Monday, October 31, 2011

Kyle, Rachel, Tiffany


Assignment 1: Ornament in 2.5 Dimensions

Precedent Research

Ornament in 2.5 D (In Progress)

Precedent Studies


Assignment 1

Assignment 01: Ornament in 2.5D

carolina ihle // jiwoo park // wes bassett // jared culp // jared diganci

Precedent Study

Precedent Study

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Class Brief

Formworks Fall 2011 Class Brief :

Formworks hybridizes methods of casting with digital fabrication. In doing so, we challenge the repetitive nature of casting and formwork by developing a parametric, dynamic formworks system and producing a series of precast elements using that system. Organized around a series of short but intense assignments, students are introduced to 1 and 2 part molds, silicone casting, vacuforming, rotational molding and a variety of casting materials. Students respond with their own system which takes these techniques and systems of organization, assembly and fabrication further.

Products of the formworks system may include:

- a series of parametrically related castings produce by a:
o formwork which is performative and dynamic
o formwork which is a recombinant kit of parts.
o a kit of formworks that produce a series of interrelated parts
o a repetitive series that can recombine (flexible unit / kit of parts)
- a casting that is itself dynamic (material dynamics)
- a flexible structural system which employs the products of your formworks


- Develop a sophisticated, well made formworks system
- Produce and assemble a large quantity of products from your formworks system
- Identify the architectural performance of the casting
- Site the products of your formworks
- Experiment with and present an argument for the material you used in your castings.
- Develop a tectonic between cast parts
o How do the products of your formwork aggregate and fit together?
o What other kinds of details, external structures and materials can you integrate?

Surface, structure, porosity and performance of the brick system are key factors. The overall focus is systemic: we will be designing the components that become a flexible building system.

Class Schedule

Formworks is held on Thursdays, 6-8 pm in Ware Lounge

01: Monday, October 24th
- Introduction to Formworks
- Assignment 1: Ornament in 2.5 dimensions
- Research Assignment: Reference projects

02: Monday, October 31st
- Assignment 1 presentation
- Reference project presentation
- Assignment 2: The 2 part mold

03: Monday, November 7th
- Silicone Methods
- Formworks in Solidworks
- Assignment 2 continued: devloping your mold in silicone
- Assignment 2 Presentation

04: Monday, November 14th
- On Multi-part molds
- Assignment 3: brick system
- Silicone presenation

05: Monday, November 21st
- Assignment 3 presentation; visiting critics

06: Monday, November 28th
- Desk Crits

Monday, December 5th - No Class: Final Review week
- Extra Deskcrits as needed

07: Wednesday, December 14th 1-5pm Room 114
- Final Review

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