Digital design and robotic fabrication technologies are rapidly maturing toward mainstream architectural applications. To participate in this structurally performative, material-saving, and aesthetic revolution architects and designers need to incorporate, among other parameters, fabrication-related expressive opportunities and constraints into the early design stage. This maturing paradigm of fabrication-aware creation of shape – so-called Architectural Geometry has a symbiotic relationship with the design-research trajectory of Tectonism which stylistically expresses the inherent structural and manufacturing logics of the shape.
Architectural geometry and Tectonism simultaneously incorporate traditional wisdom and historic practices and methods of design and construction, particularly those related to masonry and timber construction and state-of-the-art methods of Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Geometric Design. This contrasts with the currently widespread paradigm of history and process-agnostic creation of the shape. This subsequently leads to materially wasteful designs, and time and resource-expensive, post-processing of such shapes to modify the shapes to suit manufacturing requirements.
This workshop will provide a gentle, hands-on introduction to geometry topics of stereotomy, ruled surfaces, and their computational adaptation. The workshop will also incorporate technological topics of robotic fabrication and web services including remote accessing and instructing an industrial robot set-up to cut foam.
Tutors: Shajay Bhooshan – Federico Borello – Leo Bieling – Cesar Fragachan
Shajay Bhooshan is a studio master at the Architectural Association DRL (AADRL) Master’s program in London. He is also a Senior Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects where he co-founded and heads the Computation and Design (CODE) group. He pursues his research in structure and fabrication aware architectural geometry as a Ph.D. candidate at the Block Research Group, ETH Zurich. Previously, he completed his M.Phil from the University of Bath, UK, and M.Arch from AADRL.
Federico Borello is a registered architect (OAT and ARB) and Computational Designer at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHCODE) in London. Federico has a degree with Honor from the Polytechnic of Turin and a Master’s degree from the Architectural Association Design Research Laboratory (DRL) in London. His major interest is in fabrication and structure-aware geometries robotically assisted manufacturing and 3d printing. Federico is also a Teaching Fellow at UCL Bartlett BPro in London and a Software and Robotics Consultant at AA Design Research Laboratory. He has taught numerous courses and conferences including AADRL (London), Tonji University (Shanghai), CITA (Copenhagen), ACADIA 2019 (Austin)
Leo Bieling is a registered architect (UK, Germany, and Austria) and part of the Computation and Design Research Group (ZHCODE) at Zaha Hadid Architects in London. His current research is motivated by observations regarding data-driven design, digital fabrication technologies, and emerging trends in contemporary living. He has taught several international workshops including CAARDIA in Beijing, RobArch hosted at ETH Zurich, and at the B-Pro Bartlett in London. In these courses, he continued his design research in architectural geometry toward robotic and digital fabrication implementations
Approx. 1-hour lecture each day, 4 hours total.
Approx. 2-hour tutorials each day, 8 hours total
Approx. 30-minute robot time per student (access times will be outside of workshop time)
2-hour first review of student work
2-hour of final review of student work
If you have any questions that you would like to be answered directly by the instructors, you can watch this live discussion between Hamid Hassanzadeh, founder of PA, and Shajay Bhooshan.