“How virtual becomes real” 2018

The 8th edition of “How virtual becomes real” continued the research into the applications of form-resistant structures. The virtual and the real were synthesised by means of both physical form-finding and numerical/digital models.

The studio began dedicating five weeks to experimental and numerical form-finding techniques (on elastic gridshells, concrete shells and tensile structures). The students were also exposed to different fabrication methods through the reconstruction of selected case studies. It’s worth mentioning that these fabrication exercises were only meant to stimulate the students to develop a critical approach towards model making. They were also conceived to highlight potential similarities between model making and actual construction techniques, bearing in mind that a certain degree of speculation and discrepancy between the two things is inevitable.

Here’s a selection of the pneumatic models made by the students through vacuum forming.

 

CASE STUDY 1: THE DANCE PAVILION by FREI OTTO

 

 

 

 

Parametric design, form-finding and fabrication of the Dance Pavilion by: Ruofeng Du, Henan Xie.

 

CASE STUDY 2: THE SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parametric design, analysis and fabrication by: Haoyi Li, Xinchen Yang.

 

CASE STUDY 3: SHUKOV’S BUILDING FOR THE PLATE ROLLING WORKSHOP, in Vyksa

 

 

 

 

Parametric design and digital fabrication by: Yimin Li, Junben Wu.

 

CASE STUDY 4: THE ARMADILLO VAULT by the BRG

 

 

 

 

Parametric design, form-finding and digital fabrication by: Wen-Xin Yeunh, Shuaiwei Li.

 

DESIGN BRIEF AND STUDENT PROJECTS

In week 6, the students were given the following design brief: “Your client has acquired the iconic Phillip Island House by Denton Corker Marshall (293 Watts Rd, Ventnor VIC 3922 – 38°30’33.7″S, 145°10’02.7″E), with the intention of adapting the site and existing residence into a Wellness Centre”. Obviously, the design for the new Wellness Centre had to include a form-resistant structure.

 

Plan, sections and elevations were reconstructed by the students during week 6.  You can find below a selection of the final projects.

 

PROJECT BY RUOFENG DU

 

 

 

 

PROJECT BY HENAN XIE

 

 

 

 

 

PROJECT BY YIMIN LI

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROJECT BY SHUAIWEI LI

 

 

 

 

In week 14, it’s time for the moderation of grades. Here’s a selection of our studio work that was displayed during the final moderation session.

 

And then, there’s the final exhibition: the MSD X in our new building!

 

The Clyde Hotel is a great location for the final drinks and the classic end-of-the-semester picture! Actually, I have a name for this photo: “The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Teaching/Learning” (obviously, this isn’t mine; I’m paraphrasing Erin Meyer).

Studio Leaders: Alberto Pugnale and Atreyu De Lacy.

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