We experimented with the integration of algorithmic / generative design methodologies and large scale digital fabrication tools. Continuing our color based agenda, Summer DLAB immersed itself in ‘white’ for its 2014 cycle, as a starting point to investigate natural formation processes and interpreted them as innovative architectonic spaces.
‘White’ became the means of looking into extreme natural conditions which it is associated with. Concepts of emergence, differentiation, and complexity shaped the theoretical framework of this investigation. Natural structures of differing scales were observed, which were then abstracted and interpreted into elaborated design proposals. The computational process of Summer DLAB was based on generative design algorithms, which can be seen in natural growth patterns such as the Lindenmayer system and fractal theory. These concepts were carefully interwoven with interaction and participatory design in order to create full-scale working prototypes.
One of the major objectives of Summer DLAB was to demonstrate the continuity of the workflow between computational software and digital assembly procedures leading to physical fabrication. In this respect, the programme is formulated was a two-phase process.
During the initial phase participants benefited from the unique atmosphere and facilities of AA’s London home. The second phase shifted to AA Hooke Park campus and revolved around the fabrication and assembly of a full-scale architectural intervention which unified the design goals of Summer DLAB.