Previous Workshops’ Outcome

Triangulated Skin Installation – M.S. University, Baroda

The installation was literally a triangulated skin made of 2 mm thick mount boards which were laser cut into shape, and joined using 10 mm wide staples. It was made of 400 pieces of triangles with flaps, which comprised of four sets of 100 different pieces (as shown in the diagram). The half-cut flaps were folded and stapled to each other using simple low-tech flap to flap alignment. The triangles and flaps were numbered, which allowed easy one to one assembly of the triangles.

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Facade with Tweened Lines – CEPT University, Ahmedabad

This exercise explored facade as a function of abstract patterns which were guided by two sets of three lines placed at the two ends of the grid. The three lines (red, green and blue) were tweened (averaged) between the two ends of the grid. Once a pattern was derived, it was offsetted inside by a value calculated from the desired window to wall ratio. Since the process was intuitive, around 200 unique patterns were conceived. For each kind of offset, 3 facades were designed corresponding to window to wall ratio of 0.20, 0.40 and 0.60.

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Shell Structure Design – AA Visiting School, Bangalore

This studio based course used nCloth simulation of Autodesk Maya to simulate shell and tensile structures based on anchorage points and material properties. nCloth simulation yields shapes for which the internal (self-weight) and the external (gravity) forces were in equilibrium. A metro station canopy was taken as the test bed for the exercise. Based on different canopy anchorage types, shells of different families (100 per group) were simulated. The selected option was simulated for structural stability in Autodesk Algor.

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De Stijl Embodiments – CEPT University, Ahmedabad

The course explored morphological translation of De Stijl composition of Piet Mondrian into three-dimensional embodiments through Shape Grammar as a methodical investigation, not an aesthetic style. The principle of sub-dividing a rectangular canvas with lines and selecting few of the fragmented canvas pieces for colouring was applied to different three-dimensional typologies by sub-dividing the initial geometry with planes, and then selecting few of the fragmented volumes for absence or presence. Shape grammar was used for sequential sub-division of canvas or geometry.

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Transitional Facade – SPA, New Delhi

This studio course encouraged the participants to develop their own facade pattern typologies to respond to a given building with pre-determined but varied window to wall ratio on each side. For every facade pattern typology, custom Grasshopper scripts were developed which calculated the widow to wall ratio automatically based on the absence of geometry on the facade. The output ranged from simple variation of circles to very intricate variations of Islamic patterns.

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Parametric Tower – 58th Annual NASA Convention, Surat

The 4-day workshop explored different operational techniques of generating tower shapes. A custom made Grasshopper script was used to define a series of towers using the same set of parameters. Participants started with a cuboid and operated it by a) slicing floor plans, b) filleting the floor plans progressively from a rectangle at the bottom to a circle towards the top, c) dividing the floor plans into four quadrants, and d) rotating the floor plans based on a graph mapper. Some of the embodiments were cnc cut and assembled for the exhibition.

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