Workshop Program & Documents

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Intense Workshop II  –  Behaving Structures

Hyper functionalisms

The availability of digital design techniques enables designers to control a high degree of complexity inherent to the construction process. With the aid of computation, para-metric software and analysis tools architects can take advantage material and construction requirements to inform and develop design.

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

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

Workshops participant have experience in parametric strategies from a previous work-shop or by self motivated learning from tutorials. They have knowledge in relational design strategies through lectures and readings presented by CITA and accompanied persons. The participants will team up in groups of 3.

Workshop program
The workshop is design driven. The overall concept of behaviour and emergence will be explored in a hands on way by bridging the speculative of architectural concepts with simulation tools and digital means of production. A design task based on a concrete site and program will serve as starting point for the investigation, which will ma-terialise in physical artefacts by the end of the workshops time. Within the course of the workshops groups will set in discussion with the team their focus on specific pa-rameters, behaviours or elements in their conceptual framework.

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

Workshop output

Groups can choose where to apply their focus and determine the quantity of drawings and physical models required to demonstrate their objectives.

The workshop grants access to laser cutting and 3d Printing devices. An initial set of materials will be granted by CITA.
The workshop will try introduce ideas of digital crafting (i.e. material and fabrication combinations that include CNC manufactured and physically form found)

Workshop Schedule

19.-23.November – Stage 1
(Martin, Jacob, Stig) – 14.00h Afd 8 Studio

A first phase will explore the requirements of the design task in a speculative manner. These will be diagrammed and notated. An overall concept will be setup. This serves as reference for the rest of the workshops time, wherein certain aspects (light, depth of wall, filtering of view and light, spatial aspects, tectonics) will be emphasized rather than the overall proposal.
The first phase will result in diagrams, drawings and if possibly parametric setups of very general concepts. This research will be presented on the 24th and the starting dis-cussion will lead up for the second phase of the workshop.

24.-26.November – Stage 2
(Martin, Jacob, Stig, Christophe, Volker)
Start each day: 9.00h
Pinup: 18.00h

In a second phase these requirements will be transformed in different parametric mod-els. These models will be extrapolated and tested in small scale prototypes. Individual members of the group will concentrate on aspects of:
•    Scripting
•    Link to overall design
•    Component Design and fabrication
These individual explorations will be brought together each day in public pinups. By doing so the groups will develop a specific take on the project with the groups individu-als specialising on the compiled tasks
A lecture and tutorials will enable everybody to take advantage of the broadened tool-set, which can connect out of the box.

26. November – Practice Report: Digital Formfinding and the sustainable agenda
Wednesday 26.11.2008 15.30 – 18.00h – Auditorium 6

•    Josh Mason (aedas, London)
•    Andreas Eggertsen (Snøhetta, Oslo)
•    Volker Mueller (Bentley, Research Director for Computational Design)
•    Christophe Barlieb (cdmb architects, Berlin)

26.-30. November – Stage 4
(Martin, Jacob, Stig, Christophe, Josh, Volker)
Start each day:  9.00h
Pinup:  18.00h

The different threads will be put together in a last phase, when the groups are asked to prove their investigations by setting up a link to fabrication and input / simulation tools. For doing so a set of tools will be introduced
Simulation (ecotect ) and
Fabrication (Laser cutting and 3d Printing)

The evolving digital chain between parametric input, emerging form and making will become the main parts of investigation in the third part of the workshop, when the focus will gradually shift to one building element, which can be detailed and realized as scaled prototype. The range can span between 1:50 to 1:1 and be produced on the workshops machinery.

30. November 15.00h – Final presentation (Martin, Jacob, Stig, Christophe, Josh, Volker + guests)
The workshop will be presented and discussed in a public forum on Sunday afternoon.

First Assignment

Impromptu Valby Gasometer

A massive 105m high Gasometer in the south of Copenhagen has gone out of use; its importance as monument of industrial age and its landmark character for the whole of Copenhagen’s south make a further use important. The first task is to develop a concept for the monument conducted in an impromptu style. The groups are asked to think of the existing structures, morphological and structural changes due to the reuse, as well as urban and climatic requirements. Parametric systems and behavioural strategies will help to solve the tasks conflicting specifications.

A first presentation shall include a basic setup, which will be refined until the first day of the workshop. This presentation should discuss in an diagrammatic way the general setup and concept of the building
•    The considered key parameters to the site
•    Overall concept
•    the programmatic setup
•    the urban setup, linking local and long distance influences and effects
•    the internal spatial setup, taking the enormous verticality into account
•    climatic and ventilation issues
•    internal infrastructure
•    lighting of the interior
•    the relation of interior structure and skin
•    the influence of the setup to the Gasometers towards the skin

Presentation Format
The presentation should be done on A3 format. Each page showing only one point of interest. The presentation should be uploaded to the workshop blog in pdf format and printed on A3 format.


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