From 23/02/2015 to 06/03/2015 in Politecnico di Milano will take place MIAW 2015. The two-week long school brings together over 11 mentors coming from all over the world and 220 students from all study courses and different levels (BA and MSc).
ACTLAB used the opportunity to invite Achim Menges, a professor at the University of Stuttgart and the founding director of the Institute for Computational Design (ICD). Prof. Menges practice and research focuses on the development of integral design processes at the intersection of morphogenetic design computation, biomimetic engineering and computer aided manufacturing that enables a highly articulated, performative built environment. During MIAW 2015 he will hold the workshop on Granular Space and will present a lecture on the Physical and Numerical Computation of Spatial Structures with Designed Aggregates.
The program of the workshop follows:
GRANULAR SPACE/MIAW 2015
The MIAW 2015 Workshop will research Granular Space. Vertical cylinders - solid or hollow columns - will be the starting point for these spatial explorations. Cylinders being compression-structures only are the most basic and reliable structural types to be realized with designed aggregates. They thus allow for fast and vast exploration of possible morphological variations on local and global scales.
The workshop is split in two parts each culminating in a review. During Part 1 three teams will work to rapidly explore morphological variations of the cylinder and their effects, such as variants in height, thickness or aggregate combinations. Results from all groups are to be combined into three proposals for a final prototype.
Part 2 of the workshop will focus on the realization of one selected prototype by the entire group that is to be presented and exhibited at the Final Review on March 6.
A one-day workshop on numerical modelling of aggregates in cooperation with ITASCA Consulting, Inc. will give first-hand insights into modelling granular structures with the Distinct-Element Method.
Achim Menges & Karola Dierichs
ITASCA Consulting, Inc.
ICD, University of Stuttgart