FabFest London 2017 – 1st Prize Unic [ARC]

GET HIGH WITHOUT DRUGS

FABFEST London (http://fabfest.london/)

The International Fabrication Festival is a week-long celebration of design and making, featuring over 50 pavilions built by architecture teams from industry and academia across the UK and around the world. Teams had three months to develop, test and fabricate their designs, before assembling and installing their pavilion in Ambika P3, Westminster’s Central London exhibition venue.

The University of Nicosia was represented by a team of 6 fourth-year students, one volunteer and their mentors from [ARC] Department of Architecture. The team received the First Prize in the Fabrication Category with the winning proposal titled ‘GET HIGH WITHOUT DRUGS’. The concept of the Pavillion revolved around the question of How can design help escape everydayness while raising awareness on a pressing social issue?

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The vaulted pavilion was geometrically based on a Zome; a structure emerging from the combination of a dome and zonohedron. The initial Zome was adapted and evolved by combining its triangular faces into hexagonal surfaces towards producing the desired outcome. The 72 hexagonal surfaces were further developed into load-bearing modules that could be digitally fabricated out of flat sheets and then folded in place. The modules were fabricated using corrugated cardboard and were coated with a shiny reflective film on their interior side. Once produced, all parts were assembled in a puzzle-like routine to form the pavilion.  During the process, the team had to comply and account for a number of design and fabrication parameters such as components weight, components size, assembly methodology and assembly time.

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On exhibition, the parametric installation challenged the visitors’ perception, calling them to explore the qualities of an interior space reflecting the activities of the surroundings. The component-based kaleidoscopic structure triggered the sense of disorientation and produced visual illusions through self-reflections and twisted snapshots of the exterior. Visitors engaged the installation and shared colourful experiences through distorted shapes and forms. The ever-changing exterior and interior ensured unique and unrepeatable scenery for the sightseer.

Unic [ARC] Design Team:
Nicos Agapiou, Anna Athanasiou, Valentinos Charalambides, Christina Christoforou, Konstantinos Karagiannis, Dionisis Voniatis and Katerina Tzanoudaki (Volunteer)
Mentors: Michail Georgiou and Odysseas Georgiou

Pictures: GET HIGH WITHOUT DRUGS team

Patterned Landscapes

Cyprus has a long history of decorative patterns of noteworthy geometric complexity.  Starting from discovering such a 2D pattern, participants of ARCH-262, Advanced Computer Aided Design, [ARC] University of Nicosia, developed and proposed their own 3-dimesnional pattern and populated it to create a tessellated tile, using the knowledge acquired during the course. The tile was modeled in Rhinoceros 3D/panelling tools, set in Voxelizer, exported and fabricated using the desktop Z-morph 3D printers of [ARC] University of Nicosia.

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Course Participants:

Marcou Andreas, Kouzari Kleitos, Evangelidou Elena, Rousta Anna, Pissarides Alexandros, Theofanous Demetris, Ioannou Nicolas, Sergiou Irene, Arpalikli Nursan, Moiseenkova Natalia, Colomeiciuc Arcadie, Zampellakis Stergos, Ioannidou Tatiana, Soliati Agathi, Fotiou Andreas, Nicolaou Antonios, Lazarides Chariton, George Klados, Manos Doulianakis, Maria Doxastaki

Fabrication Lab Assistants:

Dionisis Voniatis, Panayiotis Trichinas

Technical Data:  

Tile Bounding Box Dimensions: 25mmx125mmx125mm

Extruder:  ZMorph 1.75mm extruder, Ver. 2.0 and 2.0.S

Settings: No support, Layer height: 0.2mm, Fan pre-set: fan ABS 35%, Infill ratio: 10% ,  Infill type: honeycomb, Bottom layer base: power raft ABS

Filaments: eSUN 3D Filament ABS White

Approximate Tile Print Time/Filament Length: 8h / 30m

Flex-Shell

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Title: ARCH-392 Catalyst I –Parametric Design and Digital Fabrication Workshop

Dates: 15th March – 18th March 2016, [ARC] University of Nicosia

Gridshells are efficient lightweight structures that are shaped to purely correspond to the forces of nature. Historic outcomes of such form-finding design processes are remarkable doubly curved shells, efficient and affordable to construct. Pioneer designers of grid shells, like Frei Otto and Shigeru Ban, used physical models of hanging nets as a means to conceptualize their forms. Today the availability of high-end digital design tools allows for precise simulation of the structural materiality and an exploration of a large range of different forms.

