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Type: Fabrication Intelligence Workshop, Architectural Association

Design Team: Kun Kun Chen, Monika Choudhary, Utsav Gupta, Victoria Lytra,  Ioanna Symeonidou

Tutors: Jeroen van Ameijde, Kristof Crolla

Year: 2009

Location: London





mothercube-constructionFabrication Intelligence was an open digital prototyping workshop for Architectural Association students interested in experimenting with digital fabrication processes. The aim of this workshop module was the systematic investigation of workflow between computational design and production methods, via the systematic exploration of complex geometries in relation to digital fabrication methods, using prototyping as means to evaluate and adjust design models. A parallel objective is to challenge norms of the production of architectural space, emphasizing the performative aspects of curvilinear architectural systems to enable new possibilities of how space can be occupied in increasingly more haptic, tactile and mediate modes. Through integrating the characteristics of digital manufacturing technologies into the design process for a rule-based, adaptable field of associated primitives, design teams applied prototyping as a methodology to develop recursive design processes as well as engaging in new modes of material production. Using Maya/MEL expressions, scripting and dynamics as tools to control the proliferation of possible variations of a component-based system, design teams tested four sequential weekly stages of generative design work in a series of prototypes applied to the problem of designing a shelf inhabitable wall in Digital Prototyping Lab in Architectural Association premises. Experimenting with 3D printing and CNC milling prototyping technologies as the primary means of design output, this module investigates design to production processes and the automated file-to-factory flows between software and hardware technologies.

Motherobject_cube model

Junction detail

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