Applications welcome!

Applications welcome !

Join the M-CDC team

Join the M-CDC team

Our Master in Computational Design and Constrcution is now open for applications for the academic year 2014-15, starting September 2014.

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Computational Design Complexity

Computational Design Complexity

Computational Design result by Ethan Kerber

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.

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EuroMold and Bollinger+Grohmann

M-CDC visits EuroMold and Bollinger+Grohmann


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.

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M-CDC Digital Tools // Physical Systems

Digital Tools // Physical Systems

Different results derived from the same task, to design a simple 2D module that can constitute a complex 3D system

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.

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Hamburg HighRise – Building Information Modeling

Hamburg HighRise – Building Information Modeling

Design result inside Revit by Juan Sepulveda

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.

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M-CDC semesterstart 2013

M-CDC semesterstart 2013

this years M-CDC group

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.

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RhinoVAULT workshop

RhinoVAULT workshop


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.

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Karamba Workshop with Clemens Preisinger

Karamba Workshop with Clemens Preisinger


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.

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Workshop with Christoph Schindler

moebius bench


moebius bench

From 21st to 23rd of May we had a workshop with Christoph Schindler 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

Excursion to Berlin

Excursion to Berlin

Berlinexkursion (9 von 12)

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

magma architecture

Graft architecture


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