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AADRL Material Workshop. Volume. Computing Without Computers

aadrl material workshop - spyropoulos studio

AADRL material workshop [part of 2013-15 MArch course] was related to material tension/compression experimentations with lycra as an envelope and plaster as a filing substance resulting in natural minimal surfaces and volumes respectively. Specific agenda was directed towards volumetric modular structure creation, which hence had to be cast in one turn as a solid assembly.

DATE: 2013
PROGRAM: First part of MArch, material workshop
THEME: Minimal surfaces, plaster and lycra tension/compression behaviour
UNIVERSITY: AADRL (Architectural Association, Design Research Laboratory), London, UK

TEAM: Dmytro Aranchii [Ukraine], Yuqiu Jiang [China], Ilia Pereiaslavtsev [Russia]
TUTOR: Mostafa El Sayed
STUDIO: Theodore Spyropoulos Studio

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Plaster cast sample

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