staff:
Josh Mason
Christophe Barlieb
Stig Nielsen
Martin Tamke
Jakob Riiber
Volker Mueller
Magnus Gabrielsen

Hyper functionalisms
Through the creative use of different Digital techniques design will take advantage of today’s buildings complexity rather than getting locked in the vast amount of contradicting requirements.

A new understanding of design will be further explored within the workshop. We will look at external parameters driving design – context and data will be sampled, evaluated, within a framework of flexible rules and will finally crystallize in physical realm.

We will explore how a combination of local behavior and digital fabrication can create specific artefacts and will strive to enhance the emergent affects in the design series.

The workshops participants have experience in parametric strategies from a workshop which will take place in October 2008. They have knowledge in relational design strategies through lectures and readings presented by CITA and friends.

Workshop program
The workshop is design driven. The overall concept of behavior and emergence will be explored in a hands on way trying to bridge virtual design and physical reality of production. Therefore a design task will be given to the participants, which will produce physical artefacts by the end of the workshops time.

Rather than solving a complete building structure the focus will be set on developing a prototypical membrane or filtering element similar to a building envelop.

Design Task
Rather than creating a fictional setup, an existing structure will be used as object of investigation. A massive and a 100m high gasometer in the south of Copenhagen has to be reused. The programming of the structure with new functions, as well as the parameters which drive these are part of the workshops discussion and the groups individual projects. The groups are asked to think of the existing structure, morphological and structural change due to the reuse, as well as urban and climatic requirements. Parametric systems and behavioural strategies will help to solve the tasks conflictive specifications.

The workshop is structured in different phases:
1. Investigation of Gasometer, Site and program
2. Research on Membrane / envelope, Examples & Concepts (Nature, Design, Science, Art, etc)
3. Concept proposal and analysis of the Idea
4. Generation of an understanding oif the different layers of the design concept and translation into the core Geometry (Basic framework model in GC)
5. Exposure of the model to external parameters (Ecotect & Spreadsheets)
6. Development of complex behavior through component based elements. Inves-tigation in individual prototypes fabricated on laser cutter.
7. Develop multiple component strategies and investigate irregular/emergent pat-terns
8. Bind of systems, Tweak Design
9. Generation of fabrication and presentation data
10. Fabrication and presentation

note: all the gct files found on this blog are compatible with GenerativeComponents build


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