"TRANSLATE" Workshop - Structural design in material fabrication Rome, Italy May 14-18, 2014
In this 5 day workshop we will translate the typical typology and materialisation of the house into the definition of surface active structures. We combine the system of geometry, structural design & fabrication and construction into a new era of architecture.
We follow three lines of thought to translate structural design in material fabrication. The first ultra lightweight, rethinking shape and material, the second dealing with same single material components, aggregated within a network, working with directionality of the elements and their connections to perform stability and for the third we will rethink definition of the brick.
Our Translations will be designed, analysed and presented in both digital and physical prototypes; from table top models, to 2m high structures.
The use of Grasshopper, Karamba and Digital Fabrication tools drive our evolutions of design. Structural design allows us to play with the type of forces in elements, orientation, force flow, geometry, restraints and connection. We use this structural behaviour to inform the search for new links between materiality, form and construction, progressing towards a unique relationship of structure, construction and fabrication.
Our Translations will be presented, through digital and physical prototyping showcasing the process of linking digital and physical inputs as a continuous feedback loop, rethinking structural design and material fabrication.