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 start 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
Applications are welcome until July 31st, 2013
We are happy to announce the new application period for our international post-graduate Master Computational Design and Construction (M-CDC) at the University of Applied Sciences in Detmold, Germany.
› more about: M-CDC Application
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
Lena Kleinheinz from magma presenting their most recent projects
Related to an international exchange program (ISAP), M-CDC and students from Florida, Denmark and India visited differend Berlin based architectural offices. We thank our hosts for their hospitality and the interesting insights into their work.
priedemann fassadenberatung GmbH
LÉON WOHLHAGE WERNIK
› more about: Excursion to Berlin
Open lecture on wednesday May 22nd , 2013 at 5.00pm in the Casino R107
Tina Kierzek from K13 Architektur will hold one part of the lecture about Building Information Modeling (BIM). Christoph Schindler from schindlersalmerón will hold his lecture about digital fabrication with the title Five Development stories.
› more about: M-CDC Lecture Digital Fabrication and Building Information Modeling
M-CDC at the Mercedes- Benz Museum
Twisted geometry in concrete
In the beginning of May we experienced one of the most significant built examples of digitally driven architecture: The Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart, designed by UNStudio.
The Museum’s sophisticated geometry synthesizes structural and programmatic organizations resulting in a new landmark building celebrating a legendary car. The building’s program is distributed over the surfaces which ascend incrementally from ground level, spiraling around a central atrium. The two main trajectories, one being the car and truck collection and the other consisting of historical displays called the Legend rooms, spiral downwards on the perimeter of the display platforms, intersecting with each other at several points allowing the visitor to change routes.
› more about: M-CDC at the Mercedes- Benz Museum
Dipl.-Ing. Oliver David Krieg presenting a connection assembly milled by a KUKA robot
On May 3rd, 2013 we went to Stuttgart visiting the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) . We wanted to see how these institutes deal with the lateset applications in computer technology. They gave us an introduction to their particular approach and presented their research facilities.
› more about: M-CDC visiting the ICD and ILEK in Stuttgart
The Multicopter in low-attitude flight at our Campus Emilie
We are always interested in new technologies and tools that could find an application in our program. For that reason we were happy to get in touch with Benjamin Kelm. He visited us on our open house presentation with his selfconstructed multicopter. It is equipped with a full-hd camera and we were able to take some stunning videosequences from high above.
› more about: Into the sky with a multicopter and a Full-HD camera