The MCDC students are now working on the results of their computational Construction module. After an intensive semester the digitally designed concepts are now being realized as models and prototypes. Some previews of the results are leaked before their presentation.
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High-Tech strategies for Low-Tech materials – The Module „Material & Construction“ focused on the development of complex geometries for façade modules made from clay. The material is cheap and has a long tradition in building constructions. However, the geometric possibilities are quiet limited. Together with students of the IFDC- International Facade Design and Construction program, we developed innovative freeform solutions, based on computational design.
The elective course on digital woodwork aimed at the development of an innovative construction, based on self-supporting, reciprocal systems.
The reciprocal frame is a roof structure where each beam both supports and is supported by other beams in the roof structure. A minimum of 3 beams is required to create a reciprocal frame roof. As each beam supports the next in a reciprocal manner no internal support structure is required. Only the outer end of each beam requires support, which will normally be a post used for the wall or the foundation.
Projects from the department of Digital Design at the Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Design have been displayed in the temporary gallery space ‘Haus Finke’ in Detmold from 31 March to 16 April 2015.
The MCDC group went for a 3-day trip to the Swabian capital to take a closer look at engineering software, a research institute and the work of a visionary architectural studio. Furthermore, we explored famous architecture of the digital era and the modern movement as well as a controversial project under construction – and of course the city itself.
Digital manufacturing processes are rather related to the principles of crafts than industrial production as they emphasize the wide range of qualities of the materials used and provide higher flexibility and extensive opportunities during the development and production process. With the use of new, integrative ‚digital design and fabrication tools‘ the boundaries between design development and production become increasingly blurred.
The title Master of Engineering has been granted to the first graduate of our second MCDC generation: Ethan Kerber. The dean of the faculty Prof. Uta Pottgiesser and MCDC program director Prof. Marco Hemmerling handed over the post-graduate Master certificate during this years graduation ceremony on February 6 in Detmold.
The IFDC and MCDC students from HS-OWL visited last week one of the world leading Architectural building fairs in Munich (19.-24.01.2015), the fair has recorded 250,000 visitors (72,000 visitors from abroad). In its 17 gigantic halls the fair has covered every single aspect related to architecture and construction starting from the screws, and ending with the latest technologies of this field.
SUNSYS is a five meters long and two meters high wall, which was implemented as an experimental construction in late October on the campus Emilie in Detmold. It was developed by the application of digital design and manufacturing methods. Planar elements are assembled in a plug-in system and generate a freeform geometry. Variations in the dimension of the individual elements enable different degrees of wall-openings.