The proposed workshop was based on the expertise gained from precedents international competitions. Prototyping with both physical and virtual models guided the process, through real‐time visualization of forces in order to shape form-found designs and evaluate them against their structural efficiency. Participants experimented with the creation of digital models using Parametric Design tools (Grasshopper 3D and Kangaroo) implementing real‐time Physics engines in order to comprehend the notion of computer simulation of complex geometric problems. Physical experiments in the view of precedent grid shells were compared with computer generated ones and reproduced using digital fabrication methods. The successful design was taken further to construction, forming a continuous structure offering the participants the chance of experiencing a challenging assembly process and the logistics of realizing complex architectural forms. Such process involved a dialogue between digital fabrication techniques and physical testing. Light‐weight materials like PVC electrical conduit and plywood were used and materialized using the aforementioned digital fabrication methods.

By the end of the 4-day workshop, a full scale lightweight prototype with a footprint 11m x 5m was successfully erected in less than 6 hours by the 9 participants and the 2 faculty members without the assistance of any mechanical means or methods.

Tutors: Michail Georgiou, Odysseas Georgiou

Teaching and Fabrication Assistants: Alexis Postekkis, Rezan Hajramezan, Theodoros Zarkas

Participants: Rafael Abboud, Shahad Ali, Christina Christoforou, Panagiotis Hadjioannou, Konstantinos Karagiannis, Diana Kochegarova, Panagiotis-Rovertos Kontonis and Rasha Zeneddin

Documentation: Charis Solomou, Odysseas Georgiou and Michail Georgiou

Sponsoring and Support: Elysee Irrigation LTD and Spanias Hardware LTD

Three-D

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“Three D” aimed to further promote the technique of 3D printing to the Cyprus public. It was officially part of the “Fab 11 Conference and Symposium, Boston” (Distributed Events) and was hosted by the Lemesos International Documentary Festival. It included a special screening of the documentary “Print the Legend” as well as in situ operation of 3D printers, from local resellers and 3D printing workshops, which fabricated shot glasses to go with the festival mood!

Organizers:

HUB Design Platform (www.hub.com.cy)

Sponsor:

Department of Fine Arts, School of Fine and Applied Arts, Cyprus University of Technology (www.cut.ac.cy)

Supporters:

[ARC] Department of Architecture, University of Nicosia (www.arc.unic.ac.cy)

Tellalis www.tellalis.com

Download the shot cups created for the Event for FREE:

WARNING: Do NOT use ANY plastic for food handling/storage unless you have a material certification from the vendor/supplier!

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AA VS Innsbruck – Robotic Freeform Manipulation

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AA VS Innsbruck marks the beginning of a research initiative around robotic prototyping methodologies that would allow rapid and cost-efficient fabrication of non-regular geometrical topologies. Driving from observations of natural environment and the Tyrolean extreme winter conditions that formulate ephemeral geometrical figures of snow or ice, the aim is to research on ways to reproduce them, in an accelerated yet non-liquid process.

More information: http://aaschool.ac.uk/study/visiting/innsbruck

BLOCKS

BlocksBLOCKS is a transdisciplinary endeavour investigating the aesthetic conditions that arise from the intersection of digital mediation and artistic discourse. The exhibition brings together selected cypriot and international artists of divergent artistic domains, to present a collection of brand new works that will explore the “geography” of robotic fabrication technologies and contemporary art.

As alluded to by the title, the material that ties together these commissioned works is the enduring weight of solid marble. Through robotics, material variation and manipulation of sculptural forms, the questions addressed by the exhibition extend far beyond the digital, critically reflecting on the emergence of new methodologies and transdisciplinary approaches.

Duration: 9.12.2014 – 16.12.2014
Opening: Tuesday 9 December 2014 at 20:00
Famagusta Gate

Participating Artists: ARCH-T, Emiddio Vasquez, Mat Chivers, Natalie Yiaxi, Phanos Kyriacou, Raissa Angeli, seamlexity @ HUB

Curated by Era Savvides

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 10.00 – 13.00, 16.00 – 20.00 / Saturday – Sunday: 10.00 – 20.00
Tel.: +357 22878910

 

www.pavlides-marble.com

X-mas Design Challenge Competition

Christmas Design ChallengeThe Challenge:

Empowering professionals and students to create innovative products and build their ideas the competition challenges you to create Christmas Tree Ornaments using a 3d printer or a laser cutter. Send your best creations stating the category in wish you are participating, and explain why they are Great Original Christmas Decorations. Entries should be inspiring and realistically achievable. It is time to change the balance in the making market and start using alternative manufacturing. The future is nearer than ever. For more Information and to download the application documents click here!

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: 10th of December 2014 12:00 p.m.

Results Announced: 12th of December 2014.

