In spring 2009 Prof. Mark Burry won the prestigious Velux Visiting Professorship Award to work with CITA over a two year period. The aim for the Visiting Professorship was to explore how computation may lead to a new collaborative material practice in architecture. Were BIM often attempts to tie all partners of a building project onto a common digital platform the Dermoid project took point of departure in the creation of a plenitude of interlinked tools that could be developed in parallel by a team spread between Europe and Australia.
The project was based on visiting professor Mark Burry and CITAs joint expertise into advanced digital design technologies and digital fabrication. Working with and participating in the development of interfaces between design and fabrication has led to a common understanding that digital design practice is characterised by a nearness between design intent and material understanding.
The development process included a plenitude of diverse softwares - both packaged and open source ones. A chain of standard parametric and more customised software tools allowed finally for the integration of design and simulation techniques with material production.
The two year project was developed through a series of consecutive workshops of different duration with participants level ranging from 3rd year student to researcher .The knowledge generated through the research concluded in the Dermoid installation, a full scale demonstrator exhibited in the 1:1 Research by Design exhibition.

Principal Investigators
Mette Ramsgard Thomsen, Mark Burry, Martin Tamke, Phil Ayres, Anders Holden Deleuran (CITA)

Dermoid was unveiled in March 2011 as part of the “1:1 - Research by Design” exhibition at the School of Architecture.

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