“How virtual becomes real” 2015
This 5th edition of “How virtual becomes real” continues the research into the applications of form-resistant structures, through working methods that seek to synthesise the virtual and the real by means of both physical form-finding and numerical/digital technologies (Karamba3d.com has just published a selection of this semester projects).
The studio begins with a week of exercises on the design of timber gridshells. The students are challenged to find variations of structural forms first using physical models, and then with numerical simulations (with Karamba and Kangaroo for Grasshopper). Technology and construction aspects are highlighted throughout the activity.
(Photos and drawings by Alberto Pugnale and Tommy Heng).
During the second week, the students are called to experiment with form-finding through inflation. Our precedents are related to Frei Otto’s and Dante Bini’s works. Again, physical models are combined with numerical tools to explore form variations.
(Photos and drawings by Alberto Pugnale, Tommy Heng and Jackie Tsang).
After 4 weeks of preparation, the students have to design a Wellness centre in Bologna (a brief from the Young Architects Competition 2015). Fabrication techniques, optimisation strategies and other aspects of the design of shell and gridshell structures are learned while designing. Some of the final results are posted below, together with the exhibition picture.
(Model by Siavash Malek)
(Project by Rovi Lau)
(Project by Coralie Ming)
(Model by Stipe Rezo)
(Project and models by Yani Ming)
(Project and optimisation by Patrick Bullen)
(Project by Ka Ching Zita Lee)
(Final MSD Exhibition)
Studio Leaders: Alberto Pugnale and Louis Gadd
- Alberto Pugnale (9)
- Architects, Engineers, Artists (9)
- Blogs (1)
- Books (3)
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- Engineering (23)
- Evolutionary techniques (17)
- Form-finding (17)
- History of construction (4)
- Mathematics, Geometry and Topology (3)
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- Parametric Design (27)
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