AA Visiting School Madrid - Trans-Computational Membranes Nano-Patterning to Mega-Cities
Universidad Europea Madrid (UE), Madrid, Spain
Monday 16 – Thursday 26 September 2013**
Venue: LASEDE-COAM (ColegiodeArquitectosdeMadrid)
Trans-computational membranes will explore computational design methods through the use of digital-analogue experimentation. It will challenge the way we conceive flexibility within the context of spatial re-adaptation as a driver for social change. Time-based dynamic systems will transform the digital–analogue divide through networks of instantaneous spatial deployment creating a symbiotic spatial context that examines new-era demands.
The workshop will re-think membrane structures from the micro to macro organization resulting in a habitable prototype. Through the investigation of different scales, tensile structures will primarily be re-adaptive environments, searching for dynamic stability while responding to new spatial necessities. Natural-based models will be challenged through a continuous dialogue between analog and digital experimentation, where material processes and fabrication techniques are incorporated within a digital working methodology, analyzing material behavior from Nano-scale patterns to the production of physical prototypes at 1:1.
Students will take part exploring varied modeling and generative design workshops aimed at digital fabrication of textile prototypes. The course will be taught by tutors from the AA and the UEM who specialize in simulation techniques and generative design, being assisted by experts in textile materials as well as tensile structures alongside studio-based design tutorials. A series of lectures will address topics related to dynamic architectural models, adaptive systems and patterning experimentation for spatial deployment.