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It has been already a month from the second edition of Shapes of Logic event, however, we can not miss the chance to write a few words about this unprecedented event in Poland. The second time (report from the 2015 you can find also in our website) research group LabDigiFab invited students, PhD candidates and designers from all over the world to participate in Shapes of Logic conference. This year the main topic was Everything that’s surround us can be automated. Lectures and presentations presented during the three days conference (26-28.05.2017), as well as the problems solved during the preceding workshops (22-25.05.2017), where connected with the topic of usage of the robots and computer programming in design process. The organizers were very pleased, that many PhD students and designers attended the event and their experience allowed to show the possibilities of automation and robotics in contemporary design process.  More information about this topic you can also find on the LabDigiFab fanpage and the official website of the event.

The lectures of the two professors: Jerzy Rozenblit from The Univesity of Arizona and Thomas Bock from The Technical University of Munich have been met with great interest. Even though both of them usually work in the field of constructing a highly advanced (high-tech) robotics, they have presented the principles of working with the machines, which for most of the designers were known rather from the practical point of view. The completion of the theme was presentation of dr Johannes Braumann. The projects discussed by him during the speech has shown the full spectrum of possibilities in a creative usage of the machines.

The lectures of invited tutors, who agreed to lead two workshop’s clusters, turned out into great introduction of the evening discussion panels. This refers to presentation of Mateusz Zwierzycki and the group: Marvin Bratke, Paul Bart, Matthijas la Roi, who explained clearly on the basis of their own projects the unlimited possibilities which open up to the designers thanks to knowledge of programming languages.

During the four days of workshops Behavioural Network group learned how to use the space syntax analysis and the processing with Rhino and Grasshopper in therms of understanding and creating the new, better organized networks. New analitical and design tools were presented and implemented on the particular task what allowed the partcipans immediate practical usage of the theoretical knowledge. The intense work resulted in the three interesting and very different solutions for the revitalization and reconnection of the Grunwaldzki Campus in University of Wrocław.

In the same time, second group also had been focused on networks, with Owl library and Grasshopper plugin with a focus on scripting and writing .NET libraries. Using machine learning methods, participants tired to solve their own design problems.

The organizers were also very pleased to see that this year edition has gathered the most important polish specialists in the field of parametric design: Przemek Jaworski (Zmorph), Oskar Zięta (Zieta Prozessdesign), Michał Piasecki (tylko), again Mateusz Zwierzycki (CITA), Ewa Jankowska, Adrian Krężlik (Architectural Parametrics/Parametric Support) and Judyta Cichocka (Paramteric Support).

Just like two years ago the host of the conference was the Museum of Architecture in Wroclaw, where Gothic interior combined with the modern subject of presentations have allowed to contemplate not only available tools, but also the directions in which current creators are heading.

Almost 100 people took part into the event. We hope that the second edition is the announcement of the cyclic event and we will see each other again in 2019! :)

Zdjęcie użytkownika Shapes of Logic Conference.

Zdjęcie użytkownika Shapes of Logic Conference.

Zdjęcie użytkownika Shapes of Logic Conference.

Zdjęcie użytkownika Shapes of Logic Conference.

Zdjęcie użytkownika Shapes of Logic Conference.

Authors: Teresa Dabrowska, Bartek Jankiewicz, Marta Pakowska

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Shapes of logic – Wrocław 2015 – international conference of parametric design

April 20th, 2015 1 comment

Museum of Architecture, Wrocław has become perfect background for discussion about design tools which are used nowadays by designers. During the international conference Shapes of logic, which has been placed in Wrocław in March 13th-15th, 2015, students and lecturers from Greece, USA, Italy, Austria, Slovakia, Canada, France, Netherlands and Poland showed us their presentation about parametric design. The conference was the biggest event of this kind in Poland (almost 100 participants). The conference was organized by students research group of digital fabrication LabDigiFab (www.labdigifab.com) and Student’s government of the Faculty of Architecture in Wrocław. Shapes of logic showed similar level of knowledge about parametric design in participants countries. This phenomenon allows to put Polish academic centers on an equal footing with foreign centers. A lot of interest and positive opinions about Shapes of logic encourage organizers to reissue Shapes of logic conference and workshops in 2016.

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Three days conference program primarily included student academic presentations, which have been enriched by lectures of foreign guests like: Volker Mueller, Robert Vierlinger or co-founders of Italian group Code-it – Alessio Erioli & Andrea Graziano. We cannot forget about Polish representatives of parametric design including Mateusz Zwierzycki or Michał Piasecki.

Participants, guests and organizers evening meetings had been turned into all night discussions which resulted in establishing design and academic research cooperation. An innovative approach to make a discussion was oxford debate which took place on Friday. Participants began to exchange their opinions on theme: Do we need (virtual) reality? The debate was conducted by Prof. Aleksander Asanowicz from Białystok University of Technology. Discussion between two sides led to surprising conclusions which we are going to present here on next article.

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Those of you who share our interest in parametric design, are welcome to follow LabDigiFab facebook fanpage where you can find information about our events. Here you can also find more Shapes of logic photos  https://www.facebook.com/LabDigiFab?fref=ts

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Student projects exhibition at Barlett, UCL

October 18th, 2012 36 comments

Inconspicuous building of UCL in London, namely the Faculty of Architecture – The Bartlett,  between 25th and 29th of September became a host of three-level exhibition of 3D printings and interactive installations. Architecture projects, created by students of the final year, were focused on the architectural ‘chimeras’, both possessing frightened and fascinating structure. Projects reflected authors’ thoughts and feelings about architecture.

First level presented plastic prints, made by 3D printers, which were designed to use geometric forms and various lighting techniques. The combination of these two elements resulted in creation of objects which really caught the eye and made strong impression on the recipient. Next to the prints visitors could also see interactive installations.

Highlighted 3D prints

Passing  an exhibition of prints, I walked into the room where I could find less static projects made by students from Barlett. Thin circular plywood was imprinted with different patterns. In the middle of installations  Kinect sensor was placed, reading my moves through space, and transforming them to pressure pushed through special air tubes, making the whole thing move.

Another system followed the movements of the visitors using mechanical arm and displayed computer generated structures, on the small screen set at the end. At the ceiling a series of hanging tubes were mounted,  reading visitors’ movements and translating  them to coloufulr light projected on the ceiling.  When I entered into a large hall on the top floor, a few meters high structure caught my attention. Large project cut by milling machines was made of a very light, but also very hard styrofoam. The structure resembled the surface of the mountainous terrain, which was clearly visible by highlighting it from the bottom. Among the hills and valleys new projects were presented , this time created by 3D printers.

3D prints and models created by multi-axes milling machines

The main sculpture of the exhibition is RC2 – the structure inspired by animal chimeras, resembling a standing lion. Project created by student team, is mounted on the internal rack to which they fixed triangular panels. Spiky structure was partially decomposed, so I could easily see all the details.

“aRC2himera” project

One of the projects presented in Bartlett, was the exploring the utilisation of modern production techniques in every day use objects. One of the students designed a rough and spiky rubber case for iPhone. The idea behind the project, was to create a representation of the thoughts that torn a man apart.

A barbed, rubber case for iPhone

UCL School students, using 3d print and milling technology with proficiency, went a step further in the design of parametric structures. Using sculptures, they were trying to put thoughts and feelings into their projects. They tried to weave the life factors that bother us every day, looking for the solutions through design work.

The exhibition presented the projects of MArch students and took place  in the Royal Ear Hospital, between 25th and 29th September 2012.

 

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