Non-Orthogonal Planar Assemblies

Piškorec, L. (Organiser), David Jenny (Organiser), Selen Ercan (Organiser), Orkun Kasap (Organiser), Leyla Ilman (Organiser), Gamze Gunduz (Organiser), Koray Bingöl (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganization of a workshop, panel, session or tutorial


Bilgi University in Istanbul is hosting an international robotic fabrication workshop done in collaboration with researchers from Gramazio Kohler Research from ETH Zürich, NCCR Digital Fabrication from Switzerland and Future Cities Laboratories in Singapore. The workshop will build up on the previous successful work done at ETH Zürich related to spatial assembly of discrete linear members using robotic digital fabrication integrated into an advanced computational design setup. Specifically, methods for developing designs based on the constructive technique of non-orthogonal side-to- side connection of timber beams will be explored in depth through a custom computational setup written in Rhino Python. As connections of such assemblies are always “in-plane” they can be easily joined with standard timber joining techniques, but the generic character of the joints makes them suitable enough to effectively use advantages of coordinated robotic assembly sequence. Although the connections are “in-plane”, the elements themselves are not and offer a flexible spatial constructive system to explore structural forms whose design potential can only fully be explored in parametric 3-dimensional environment. These designs will be further developed into large physical prototypes fabricated on the University’s robotic setup. Exploring the interfaces of design, constructive methods, material and highly coordinated robotic fabrication will be the focus of the workshop.

Summer workshop will take place for 6 days between 24 th of July and 4 th of August at the Bilgi University in Istanbul, Turkey. Newly acquired industrial robot arm will be used as part of the setup which is developed in collaboration with researchers from Bilgi University and offers a seamless integration of computational design paradigms and modern production methods. The computational setup is completely developed by the tutors of the workshop and will offer an alternative to the commercially available robot control software and plug-ins on the market. Basic scripting knowledge in multi-paradigm programming languages will be advantageous but is not compulsory. Applicants should rather have a pro-active, motivated and hands-on approach to design, as well as inherent curiosity for the themes of the workshop.
Period28 Jul 20174 Aug 2017
Event typeWorkshop
LocationIstanbul, Turkey
Degree of RecognitionInternational