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Computational Design and Construction: Talk by Prof. Marco Hemmerling

Marco Hemmerling held a presentation on the central question of the GEFFA project: The relation between geometry design and architecture. Going deep into this topic was meant to set the basis for the professional understanding of the process in the GEFFA project.

The connection of architecture and computer science generates manifold possibilities for the development of new spaces, products and services. The computer is certainly the most comprehensive and dynamic medium ever available to architects. Exploiting this potential requires the ability to use the computer as an interactive instrument and use its artificial intelligence as an expansion of possibilities. Processes for developing architectural concepts and strategies for the realization of the design, and even the way architecture is perceived, have evolved considerably through the implementation of computer technology.

Even though these technologies are fascinating for architects and designers – because they incorporate new possibilities and results – it’s obvious that the pure materialization of digital designs will not result coactively in significant products and spaces. The way to experience the potentials and limits of new methods is often driven by an experimental approach rather than a predefined strategy. Try and error as well as excessive use and interpretation are part of this approach. It’s absolutely legitimate – if not necessary – to operate like this, especially in architecture and design, in order to break new grounds. But after a period of several years of experience with rapid technologies it is time for a redefinition of the goals. The materialized object, as goal by its own is not enough, even if the process and the results are promising and intriguing.

Materialization becomes the key-issue of the design process, when we talk about the translation from the virtual to the digital. Material, in this sense, can be interpreted merely as any physical entity, which corresponds and reacts with its environment. But how can we materialize new products and contemporary spaces with the given means and methods? And what are the consequences of an apparently limitless freedom of production against the background of sustainability as well as social and environmental responsibility? 

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Read more on this topic in the paper below

Computational Design and Construction
Paper by Marco Hemmerling (co-authors: Jens Böke, Frank Püchner)
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 http://www.exploringvirtuality.de/fileadmin/Images/img/Hemmerling_120px.jpgProf. Dipl.-Ing. Marco Hemmerling

University of Applied Science Ostwestfahlen-Lippe

Detmold School for Architecture and Interior Design
Mail: marco.hemmerling@hs-owl.de
Web: website of the university (english) and website of the chair (german)