A4686-1 / Fall 2016

ASSEMBLING ALL SORTS

Parametric digital design tools and computer- aided manufacturing have enabled a non- uniform, curvilinear and mass-customized architecture. While this conceptual plasticity of the first digital turn has relieved architects of the monotony of the mass-produced detail, the apparent freedom of digitally fabricated architecture still remains bound to industrially produced, standardized components (blanks, bars, bricks and sheet stock) or isotropic plastics (3D printing, themoforming). Designs are generated in a digital world of infinite possibility, and are wastefully materialized into a world constrained by the 4x8 sheet.

The assimilation of digital information and material properties (made possible by algorithmic design and robotic fabrication) has the potential to increase resource efficiency, while enriching the tactile, visual and performative aspects of architecture through the controlled application of material variation. In practice, however, this “digital materiality” is often limited to components which are dimensionally uniform and selectively obtained—the uninformed brick3 or grain of sand4 already bear some resemblance to the pixel.

This seminar will focus on creating details and assembly techniques which derive their non uniformity, in part, from irregular, “found” building materials. We will develop strategies for digitizing such materials, and methods of programming which allow for these digitized properties to be incorporated into the design. The course will involve the creation of digital and physical study models, and the development of a prototypical robotic assembly technique using the school’s UR3 robot. Course size is limited, and previous exposure to Grasshopper and/or some programming (Java/Python, etc) will be helpful for students.

Some past student documentation can be found on the course sites:
- http://assemblingallsorts-fall16.tumblr.com/ - http://assembingallsorts-sp16.tumblr.com/

Location & Time
300 AVERY HALL
W 9 AM - 11 AM
Session & Points
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
Requirements
TECH ELECTIVE
Call Number
63398
Other Semesters & Sections
Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4686‑1 Spring 2017
Assembling All Sorts
Ryan Luke Johns Tech Elective - Fabrication
505 Avery Hall
W 7 PM - 9 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
92846
A4686‑1 Spring 2016
ASSEMBLING ALL SORTS
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Ryan Luke Johns TECH ELECTIVE- FABRICATION (1.5)
504 AVERY
TU 11 A M - 1 PM
SES B 3/7-4/22
1.5 Points
60837