In2Space workshop – Barcelona – Final Review “Day twelve”

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In2Space workshop – Barcelona – Day nine

day nine

In2Space work shop – Barcelona – Day seven – 11 / 02 / 2012

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The lecture explored the development of a solar house from the solar decathlon competition which Luis entered. Students learnt that it is important to know how a house is going to work in terms of its climatic performance. Students also learnt about different projects such as Lumenhaus (Virginia technology), Lukku (University of Finland), and Eco (Universidad Politecnica de Cataluna). Students learnt about the importance of layering in a solar house envelope, insulation, microclimates, low energy, passive strategies and always using lowest energy embodied materials. The lecture also showed animations of wind analysis in Ecotect and CFD.

After that students had a chance to further discuss and ask questions about solar houses and sustainability in general.

Later students had a lecture by Architect Diego Cuevas; the lecture explored projects and competitions from ControlMad and Alfa 301 Advanced Architecture. Students learnt about the competition won for a sculpture in Valencia where the original idea was to study oranges from which he was able to develop a very schematic branching system. Students learnt about ControlMad and its workshops in Rhino, Ecotect, grasshopper and digital fabrication. The lecture also explored a project assigned by Arup Engineering which the architect is exploring.

Later students had the chance for questions and discussion. After that they further worked on the fabrication process and started to assemble on site.

In2Space workshop – Barcelona – Day Seven & Eight

day seven & day eight

In2Space work shop – Barcelona – Day seven – 09 / 02 / 2012 – Day eight –

10 / 02 / 2012

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Students went to ESARQ for lab work on fabrication process of the pavilion; after voting on one concept students further explored that concept by producing prototypes digitally and physically. Students experimented with different shapes for various skin patterns and structural performance.

In2Space workshop – Barcelona – Day six

day six

In2Space work shop – Barcelona – Day six– 08 / 02 / 2012

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The morning visit included Gaudi’s CASA BATLLÓ where we started with a tour of the casa which is now turned into a museum and exhibition. Students were able to observe more closely the detail and brilliance involved in Gaudi´s work.

The students concluded the morning visit with IAAC, institute for advanced architecture of Catalonia. They were greeted by the academic coordinator Nota Tsekourawho gave a tour of the institute; its advanced research programs in sustainability, urban design and digital architecture.Students also learnt about IAAC´s state of the art facilities such as 2D & 3D printers, laser cutters, milling machines and large format plotters.

After the tour the students were given a lecture by MAA Master Program Director Areti Markopoulou.  They were introduced to IAAC, its objectives, vision, and projects. The students also learnt about the Master courses in Advanced Architecture.  They also learnt about FABLAB; a laboratory for production, investigation, education and research.

Later in the afternoon the students went to ESARQ fora lecture by Carlos Perez Alba from McNeel Europe. They learnt about new versions of Rhino, its applications and services. They were introduced to some examples of production and fabrication such as ZahaHadid shoe, Adidas shoe, tiffany jewelry, etc. The students also learnt about many companies using Rhino in application such as in; jewelry design, yacht design, engineering, construction, industrial, marine, furniture, etc.

After that the students gathered to discuss material options and strategies of fabrication of the pavilion. They were divided into three groups; skin, scale, and strategy. They studied pavilion location on site, parameters, scale& size, folding techniques using Rhino, AutoCAD, hand drawing, hand folding and prototype experimenting.

In2Space workshop – Barcelona – Day Five

day five

In2Space work shop – Barcelona – Day Five – 09 / 09 / 2012

2014 edition:

Students went to ESARQ for lab work on fabrication process of the pavilion; after voting on one concept students further explored that concept by producing prototypes digitally and physically. Students experimented with different shapes for various skin patterns and structural performance.

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2013 edition:The morning visit was dedicated to La SagradaFamilia where the students and MAGLAB team were greeted by Professor Albert Estevez their architectural tour guru for the Sagrada. They were also joined by Architect Francesco Cabay, Architect Suzana Martins and Architect Antonio IgnazioVacca. The students started the tour with an exhibition of Gaudi´s work in detail;where they were able to understand Gaudi’s work, motivation, inspiration, and strong connectionto nature.

After the exhibition students entered the SagradaFamilia interior; students walked around the 45 meter forest like columns, the central nave, the basilica, the colored stained glass and many more details within the interior. They also visited the museum which contained details of the construction; students were able to see miniature models and details of the Sagrada, the process and construction period.

 

Later in the afternoon we went to ESARQ for material research and experimentation. Students were divided into three teams; strategy, concept and skin. One group researched the urban city Damascus in general, the ancient Syrian house in specific and how it can relate to the site on a grid pattern. Students also studied sun direction of the site, shadows and the possibilityof using plants and vegetation to create shading. They also experimented with different materials producing several miniature prototypes using CNC and laser cutting machine. After that each group presented their idea and concept to the teachers for discussion and assessment.

After many ideas and many prototypes were developed for the pavilion, a selection of one project was chosen to research and further study to later be fabricated in full scale.