Workshop Schedule & Descriptions

Formations Summer 2016 consists of four one-week workshops that will each focus on a specific set of techniques: digital modeling, scripting, model-making, and digital fabrication. The common focus across all workshops will be on iterative making and process-based design. Students can expect to produce a significant number of studies and iterations throughout the week that lead to a final presentation at the conclusion of the workshop.

There are two sessions, each with two workshops that run in parallel. Each workshop runs from Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Below is the preliminary outline of workshops; schedule and topics subject to change.


INTRO TO DIGITAL MODELING
(August 1-5, 2016)

Instructor: Margaux Schindler of SIZL Studio
This workshop will introduce students to techniques of digital 3D modeling and representation. Using the Rhinoceros 3D modeling platform, students will learn basic techniques of 2D drafting, surface modeling, and solid modeling. The workshop will also explore workflows between Rhino and Adobe Illustrator as a means to create two-dimensional drawings from 3D models.
Prerequisites: None
Software Requirements: Adobe Illustrator Creative Suite, Rhinoceros 5.0 for Windows
(Note: CCA computers will be available for use 9am-5pm; students are encouraged to bring their own laptops if software is previously installed. Students using Macs will need to have Windows installed on a Boot Camp partition; see this link for further info.)

INTRO TO DESIGN COMPUTATION
(August 1-5, 2016)

Instructor: Andrei Hakhovich of Gradient Matter
This workshop will introduce students to techniques of parametric design using the Grasshopper plugin for Rhinoceros modeling software. Students will be introduced to basic principles of visual scripting, and they will learn how to design relational, parametric models within the digital 3D environment. Exercises will include creating dynamic two-dimensional pattern systems and iterative formal massing studies using the parametric modeling engine.
Prerequisites: None
Software Requirements: Rhinoceros 5.0 for Windows; latest version of Grasshopper (free at www.grasshopper3d.com); Adobe Illustrator Creative Suite
(Note: CCA computers will be available for use 9am-5pm; students are encouraged to bring their own laptops if software is previously installed. Students using Macs will need to have Windows installed on a Boot Camp partition; see this link for further info.)

ARCHITECTURAL MODEL-MAKING
(August 8-12, 2016)

Instructor: Megan Werner of ZDP Models
This workshop will introduce students to the materials, tools, techniques, and critical thinking of analog architectural scale model-making. Model-making will be explored as a tool of representation and interrogation of various architectural concepts: scale, form, space, light, volume, texture, materiality, structure, detail, and perceptual effect. Students will complete a series of intensive and iterative physical modelling exercises, culminating in a collective visual resource catalog of model-making. Each student will gain basic familiarity with hand and power tools in CCA’s wood shop and model shop. Various materials, such as chipboard, wood, acrylic and plaster will be explored. Students will learn various assembly methods and adhesive strategies, discover material behaviors and how to make effective material and tooling choices.
Prerequisites: None

INTRO TO DIGITAL FABRICATION
(August 8-12, 2016)

Instructor: Andrei Hakhovich of Gradient Matter
This workshop will introduce students to basic techniques of digital fabrication. A series of iterative modeling exercises will explore techniques of subtractive and additive fabrication using the laser cutters, 3D printers, and CNC router in CCA’s Rapid Prototyping Studio. Students will utilize these techniques to construct a series of small digitally-fabricated prototypes that will aggregate into a larger collective construct by the end of the workshop.
Prerequisites: Rhinoceros basic proficiency
Software Requirements: Rhinoceros 5.0 for Windows; latest version of Grasshopper (free at www.grasshopper3d.com)
(Note: CCA computers will be available for use 9am-5pm; students are encouraged to bring their own laptops if software is previously installed. Students using Macs will need to have Windows installed on a Boot Camp partition; see this link for further info.)