UCL Bartlett 2013-14
UCL Bartlett - GAD RC1
Alisa Andrasek and Daghan Cam
Team 1, RHEOBOTIC:
Sai Xiao, Trinidad Guzman, Francesca Silvi
Our research framework involves the study of substances which present dynamic properties in their behavior: materials that are able to change their phase over time as a result of external inputs and particular internal characteristics. Therefore, our objective is related to the study of substances that present morphological adaptability; property oriented towards the concepts of self-organization and self-optimizing morphologies.
In this context our research focuses on the generation of computational material which has the capacity of matter to self-organize, embracing unexpected results and instable behavior in its negotiation with the external environmental forces. We are investigating the use of high density polymers: a plastic substance which is malleable and changes phase from liquid to solid and viceversa.
Concerning the fabrication approach, the research deals with material extrusion as it actively engages with the concepts of phase changing properties in a material. In fact, it allows to explore anti-gravity morphologies dispensing the use of any type of framework. The material used is ABS filament, which is extremely light, it solidifies quite quickly and enables a porous spacial arrangement. The way the filament unwraps layer after layer personalizes the inherent behavior of the material and demonstrates the noise of the material in a wide range of possible patterns that can respond to different input data. Additionally, the linear extrusion, associated to fast movements of the robot allows to create cables where a structural reinforcement is needed. The combination of the two languages determines a global resistant structure which works with multiple local connections.
The dialogue between the two micro-systems of fabrication is associated on a large scale to fluid simulation, from where it is possible to extract data that will affect differently, zone by zone, the robot behavior.
Team 2, FIBROCITY:
Esteban Castro Chacon, Aikaterini Papadimitriou, Yilin Yao, Marcin Komar
Fibro.City is a project based on fibrous formation on the architectural scale, and on the use of carbon fibres. This material guarantees high performance through discreteness, and we strongly believe that it could apply to the construction industry need using the most extravagant and up-to-date technologies. We are curating the design, and the fabrication methods, creating a new language of expressing architecture, by having in mind structural elements. Reconfiguring these parameters, we achieve high resolution results, unique and aesthetically advanced. We have the opportunity to explore and define the architectural future, and we enhance this chance by reconfiguring the potentials of the materiality of the structure. We program the behaviour of our structure, and up to a point we are touching the chance to create optimizing algorithms on the design itself and the structural ability of the project. Algorithms that read the environment and read themselves, anchoring point configurations and weaving agents cooperate for the connection of the simulation to the fabrication process in situ, consisting the components of our synthesis. The fabrication is a robotic matter, since no human intervention is needed after the design process, through the algorithms that we develop and ABB robotic arms.
Team 3, RIVER HYDROLOGIES:
Konstantinos Alexopoulos, Jingya Huang, Liaoliao Xi, Tao Song
The specific research elaborates on synthetic ecologies within the dynamic field of rivers. Conditions of floods and rising sea levels are taken into consideration while there is a reallocation of local conditions of river’s velocity dynamics for re-mineralization and potentially for decentralized energy capture. A fabric of a new self-organized system is introduced in different time phases, for the generation of an ecologic strata as an extension of the coastline. Conditions of buoyancy, flows and tides contribute for the adaptation of the system in such a direction. Porosity and intricacy of the created fabric accelerates the desired synthetic nature, evolving and hybridizing this system through time, for creating a new inhabitation land for local ecologies’ symbiosis.
Team 4, RESOLUTION:
Tu Lu, Daying Xie
High resolution containing massive information in architecture, both in terms of structure and ornamentation, provides a great amount of geometric forms, patterns and spatial impressions. Changes in multiple scales and density of resolution at different levels of human visibility create various visiting experiences in architecture. The aim of this project is to develop a computer-based approach to matters and algorithms related to creating high resolution architectures such as the process of erosion and subdivision, and simultaneously explore subtractive manufacturing with CNC milling machine and robot. The final architectural proposal is a museum design as Guggenheim Helsinki concerning the convergence and distribution of visual information in terms of changes in resolution fabric of architecture.