Generative Processes in Architecture and Urbanism


‘Home-made CNC’ visiting workshop taught by Michael Grau and Jeroen van Ameijde
Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), Barcelona, 27-29 March 2009

This short, intensive workshop concentrated on the implementation of and experimentation with specific construction methods using a parametric design process in combination with a custom built CNC installation. This design and production process aimed to impact the way computer-aided manufacturing is used in real life construction processes by using a low-cost hardware setup and highly efficient use of raw materials, offering CNC solutions with much greater efficiency than the standard CNC milling.

The student teams explored design methods based on an architectural case study, following the material and spatial characteristics of the specific construction method and its components, developing both the digital design and interpretation methodologies as well as the physical prototyping process. For this exploration, each group studied possibilities and feedback of all parts of the design to production process such as digital design, modelling, scripting, file translation, hardware interface and machine operation, component fabrication and system assembly. Results of the workshop included a custom-built CNC installation and 1:1 scale prototypical output produced with the machine.

Invitation and Coordination:
Marta Male-Alemany (IAAC)

Gian Matteo Cossu
Anastasia Fotopoulou
Katerina Karagianni
Santiago Manero Navarro

Nathaniel Velez Nieves
Asli Aydin
Raquel Galllego Lorenzo
Joshia Barnes

Yick Ho Alvin Kung
Mohamed Omer
Vinay Patil
Kanika Singh
Qiu Xiao Jian

Michal Grzymala
Maciej Burdalski
Andrea Kondziela
Guo Liang