STUDY GUIDE 2018/2019 -TILBURG

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2018-2019

FABRICATION

3, 4

2, 3

1,2

18 weeks, Fridays from 13:00– 17:30 pm

Sebastiaan Veldhuisen, Eric Klarenbeek

SKILLS TEST

STUDIO

a, b, c, e, g, h, i

 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

‘FROM THE GROUND UP’

Material, Place and Building reinterpreted

When current building practice is based on destructive methods that deplete scarce resources, the fabrication of buildings needs to change. When you cannot find satisfying solutions in the current way of making buildings and cities, the only way forward is to look beyond the current practice. Through a deep understanding of a place, with its resources and constraints, the architect will be able to find solutions to new design challenges. This means the architect needs to question each and every detail, from material sourcing to production, transport, construction and the use of buildings. Following sustainable guidelines will only help the architect to design less bad buildings, whereas the aim should be to design for a better world.

Studio Fabrication focuses on the design from material to a building. You will design a future proof living unit made with low impact materials. The 2 people 'off-the-grid' living unit is designed on a former water sanitation plan in Tilburg. You will minimise the use of materials, space and environmental footprint while maximising the quality of living.

We learn about the new 'task' of the designer in a fast changing conditions regarding society and climate. You will find new uses of materials and be aware of their environmental impact. Fabrication is both about the assembly of materials into a spatial composition and about natural growth. This gives an interesting juxtaposition of the conscious act of designing on the one hand and the act of directing a growth process on the other. The art of fabrication is an essential skill for any designer.

FHK: MA+U Master of Architecture Course Description 2015-2016

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Attention will be paid to issues such as conceptual meaning, technical and aesthetic properties of materials, fabrication, and more. The studio will partly take place on location in Tilburg and partly in the studio.

Week 1-8: Research through experiment with materials, shapes and fabrication methods.

In this first part you develop a research method to get a deep understanding of materials and the process of the making. You learn about material properties, applications, constraints and environmental impact.

We will scale up the material experiments to the level of a prototype for a building skin or building element. How do we find a balance between assembly and growth, between composition and letting go?

Presentation of the material experiments and the prototype. Week 9-16: from prototype to 'off-the-grid' living unit

The prototype develops into an 'off-the-grid' living unit on the site of a former water sanitation plant in Tilburg. The houses of the students together need to form a new neighborhood. Meaning that the students need to cooperate in one urban plan, while designing one house each.

Week 17 final presentation.

Week 18 exhibition

 

OBJECTIVES

• To develop an understanding of the origin and characteristics of materials and to understand the intrinsic being of a material related to its potential in shape and performance.

• To get an understanding about fabrication: the processing, composition and shaping of materials.

• To develop a method of research through experimentation.

• To gain knowledge as a design team about the processes of construction and growth on an urban level.

• To adopt a creative attitude that allows one to deal with issues in design and materiality.

• To understand the impact a material has on the environment, the people and the city.

 

RESULTS

Week 5 result: Logbook of the experimental research in text and sketches + physical samples of material experiments and form studies + proposal of three texts that support the research

Week 8 result: Logbook of the experimental research in text and sketches + prototype of a building element + group work site analysis + abstract of the 3 texts + environmental report

Week 11 result: Logbook of the whole studio + House design 1:50 drawings and models + an essential detail in model + the environmental profile + group work: urban plan

 

LITERATURE

- Documentary Microtopia
- Students need to find a minimal of 3 books/texts that relate to their material research and design. An abstract of the three texts is part of the presentation in week 8.
The teachers can help to find suitable texts and books

 

EXAMINATION

Skills test

 

COMPETENCES

Design, level 2

Research, level 2

Communicating, level 2