CRAFTING DECISIONS Integrating design, fabrication

Crafting Decisions

In this thesis by Molly Mason, author proposes the integration of robotic fabrication and assembly constraints into the design process to use as drivers for form-finding. The framework for this is created through codifying material processes and assembly logics.

Catalyst Hexshell

Catalyst Hexshell

This project by Matsys was the result of a 4-day workshop taught with Marc Swackhamer at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture in March 2012.

3D Print with Clay

3D Printing with Clay

Students at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture in Cambridge, Ontario are bringing a whole new meaning to mixed media as they take on both 3D printing and the use of ancient clay building materials.

EXOtique Installation

EXOtique

EXOtique by Project One Studio is a backlit ceiling installation that was created at the foyer entrance of a university building. The patterning is based on light distribution throughout the piece, while the form redefines the space.

SmartNodes Pavilion

SmartNodes Pavilion

This paper investigates the potential for combining standard building materials with customised nodes that are individually optimised in response to local load conditions in non- standard, irregular, or doubly curved frame structures.

Glass Vault Robotic Fabrication

Glass Vault

The Glass Vault is a joint effort between SOM and Princeton University c.r.e.A.te lab and Form Finding Lab, with assistance from the TU Delft Glass Group and is one of the SOM’s latest demonstration projects in automated robotic construction.

Laser Cutting Paper

Laser Cutting Paper

In this video you can take a look at a Gen 4 – BOSS Laser Cutter-2436, cutting out an example wedding invitation on some paper.

3D Printed Hexagons

3D Printed Hexagons

This is a small geometric toy by mars gizmo that’s oddly satisfying to play with. It can be used as a desk decoration. Ideally you need 4 small magnets for this toy.

Tangible Computing Manufacturing Logics

Tangible Computing

This paper by Andrea Quartara and Angelo Figliola explores the process of digital materialization through robotic fabrication techniques by presenting three wooden projects.

Folding The Unfoldable

Folding The Unfoldable

This paper explains a method used during a workshop for constructing complex-curved geometry with quad edge panels. authors demonstrate that quad-edge mesh data structure can efficiently be used to construct complex large shapes.

Design Through Digital Making

Design Through Making

This thesis by Niloofar Nikookar examines recent projects where representational and fabrication technology is integrated into the architectural design and production process.

metal facade with 3D-printed mould

Metal Facade

Students from ETH Zurich have pioneered a method of casting complex, one-off architectural structures from metal in a 3D-printed mould. Deep Facade, a six-metre-high aluminium structure with ribbons of metal looped in an organic fashion.

Automated digital fabrication

Automated Digital Fabrication

Detailed within this paper is the development of an alternative fabrication concept that utilises an inexpensive, reusable “pin board” mold that is autonomously set to various CAD derived surface geometries by a 6-axis robotic arm manipulator.

NP Pavilion

NP Pavilion

The NP Pavilion, Expo In Mumbai – commissioned by NipponPly, is a temporary installation made of plywood was designed for the Acetech Exposition 2018 Mumbai.

Chrolo kinetic timer

Chrolo

Traditional hourglass timers are an effective albeit antiquated way to perform timing, but is no longer the most graceful way to time tasks thanks to the Sparkpluck ‘Chrolo.’

Robotic Technologies for Architecture

Robotic Technologies

the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Porto and the Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science concluded a research project on the use of robotic fabrication technologies in architecture and building construction.

Archimedean Pavilion

Archimedean Pavilion

The Archimedean is a ten-point-five-meter-long, six-meter-wide and three-point-five-meter high pavilion, which was installed on the wooden platform between the schools of Architecture and Building Engineering in the University of Seville.

O-STRIP Pavilion Digital Fabrication

O-STRIP Pavilion

O-STRIP Pavilion is one of the projects in Tongji University’s Fabrication workshop that aims to bring back the liveliness of the place. The site is located at a sinking space of the teaching building, which connected with an indoor exhibition hall.

Bubble Pavilion Parametric Design

Bubble Pavilion

At the start of 2018, the Higher Technical School of Construction Engineering at the University of Seville launched an ambitious project to build an experimental pavilion – the “Bubble Pavilion” – using plywood panels as the raw material.

Parametric Interior Design

Parametric Interior Design

Harmen Design group designed and digitally fabricated this interior setting for the LPD office in Toronto, using Rhino3d and it’s plugin Grasshopper3d.

Agent Based Architecture

Agent Based Architecture

The aim of this thesis by Ehsan Baharlou is to investigate the generative potential of agent-based systems for integrating material and fabrication characteristics into design processes.

Machinic Morphospaces

Machinic Morphospaces

This paper by Tobias Schwinn, Oliver David Krieg, Achim Menges, Boyan Mihaylov and Steffen Reichert presents research into computational design processes that integrate not only criteria of physical producibility but also characteristics of design intelligence and performance. 

Form is Matter

Form is Matter

This research by Michela Rossi and Giorgio Buratti aims to apply digital tools to the design of surface structures that maximise the matter efficiency in the development of “solid fabrics” with parametric controlled geometry.

Daedalus 3D Printed Pavilion

Daedalus Pavilion

Ai Build presented “Daedalus Pavilion”, a 3D printed architectural installation built by robots, as part NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference in Amsterdam (28-29 September 2016). 

3D Printed Knit Necklace

Knit Necklace

Knit Necklace is an extension to Knit Series of earrings and bangles by Monocircus. The design accentuates the unique ‘knitted’ structure resulting in a fascinating one-of-a-kind necklace. 

Dynamic Architecture

Dynamic Architecture

The objective of this thesis by Mateus de Sousa van Stralen was to explore possible ways of designing dynamic architectural systems involving both users and their environment in a mutual, continuous, and circular design process.

Caret 6

Caret 6

This pavilion is a 11-foot, steel vaulting structure known as Caret 6. Designed by OTA+ principle Kory Bieg and his 2013 design-build studio from the University of Texas’ (UT) Austin School of Architecture…

Pavilion Number Two

Pavilion Number Two

Pavilion Number 2 designed by MSA team at the University of Mazandaran in December 2017 which is now hosted in Kermanshah Iran.

Caterpillar Gallery Digital Fabrication

Caterpillar Gallery

The use of certain quadratic surface theorems has mainly been associated in architecture with the design of classical vaults, domes and piping. The work presented here is intended to explore the potential of these theorems