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03 Manufacturing the Immaterial
Unit Tutor: Kasper Ax + Omid Kamvari
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This unit looks into the abstract realm between the material and the immaterial- and seeks a synergy between the two. The intriguing digital hype that has changed the working methodology of the architect has enabled complexity, efficiency and accuracy beyond what we have seen before. However, it has also changed the balance between idea and production and directed the focus of the architect towards a process where the medium ultimately dictates organisation and expression. We will in this unit contest that process and discuss matter before manner, but ultimately endeavour to break any hierarchy between the two.

The IMMATERIAL will be introduced as a study on the optical and visual effects obtained in works of OP art- we will dissect some of these works and students will be encouraged to describe and develop one or several visual effects that afford an immaterial quality. This immaterial quality will then act as performance criteria for a geometric exploration where the aim is to manufacture a large scale architectural piece informed by a set of simple rules that are based on manipulation of a given MATERIAL.