Topotheque Design Studio in collaboration with Fab Lab Ioannina designed and fabricated a geodesic dome with a handfull of local farmers from the
Tzoumerka region in northern greece. The built structure was the outcome of a four day open Source Agricultural Workshop which was
organised by P2P Lab for the Distributed Design Market Platform ( https://distributeddesign.eu/).
The workshop reviewed the vernacular construction techniques and materials of nomads’ shacks in the Pindos mountain range and introduced participants to Buckminster Fuller’s
geodesic domes. Additionally, the workshop included lectures on the concept of open source communities and knowledge sharing as well as tutorials on parametric design.
The majority of the participants were local farmers that have gone through very basic education, who have big experience working with wood and metal but have little access to resources
and are not familiar with digital tools.
The objective was to use digital design tools to combine vernacular know how which participants were familiar with, with contemporary design and fabrication tools.
Through the construction of a geodesic dome in 1:5 and then in 1:1 scale, the participants were able to familiarize with the modern technological means and to experience issues relating
both with file-to-factory (off-site fabrication)processes but also work collaboratively in solving construction sequence problems.
At its first iteration the workshop focused an investigation of the local morhpolgy of the dome rather than its global geometry which remained regular.
The design and manufacturing of the nodes was investigated through the combined use of parametric design, digital fabrication (CNC Milling, Laser cutting) use of
traditional analog tools and prototypes. A special emphasis was given to the economic design of the nodes so that the participants can creatively hack and then replicate the self-supporting
structure for their own purpose ( i.e. creation of barn)
Research / Education
Iason Pantazis, Evangelos Pantazis, Nikos Raptis, Anastasios Dedes, P2P Lab, Tzoumakers