02 (con)Templated Panelling
Unit Tutor: Kasper Ax
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In this unit we will be designing templates for production lines and manufacturing sequences for intelligent panelling systems. We will contest the idea of the conventional panelling / cladding system as being an entity that is designed as subordinate to- or relying on a preformed substructure to obtain a given spatial presence and act as boundary condition. We will discuss and investigate the possibility of designing autonomous panelling systems capable of obtaining varied spatial qualities through a series of pre- described operations and manipulations of a chosen sheet material.

The panel will be able to be described and manufactured through the use of a simple template, but ultimately offer a broad range possibilities of complex spatial configurations when deployed. Geometrical relations and analysis of local resources will inform the design of the production line affording flexibility and adaptability of the panel, while we endeavour to simultaneously optimise manufacturing, constructability and spatial qualities. The systems can be driven by notions of connectivity, networks, behaviours, interactions, relations as well as materiality and structure.

Students will be encouraged to come up with creative functional proposals for an event as a temporary inhabitation of a local environment in one of the many abandoned structures of Tehran. The tectonic systems will form the basis for a distinct vocabulary which will be further developed when addressing architectural issues such as spatial organisation, contextual conditions, cultural references and experience.