The Barcelona Node of IAAC Global Summer School 2018 developed the “Metallic Space” project, in which participants explored form-finding strategies through digital tools to build a series of digitally fabricated architectural elements in 1:1 scale.
“Metallic Spaces” is a 1:1 scale architectural prototype generated through robotically bent steel rods. It conforms to a translucent structure embedded with conductive sensors, responding to touch. The structure therefore allows the user to interact, touching the structure, resulting in outputs of sound and light, ultimately redefines the physiognomy of open public spaces.
This prototype is the result of a 2-week workshop, in the context of the Global Summer School at IaaC, Barcelona, where students explore a series of methodologies related to design, robotic fabrication processes, and physical computing. In particular, the students delve into advanced design thinking and parametric design, accompanied with new interfaces for robotic programming, large-scale automated construction, and data-informed interaction. Metallic Spaces is a physical and digital exploration of quality feedback between design, matter, and fabrication, applied to the urban scale.
Computational Design/Lead tutor: Rodrigo Aguirre
Robotic fabrication tutor: Kunal Chadha
Physical computing tutor: Cristian Rizzuti
Student assistants: S. garavani, D. Koshelyuk, A. Talaei, A. Najari, H. Mahdi, A. Mittal, S. Jalodia, N. Kirova, A. Jain, N. Mougkasi, L. Teodozio, R. Jiale.
Students: R. Rode, L. Cavichioni, G. Bratkowska, M. Busairi, A. Babic, C. Tucker, J. Rangholiya, D. Muhsen, S. McNair, F. Apestegui, M. Castillo, D. Gransewicz, T. Sakaguchi.
Institute for advanced architecture of Catalonia