Workshop – Toronto December 2-4, 2015


Workshop Overview

The workshop will conduct a critical analysis of digital fabrication and associated emerging technologies for architecture. This will be accomplished by full engagement with parametric modeling, Computer Numeric Control (CNC) digital tools. Students will design, prototype and fabricate their projects at full scale. The content of the course will give students an understanding of digital tectonics and assembly. The applied projects will be supplemented with lectures and discussions of significant precedents and techniques.

Workshop Project – Digital Forming

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.

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 CNC tool in the Ryerson Lab or the CNC built by makeLab™ will be used.


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