Design Research Agenda

Architecture as a material practice is predominately based on an approach to design that is characterised by prioritising the elaboration of form over its subsequent materialisation. Since the Renaissance the increasing division between processes of design and making...

HygroScope: Meteorosensitive Morphology

  HYGROSCOPE – METEOROSENSITIVE MORPHOLOGY Achim Menges in collaboration with Steffen Reichert, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2012 The project explores a novel mode of responsive architecture based on the combination of material inherent behaviour and...

Differentiated Tensile Wood Laminate Morphologies

Differentiated Tensile Wood Laminate Morphologies This project investigates a component-based wood-laminate material system which organizes itself as a form-active tensile structure with differentiated surface articulation. This material system functions, in concept,...

Hyper-Toroidal Deep Surface Prototype

Hyper-Toroidal Deep Surface Prototype This project investigates computational design strategies for differentiated, cell-based membrane morpholgies that describe a continuous surface with variable cylindrical apertures. The tensioned mesh and anchoring location serve...

Perforated Deep Surface Prototype

Perforated Deep Surface Prototype This project investigates computational design strategies for individual cells, describing a continuous surface with variable cylindrical apertures. The tensioned mesh and anchoring location serve to contort the overall geometry....
ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2011

ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2011

In summer 2011 the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE), together with students at the University of Stuttgart have realized a temporary, bionic research pavilion made of wood at the...