UG3 _ Facade Without House

Locaction: Kassel, Germany
Year 2015
Area: n.a.
Status: academic
Credits: Olaf Val, Vanja Juric
Images: © University of Kassel, Timo Carl

The complex nature of architecture requires often planning teams with specialists from multiple disciplines. Architectural education however, addresses this interdisciplinary modus operandi rarely. Urban Glow 3 presents the design and production process of a real world solar façade installation realized at the University of Kassel to illustrating the potentials of such an approach. Interdisciplinary teamwork allowed students not only to solve complex problems, but also to produce knowledge and to advance into design research. The result was the exploration of a unique fabrication technique, combining tensile fabric and resin to facilitate the fabrication of multifunctional, monocoque shells; combining all necessary technical components in a single building element. This paper discusses the success of student collaboration and teaching strategies for key parts of the design process at different scales. Moreover, it highlights the importance of physical form-finding models and an analogue - digital workflow for collaborative communication. The Urban Glow 3 project offers both insight into applied use of interdisciplinary teamwork, and a proposal for incorporating such a collaboration into architectural education.

 

FG Experimental Design and Construction
Prof. Dipl. Ing. Frank Stepper
Directors:
Dipl. Ing. Timo Carl, MArch. | Dipl. Ing. Vanja Juric | Olaf Val

 

 

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