International design, computation and fabrication workshop.

The workshop intends to explore Computer Aided Design (CAD) as a means to enable architectural creativity whilst still responding to complex spatial and material performance constraints. The workshop will focus on the relations between contemporary design techniques, creative expression, software technology and its manifestation using robotic fabrication. It also seeks to use production-proven design methods and software platforms in a judicious mix with innovative research.

We aim to continue both the exploration and streamlining of the multi-stage process of concept to physical manifestation and the agenda of exploring physics-based design methods, integration of form and structure, computational methods of optimisation for fabrication and adaptation to local means, methods and craft.

We aim to design-build a sizeable prototype as part of the primary objective: ‘learning-by-doing’. The participants will be exposed to the same design tools, techniques and analysis methods as the ones used to design and build the prototype.