Course Objective
How can emerging industrial processes reshape building design and construction? In this Studio collaboration between three universities in the US and Europe, Design ideas, technical innovation and fabrication techniques will come together and theory can be translated into practice. Digital design and synthetic fabrication are changing architecture in fundamental ways. The studio will present new design methods and fabrication systems as technologies that can be learned and as practices that invite critical discussion. How do new construction systems work?

What digital design methods, materials, and building details are emerging? What are the implications for design and industry? What new paradigms can contemporary fabrication offer architecture? In the last decade the phenomenon of Blob architecture (or liquid design, or non-standard architecture) was introduced in the building industry by ambitious architects and designers in the USA and Europe.



The Task
The students are required to design a travelling pavilion which is able to represent the three attending universities of the IDS 2006, the University of Tennessee, the TU Delft and the University of Kassel. In groups of three, the students worked on problems like concept schemes, branding, building design, fabrication and shipping. The whole design process was based on 3D-modelling software like Rhino or Maya and in terms of model-making on tools like laser-cutters, milling machines and vacuum-moulding machines.

(Course Objective - Text by University of Kassel