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ICD-ITKE Research Pavilion 2015-16 / ICD-ITKE University of Stuttgart

11:00 - 5 May, 2016
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AD Readers Debate: RIP Zaha Hadid

10:30 - 8 April, 2016
AD Readers Debate: RIP Zaha Hadid, © Steve Double
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Of course, the top story in recent weeks has been the sudden death of Dame Zaha Hadid, who passed away last week in Miami. At just 65 years of age, and at the height of her powers as an architect, the news of Hadid’s passing was a shock to many and unsurprisingly was met with grief from many of our readers. Read on to see what tributes those readers left, along with opinions on other stories from recent weeks.

The Depreciating Value of Form in the Age of Digital Fabrication

00:00 - 13 April, 2014
The Depreciating Value of Form in the Age of Digital Fabrication, The ICD / ITKE Research Pavilion 2011, demonstrating an example of a Voronoi diagram at work. Image © ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart
The ICD / ITKE Research Pavilion 2011, demonstrating an example of a Voronoi diagram at work. Image © ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart

In this article, originally appearing on the Australian Design Review as "Tolerance and Customisation: a Question of Value", Michael Parsons argues that the complex forms made possible by digital fabrication may soon be victims of their own popularity, losing their intrinsic value as they become more common and the skill required to make them decreases.

The idea of tolerance in architecture has become a popular point of discussion due to the recent mainstreaming of digital fabrication. The improvements in digital fabrication methods are allowing for two major advancements: firstly, the idea of reducing the tolerance required in construction to a minimum (and ultimately zero) and secondly, mass customisation as a physical reality. Digital fabrication has made the broad-brushstroke approach to fabrication tolerance obsolete and now allows for unique elements and tolerance specific to each element. The accuracy that digital fabrication affords the designer, allows for the creation of more complex forms with greater ease and control. So far, this has had great and far reaching implications for design.

Read on to find out how this ease of form-making could diminish the success of complex forms. 

ICD | ITKE Research Pavilion 2011 / ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart

00:00 - 18 January, 2012
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Universität Stuttgart, Keplerstraße 11, 70174 Stuttgart, Germany
  • Category

  • Concept And Project Development

    Oliver David Krieg, Boyan Mihaylov
  • Project Team

    Institute for Computational Design - Prof. AA Dipl.(Hons) Achim Menges Achim Menges, Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design - Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Knippers, Competence Network Biomimetics Baden-Württemberg
  • Planning and Realisation

    Peter Brachat, Benjamin Busch, Solmaz Fahimian, Christin Gegenheimer, Nicola Haberbosch, Elias Kästle, Oliver David Krieg, Yong Sung Kwon, Boyan Mihaylov, Hongmei Zhai
  • Scientific Development

    Markus Gabler (project management), Riccardo La Magna (structural design), Steffen Reichert (detailing), Tobias Schwinn (project management), Frédéric Waimer (structural design)
  • Volume

    200m³
  • Anisotropy

    The pavilion is a directional structure. The cells stretch and orient themselves according to mechanical stresses.
  • Area

    72.0 m2
  • Project Year

    0
  • Photographs