Instructors: Julian Lienhard, Riccardo La Magna, Simon Schleicher [ITKE Stuttgart]
This workshop is an exploration of formal and structural possibilities in design with coupling inhomogeneous bending-active surface elements. We will work with a new interactive design environment, coupling design tools (Rhino - Grasshopper) to FEM Software (Sofistik®) for the form-finding of bending-active plates. See: https://vimeo.com/69317523
- General introduction to the subject of Bending-(Re)Active Plates
- Introduction to the Rhino-Sofistik® interface by Sofistik® consultants
- Introduction of the Grasshopper-Sofistik® form-finding extension by ITKE
- Work through three tutorials that cover the general functionalities of the interactive design environment
- Work on physical models to generate own design intentions
- Form-finding and optimization of own design with the given interactive tools
- Presentation of the workshop results
Requirements for the participants:
There is no requirement of advanced skills Rhino Grasshopper or Sofistik. Basic knowledge in working with Rhino however would be helpful.
The workshop will be held by the civil engineers and architects Riccardo La Magna, Julian Lienhard and Simon Schleicher from the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart.
This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to explore different folding strategies for surface approximation. Folding as a production method and as a design paradigm has recently become the focus of interest in several areas and especially in architecture.
From freeform surface approximation to deployable and/or lightweight sandwich structures a wide range of architectural and design applications is feasible. This workshop will introduce several folding design strategies, from modular isometric origami to reticular structures created from linear folded stripes.
During the workshop participants will explore folding through physical and digital modeling. As the workshop will show different approaches and techniques different software packages will be used, including Rhino / Grasshopper and Mathematica. Basic skills with Rhino / Grasshopper are required for productive participation.
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