parametric engineering

Figural Studies Workshop 2013

Master of Architecture students at the Knowlton School of Architecture participated in a one week Figural Structures Workshop using karamba3d. Over the course of the workshop, which ran from January 10-16, approximately one-half of the KSA’s second and third year MARCH class learned to use parametric geometric modeling, finite element calculations and optimization algorithms to develop intricate structural scenarios for figural building massings inspired by the KSA’s recent exhibition at the 2012 Venice Biennale. Prototypes resulting from the workshop were reviewed by KSA professors Jeff Kipnis and José Oubrerie and guest lecturer Klaus Bollinger.


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Students worked in teams; four teams of six to eight students each.  Each team was responsible for designing, analyzing and then building a large spatial structure inspired by the figural building masses developed for the KSA’s recent exhibition at the 2012 Venice Biennale. The structures were built from 150 sheets of flat 4’x8′ cardboard, with each sheet individually cut using the KSA Fab Lab’s robotic knife cutter into patterns that created large, structurally stable cells. The cells were fastened together to make large free-standing structures that appear to be teetering and toppling but are in fact very stable.

Text by Justin Diles.


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Students: Paul Adair, Jeff Anderson, Antoinette DelVillano, Megan Dixon
Ben Flaute, Morteza Karimi, Liz Schneider, John Yurchyk, Nunggu Ahn, Emily Bollier, Sarah Bonser, Melinda Emery, Josh Helin, John Myers, Brian Peterson, Melissa Poeppelman, Natalie Snyder, Michael Tomaso, Richard Martz, Shawna Foley, Jon Beech, Katy Viccellio, Antoinette Belson, Prince Brentuo-Acheampong, Alyson Klenke, Byeong Kwon, Tony Nguyen, Philip Szymanski, Michael Talmon, Justin Turley

Photographer: Phil Arnold (Knowlton School of Architecture)

Instructors: Justin Diles (Knowlton School of Architecture), Clemens Preisinger  (karamba3d)

Location: Knowlton School of Architecture, Ohio State University, USA

Status: Student Workshop

Year: January 2013