Performative Morphology
ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2019

First Meeting: 16.10.2018, 14:00, 9th floor ITECH Master Studio

Natural fiber structures are characterized by highly differentiated geometries with local variation of material properties. The performative morphology is able to negotiate between multiple, potentially even contrary, fitness criteria through processes of material organization. Such structures are thereby able to achieve higher levels of functional integration than current technical approaches to architectural fabrication.

Recent developments in computational design methods, material science and automated fabrication open up new possibilities to transfer functional principles of these natural fiber systems into architectural applications. Students will investigate computational design strategies and fabrication techniques for fibre composite structures in order to identify potential future trajectories while positioning analyzed precedents within the larger disciplinary context.

Based on these initial studies new material-based fabrication concepts and resulting morphospaces will be explored. The explorative and comparative process will be supplemented by the closely related seminars Architectural Biomimetics, Computational Design and Form and Structure, which will enable students to investigate related biologic role models in interdisciplinary teams as well as to develop suitable computational architectural and structural design tools.

Outcome of these investigations will be an architectural overview on fibre morphology and a series of biomimetically-informed fabrication concepts and proposals for their application as proto-architectural systems.

The most promising concept developed during the design studio will be the starting point for the development and fabrication of the 2019 ICD / ITKE Research Pavilion within the summer term.

Final presentations are at the end of WS 2018/2019.

Corequisite for participation in the design studio is attendance of the seminar Architectural Biomimetics. Prerequisite is a previous attendance of the Seminar Computerbasiertes Entwerfen.