The workshop is organised in three quick and consecutive phases, each phase ending with a short round of presentations to the entire group, intended to allow for the sharing and discussion of ideas between all participants.
Phase 1: Software and Hardware Introductions
The first day we’ll start with the introduction of experimental design and construction methods, exploring the hardware and software tools prepared by the tutors. In 2018 this will include Rhino and Grasshopper, parametric design technologies that can be used to design and build complex structures and data-driven architectural projects. The programme will include a seminar to introduce scripting, aimed at beginners with no prior knowledge. Participants will be given some basic design challenges to start the conceptual development of the workshop thematics. A pecha-kucha styled powerpoint presentation will conclude this phase and will inform a discussion by all workshop participants and tutors to decide which concepts will be taken forward for further development and implementation.
Phase 2: Design + Testing
The second phase will focus on the collective development of our design+build, working on digital design and 1:1 material testing, prototyping possible dwelling designs and site preparation. Participants will form larger groups, and we willl select a site within the Hooke Park campus and forest, for which essential data such as terrain measurements will need to be collected.
We will develop a 1:1 construction strategy, using available materials which will need to be tested by making connection details and scale models of the overall geometries. This phase will end with another round of short presentations to allow for collaborative discussion and feedback before commencing the design and build phase of the final structure.
Phase 3: Design + Build
The final phase of the workshop will concentrate on the implementation of the group’s innovative design+build method, using computer-aided fabrication equipment available at Hooke Park in combination with construction activities by all participants. Manufacturing of the structure's components will happen in parallel with the assembly within the workshop space, manufacturing an enclosure that can be transported to site. Once installed within the forest, we will conduct a series of tests and speculations to investigate scenarios of inhabitation, using our own bodies and activities including sleeping overnight during the last night of the workshop.