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In ancient Persia, decorative superficial tiled patterns have accompanied and materialized the extraordinary advancement in the field of science, especially mathematics. Their design combine the simplest geometrical operations - such as the rotation ore symmetry – with arithmetic concepts of multiplicity and deployment - arrays, repetition, series, leading to controlled results which include an incredible complexity. They are non-centralized, in the sense that they contain no origin, and can therefore repeat to infinity.
Despite their geometrical sophistication, their material manifestation –the tiled surface – has always remained fairly simple, in making and performance, and today’s contemporary technological advancement invites to question them.
Their complexity, intelligence and systematicity can lead them to become 3-dimensional cell structures. We can explore the complexity of the organized assemblies in order to program them with enhanced performances.
During the course of the workshop, we will exploit computational methods, including workflows for design parametrization, in order to explore iterations of geometric possibilities. With the aid of digital simulations students will learn about customization and adaptation that lead to structural performance optimization.
Architectural practice is a collective exercise and the act of making helps to develop an understanding of space; students will therefore work in groups to investigate, create digital proposals, and fabricate prototype models. With these experiments, students will learn to understand spatial organization and ultimately program architectural space.
This workshop will explore the adaptation of Islamic patterns to (building) scale with the use of 2 materials. A hard material which will help to give structural stability and a soft material which will serve as skin (cover) of the finished structure. With both cases we will rely on the local materials and techniques available. Such material exploration is key for the development of the systems core design.
The outcome of the workshop is a 1:1 inhabitable structure of approximately 10x10 meters in which a public event will take place on the last night of the workshop.
Rodrigo Aguirre is a Nicaraguan architect specialized in the fields of computational design and digital manufacturing. Obtaining his bachelor in architecture at the American University (UAM) of Managua, Nicaragua, he did his masters in advanced architecture at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC) in Barcelona, Spain.
He is a principal member of the computational faculty at IaaC, and an active architect in the REsearch and DEvelopement department, while also teaching seminars since 2014. His ongoing collaboration with the Institute ́s REsearch + DEvelopment department and special projects that involves advanced form finding and computational methods related to generative design.
His time as a ́Tallerista ́ has led to his involvement with workshops related to the translation of computational protocols to the fabrication of physical prototypes. From 2013-15 he has coordinated international workshops in Brazil and Nicaragua related to digital tooling, and participated as faculty in multi-scalar design workshops in Egypt and China, the latter of which focused on the production of 1:1 scale construction.
Edouard Cabay is a registered architect at the Catalan College of Architects in Spain and is graduated from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. After gaining professional experience in London, Tokyo and Brussels, he founded Appareil in Barcelona in 2011, an office developing architectural and research projects both in Spain and abroad.
In parallel to practice, he currently teaches at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona as Studio director and as Studio director at the EPFL in Lausanne. He has taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture as a diploma unit master between 2010 and 2013, at the IAAC as Faculty of digital fabrication and has been Associated Professor at the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, from 2012 to 2015.
He has extensive experience in the format of international short thematized course and workshops. He is, for instance, the director of the AA Visiting School Barcelona; ran the workshop “Crade et Vivant” with Michel Gondry, an encounter between architecture and film at the IAAC; is hired by the University of Sinaloa (Mexico) for a yearly workshop on 1:1 construction of innovative structures; he co-coordinates “House 1”, an Epfl first year project of which the outcome is a 1:1 construction in Lausanne and Versailles…
Edouard Cabay has lectured and ran workshops in Spain, Colombia, Iran, Morocco, Serbia, Italy, France, Belgium, Serbia, Mexico, Singapore, India, Ecuador, Switzerland, Georgia and Ethiopia.