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Our Master in Computational Design and Constrcution is now open for applications for the academic year 2014-15, starting September 2014.
› more about: Applications welcome!
Ceremonial hand over of the certificates
In February 2014 the first graduates of our international Masterprogram in Computational Design and Construction received their certificates.
› more about: First M-CDC graduates!
Computational Design result by Ethan Kerber
The results of the Computational Design module have been presented by MCDCs first year group. Starting from a case-study-research on an existing structure the findings of the analysis were translated into a new form-generating strategy, taking into account parameters of performance, materialization and construction.
› more about: Computational Design
EuroMold fair in Frankfurt
The MCDC class spent two eventful and informative days in Frankfurt. The first day of our excursion we spent at the EuroMold 2013 - the worldwide leading trade fair for moldmaking and tooling, design and application development. The entire process chain from design to prototyping to series production was presented by various industries, showing the latest advances in additive and subtractive manufacturing as well as 3D-scanning and engineering software development.
› more about: EuroMold and Bollinger+Grohmann
Different results derived from the same task: the design of a simple 2D-module that can constitute a complex 3D-system
In December 2013 Jens Böke gave a lecture on “Digital Tools // Physical Systems” at the Hindustan University in Chennai, India. He also hosted three Computational Design workshops, two for postgraduate as well as one for undergraduate students.
› more about: M-CDC Digital Tools // Physical Systems
Design carried out with Revit/Vasari by Juan Sepulveda
The aim of the exercise within the M-CDC BIM-module was to develop a design concept for a high-rise building in Hamburgs HafenCity that is based on a consistent and performative Building Information Model. The building was supposed to be developed on a specific site within the HafenCity Masterplan.
› more about: Hamburg HighRise – Building Information Modeling
This years M-CDC group
The second year of our post-graduate Master program is up and running. We have again an enthusaistic group of students from around the world.
› more about: M-CDC semesterstart 2013
structural optimization by Rodrigo Velasco
Matthias Rippmann, Co-founder of ROK architectural office and researcher in the BLOCK Research Group introduced the Rhinoceros Plug-In RhinoVAULT.
The digital tool got emerged from current research on structural form finding using the Thrust-Network-Approach to intuitively create and explore compression-only structures. Using reciprocal diagrams, it provides an intuitive, fast method, adopting the same advantages of techniques such as Graphic Statics, but offering a viable extension to fully three-dimensional problems. The goal is to share key aspects of the research in a comprehensible and transparent setup to create beautiful shapes but also to give an understanding of the underlying structural principles.
The workshop was part of our Project Construction module to support the designprojects with an additional input on structural optimization.
› more about: RhinoVAULT workshop
One of the final structures optimized in Karamba for Grasshopper by Kaveh Allahdin
Clemens Preisinger from renowned structural engineering office Bollinger Grohmann in Vienna Bollinger und Grohmann GmbH held a three day Karamba-Workshop within our M-CDC program, focussing on material-optimized structures. Karamba3d is a Rhinoceros- Grasshopper based tool that enables to combine parametric 3d-models with finite element calculation and optimization algorithms.
Task of this workshop was to develop a furniture using the structural optimization functions provided by Karamba3d. The results were realised as lasercutted Cardboard-models.
› more about: Karamba Workshop with Clemens Preisinger
From 21st to 23rd of May we had a workshop with Christoph Schindler www.schindlersalmeron.com from Zurich. As part of our digital fabrication module, the goal was not only to design a piece of furniture digitally in 3d but also to transfer it into a physical product in scale 1:1.
For the production of the various parts, we used LG HiMacs panels that were cut with our inhouse Waterjet-Cutter, based in Lemgo. › more about: Workshop with Christoph Schindler