The essential objective of the design studio is to combine the material specific research and state of the art robotic fabrication technology review into an architectural application and concept for on-site ongoing fabrication of a composite, tensile construction. This research pavilion will be constructed between the K1 and K2 university buildings.
The seminar focuses on the investigation, abstraction and transfer of biological strategies into technical applications. Students will work in interdisciplinary teams to investigate biological role models within a bottom up process and will be searching for solution strategies towards specific aspects by exploring biological role models within a top down process. Computational simulation and analysis tools are used to find model representations for biologic processes and investigate functional principles.
The seminar is intended to prepare students for the application of complex construction materials in load-bearing and non-load bearing structures, building envelopes as well as in other diverse architectural contexts. The seminar covers a wide range of different materials going from traditional materials, i.e. concrete, steel, wood and glass, to nowadays lightweight materials, i.e. bio-based materials and composites, textiles and polymers. Furthermore, understanding of the properties, characteristics and structural behavior of these materials and related knowledge of compounds, layered elements as well as fibre reinforcement possibilities shall allow proper and intentional usage in architectural and structural applications.