Dates: Weekend Session 14 June – 16 June + 21 June – 23 June
Weekday Session: 17 June – 21 June
Location: POLIS University, Tirana, Albania
The combination of parametric tools with digital fabrication technology provides a powerful methodology for architecture. Recent technological developments have left architects overwhelmed by the opportunities and choices available. Regardless of how architecture is generated, the outcomes can be categorized in three primary systems: forming, joining and removing. All digital fabrication processes produce architecture in one or more of these systems. The topic of this workshop is to study one of the three systems – Forming. For the purposes of this workshop forming will be defined as: The parametric creation of a form-giving object that can be used to replicate multiple building components. The fabricated part can be conceived as a mold, jig or template.
The objective of the workshop is to digitally design and fabricate masonry units. The process will include: parametrically generating units, isolation and layout of units, fabrication and production of CNC G-code and final fabrication of a foam mold. The mold will be cast with plaster or concrete, cured and assembled.
Each student group will be responsible for the following outcomes:
- Isolation and creation of a single masonry unit in a parametrically designed wall.
- Creation of a digitally fabricated foam mold.
- Using the mold, cast a minimum of five (5) final units.
- Assemble the units into a single wall with units from other student groups.
The digital Fabrication tool that will be used is the makeLab™ suitcase CNC. The CNC machine is a fully functional 3-axis milling machine designed to fit into a rolling case approved for international airline travel. Given these restrictions, the bed size is limited to just larger than the masonry unit size.
Each unit will be 16cm wide X 10cm tall X 8cm deep. Each unit should share these common dimensions to insure dry stacking of the final wall. The outside 4cm of the unit can be modified in anyway.