The First Group Of ZHACODE

DigitalFUTURES Broadcast The first group of ZHA|CODE high-speed printing stacking structure

FabUnion 2019-04-29 01:32:08

The work camp is a collaborative design and construction exercise aimed at finding the synergy between computing masonry and 3D printed soft and hard materials. Participants will see a customized interactive design environment (IDE). IDE can ensure that the design geometry is feasible in terms of structure and materials, and is constructed by three-dimensional printing of pressure-driven materials.

The workshop is a collaborative design-build exercise which seeks synergies between computational masonry and 3D printing with soft-rigid materials. Participants will be presented with an bespoke Interactive Design Environment (IDE). The IDE enables the synthesis of geometries that are structurally and materially feasible vis-a-vis 3d printing with compression-dominant materials.

1. Introduction of tutor

Patrik Schumacher

  • A collaborator of Zaha Hadid Architects, the new head , has been leading the firm’s design and construction work for more than 100 projects in the world since Hadid’s death in April 2016. Famous architect, architectural theorist, pioneer of parametricist architecture
  • Founding mentor of the Design Research Laboratory (DRL) of the British Institute of Architecture.
  • He studied philosophy and architecture in Bonn, London and Stuttgart, and received a degree in architecture in 1990, and a doctorate in 1999 from the School of Cultural Sciences at the University of Klagenfurt.

Shajay Bhooshan

  • Co-founder of CODE (the computational research department of Zaha Hadid Architects). 
  • Shajay has extensive experience in programming, mathematics-especially geometry and optimization methods, and computer-controlled industrial machines (including industrial robots).

The first group of digitalFUTURE is led by the star lineup. Patrik Schumacher and Shajay Bhooshan and two core members of ZHA CODE Federico Borello, Taole Chen brought you an unforgettable journey of “human-machine symbiosis” in the digital future.


Background introduction

After the opening ceremony on the morning of 6.30, the teacher and the team members exchanged and studied the background knowledge related to the topic. Shajay Bhooshan gave a lecture on the design significance and opportunities brought by the introduction of automated robot 3D printing. Based on its design practice at Zaha and research projects of AA and ETH, the lectures made a comprehensive series of design paths, tools and methods used in this design camp, which improved the participants’ involvement in parameterization as a design An understanding of the production system. Subsequently, the students were divided into five groups and came to the robot arm laboratory together to familiarize themselves with the operation of the equipment and make full preparations for the subsequent printing work.


Software & equipment tutorial

On the morning of 7.1, Federico Borello and Taole Chen’s teaching focused on the principles and methods of tool programming, explained the production and principles of software toolkits that control morphogenesis and robot motion, and guided the students to preliminary geometry Morphological exploration. With the help of Photoshop’s “layer” principle, by defining different fields on the top and ground planes and interfering with each other, different geometric shapes composed of layers are generated.


Design and print experiment

Design and printing experiments

After having a basic understanding and familiarity with the knowledge background and method tools, the students quickly invested in design and production, and produced a series of structural prototypes in the three days of 7.2-7.3. Based on different design directions, different groups used clay materials to explore the monomer and combination of structures:

The first group defined the cross-sectional system of the ring structure and adopted a “tree-shaped” growth structure in the vertical direction to form a mutually supported column structure system.

In the second group, the relationship between the column decoration and the mechanical properties was studied. First, the aesthetics of the column decoration was studied, and the possibility of a series of textures was explored, which was used as the basis for the optimization of structural performance.

The third group, based on the idea of ​​rapid production and production, started with “modularity” and explored how to quickly produce the basic element of the structure. By defining a hierarchical system with three circular areas twisting and interfering with each other, the construction of the entire workflow of material strength and time has been preliminarily completed.

The fourth group re-interpreted the classical three-stage column type, based on the order construction of the cross-shaped form of the column section, and the structure is divided into the base, the column body and the column head to study separately. The design of the core part of the column is composed of two parts “tree structure” that engages up and down, which achieves a balance between the force transmission structure and the shear stability of the two.

The fifth group starts with the research on the relationship between the cross-sectional forms of different structures and the geometric order, and uses the multiple superposition construction of geometric orders such as points, nurbs curves, Rhino Voronoi principle to define the field of the generated structure, and obtains a series of The complex cross-sectional shape, in turn, provides a variety of options for the next step to optimize the mechanical properties of the structure.

Although the results of each group are diverse, it can be seen that they are a process of balancing and optimizing different parameters such as machine tools, time, material usage, and structural strength from an aesthetic point of view, and selecting the best results. . As a collaborative design and construction exercise, the 21 students in the high-speed printing stack structure group will make a final sprint for the production of multiple interactive design environments ( IDEs ) in the remaining three days .

The final results of the group will be officially exhibited on July 7th, in the exhibition hall of Building C, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University.

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