Hygroscopic Aggregate Structure

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Dates: 14 – 20 August 2016
Tutor(s): Karola Dierichs + Achim Menges – Institute for Computational Design (ICD) Stuttgart
Type of workshop: Computational Design / Architecture
Prices: From € 858 to € 1156 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)

Our workshop introduces participants to the notion of designed matter and teaches digital construction techniques which are gentle and non-invasive to the surrounding environment. Participants get an overview of the theoretical foundations of designed matter proposing a transition from machinic processes of architectural production towards a material intelligence: the material in and of itself becomes the machine.

The Hygroscopic Aggregate Structure will be made of hygroscopic actuated particles and locally found wood branches. It will be constructed, modulated or scanned by robots. The structure will be the first full-scale realization of a granular material system that uses the innate capacity of wood to change form under changing humidity conditions.

Designers from all disciplines can participate as the workshop touches on a wide range of skills, interests and scales. It will be conducted in an explorative and hands-on manner. Prior knowledge in robotics and programming or scripting is not required.

The workshop draws from two main research fields currently conducted in the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) at the University of Stuttgart: aggregate architectures and hygroscopic materials. The field of aggregate architectures deals with the use of loose granular materials as an architectural construction system. The field of hygroscopic materials investigates how hygroscopic behavior in wood can be programmed for controlled geometric shape change in architectural elements.

Workshop Tutors
Karola Dierichs, Achim Menges
with Dylan Wood, Ondrej Kyjanek, Leyla Yunis
Scientific Development
Karola Dierichs, Dylan Wood
with David Correa, Matthias Helmreich
Robotic System Development
Ondrej Kyjanek with Martin Loucka
Project Coordination
Karola Dierichs with Leyla Yunis
Research Assistants
Miguel Aflalo, Martin Alvarez, Christian Arias, Pedro Giachini, Jasmin Sadegh, Alexander Wolkow
Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction
Domaine de Boisbuchet

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About Karola & Achim

ICD_KaroalDierichs_PortraitKarola Dierichs is an architect, researcher and tutor at the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) with Professor Achim Menges, University of Stuttgart.
She has been educated at the Technical University of Braunschweig, the ETH Zurich and the Architectural Association (AA) in London and has graduated from the Emergent Technologies and Design Program with Distinction in 2009. She has been teaching at the Architectural Association in London, the Städelschule Architecture Class in Frankfurt and the Institute for Computational Design in Stuttgart.
At the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) Karola Dierichs is leading the research field of aggregate architectures, where she is developing synthetic granular materials as designed matter in architecture. Among others her recent work has been recognized with the Holcim Acknowledgement Award Europe 2014.
ICD_AchimMenges_PortraitAchim Menges is a registered architect and professor at the University of Stuttgart, where he is the founding director of the Institute for Computational Design. He also is Visiting Professor in Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
He graduated with honours from the AA School of Architecture in London where he subsequently taught as Studio Master of the Emergent Technologies and Design Graduate Program, as visiting professor and as Unit Master of Diploma Unit 4.
Achim Menges practice and research focuses on the development of integral design processes at the intersection of morphogenetic design computation, biomimetic engineering and computer aided manufacturing. His projects and design research has received many international awards, has been published and exhibited worldwide, and form parts of several renowned museum collections, among others, the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris.