1011AA Architectural Associtaion Visiting School Tehran

Posted by Djordje Stojanovic 01 Aug 11

Back from Tehran and two week workshop, part of the Architectural Association’s Visiting Programme. Titled ‘Inconsistencies’, Unit agenda was set to investigate material transformations. In the week one, students were introduced to the consistency of rule based design techniques. Suggested working method was based on generally accessible materials and easy-to-do analog design techniques. Well known ‘rubber bands’, used for various practical reasons, became construction components for complex spatial structures. In the week two, students were lead to explore structural inconsistency of rubber based materials known for their ability to flex and change according […]

Posted by A R Esfahbodi - A Karimi - I Shameli - M H Savadkuhi 30 Jul 11

Project started with optimization experiments of double layer structures. Potentials arising from such redundancies were used to set structure in motion. Structural behavior was observed and recorded when additional weight is introduced to the system. Adjustments to the overall geometry and number of connections between components, in conjunction with elastic nature of the material, were used to generate and gain control over the swaying motion of the structure.  At first, the movement was vertical due to the force of gravity but with the structural tuning motion deflected from the vertical path and acquired twisting trajectory. Parametric studies were carried on […]

Posted by A Fathi - S Ghasempour - S Monkhtari - S Madani 30 Jul 11

Breathable forms use air to achieve stable structural conditions. Accordingly, space changes with the inflation and deflation of air. Inflated air creates tension in the structural elements and aligns previously loose rubber components into the ordered spatial configuration. Similarly, deflation or absence of pressure causes loss of structural stability and return to the condition of disorder. Project aims to explore relation between structural and organizational properties.

Posted by Shaghayegh Taheri - Parisa Hassanzadegan 30 Jul 11

Project looks at spatial systems with the capacity to grow and merge over time. Organizational and structural principles are explored through the series of study models, based on the spiral model of growth. At first stage of their growth such spirals are scattered across the space, but at some stage they come closer to each other and intertwine among themselves to create larger union with more complex properties. Resulting structures have been observed for their constellation-like effect, or appearance to form a pattern offering itself to a particular spatial organization.

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Posted by Sepideh Ghaemmaghami - Ali Ghorbani - Ali Kashfi 30 Jul 11

The study departed from the tradition and the technique of Persian carpet making. Woven structure, color and texture are analyzed and then transposed into a three dimensional model. Traditionally used material such as cotton and wool were replaced with rubber to create stretchable and interwoven components Weaving principle of wrapped threads and knots is used to gain structural flexibility. The expansion ration of the structure in a single direction is 1:8. When compressed structure is fifty centimeters wide, but while stretched this size may grow to four meters. According to external influence, structure may shrink or grow; it may be […]

Posted by Khashayar Shafagh - Oveis Shahnaee - Ali Reza Shojakhani 29 Jul 11

Project aims to explore organizational and structural properties of clustered formations. In a gradual process, rubber components are bound to form a structure. Initially they form a number of smaller structures, identifiable by the apparent centrality, density and the proximity of the binding components. Secondarily, these smaller structures merge to form associations and larger entities.  Very same principles of attraction and proximity are observed for their structural and organizational effect and have been employed in the manufacturing of the large scale prototype, comprised of the vast number of rubber bands. Study departs from Isozaki’s project ‘Clusters in the Air’ from […]

Posted by Djordje Stojanovic 08 Jul 11

Off to Tehran for Architectural Association Visiting Programme, from July 1oth-24th. Website and  blog coverage should be up shortly. In recent years Iran has emerged as a cultural and economic hub within the Middle East; with its illustrious history in architecture it offers a fertile ground for research and investigation into a number of topics ranging from manufacturing to urbanism. Tehran, its capital city, has become a major laboratory for contemporary cultural production in terms of architecture and has recently undergone massive changes to its infrastructure […]