Karamba was recently taught and utilized by Christian Heidenreich, Alexander Stahr and participants at the Bauhaus Summer School Workshop ‘Force Based Design’.
This two-week interdisciplinary course aimed to lay the foundations of a „force based design“ through theoretical input lectures and presentations. Varying examples showed that the efficiency of structures depends largely on the flow of forces within the structure. Possible optimization strategies were discussed in the light of material saving and their impact on architectural form.
This course introduced the participants to the use of digital analysis and optimization tools. They learned to deal with three-dimensional parametric software (Rhinoceros 3D, Grashopper, Sofistik, Karamba, GeometryGym, Kangaroo). Finally, the knowledge acquired was applied and developed in designing a wide-spanning roof structure or a slender tower.
Below are some of the results of parcipants of the workshop. See the Force Based Design blog for more information about the workshop.
Katharina Esters: ‘Optimizing Roof Structure’ observed what happens with the inner forces by bending a flat surface more and more
Nathan Ashton: “Courtyard Roof” consists of a of truss beam for use to cover the 10x20m courtyard
Students: Nathan Ashton, Alexandra Carmona, Ahmed Diaa, Jeg Dudley, Katharina Esters, Jaume Figuls, Meryem Kübra Uluc, Yulia Lozitskaya, Amr Mamdouh, RezaNajafi Sayyar, Alexandr Smirnov, SeyumeWeldeyesuse, Aknaw Yohannes, Ana Zatezalo
Instructors: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander Stahr (HTWK Leipzig), Dipl.-Ing. Christian Heidenreich, B.Sc. Martin Dembski (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar), Dipl. Eng. Arch. Simon Vogt (Transform Engineers) & Dipl. Bauingenieur FH Nico-Ros-Zeile (ZPF Ingenieure), M.Sc. Alexander Hollberg (Research Group Green Efficient Buildings, Bauhaus Universität Weimar
Location: Bauhaus-Universitat Weimar
Status: Student Workshop
Year: August 2013