T_ADS Obuchi Lab is the Master of Engineering in Architecture and Urbanism course at the University of Tokyo. Obuchi Lab is dedicated to the research on the emergence of global network society and its effect on architecture, urbanism and design culture. It is an interdisciplinary experimental design research laboratory connecting architecture, engineering and computations to theorize and to develop design proposals for the contemporary environments.
Monday, 18 November 2013
Different Brick - Real Size Thinking 2013 Competetion
Three of our recently graduated students were awarded in REAL SIZE THINKING 2013 competition when they were given the opportunity to build a prototype of the system they were developing as their thesis project.
Different brick is about developing an innovative masonry system based on simple production methods fully supported by highly customized digital tools. It challenges the non-standarized manufacturing processes through the application of computational design in architectural discourse. The production system produces compressed, round-edged, differentiated bricks that can generate doubly curved surfaces when stacked.The main goal was to construct the geometry without using geometrical formwork. For the purpose of the competition, team members proposed a doubly curved wall composed of 600 different bricks.
Real Size Thinking 2013 competition exhibition has started at Shinjuku Park Tower Ozone Gallery last week. Exhibition will be open for visitors until November 26.
Design team: Kyaw Htoo, Ana Ilic, Yasemin Sahiner
Computational support: Dr. Eng. Masaaki Miki
Fabrication team: So Sugita, Ornchuma Saraya, Minjie Xu, Kevin Clement
Different Brick is selected as one of the four finalists
Paper form-work for casting differentiated bricks
Laser cut card-board form-work pieces
600 different bricks are ready
Assembly mock-up from above
Assembly mock-up-testing the edge
Pattern of differentiation
Installation has started at Ozone Gallery-8.00 a.m.
Following the assembly guides embedded on the components