In this 5-day workshop we will translate the typical typology and materialization of the house into the definition of surface active structures. We combine the system of geometry, structural design & fabrication and construction into a new era of architecture.

We follow three lines of thought to translate structural design in material fabrication. First, ultra lightweight, rethinking shape and material. Second, dealing with same single material components aggregated within a network, working with the elements’ directionality and their connections to perform stability. Third, we will rethink the definition of the brick.

We will design, analyse and present our translations in both digital and physical prototypes — from table top models to 2m high structures. 

Grasshopper, Karamba and Digital Fabrication tools drive our design evolutions. With structural design, we will play with the type of forces in elements, orientation, force flow, geometry, restraints and connection. We use this structural behavior to search for new links between materiality, form and construction, progressing towards a unique relationship of structure, construction and fabrication.

We will present our translations through digital and physical prototyping, showcasing the process of linking digital and physical inputs as a continuous feedback loop, rethinking structural design and material fabrication.


Day 1
INTRODUCTION | Digital and physical prototyping.
Morning: Component and fabrication / construction – physical prototyping. Introduction to theme, exploring physical prototypes, storey boards of materials, structural principles and construction methodologies that relate to one of the three little pigs houses type.

 Afternoon: Introduction to Karamba – digital prototyping
Introduction to Karamba, using both shells and beam models. Understanding the impact of geometry, load, presenting an evolution in shape and relating day 1 to day 2.

Day 2
– Combine logic of physical and digital understanding of day 1 towards fabrication – Easy of fabrication and construction. Make a series of larger scale 1*1*1 m3 – mock-ups and keep evolving the structural models.

– Prepare Fabrication for a next evolution larger scale model on 2*2*2 m3.

Day 3 – 4

– Construction of the first large scale prototype.
– Evolve the design based on physical and digital testing of structure construction and fabrication.
– Evolve the design based on physical and digital testing of structure construction and fabrication.
– Finalize final fabrication files and or have components ready for final day.

Day 5
RE-WRTING THE STORY | Our Translation 
Assembly construction & documentation, of how the translation of; ultra lightweight, same single material components networks, and the rethinking of the definition of the brick.



Aldo Sollazzo  Co-founder  of NOUMENA

Manja Van De Worp – Founder of NOUS Engineering London

TRANSLATE | Structural Design in Material Fabrication

14-18 May 2014

La  Sapienza – University of Rome, Italy

La Sapienza – University of Rome
NOUS Engineering London