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Welcome to the Digital Crafting Network

The research network investigates how new digital production methods are instigating profound changes in the design and building of architecture. Developing the term digital crafting, the network examines how the maturing of interfaces between the design space of the architect and the production space of the manufacturer is leading to the shaping of a new material practice in architecture. The research network is supported by The Danish Council for Independent Research, Humanities.

Workshop 2: Wood construction

Date: Spring semester 29.-30. March 2010

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Consequences of digital fabrication on wood constructions are investigated in this workshop. A focus is set on the logic of the joint. The starting point of our discussion will be a universal model interpreting a workpiece’s production process as flows of matter, energy and information. Implementing this method, we will look into history of technology to find relations between contemporary production technology and the respective joinery in timber construction. This retrospect will be backed up with examples of manual workmanship, industrial interchangeability and individual digital fabrication, including recent work by the workshop guest. Departing form a thorough understanding of production technology and its impact on architecture and products we will try to sketch a vision for future development.

Invited workshop guest:
Christoph Schindler, schindlersalmerón

schindlersalmerón dedicate their work to the development of parametric objects at the interface of architecture and product design. Well known examples of their approach are the parametric coat rack «Kleiderleiste»—one of very few customizable products in the market—and the awarded wood construction principle «Zipshape». The firm is interested in both digital fabrication and traditional workmanship.

Dr. Christoph Schindler’s experience ranges from intelligent design objects to developing realization strategies for large complex building projects in his former position at ETH Zurich and designtoproduction. In his writing he seeks to embed contemporary development into a broad historical understanding of production technology.

www.schindlersalmeron.com

Seminar 2: the ideal of the tectonic: The tectonics of the joint

Date: Spring semester 2010: 31.March. 2010

The seminar introduces key thinking into material conceptualisation in architectural thinking. It discusses the history of the term craft and what this has come to mean through the industrialisation of building practice. It critically reflects on the idea of optimisation and situates the discussion of technological development within a historical frame work.

Architects such as Antoni Gaudi and Frei Otto developed analogue models that allowed for processes of intuitive form finding linked to structural analysis allowing novel designs. Digital parametric models are different to the early parametric models in that they are abstracted and general. Through a presentation of Semper’s work and early modernist understanding of techne and material culture the modernist understanding of technology and technology transfer is reframed. The seminar introduces key thinking into material conceptualisation in architectural thinking. It discusses the history of the term craft and what this has come to mean through the industrialisation of building practice.

Workshop2: zip_shape

SchindlerSalmern are the inventors of the zip_shape a novel way of defining a curved surface.

We use Grasshopper to develop the geometry.

fluxstructures.net - Topology optimized prototype finished

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The topology optimized prototype is now finished, and it will be revealed this Friday 11.00 at Paschal –Danmark, Ejby Inustrivej 122, 2600 Glostrup.

The prototype is designed via topology optimization techniques, and produced via large scale CNC-milling at Danish Institute of Technology.

Via the topology optimization procedure, material has been removed from inactive areas, leaving a complex, doubly curved geometry, that reveals the imbedded structural forces.

We warmly welcome you to participate in the opening event – hot and cold refreshments will be provided by Paschal.

The research is illustrated on this site, http://fluxstructures.net .

from Asbjørn Sondergaard

jacob riiber

hauke jungjohann

per dombernowsky

phil ayres

odilo schoch

jan karlshøj