DigitalFutures.World – Shaping the future!
Topotheque Design Studio is invited to organise a digital design and fabrication Workshop under the auspices of the Digital Futures Initiative among other world leading professionals.
Yfalos is a generative design and fabrication workshop which will examine how circular design strategies combined with computational methods can be used to provide solutions in problems raised by local communities within the time constraints of a 5 day cyber-physical workshop.
The workshop will focus on how we can increase the biodiversity of marine life in coastal areas with featureless bottoms by creating bio-inspired habitats for different marine species. The participants will address this problem by exploring the design and construction of an artificial reef—i.e. a man-made structure that is designed to mimic some of the characteristics of a natural reef. The participants, based on an established workflow will form find geometries and create rules to generate different alternatives of modular reef structures that will be evaluated based on: a) their performance (i.e. stability, impact on ecosystem) using computational tools, b) and their fabrication feasibility using specific fabrication and human resources that exist within the community that has the raised the design problem. The workshop will run concurrently through a Virtual design platform and a Physical fabrication laboratory in two different Time Zones. In the virtual space (Zoom, Slack), the participants will investigate a) different geometries of the base modules hand in hand with b) the rules for aggregating them as well as the process of constructing them. In the physical space (Fab Lab Ioannina), a second group of participants will a) produce construction samples and prototypes of the base geometries, b) communicate the various fabrication constraints to the design group in order to optimize the design. The different designs will be communicated via a web interface with a group of makers that will be providing feedback about real life constraints to the design team. The objective is to distill the basic principles for developing a platform/too; that can be used by non-experts to generate different 3d geometries, fabrication files, and assembly instructions necessary to guide a group of makers to adjust it to their needs and construct it.
Register for the Yfalos Workshop here
Learn more about the Digital Futures Initiative here
Biennale of Western Balkans 2020
Our co-founder Iason Pantazis was recently appointed Curator of Architecture and Design at the Biennale of Western Balkans 2020 (BoWB)!
BoWB is a biennial event and year-round project that draws connections between intangible cultural heritage, art and technology.
The vision is to inspire people experiencing tradition anew, in connection with new arts and technologies. More info at www.bowb.org