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.
With this setup the students explored different types of double curved surfaces and their behaviour on physical force input – i.e. air flow -, surrounding conditions such as different border conditions and the possible description through mathematical equations. In this experimental setup various configurations of minimal surfaces have been generated with strings, sticks and wire. Furthermore they also have been realized with elastic membranes (textiles). The resulting, mostly short-living minimal surfaces had to be documented, analysed and sketchily transferred into an architectural building concept.
The workshop ‚Seifenblasen’ has been a kick-start seminar for the new, in-coming first semester students taking part in the international M-CDC program starting in September 2015. It has been the introduction to the central building design project „Design Computation – Architectural Processing“ which is founded on the parametric, adaptive modelling techniques of Antonio Gaudi or Frei Otto in order to develop and apply strongly rationalized methods of form finding in adaptive physical models.
This experiment based method of form finding and the development of adaptive building techniques represents the core aspect of the following project studies on computational building design and construction. With the integrative use of digital, partly real-time processes, such as simulation, integration of physics and contextual data, animation, prototyping and digital fabrication, the students develop highly efficient, contextual, dynamic and contemporary architectural design concepts, prototypes and 1:1 installations.