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Parametrica [Digi Fab School] invites you to BREATHING PROTOTYPES Workshop (19-25 February 2013) to participate in the digital design build workshop, seeking to create an inventive collaborative environment. The workshop is part of a series of PARAMETRICA events aimed in promoting and exploring the world of parametric design. 

The workshop is aimed at: students, postgraduates, architects, interior, product and urban designers, engineers, anybody interested. All the details after the break.

Workshop CONCEPT
Over the course of six days, participants will generate, fabricate, and assemble inflatable prototypes which incorporate simple ambient sensory feedback to actuate various states of inflation. Force driven dynamic modeling will be utilized to simulate material behavior and physical computing will be implemented in order to create a soft, sentient spatial experience. 

The primary objectives are to explore and expand on the ongoing research in architectural technology, dealing with fabric forms that can be transformed into inflatable structures, controlled by physical computing. 

The workshop TEAM
Profile: Director of DRL, AA Architectural Association, London 

Lecturer: MAITE BRAVO (UK)
Profile:  Director of DRL, AA Architectural Association, London 

Workshop main tutor: LUIS FRAGUADA [Spain]
Profile: Director, BAD (Built by Associative Data)     
Computational Design Expert, (IaaC, Barcelona) 

Workshop assistants
Profile: MAA 2010 - Architect/Urban Designer (IaaC-UPC, Barcelona, Spain)  
Digital Fabrication & parametric design expert  
Architect, ON-A (Barcelona)  
Tutor, Parametrica 

Profile: MAA 2010 - Architect/Urban Designer (IaaC-UPC, Barcelona, Spain)  
Digital Fabrication & parametric design expert  
CNC machine operator, Fab Lab BCN - Barcelona 

Workshop coordinator: Diana Nitreanu (RO)
Profile: MAA 2010 - Architect/Urban Designer (IaaC-UPC, Barcelona, Spain)  
Official Rhino Trainer  
Co-founder, Laboratorul de Arhitectura; Co-founder & Tutor, Parametrica 

Each participant must provide their own laptop with the following software installed: A. Rhinoceros 3D 5.0 B. Grasshopper 3D (Latest Version) C. Arduino 

Machines to work on:
1. Laser Cutter - small laser for prototyping
2. Big laser cutter for final production 
3. Sewing Machines 
4. Gromet Press 

Materials (provided by Parametrica): Fabrics (Nylon) - To be specified; Arduino Boards; Sensors; Base Shield; Light Sensor; Motion Sensor; Sound Sensor; Temperature & Humidity; Connections; Computer Fans; Thread Wire 

Day 1 LECTURE from 9am – 7pm
Location: [TBC]
Audience: 300 participants 

Day 2/3/4/5/6/7 WORKSHOP from 9am – 7pm
Location: Institute, The Cafe
Audience: 40 participants 

Day 7 Exhibition from 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Cocktail party from 11:00 pm - :)
Location: [TBC]
Audience: 100 participants 

The exhibition is the most important moment of the whole week, revealing the product to the media, explaining the process, while enjoying a cocktail in a relaxed atmosphere, after an intense week of work. 

Early bird – until 15th January 2013  
Lecture – 15 euro (includes presentations, food& drinks)  
Workshop – 135 euro (includes lecture, food& drinks) 

Late bird – until 17th February 2013  
Lecture – 35 euro (includes presentations, food& drinks)  
Workshop – 160 euro (includes lecture, food& drinks) 

To book your seat and find more info, please register and visit:  or  

Presented by: El-MONT  
Supporters: Carpet & More  
In partnership with: INSTITUTE, The Café / Infopress / Simbio Cafe
Educational Partners: RHINOCEROS, IaaC, FABLAB Barcelona
Media Partners: Radio GUERRILLA   Zeppelin, Igloo, ARHITECTURA, ARHITEXT, Atelierul de Proiectare All Hallow, ELLE Decoration, INSTITUTE, The Magazine, BeWhere,

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