3D-model in Revit
The aim of the module was to explore the potential of BIM for the design of a new material library (MatLib) on our university campus in Detmold. An integral design strategy, taking into account various BIM parameters, such as climate, material, sustainability, usage/function, modularity, costs etc. was developed within a holistic approach. In parallel to the concept development operative tools, like parametric and object-oriented modeling, visual programming and database management were used to carry out the project. [...] Read more
Design result by Arjun Sharma
Digitally generated and machine-fabricated components expand the construction spectrum and incorporate the factors associated with materials decisions and manufacturing issues into the design process. Insights from the manufacturing process are fed back into the drafting process as programming parameters. These production methods, however, will not necessarily result in formal transformations in architecture. Instead, it is a question of applying methods in order to further refine and optimize processes. To this extent, digital fabrication methods are capable of more than simply creating individual structures with a higher degree of complexity. [...] Read more
Concept development in teams
In the-warm up workshop ‚Seifenblasen’ after Frei Otto’s experiments with soap bubbles, the students of both post graduate programs M-CDC and IFDC created and optimized soap bubble solution by testing various recipes. As a first, basic introduction to digital prototyping and fabrication they used i.e. the ‚DiWire’, a desktop CNC wire-bending machine to create various wire- and string based frameworks as setup for the generation of minimal surfaces. [...] Read more
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.
Join our team for the new course, starting September 2015
If you are not depending on a Visa application, you can still register until June 30, 2015. For more information, please visit : facts & applications.
Please use the registration form to sign up. The pre-requisites are also listed there. [...] Read more
filling the digitally designed formwork with clay
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. [...] Read more
1:1 mock up – saddle surface based on a reciprocal frame
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. [...] Read more
transformation from bits to atoms
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. [...] Read more
MCDC at the Mercedes Benz Museum
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. [...] Read more
Assembly of a Technoid Tower, designed by Alexander Fillies
Workshop on digital design and fabrication in Architecture, by Hans Sachs (responsive design studio) and Sebastian Bächer (Bächer & Bergmann GmbH)
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. [...] Read more