WS2 : COMPLEX COLLAPSIBLE STRUCTURES
Instructors: Viktoria Sandor, Matthew Tam
The goal of the workshop is to explore and discuss new strategies for designing fabrication ready collapsible spatial structures. We will wombine workflows between multiple parametric and digital design tools (Grasshopper, Karamba3d, wasp, etc.) in order to generate a catalogue (wide variety) of collapsible but self-supporting structures.
The collapsibility of structures will be achieved by using 3d tesselating collapsible cylinders units, so-called zonogon tubes. Zonogon tubes, as well as the Miura-Tachi cylinder have been object of investigation for years in the field of engineering and design. Their rigid foldable properties with their continuous closed surface make them unique.
Over the two days, the participants -architects, designers who are familiar with parametric design thinking - will design and classify small scale spatial elements (seating furniture) by aggregating and optimizing a basic rigid foldable tubular module. Participants will be introduced to the proposed design method as well as the necessary software tools, customized by the tutors. The focus of the workshop will remain the digital realm, however, with the learned tools, we will be able to design and fabricate the resulting furniture with readily available sheet material.