Kinetic architecture workshop
Supervisor: Renee Puusepp
The objective of the workshop was to go through the process from parametric modelling to producing an actual physical object. Above all, geometry was under observation as a way of creating fold-up and kinetic structures and forms. Alongside the everyday tools that are used by architecture students like X-Acto knife, ruler and scissors, participants could wield a laser cutter.
Compared to traditional design methods, parametric design offers better control not only over spatial form but production. In other words, the new digital tools are much more interoperable with CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) and make for superior quality of the result. In quite a few senses, architects or designers proficient in the use of these tools can take on the role of producer, too.
The workshop held in January focused on the process whereby digital information becomes physical object and how the production restrictions on an object impact the creation of a digital form. Computer models and physical prototypes were worked with at the same time; after all, both media have their own advantages and clear limitations when it comes to executing ideas – one cannot use a computer to create a life-like environment, while manual work takes too much time and effort. A feel for these limitations is essential, because prototyping is relatively inexpensive compared to industrial production and use, where an object must tolerate handling and changing weather conditions.