This studio will investigate the integration of fabrication, material and constructions constraints into design and encompass the development and application of innovative construction systems and bespoke computer-controlled fabrication processes. In this process you will built scaled architectural prototypes, engage in progressive computer-controlled fabrication technology (robotic arm). This design studio will equip students with the necessary practical skills and required core theoretical knowledge, both intellectually and technically, for the continuing advancement of technology and the associated opportunities and challenges for the architectural design profession and our built environment. It will provide a creative framework for the active and critical thinking of the spatial, technological and cultural consequences of a digital design practice.
Design Task The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) has invited us to develop a design scheme to replace an existing canopy structure at the Rippon Lea Estate. The functional brief is to design a lightweight canopy that cover a 50m2 area which will host weddings and functions. This studio has a strong emphasis on making and is structured around project- based experimentation and inquiry, underpinned by relevant theoretical discourse. Throughout the semester we built a large number of physical and digital prototypes, visit the site, work closely with the National Trust and have expert input from Tandem Studio and Bollinger+ Grohmann Engineers. If you ever wanted to design an exciting structure for one of Melbournes most remarkable site, this is your chance.
Prototype II - a canopy for Rippon Lea Estate Date: Mondays 9am-5pm Team: Tim Schork in collaboration with tandem studio and bollinger + grohmann engineers