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Workshop 2: Wood construction

Date: Spring semester 29.-30. March 2010


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.

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