Robotic Fabrications Hooke Park, Robotic Fabrications 2016

Robotic Fabrications

Hooke Park, Dorset

July/August 2018 - DATES TBC

The aim of this workshop is to provide a hands-on introduction to the versatile world of robotics by prototyping complex and large-scale timber structures with digital tools. Merging timber construction with cutting-edge robotic fabrication and 3D scanning technologies, this approach enables traditional making techniques to be re-invented as innovative processes for architecture.

In this sense conventional tools gain an augmented level of precision and control when wielded by the large robot, allowing users to perform operations with surgical precision. Through rigorous physical testing we will prototype design tactics which make use of the extraordinary accuracy and flexibility of multi-axis robotic machining.

Robotic Fabrications aims to foster a critical approach towards design-through-making where making is central to the act of design.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

  • A pro-active introduction to the exciting world of robotics: participants will become familiar with the robot arm through the teaching pendant
  • Exploring software and robot machining strategies that will allow and assist us with the generation of suitable geometry and toolpaths
  • Exploring the ancient traditions of Japanese joinery. This visiting school will focus on translating this dexterous craft full of poetry and skill into a movement pattern and choreography for the robot
  • Engaging with advanced 3D Scanning Technologies that will inform and steer our design parameters.
  • On-site fabrication and assembly of a prototype roof structure for the foundry building at Hooke Park
  • Participants will have the opportunity to live in the idyllic forest of Hooke Park and learn about the different species that make up the forest ecosystem which forms both our material library and site

Location
Hooke Park, Hooke, Beaminster DT8 3PH

Applications

1) You can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page. If you are not able to make an online application, 
email visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk for instructions to pay by bank transfer. 
2) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the programme. A CV or a portfolio is not required.

The deadline for applications is TBC

Fees

The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £995 for students and £1495 for professionals.

Fees include accommodation at Hooke Park, 3 meals per day and a £60 Visiting membership fee. Participants need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. 

Eligibility 
The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, young professionals and anyone interested in the relationship between fabrication and technology.

Programme Head
Emmanuel Vercruysse is an artist, architect and craftsman with a passion for design-through-making. Trained in both furniture design and architecture he works through iterations of drawing, craft and code, and approaches design as a tacit process that oscillates between intuitive acts and precise operations.
He is co-director of AA Design and Make at Hooke Park, co-founder of art practice LiquidFactory, the field robotics group RAVEN and a member of the design collective Sixteen Makers. 
Emmanuel is also a Senior Teaching Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, where he was unit master of MArch Unit 23 for 8 years, and lead the Robotics and Cad-Cam research lab (2009-2015), overseeing its development into one of the UK’s leading design fabrication facilities.

Contacts

Programme Head
Emmanuel Vercruysse


Course Tutor
Zachary Molicca

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782
visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk


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