Digital Vernacular Workshop at Sushant School of Art & Architecture

India Trip

The makeLab will conduct the Digital Vernacular workshop  from January 6-11, 2014, at the Sushant School of Art & Architecture (SSAA) in Gurgaon. Participants from LTU, and SSAA will conduct a critical analysis of digital fabrication and associated emerging technologies for architecture.

This workshop will explore the design and construction of masonry dome structures covering material explorations, digital form-finding techniques, generative and algorithmic design. In the workshop students will be forced to think beyond the now conventional unidirectional digital-to-physical workflow. Students will be introduced to design methodologies that explore ideas of contingency, tolerance and, error, which allow digital tools to interact with the “messiness” of manual fabrication and non-industrial materials.

Participants will engage with generative design software coupled with the digital fabrication hardware of the suitcaseCNC system. The suitcaseCNC is a fully functional 3-axis milling machine costing under USD 1000, designed to fit into a rolling case approved for easy transportation across the world. It was designed and built without the use of experts with low cost, non-proprietary components.

This workshop will be conducted by Professor James Stevens and Professor Ayodh Kamath of LTU. Professor James Stevens established the MakeLAB as a digital design and fabrication studio within LTU. The MakeLab has taken the suitcase CNC to workshops around the globe – in Albania, Kosovo, and France, Turkey, and Bolivia, and now to India. The suitcase CNC is a vernacular digital fabrication tool that can be built and modified by its users. Digital Vernacular skills are thereby developed through the machines portability and its ability to “act” and “teach” in a vernacular way. MakeLab has set out to seize this opportunity by disseminating its knowledge and practice.

Professor Ayodh Kamath is a graduate of the SSAA and is now a faculty member at Lawrence Tech. He researches design and construction at the intersection of the manual and digital. Specifically, he looks at how the latest design and construction technologies can learn from and collaborate with vernacular traditions to produce a socially and ecologically relevant architecture.

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