In the 2015 Studio of Alberto Pugnale & Louis Gadd at the University of Melbourne, karamba was implemented as a tool to analyse, develop and optimise the geometry of specific projects.
The impact of the “digital” is growing exponentially in architecture, as demonstrated by Greg Lynn’s “BLOBs” and by the NOX “free-forms”. The adjective “free” here indicates the freedom to create architectural form, irrespective of any compositional, structural or construction principle, and has been taken to an extreme in the purely virtual “trans-architecture” of Marcos Novak.
In this framework, form-resistant structures such as shells and gridshells are placed in a strategic position. On the one hand, they belong to a form-resistant structural typology – iconic projects by Frei Otto and Jörg Schlaich have always been the result of a creative-generative process that indissolubly welds structure and form. On the other hand, free-forms and BLOBs are forcing the limits of this classical approach, bringing new energy to this research area – the MyZeil shopping centre in Frankfurt and the Centre Pompidou in Metz are two recent examples of this trend.
This 5th edition of “How virtual becomes real” will continue the research into the applications of form-resistant structures, through working methods that seek to synthesise the virtual and the real by means of both physical form-finding and numerical/digital technologies.
Further information can be found on Studio website.
Ka Ching Zita Lee