Workshop in Digital Design and Fabrication Strategies in Architecture
Facilitators: SAIA (AZA2015) , Daniel van der Merwe (Gifa)
Tutors: Steffen Lemmerzahl, Enrico Daffonchio
Partners: SAIA (AZA2015) , PPC Ltd, Gifa
‘Parametric Design Master Class’ is an intensive, two and a half day masterclass organised through a collaboration of the University of Johannesburg, with SAIA and GIfA. The programme will include lectures, tutorials and a design orientated master class which is aimed at the design and construction of innovative pavilion prototypes. The workshop aims to introduce participants to the most current digital design and fabrication technologies, as well as to discuss the potentials of their implementation.
Starting with software tutorials and exercises in digital design, the programme will introduce participants to methods for creating fabrication-based, open-ended design systems that can incorporate programmatic and site-specific criteria. The participants will learn to set up parametric 3D-models and how they can be optimized using solvers. The focus of this workshop lies on functional prototypes, leading to the iterative development of calibrated and realistic digital design models.
Participation within the workshop will be through teams of two. A number of public presentations will serve as a platform to discuss the work with local specialists, projecting the potentials of the design projects for future applications.