Looking Outwards 3

Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) have used an interdisciplinary approach of biomimetic, computing, and robots to create research pavilions between 2010-2021. The first pavilion they created intentionally computes the design according to the characteristics and constraints of the material choices and physical form. Because they used birch plywood, they considered the elasticity of the wood and how bending flat strips that were robotically manufactured can connect the modular pieces. I am impressed with how the connections of the modules allow reinforcement of each other — it seems that adhesives or additional reinforcers were not used. I wonder how they were able to test out the structural integrity pavilion when computing the design — how did they know that the pavilion would not collapse? How could different materials affect the design?


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