Code for Production - Ornament/WF/G&D2

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Digital technologies expand the possibilities of handcraft production techniques and change the perspective on traditional design methods. This elective course introduces the basics of parametric programming and understanding of the fabrication process as part of the design task.

Within the seminar we will focus on the design task - ornament - and explore in depth the topics of geometry, pattern, joining and materialization. Parametrically developed forms can become 3-dimensional structures through programmed arrangements. In the process, complex modules are created that can be converted into 2-dimensional objects using operators within the programming environment. These can be used as a basis for the creation of CNC-laser/cutter files.

The seminar is structured in such a way that the basics of the programming environment (Grasshopper) are taught using various predefined exercise bundles followed by the development of individual designs using the previously composed instructions. In groups of two, the design is then prepared as a CNC-laser/cutter file. The final production will take place in the ManuLab of the Faculty of Architecture.

The goal is to expand one's own "construction kit" of modular design principles and to produce 3-dimensional ornaments that would be impossible - or difficult - to realize without an algorithmic basis for calculation.

The seminar can be chosen as a supplement to the Free Project "Structure and Ornament".

Material contribution: not required. However, materials for CNC-production must be purchased individually.

Vesela Tabakova Christina Klug Prof. Thomas Schmitz