Examples from biology will inform the development and exploration how structure is formed in nature. Case studies will form the base knowledge for how material efficiency is achieved in nature. The aim of a specific material system exploration, informed by biomimetic methods, is to create a new base of knowledge for the potential of new techniques in construction. The primary conceptual driver will be to create optimised structures informed by biological precedents.
BioMorph will focus on one local material - thin brick tiles as the research domain for the next two years (or 3 workshops). The Visiting school would explore the possibility of forming an alternative brick and test its performance based on its compressive strength and environmental qualities. A scaled prototype would be prepared within the premises of the school. The workshop would then offer the unique opportunity to scale the prototype using the technique developed into a 1:1 community center. The overall success of the assembly will be evaluated on its performative and structural qualities and the construction details as well as on the emergent spatial and aesthetic characteristics of its intervention.
Photo: © Shibasish Saha
The workshop will explore the generation of an innovative fabrication method to achieving form. The translation of scientific methods to built form is through using specific digital tools. Introduction courses to software such as rhino, grasshopper and finite element analysis software will be taught at the workshop. These tools will be used to accelerate the experimentation process to create optimised structures using a local material.
Photo: © Filippo Poli / Brick-topia - Map13
Biomimicry // Local material // Innovative Fabrication
The Biological Morphologies, Visiting School Pune 2017 is part of the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London in collaboration with Dr. B. N. College of Architecture, (BNCA), Pune, India.
BioMorph is focused on material efficiency or structural optimisation in nature and how this can be the inspiration for innovative architectural solutions. This will be a digital craft workshop that considers the forming of structures inspired by biology and realised through a feedback to computational and physical experimentation. The aim of a specific material system exploration, informed by biomimetic methods, is to create a new base of knowledge for the potential of local or widely used materials and new construction techniques.
This year in Pune the material studied will be thin brick tiles.Over the duration of the workshop the students will work in teams to develop projects that are directly derived from biological logic, whilst at the same time help construct a pavilion at the BNCA College in Pune.