rat[LAB]Education completes 25 Computational Design workshops and takes a leap towards Summer School for designers.
Rat[LAB] Education is an initiative by rat[LAB]-Research in Architecture & Technology (www.rat-lab.org) to start a new discourse in architecture & parallel design disciplines with the use of ‘computational design’ & it’s various subsets. Spread across various cities / countries, they are establishing a global dialogue in the domain of computational design by actively organizing and participating in workshops, lectures, presentations & symposia.
While rat[LAB] has taken a top-down approach of exploring computational design through industry, a parallel, bottom-up approach is also in-line to involve students of all levels, from design & related backgrounds.
After a successful completion of 25 national & international design workshops, rat[LAB]Education organized Summer School 2017 in India that delved into computational design & parametric methods of designing. The 3-day design module took place in two cities, New Delhi and Mumbai from 31st June to 2nd July 2017 and 7th July to 9th July 2017 respectively.
The New Delhi Chapter of rat[LAB]EDU Summer School 2017 started on 30th June 2017 with 36 participants from different cities of India and took place at Startup Tunnel, Vihara Innovation Campus in New Delhi.
The first day started with an induction on ‘Parametric Design and Computation Thinking’ by studio director and designer Sushant Verma through a presentation, followed by introduction to Parametric tools and software Rhinoceros 3D and Grasshopper 3D.
First day sessions focused on design exercises and examples to understand complex data structures in computation which form a major part of computational thinking process in design. Grasshopper scripts were provided to participants for practice and deeper understanding of the subject.
On the second day, participants explored further on patterns, geometries and mathematical logics. Introduction to ‘Art’ was made through visual presentations with possible computational logics discussed informally with participants. The larger agenda of weaving ‘parametric’ and ‘art’ opened during these sessions.
Later that day, Himanshu Bablani of Banana House Makerspace gave an insightful talk on interactive art installations and showcased his projects. There was a live 3D printing demonstration by ShaperJet showcasing rapid prototyping possibilities by 3D printing a data-driven art piece created by participants on first day. After the infill 3D printing session, teams were formed with a given design brief to encourage group learning and a direct articulation of learnings.
The final day of workshop was eventful with documentation of design projects developed by various teams. Each team was continuously guided by studio director and studio assistants from rat[LAB] to help develop meaningful projects in a limited time. All teams managed to bring out their best with some very interesting projects and presented their works to the entire batch, with constructive criticism and comments on future scope.
This followed up with a Parametric Talk Series where two eminent designers were invited to showcase their work and ideologies to workshop participants. Guest Speaker Ankon Mitra from Hexagramm Design Private Limited, who is an Architect by training and an origami Artist by persuasion, presented his projects of ‘Oritecture’ (as he calls it. Ankon’s work focusses on origami art and is deeply connected to mathematical logics that can be explored using computation.
Architect Rajat Sodhi of Orproject presented his works of art installation and spoke about computation and fabrication processes. He talked about amalgamation of Music and Architecture, and showcased his various data driven projects carried out by his organization.
The workshop concluded with an insightful talk by Sushant Verma, Studio Director of workshop and Founding Partner of rat[LAB]. He talked about his deep interests in technology, art and natural systems and showcased some of the projects carried out by his organization in last few years in the domain of parametric design and art.
The Mumbai chapter was initiated on 7th July 2017 with 30 participants from different cities of India, and took place at Raffles Design International, Mumbai.
Computational Artist and designer Nitant Hirlekar from Mumbai joined the studio as a co-tutor alongside Sushant Verma. The three-day structure of the workshop was similar to New Delhi Chapter but evolved to be more hand-on in terms of physical fabrication. A tech association was made with Architect Dhruv Seth who runs a 3D printing studio in Mumbai and joined on first day for an informal talk, followed by a live 3D printing demonstration for participants.
On the final day of the workshop, tutors introduced digital prototyping. A part prototype of one of rat[LAB]’s project ‘Cellular Morphology Façade’ was 3D Printed by B3D, studio run by Dhruv Seth. Laser Cutting of the module was also carried out in parallel, and participants teamed up to assemble a large-scale module made of industrial cardboard sheet. This gave a deeper understanding of translation from digital to physical medium in a very short span of time.
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