Autonomous Timber Structures | Dylan Wood (US), Achim Menges (DE), ICD | Boisbuchet 2018
The workshop “Autonomous Timber Structures” introduced participants to the concept of material robotics and self-forming constructions. The goal was to explore new types of structures and skins that work elegantly and intelligently with the forces of nature by employing ‘smart’ materials in place of heavy energy intensive construction machinery and building equipment. Students designed, crafted, and choreographed the behavior of prototypes using stimulus driven shape-changing and accesible building materials such as wood.
The workshop ran in parallel to the construction of a first of its kind self-forming timber gridshell developed by the ICD with participants developing 1:1 prototypes for the responsive skin of the shell structure.
Achim Menges is a registered architect and professor at the University of Stuttgart where he is the founding director of the Institute for Computational Design. Currently he also is Visiting Professor in Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and Visiting Professor of the Emergent Technologies and Design Graduate Program at the Architectural Association, London. Achim Menges’ research and practice focuses on the development of integrative design processes at the intersection of morphogenetic design computation, biomimetic engineering and digital fabrication. His projects and design research has received numerous international awards, and has been published and exhibited worldwide. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou, Paris and the FRAC Centre, Orléans.
Dylan Wood, is a research associate and doctoral candidate at the Institute for Computation Design and Construction at the University of Stuttgart. At the ICD he leads the research in programmable materials and matter. His work focuses on developing intelligent design principles for smart shape-changing materials as a form of material robotics that can be applied in building systems, construction, and manufacturing. His current doctoral research is funded by the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation and the Getty Foundation’s GettyLab. He holds a ITECH, MSc. with distinction from the University of Stuttgart, and a B.Arch, magna cum laude from the University of Southern California School of Architecture. Professionally he has worked as a designer and computation and fabrication specialist at Barkow Leibinger Architects in Berlin and DOSU Studio Architects in Los Angeles, CA.
Film by Diego Delgado and Alex Harrison
Participants: Anna-Andrea Obe-Gervais, Mohamed Shehata, Salvatore Polverino, Selin Miskavi, Deniz Tokman, Peng Chun-Lin, Asha Kiran Singhal, Chang Yu-Ching, Yuchi Chang, Bogdan Dragos Munteanu, Iris Pufe, Angela Roetzer, Sebastián Arturo Drexel Kalife, Chang Yao-Chen
, Chen Kaiting.
Technical Team: Carlos Guisasola Suarez, Viktor Reiter, Maximiliam Weidacher
Tutors: Dylan Wood, Achim Menges, ICD
August 12th to 18th.