On October 16th 2018 structural engineer Prof. Jun Sato from the Technical University of Tokyo will give a lecture about “Kigumi” in the course of the “Building Construction – Making of” lecture series followed by a workshop from October 17th-19th, hosted by Jun Sato himself in colaboration with the conceptual joining team for students from the disciplines Industrial Design 1, Architecture and DAE.
On Friday March 23rd 2018 we visited Sandra Tuider in her family owned forest in Thernberg (NÖ) to “harvest” some branches for our first real data-set for our project “branch formations”. This time we took some hornbeam, one of the toughest growing hardwoods in Lower Austria, “only suitable for making wood chips and being burnt”….SO FAR.
In a series of studies we create a digitized catalogue of naturally grown branch nodes that are used as components
for the design of spatial frameworks. The emerging configurations utilize the tectonics of fiber patterns as a generative
parameter for constructs with continuous grain.
The resulting formations are tested with regard to ideal structural performance and potential function and then adjusted
accordingly in a feedback system. Continue reading
This project attempts to explore methods of mechanically joining laminar wood to form structural shells without adhesives.
A first set of studies looks at weaving techniques with short/small elements utilising techniques of steam – and
active bending in combination. Continue reading
Examines the possibilities for adapting parametric joining techniques and cnc tools to process hard wood. The aim
is to develop structures of maximum filigree quality but also to address the growing relevance of deciduous trees to
European arboriculture due to their stronger resilience to climate change. Continue reading