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A series of research events investigating material innovation in the constructed environment.

By fostering a direct exchange between architects, designers and industry this series of research events will provide interfaces between disciplines that will enable dialogues and foster an exchange of knowledge through, across and beyond materials and materiality. transmaterial will connect global issues in materials, technologies and their ramifications with local concerns in manufacturing and making.

27 May - 4 June: transmaterial Workshop I
Experimental Design-Make workshop with Dr. Philippe Block, director of the BLOCK Research Group at the ETH Zurich and James Bellamy (director of Re-vault), exploring how a new digital practice can lead to a reintroduction of material, tectonic and constructional thinking into architectural design practice through applied research into masonry structures.

28 May: Stone Skins: New Masonry Shells
Public lecture by Dr. Philippe Block and James Bellamy, 6-7pm. Free entry. MADA Lecture Theatre G1.04 (Caulfield Campus).
Convenors: Tim Schork and Dr. John Sadar. This lecture will present new computational form-finding approaches for exploring three-dimensional equilibrium shapes, by understanding Gothic masonry vaults. Through the use of intuitive graphical methods, the designer gains control over the exploration of form, which blurs the boundaries between funicular (compression-only) and free-form design.

22-25 July: Visit of Blaine Brownell
Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture and director of Transstudio.

22-25 July: transmaterial Workshop II
Experimental Design-Make workshop with Dr. Paul Nicholas from The Center for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA) at the Royal Danish School of Fine Art, exploring how the use of new digital simulation techniques, advanced materials and production methods are instigating profound changes in the design and building of contemporary architecture and the benefits this presents to contemporary life and culture.

25 July: Research Symposium
Fostering a direct exchange between architects, designers and industry MADA hosts transmaterial - a research symposium through, across and beyond materials and materiality in the constructed environment. Tickets (free): transmaterialresearchsymposium.eventbrite.com.au/

17-27 July: transmaterial Exhibition
Public exhibition at Pin-up showcasing design projects of the two experimental Design-Make workshops.

Project Team
Dr. Philippe Block, James Bellamy, Tim Schork, Damon von Horne

with

Dinh Triet Nguyen, Gerard Turnbull, Natalie Studdert, Sara Sidari, Radoslaw Buczek , Boden Davies, Diego Arellano, Chin Lien Anne-Lise Ip Sion Thoo, Dean Lau Tim Ling, Michael Truong, Damian Palamara, Anna Black, Sheli Kuperman, Mehrnoush Latifi Khorasgani

The transmaterial research events have been made possible by the generous support of veski

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transmaterial: an exploration through, across and beyond materials and materiality

Our material world is changing. While a rising awareness of an ecological crisis has made the challenges of the material world more apparent, advanced digital simulation and production techniques have given us an unprecedented ability to integrate materials into design and fabrication. While economic transformations have led to a shift in manufacturing away from the local towards the global, we possess an increasing capacity to design and fabricate materials and their performance.

This exhibition brings into connection a series of projects that explore, discuss and question the nature of materiality - through, across and beyond materials - within the constructed environment.

These projects were developed with the contexts of leading national and international education and research programs.


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THROUGH

Developing an understanding and sensitivity towards their propensities and processes has traditionally been key to the development of the artisan, designer, engineer or architect. A context of tuneable material qualities calls into question the relationship between an artefact’s materiality and its expression. Is it still valid to say that artefacts are realised and expressed through materials?

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ACROSS

As design reaches across scales and professions, from the organisation of materials in space for habitation in buildings down to the arrangement of molecules in space for material performance, and as digital workflows enable a similarly expanded space of design collaboration, from architects to materials engineers to fabricators, what are the repercussions for design practice?

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BEYOND

Designers’ work has been founded on the nature of materials: wood, ceramics, metals, glass. Material choices, in turn, profoundly affect our experiences of space and object. As the palette for design moves beyond wood, ceramics, metals and glass, is it possible to speak of design according to the nature of materials, or have we moved beyond materials?

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Transmaterial Workshop I: 27 May - 4 June 2013

Experimental design-make workshop with Dr. Philippe Block, director of the BLOCK Research Group at ETH Zurich, James Bellamy, director of Re-vault, Tim Schork, lecturer at MADA, Damon Van Horne, Grimshaw Architects and architecture students from MADA.

Organised by Tim Schork and Dr. John Sadar from the Department of Architecture, MADA, in partnership with Grimshaw Architects, this workshop explored how a new digital practice can lead to a reintroduction of material, tectonic and constructional thinking into architectural design practice through applied research into masonry structures.

Photo: Peter Bennetts

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MADA researchers from varied backgrounds, including professional artists, designers, architects and theorists, work together to produce vibrant, innovative, creative research that addresses the social, economic and human issues facing Australia.

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