Seminar ‚Digital Design and Full Scale Fabrication’ (Dig Des Fab) is taught at University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Institute of Architecture, Department of Structural Design during Winter Semester 2017/2018.
During a 5‑day long course students focused on the creation of controllable, dynamic, active-bending timber structures using loads as the actuators. The participants experimented with linear wooden elements (laths), where the overall deformation of the system is defined by the milled geometry between them. The course combined digital simulations for form finding (Kangaroo) and structural analysis (Karamba) with physical prototypes fabricated by robotic milling. The final outcome is a 1:1 grid-shell structure fabricated in flat pieces and later self-assembled into a double curved surface under the applied loads.
Efilena Baseta, Andrei Gheorghe