Exhibition: 27th and 28th December 2014, Bank of Cyprus, Pop Up Nicosia 2014

Organized by:

Tellalis.com

Sponsored by:

HUB Design+ Engineering PlatformZ-Morph, Studio + Lab

Supported by :

University of Nicosia, University of Frederick, Cyprus University of Technology – CUT, Nicosia Municipality, Centre of the arts.

Competition Outcome:

3D_PrintsWinning EntriesDownload the Winning Entries for FREE :

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University of Nicosia, Department of Architecture [ARC] Team among the Winning Designs of Sukkahville 2014 International Design Competition

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The 4th annual Sukkahville Design Competition, aiming to raise public awareness on affordable housing, invited architects, students, artists, builders and allied design professionals to submit their design proposals for a temporary, freestanding Sukkah for the holiday of Sukkot. Eight winning designs were chosen by a select high profile jury to be constructed in Nathan Philips Square in Toronto, Canada from October 14th to October 15th 2014.

The winning entry is titled ‘Halo Sukkah’ emerges from the transformation of a simple geometrical shape; the circle. Bending and twisting a circle into three circular rings, arranged in continuous loops, forms the complex, yet characteristic structure of the Halo Sukkah. This infinitely flowing arrangement of composing elements aims in highlighting the ideas of unity, bonding and eternity.

The structure formulates a single conically shaped space emphasizing a central roof opening. This Sky Aperture is encircled by hanging vines that allow view to the exterior while filtering the penetrating sun light. Low comfortable, hammock-like, seating is arranged along the perimeter of the interior enabling moments of tranquility and relaxation by naturally directing the sight of the occupants to the sky.

The materials of the Halo Sukkah are chosen to reflect affordability, ephemerality and fragility, core elements of the design concept. Coupled by the fact that the project is aimed to be realized 9000 km away from the base of the design team, the requirements for lightness, transportability and construction efficiency were introduced and incorporated in the design. As such, inexpensive recyclable materials became the designers’ palette, while posing challenging computational tasks and processes.

Team members:

Design: Andrew Nicolas (Student Unic [ARC]), Alice Vuap (Student Unic [ARC])

Development and Support: Michalis Georgiou (Lecturer Unic [ARC], Architect @ HUB), Odysseas Georgiou (Teaching Staff Unic [ARC], Structural Engineer @ HUB), Theresa Kwok (Architect @ HUB).

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AA Visiting School + CAA Summer Workshop 2014 | Jul 21st to Aug 1st – Architeture Research Center [ARC] – University of Nicosia – Cyprus

The Architectural Association Cyprus Visiting School for 2014 joins brief, participants and structure with the annual Summer Workshop sponsored by the Cyprus Architects Association and hosted/organized by the University of Nicosia – Department of Architecture [ARC]. The target for 2014 is to assemble a diverse and dynamic group of students and young practitioners, both from Cyprus and abroad for a 2 week fabrication period aiming to construct floating components addressing issues of refugee relief in relation to the U.N. operations corps in Cyprus. FARRCo – Floating Assembled Refugee Relief ComponentsAA+CAA Summer Workshop 2014Workshop Schedule

The workshop is organized in an overall time-span of 3 weeks, in a ‘Design & Make’ structure, split between a ‘Design week’ in April and ‘two weeks of Making’ in July 2014. This will allow students participating in the July assembly weeks to also be part of the design preparatory phase, while this division provides also a safe two month period in-between for resolving all fabrication and administration issues until the ‘Make’ phase in July.

April 22nd-25th 2014. DESIGN | University of Nicosia, Department of Architecture [ARC] The aim of the design week is to explore and test various materials proposed to be used during the July fabrication phase. Students from Cypriot institutions and young architects are invited to submit and develop ideas, closely associated with a material of choice, in order to respond to the brief. The outcome of this phase will be a mockup model of the proposed design to be fabricated in July.

July 21st-25th 2014. MAKE – Part A | University of Nicosia, Department of Architecture [ARC] The first week of the July phase (MAKE) will take place at the University of Nicosia, Department of Architecture [ARC]. Students from Cyprus and abroad will be introduced to the brief and the design work so far. There will be software tutorials (Rhino and Grasshopper) offered in order for the design and fabrication process undertaken to be understood by all participants. On Friday the 25th all participants will depart from Nicosia to Kato Pyrgos Gymnasium.

July 26th-1st August 2014. MAKE – Part B | Kato Pyrgos. For this week, the workshop will be hosted in Kato Pyrgos Gymnasium, where the participants will focus exclusively on assembly and construction. The last day, Friday 1st of August, there will be an open-theatre presentation of the final constructions and real-time testing in the picturesque little harbor of Kato Pyrgo’s.

For More Information visit: http://cyprus.aaschool.ac.uk/