Computation Matters V1.0 

DesignMorphine, a creative hub for design has been conducting various workshops, lectures, projects and explorations in the field of architecture, design & the arts. One such workshop was held recently from 24 to 28 February 2016 named as Computation Matters at Bulgaria. The tutors for this workshop were Antoniya Stoitsova, Radul Shishkov and Georgy Kunchev.

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Computation is generally defined as any type of calculation that follows a well-defined model, in this case a design evolving  towards a complex geometry and digital fabrication with the help of digital tools. The aim of the workshop was to understand digital morphogenesis, inherent material properties and fabric execution through parametric geometric digital means as well as physical models and to develop architectural, interior and product design applications systems.

These designs were based on the chosen theme material polypropylene. Few projects of the workshops are as follows.

Starting with the ADAPTIVE METABOLIC SHELL, the design team focused on creating a screen for urban settlements which would filter then  form aggressive elements of the environment such as sandstorms and direct sunlight. With the aim to create a comfortable living within cities, the adaptive shell proposes to react as per the required condition.

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[Y] KNOT tests the elasticity and bending qualities of Polypropylene. The design displays the nature of material and its capability to morph into various forms, proving it is a non-linear complex material. The design team proposes to use it at a global scale as an air purification system. Looking at the present scenario of air quality, I would say wh[Y] Knot!

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During the workshop we had the brief – ‘Folding’. We aimed for static but complex form which we can inspect and by using its components to achieve more complex and hard to define mechanism.” – The team (DO NUTS)

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DO NUTS, as mouth-watering as it sounds, described the concept behind the name, which derives from the assembly of the components using steel bolts and nuts. With help of software like Rhino and Grasshopper, the team evolved a triangulated torus of polypropylene.

INFLAMED is another project which explored the potential of the theme material. They tested the model for adaptability to different surfaces. “Finally we reached quite dynamic and flexible geometry that consists of triangulated surface grid and groups of components that are adapted to it” adds the team.

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TRIGONODOMI focused their idea on making a shelter with different opening size. The openings were specific to be triangular in different sizes depending on the tension applied. It is one of those few concepts which encompasses the amalgamation of technology into our daily lives.

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Furthermore, the Computation Matters workshop had projects such as XGONE DYNAMIC, P-BEND, AGGREGATION, AUTOMATED TESSELATION and BAOBAB which also portrayed the dynamic nature of the material and the vivid imagination of the students at the workshop.

by : Sanjana Malhotra

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