ACCANNA In-house 3+

 DINAMALARAr. MAHESH PANDIAN & AR. DEEPAK RAMADASAN from Play Architecture, Bangalore will be conducting this two day event. Both architects completed their B.Arch., from National Institute of Technology, Trichy and Ar Pandian has a master degree in Architectural Design from Germany. 

The work comprises each student choosing a textile typology, analysing this and using it by grafting it onto a set of sub-surfaces of a given, generic form. The grafted geometry can make use of any, the chief characteristics of chosen textiles but must be used to devolve and specify the generic form. 

In all its glory and without exception, architecture in built form always includes one or another geometric strategy that articulates its specific characteristics and qualities. This is easily exemplified by considering how a building meets the ground or the way that holes or apertures form openings for doors and windows. (A simple example could be How a steel inside a Concrete slab is weaved) This is also true for all those cases when the design of these instances relies on conventional, orthogonal geometry as a silent witness to the frequent manner that architects engage with received geometric typologies and use these in uninformed and uncritical design processes.
As soon as material variables enter into the equation and corroborate the design geometry to articulate specific structural and constructional features of the architecture, we can speak of tectonics. Essential architectural qualities emerge, and loosely speaking tectonic theory addresses the coordination of structural and constructional features with aesthetics.

For this task, you are asked to choose one specific textile typology (one or another woven, knitted, braided … form of a textile) and analyse this in depth. You need to commence with a detailed description of the textile and through your analysis identify principle geometric features that you must describe with great precision. The analysis can focus on the unit definitions of the textile, their scalar relationship to one another, layering of textile plies, or 3D penetration of fibrous elements between plies (‘3D fabrics’). The purpose of this analysis is to provide you with a geometric scheme that is unique and does not represent a received set of geometric data.

With the devolved set of geometric information derived from your textile analysis, proceed to graft this onto minimum THREE sides (internal and/or external) of the generic form that you are given. This form is not given to scale but with relative dimensions. Proceed to articulate the form through developing the textile geometric information on the select surfaces. In the process, you must approximately retain the general, relative dimensions and – not the least,the coherence of the volume. Use the textile geometric information to develop the generic form in
architectural terms. That means that you should pay attention to spatial definitions within the volume, the way to connect the sub-divisions across the interface between them, emergent surface articulation and depth, and more.

Note that since textiles are given with geometric units and an overall pattern on different scalar levels, you are free to implement your geometric information on various scalar levels. This could mean that you use the pattern one-to-one on the sub-surfaces of the form, or that you implement your geometric intervention in small sub-sets of the chosen surfaces.

The goal of this workshop.
• Develop a rich set of techniques, both through Graphics/Diagrams, Physical models.
• Induce an understanding of textile geometric systems and how they may relate to architecture and architectural tectonics;


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