Form Finding workshop at Texas A&M University
Evangelos from Topotheque was invited at the Texas A&M University/ College of Architecture to teach a workshop on computational form finding and digital fabrication.
The 5 day workshop was part of a 1st year design studio led by prof. Alireza Borhani Haghighi and included both tutorials on computational tools (Grasshopper, Processing) as well as the digital fabrication and assembly of a structure designed with a proposed design workflow. A number of twenty students participated and were introduced in a design workflow that includes: a) form-finding using computational tools and b) performance based analysis using analytical solvers c) digital fabrication of a shell structure in 1:1 scale. The workshop focused on a traditional building system, that of reciprocal frames and cheap construction materials such as paper tubes.
Students explored different design alternatives and evaluated them based on their performance (environmental and structural). A design was selected for fabrication and a structure comprising of 275 paper tubes and 3d printed joints was installed at 4th floot of the school of Architecture at the E. Langford Building.
Description:Reciprocal form finding workshop will focus on interactive form finding of shells structures and their materialization using reciprocal frames. Emphasis will be given on how to explore form finding beyond the analysis of forces by taking into consideration environmental parameters. We will further inform the design process by integrating a traditional building techniques, that of reciprocal frames. Correlations between top down and bottom up design approaches will be addressed through the use of both linear and non-linear design techniques. Participants will be introduced into an integrated design workflow which includes set of programming and visual scripting and parametric tools namely: Rhinoceros 3d, Grasshopper (Kangaroo, Ladybug, HoneyBee) and, Processing (IGEO). We will use this integrated workflow to design, analyze and evaluate different design alternatives based on their performance. One design approach will be selected for fabrication and assembly and will be installed in atrium of the school of Architecture.
The goal is to teach students computational form finding and introduce them to an integrated design methodology, where analytical tools can be used along with generative ones for driving the design process and improving the design outcomes. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to experience how such a methodology can facilitate the data flow from design to construction and inform the design outcomes. Lastly another goal is to introduce students on how realistic constraints which relate to the site will be addressed (available material, geometry of atrium) can be used as design drivers which informed the selected structural system
Platforms: Rhinoceros 3d, Grasshopper (Kangaroo, Ladybug, HoneyBee) and, Processing (IGEO)
Tutor: Ph.D. student Evangelos Pantazis
Professors/Advisers: Alireza Borhani Haghighi, David J. Gerber
Participants: Alexandria Lamastra, Andrea Aponte, Brazos Pinto, Chandler Fleming, Christine Miterko, Elizabeth Villarreal, Erika Barrios-Valadez, Erika Lopez, Jacob Metzler, Jared Kotzur, Kyle Gage, Kyndal Gordon, Lauren White, Martin Reyna, Miles Buchta, Rotana Hok, Sergio Razo, Shelby Roach, Sydney Lemanski, Wayne Figg