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.
Our excursion to Stuttgart started with a workshop on topology optimization hosted by Jan Grasmannsdorf from Altair. Their software’s underlying algorithm optimizes the material layout within a given design space, for a given set of loads to minimize the amount of material while maintaining the structural performance of the resulting shape.
Ehsan Baharlou, researcher at the ICD (University of Stuttgart), gave us an insight in the institute’s laboratories and their recent work, including a sneak preview of the new pavilion, which is under construction on the University campus.
Senior architect Nuno Galvao was our host at LAVA and presented their work in progress. Moreover, we had the chance to take a look at the application and development of computational tools within the studio. After our visit to LAVA we went to see the Stuttgart 21 exhibition and the construction site of the new train station, which has been designed by Christoph Ingenhoven and this years Pritzker Prize winner Frei Otto. The project has been discussed controversially among architects, politics and the citizens throughout the past years.
We rounded-off our trip to Stuttgart with an extensive visit to the Mercedes-Benz Museum (UNStudio) and the Porsche Museum (DeluganMeissl). The final agenda highlight, before heading back north, was a stopover at the famous Weissenhofsiedlung from 1927, including a walk through the Weissenhof Museum in the recently renovated semi-detached homes by Le Corbusier.