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
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.
BLOCKS 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
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!
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
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.
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 ComponentsWorkshop 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.
The competition invited architects, students, artists, builders and allied design professionals to submit their design proposals for the third annual Sukkahville Design Competition. The participants were called to re-imagine the traditional Sukkah, a temporary structure, constructed for the holiday of Sukkot. The event was organised by Kehilla foundation, a non-profit organization funding affordable housing and was aiming to raise awareness on the issue of homeless people.
The competition brief was used as part of the, 2nd year Advanced Computer Aided Design, Course (ARCH-262) of the Architecture Department [ARC] of the University of Nicosia during Spring Semester 2013. All students were encouraged to submit their projects developed during the course for the competition. ‘God’s Eye’, a proposal by Christina Galanou and Chrystalla Koufopavlou, was among the six shortlisted entries invited to be constructed at Mel Lastman Square, in Toronto, Canada from September 22nd to September 24th 2013.
‘God’s Eye’ initial design concept expanded on the requirement for a sky opening, an integral element of the traditional Sukkah. A pair of interweaved doubly curved surfaces, form a central enclosure (focal point) which corresponds to a small roof opening, emphasizing the spiritual significance of the structure. The twisting configuration of the project results in two entrances/exits enabling the visitor to progressively experience a protected space which celebrates the connection between the Earth and the Skies. Despite its scale, the structure manages to combine the elements of surprise and interaction thus further enhancing the overall experience of the user. The choice for a woven cladding highlights the idea of shelter, family and bonding whereas the proposed materials (recycled corrugated cardboard and recyclable PVC pipes) underline the ideas of affordability, ephemerality and fragility.
Following the decision to participate in the second phase of the competition, an advising and support team of professional architects and engineers, hosted at HUB Design+Engineering Platform, was brought together to help the students develop and realize the winning proposal. In parallel, a fund-raising process was initiated to offset construction and transportation costs of the group.
The team began re-engaging the project in early August 2013, researching, developing and testing the initial concept while planning the journey ahead. ‘God’s Eye’ was subsequently split into two inter-depended systems – The Structure (Primary and Secondary) and the Skin (Weaved Cladding). Both systems were continually developed through experimentation, digital simulation and Full Scale Mock-Ups. Two such mock-ups were built and tested in Cyprus prior constructing the project in Canada.
A major consideration which imposed numerous constraints and drove many design decisions was the realization of the Sukkah 9000 km away from the base of its Designers. The materials and construction methods were consequently chosen and developed to reflect Middle Eastern Culture as well as to tackle unpredictability, transportation and to allow high tolerances.
The structure was developed using locally produced PVC electrical conduit pipes, bent-in-shape and assembled together using custom-made metal and polycarbonate joints fabricated at the [ARC] F-LAB. The structure was designed to be hand-carried by the team to Canada in three lightweight and easily transportable bags. Specialized software was developed to calculate pipe bending behaviour, packing and work out pipe lengths in order to minimize waste and optimize luggage sizes.
The skin was made out of one-sided corrugated cardboard strips cut into various widths adapting to the curvature of the doubly curved surface. The strips were weaved onto the secondary structure and worked both as a diaphragm and cladding. The choice of cardboard rolls enabled continued weaving, increased workability and decreased weaving time. Specialized software was developed to calculate each strip’s length and width which minimized waste and optimizing construction times.
All six shortlisted proposals were successfully realized in Toronto, Canada from September 22nd to September 24th 2013. All projects were of very high standards and the event attracted local and international media attention. ‘God’s Eye’ drew hundreds of visitors and received exceptional comments from the public and the competition jury which awarded the team with the 1st Prize of Sukkahville 2013 International Design Competition.
The advancement and proliferation of Digital Design tools and Fabrication methods calls for re-evaluation of current design and building processes. Within the above context, the AUTO-Mason design competition has been initiated to explore the potential of CAD-CAM applications in the construction sector and promote collaboration between academia and industry on the island of Cyprus. AUTO-Mason-13 has focused on industrial 7-axis CNC machines, specialized in stone and marble carving. Industrial Robotic Arms have been a fascinating challenge for designers that have been recently establishing new ways of communication with these relatively old but generic machines. As an increased number of such robots escape the automotive and aerospace industry into the building construction sector, designers are called to push the boundaries and explore the possibilities of what looks like an industry changing technology.
In the light of the above, Pavlides Marbles in collaboration with the Architecture Department of the University of Nicosia [ARC] and HUB Design+Engineering Platform, invited architecture, interior design students and young architects to submit their design proposals for the first AUTO-Mason Design Competition. Contestants were called to design a linear assembly of 41 Stone Panels which will form the main boundary wall of Pavlides Industrial estate in Dali, Nicosia.
The winning proposal, by Sam Welham, Matthew Gilbert and Era Savvides, has successfully fulfilled most of the competition aims and satisfied all technical and technological requirements of AUTO-Mason13 brief. The team has managed to achieve a fresh and aesthetically unique result, which demonstrated inherent digital fabrication logic. The propagating rippled surface of the project created a visually interesting outcome which was further celebrated by the choice of simple curving tools. The project admirably reflects rocky costal landscapes and natural geological formations often encountered in the eastern Mediterranean region. As a result, the jury consented, that the proposal formulated an iconic solution, well suited to Pavlides Marbles Estate.
The winning project will be fabricated using Pavlides’s Marbles 7-axis CNC machine and when assembled it is expected to be the largest digitally fabricated assembly on the island of Cyprus. The first of the panels will be fabricated and showcased at the upcoming IDEAL HOME exhibition which will be held at Nicosia International Exhibition Centre from the 8th to the 10th of November 2013.