Performative Morphology
ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2019/2020

First Meeting: 15.10.2019, 14:00, 9th floor ITECH Master Studio

Current wood building systems are defined by their modular nature. Even though engineered wood processes open up the fabrication of modules of almost unlimited size and shape, the requirements of transportation and ease of on-site assembly greatly limit the complexity and scale of these systems, and the resulting buildings. Furthermore, the anisotropic nature of timber fibres limits most structures to be uni-directional.

Recent developments in computational design methods, material science and fabrication techniques open up new possibilities to overcome these technical limitations. Students will investigate modular robotic fabrication and assembly processes of timber members in order to identify potential future trajectories while positioning analysed precedents within the larger disciplinary context.

Based on these initial studies new tectonic assemblies and their resulting morphospaces will be explored. This explorative and comparative process will be supplemented by the two closely related seminars Architectural Biomimetics and Computational Design, which will enable students to investigate related biologic role models in interdisciplinary teams as well as developing suitable computational design tools for this process.

Outcome of these investigations will be an overview of the topic in the context of the discipline and a series of biomimetically informed fabrication concepts and proposals for their application as proto architectural systems. This system will serve as the basis for the development and fabrication of the 2020 ICD / ITKE Research Pavilion.

This project offers the opportunity to apply computer-based design, planning, calculation and production methods in an integrated design process on a real 1:1 scale project and develop experience on all phases of project development: from digital planning, planning application through to robotic manufacturing and assembly on site.