Posted on March 24, 2013 by efeminno

Fabrication Technologies for Architecture

Dates:  Apr. 3 – 8th, 2013


This workshop will explore the creative potential of emerging and dynamic phenomena through the use of a series of algorithmic strategies and design techniques that point to a new formal understanding. Participants will have the opportunity to sharpen their digital and prototyping skills, to experiment with a range of digital tools  and to design and fabricate a unique set of components that negotiate a range of material gradients across a field condition. The goal of this workshop is to combine technological precision and pedagogical creativity connecting architects and designers with the local industries and companies  that have the machinery.

Methodologie sand Strategies:

The computational tools require not only ways of doing but ways of thinking, we think with our tools. The idea is to introduce new methods of design and production using digital tools and new emerging manufacturing techniques (CAM) that will revolutionize how we approach the design process to production. The workshop will operate through a framework of computational, parametric, and fabrication strategies and includes daily instructional, design, and fabrication sessions. The theoretical classes and a set of exercises, will establish the tools that would  be directly applied to the projects, and will be used as a platform for testing ideas, develop and prototype individual or group projects. Participants will gain experience by using simulation software Rhino3D and GH (plugin) to generate geometries that after will build with a CNC machine or laser cutter. The agenda includes a series of international online lectures to estimate critical trends on the globalized architectural+fabrication scene.  Participants will understand in early stage concepts, design strategies, and material constraints, in order to transform complex 3D geometries and data structures into fabricatable  elements  and will obtain a  sense of  design, fabrication and assemble time together with the material costs depending on complexity.

The program is structured in two sections:
1. Data Modelling
2. Fabrication and Prototyping

Section 1:  Data Modelling
Basic hierarchical or nested structures

Section 2:  Fabrication and Prototyping

 Through the workshop,  participants naturally come to understand procedures,  generated from CAM(computer aided manufacturing) from the beginning to the most advanced in terms of digital tools, manufacturing techniques and analysis of various solutions for each case.
_ Rhino Nest

Workshop Location: Φ3, Stratigou Sfetsou 3, Thessaloniki.
Exhibition Place: Toss Gallery, Vilara 1, Thessaloniki.
Aimed at:

All creative professionals, students, researchers from Architecture, Interior Design, Fine Arts, Product Design, etc.

Prerequisites: No coding experience is necessary but basic knowledge of 3d modeling is welcome. An optional course of Rhino3d is offered April 3.
Hardware: Participants should bring their own laptop.
Duration: 6 days classes + fabrication, assembling and presentation. The exposition will last one week
Participants: Min 6 to max 24 persons.
Software: Evaluation versions of Rhino, Grasshopper, Plug-ins for GH.
Language: English and Greek.
Application Deadline:
 Apr. 1 2013