The workshop Digital Design and Production in Architecture, organized by INDEXLAB – Politecnico di Milano, has the objective to offer a new vision on architecture and its manufacturing methodologies.
As 20th Century’s architecture focused on mass production and serial repetition of its components, today’s one will be strongly characterized by varied and unique elements, industrially produced through advanced CNC fabrication machines. At the same time, the rise of novel programming platforms for design makes it possible to generate processes and algorithms that allow the control of form and technological aspects from the first conceptual stages of the design till the construction phase. This makes possible to integrate aesthetics and functionality, structural resistance and energy performance within one coherent design process.
In the process of defining such “design to production” workflow, both fabrication and material limits and potentials play a key role in generating competitive logical construction systems. Robots and CNC machinery contribute to the redefinition of design methodologies and construction processes, transferring most of the manufacturing from the building site to industrial production, where advanced components, integrating structure and envelope, can be designed and fabricated into complex solutions with high aesthetic and functional value.
The workshop aims at bringing together visionary companies, advanced designers and innovation-oriented students to envision new synergies between academic research, architectural practice, and industrial production.
From Monday, July 1st to Saturday, July 13th, 2019
Digital Design and Production in Architecture
The course will focus on digital and robotic fabrication methodologies, with the final aim of designing and fabricating full-scale mock-ups and installations, integrating innovative materials and efficient “design to production” parametric routines.
The two-week long program is formulated in six complementary modules:
- 1-2 July, MODULE A: Robotic hotwire cutting + thermoforming
- 3-4 July, MODULE B: Robotic 3D printing + casting
- 5-6 July, MODULE C: Robotic wood cutting and assembly
- 8-9 July, MODULE D: Robotic pick-and-place
- 10-11 July, MODULE E: Dynamic responsive systems
- 12-13 July, MODULE F: New methods for designing complex buildings
Each module is an independent self-contained package. In this way, the workshop offers the possibility for participants to select their attendance for specific modules. Together – the presented modules – aim at providing the participants with relevant skills to design complex geometries – through algorithmic modeling – and define innovative digital production methods for architecture and the construction industry.
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Politecnico di Milano houses cutting-edge technology for the fabrication of physical prototypes, including CNC milling, water-jet, laser cutting, 3D printing facilities and industrial robots. At Indexlab we offer tools to perform complex manipulations and innovative manufacturing processes on natural materials, metals, polymers, cement-based materials, composites.