171 Students from around the world attended the one-week workshop at the Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. In association with the AA summer school and sponsored by Gehry Technologies the workshop taught students how to generate, parametrically control, and fabricate complex geometry.
After the break, you can see a few projects from the 37 Advanced Design studio students which Daniel Gillen co taught with Xu Feng, Nikolaus Wabnitz, Rob Stuart-Smith, Raymond Lau, Xiaowei Tong, and Zhang Xiaoyi.
Images and more information after the break.
Students chose one of three main focuses; Software Training, Advanced Parametric Design, and Fabrication. The Software Training studio utilized Digital Project and Grasshopper to provide a parametric foundation, while Fabrication tested alternate methods of making. The Advanced Design Studio taught students to apply the software to parametric design strategies and thought processes to achieve their visions.
In order to specifically target the understanding and capabilities of parametricism the tutors of the Advanced Design Studio limited the variables related to open systems by asking the students to study the adaptation and change between two points, A and B.
Upon achieving a design direction and study focus, students were asked to apply their study typologically. ‘The Bridge’ was chosen to exemplify this connection.