Feb 29, 2016
The Innochain ESRs at ITKE in Stuttgart are collaborating with Achim Menges and Jan Knippers on the design and fabrication of the Elytra Filament Pavilion. The undulating and web-like structure of the canopy will be based on the...
Digital fabrication presumes prefabrication and off-site production. This has vast implications on the environment and building practice as a whole, as transportation increases energy consumption and carbon footprint and logistics necessitate a building logic based on elements effecting problems of tolerances and loosing structural and thermal advantages of monolithic structures while increasing costs and limiting the size of elements.
Industrial Partners: designtoproduction, Bluhmer Lehmann. One of the central achievements of digital chain is the ability to mass customise building elements creating individualised solutions and enabling new kinds of building geometries. While methods for the design and production of customised elements have matured, the planning of assembly procedures remains undeveloped in the building sector – in contrast to for example to product design .
Similar to ESR 11 this project investigates concrete printing as a new opportunity for building fabrication. The design possibilities and the attainable performance ranges radically change when we no longer are limited to pouring or extruding bulk materials, but have the ability to design precise and customised deposition patterns for robots to execute at high speed and high accuracy.
Current practices emphasise the stiffness of material to ensure structural performance. Building systems such as louvers or other adjustable shading systems and employ mechanical means to activate change.
Generally, applied digital fabrication technologies are subtractive causing material waste at fabrication level. New research explores additive processes in building realization creating more sustainable and materially smart solutions.