Discrete Expression: Re-thinking architectural space through computational ornaments is a 5 days design and build workshop, investigating the changing paradigm of architecture today in relation to construction process, material use, design language, spatial quality and inhabitants. We will revisit the concept of ornaments in architectural history and look into the possible technologies possibilities technology offers today. Our aim is to re-think about the architectural system and building components which would be multi-functional and beyond embellishment. This workshop challenges the idea of architectural expression and functionality through computation.
Throughout the history of architecture field, architects and engineers were devoted to make architecture design and construction process faster and more efficient. With the help of technologies today, such as robotic arm and CNC milling machine, architects are not only able to design, but also manage fabrication process through data in computer. Digital design connected to digital fabrication has widely implemented in industrial industry, which makes the process more precise, faster, more flexible, and need less labor. This is one of the fact that illustrate the concept of data based architecture has high potential to make the whole process more efficient. Furthermore, digital practices have high potential to narrow down the gap between the concept and actual architecture, affording nearly a hypothetically connection between design and fabrication.
We are aiming to produce two 1:1 architectural prototypes testing the idea of discrete expression in a novel architecture scenario.