Digital Fabrication

Zero-Waste, Flat Packed, Tri-chord Truss: Continued Investigations of Structural Expression in Parametric Design

The direct and rapid connections between scripting, modeling and prototyping allow for investigations of computation in fabrication. The manipulation of planar materials with two- dimensional CNC cuts can easily create complex and varied forms, volumes, and surfaces. However, the bulk of research on folding using CNC fabrication tools is focused upon surfaces, self-supporting walls and shell structures, which do not integrate well into more conventional building construction models.

“Quilting” – Material Ecology Through Responsive Design Processes - Chris Beorkrem

By designing the geometry of a form through its material constraints, we can minimize the amount of customized components while maximizing form-making possibilities and ease of construction. This paper will outline our research demonstrating how architects might expand these systemic processes to larger objects and systems using a combination of relatively simple geometric definitions along with parametric modeling software to map fixed-sized objects across complex surfaces.

Collective Intelligence as Responsive Design- Jeffrey Scott, Christopher Beorkrem

Parametric design environments (Building Information Modeling) are transforming architects into agents of their own systems, at the expense of systemic logics too complex for us to control. This agency is often defined by a system devoid of adaptive or responsive tools. The work in this paper proposes a hypothetical response to this condition by designing ‘glue’ for components of software to integrate new forms of information for a user.