ESR02- INTEGRATING MATERIAL PERFORMANCE


ESR02- INTEGRATING MATERIAL PERFORMANCE
ESR: Tom Svilans
ESR NUMBER: ESR2
INDUSTRIAL PARTNERS: Blumer Lehmann + White
INSTITUTE: CITA

 

 

Description:

The ability to simulate material performance, parametrising and calculating material properties as design drivers present new perspectives in structural and material thinking. By understanding materials not as static or inanimate, but as engaged by complex behaviours, material performance is regarded as one of the richest sources of innovation. New structural paradigms are emerging that integrate material performance such as active bending. These rely on complex interfacing of design, engineering and fabrication knowledge. To unleash full potential that these systems present, we need interdisciplinary methods for design and analysis that communicate accurate and scalable information with intuitive design environments. Building on prior work , the project will focus on timber as a sustainable and renewable material resource, identifying new structural morphologies that make use of timbers natural material strengths and the established fabrication processes.

Tom Svilans

Tom Svilans

cita / ESR02 – INTEGRATING MATERIAL PERFORMANCE

Tom Svilans is an Innochain PhD fellow at the Centre for Information Technology and Architecture in Copenhagen. His research focuses on activating the anisotropic properties of glue-laminated timber and developing a non-linear interface between practice, fabrication, and simulation in the context of design and material performance. Before joining CITA, Tom was a teaching fellow at… read more

Posts

Innochain colloquium – Integrating material performance

Author: Tom Svilans

ESR2- INTEGRATING MATERIAL PERFORMANCE AUTHOR: Tom Svilans March 22, 2017. A couple of photos and a short video from the Design Probes colloquium exhibition earlier this month in Vienna. How can the integration of material performance and digital sensing lead to new models and modes of working between early-stage design and industrial fabrication, in the context of... read more

Keywords: · cita · digital fabrication · exhibition · glue · industry · INTEGRATING MATERIAL PERFORMANCE · lamination · timber · wood

Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2017 folly competition

Author: Tom Svilans

ESR2- INTEGRATING MATERIAL PERFORMANCE AUTHOR: Tom Svilans February 28, 2017. Paul Poinet (ESR06) and I recently collaborated on a competition proposal for the Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2017 folly competition. After a qualifying round and long discussions with the organizers and jury, we placed second in the end. As a test of some of the research and tools... read more

Keywords: · cita · fabrication · INTEGRATING MATERIAL PERFORMANCE · lamination · timber

Blumer-Lehmann visit – Feb. 13-18

Author: Tom Svilans

ESR2- INTEGRATING MATERIAL PERFORMANCE AUTHOR: Tom Svilans February 23, 2017. As part of my secondment at Blumer-Lehmann, I went down to visit Kai and the TW-Mill team and production facility, nestled in the Swiss countryside in Gossau, St. Gallen. This week was devised as a ‘problem formulation’ phase, where we looked at the tools, interfaces, and knowledge... read more

Keywords: · cita · fabrication · INTEGRATING MATERIAL PERFORMANCE · lamination · timber

Molds and prototypes

Author: Tom Svilans

ESR2- INTEGRATING MATERIAL PERFORMANCE AUTHOR: Tom Svilans February 8, 2017. Quick update to show some photos of molds and the laminating process. Progress is much slower than planned and we experienced some setbacks – technical and scheduling – but things are moving and slowly improving. What is notable is the magnitude of forces present in the cold-forming... read more

Keywords: · cita · fabrication · INTEGRATING MATERIAL PERFORMANCE · lamination · timber

Data management and a workpiece model

Author: Tom Svilans

ESR2- INTEGRATING MATERIAL PERFORMANCE AUTHOR: Tom Svilans January 8, 2017. I have been meaning to post about this for quite a while but haven’t gotten around to it. What follows is a little update about the computational side of things and what sort of strategies have been employed to manage the various levels of data between design,... read more

Keywords: · cita · fabrication · INTEGRATING MATERIAL PERFORMANCE · lamination · timber

CITAstudio Glulam Workshop: September 5-16

Author: Tom Svilans

ESR2- INTEGRATING MATERIAL PERFORMANCE AUTHOR: Tom Svilans September 27, 2016. A couple of weeks ago I ran a design/build workshop for the CITAstudio Masters students here at KADK in Copenhagen. The workshop had two aims: to explore the design and fabrication of five speculative glulam blank types, and to move through the design-to-production chain from schematic design... read more

Keywords: · cita · CITAstudio · fabrication · INTEGRATING MATERIAL PERFORMANCE · KADK · lamination · material performance · robotics · timber

Experiments 01

Author: Tom Svilans

ESR2- INTEGRATING MATERIAL PERFORMANCE AUTHOR: Tom Svilans September 22, 2016. Some visual tests, follies, and development snapshots from the last couple of months. The software tools are accumulating as a pair of libraries – one in .NET, the other in C++/CLR – and some small peripheral utility apps as a way to keep all changes in one... read more

Keywords: · analysis · cita · fabrication · lamination · simulation · timber

KADK Glulam workshop – April 19-22

Author: Tom Svilans

ESR2- INTEGRATING MATERIAL PERFORMANCE ESR: Tom Svilans Photos from last week’s workshop about digital design, rationalization, and fabrication in the context of free-form glulams at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation in Copenhagen, with 2nd-year IBT students. read more

Keywords: · analysis · bending · fabrication · formwork · glue · glulam · rationalization · Rhino · workshop

Previous work

Author: Tom Svilans

Excerpts of previous work done at the Bartlett Manufacturing and Design Exchance, the Bartlett School of Architecture, and ScanLAB Projects, as well as personal work. read more

Keywords: · Bartlett · Bmade · fabrication · lamination · making · robotics · ScanLAB · scanning · timber · UCL · VR · wood

Tom Svilans

Author: Innochain

Tom Svilans is an Innochain PhD fellow at the Centre for Information Technology and Architecture in Copenhagen. read more

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