AA.MEDIA

Architectural Association
Media Studies


AA MEDIA is an experimental testing ground for exploring and interrogating the tools of the discipline – tools with which we speculate, manipulate and play; compute, control and test; communicate, seduce, and provoke.

Acting as both training camp and laboratory, it is a diverse, multidisciplinary program where unexpected collisions and obsessive attention to detail expose a rich seam of creative potential. Media Studies presents an opportunity to develop individual practice, where students hone their dexterity with established and progressive media, actively testing modes of production through focused acts of doing and making.



CONTACT:

Kate Davies
Head of Media Studies
Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu
Lab Coordinator

AA MEDIA
Architectural Association
School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES

+44 (0)20 7887 4000
@AAMediaLab

STUDIO

FIRST YEAR / Term 2

MS-CORE



COLLABORATIVE TRANSFORMATIONS

Kasper Ax and Thomas Torslev Jensen
Tues, 2-5pm, Room TBC

The Collaborative transformations course introduces students to comprehensive 3D modelling and 3D printing techniques. Contemporary architectural design processes are dependant on collective workflows where data passes from one hand to the next, making any end result a product of precisely coordinated collaborations. Therefore this course pushes beyond the conventional understanding of architecture as a linear process, and explores the potentials of design and creativity as a collaborative effort. This year each student will produce a scaled, 3d printed living unit that is designed to plug into its neighbors to produce a conglomeration of units that will make up a housing community.



Software requirements (to be installed prior to the course start):
Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe photoshop, Autodesk Maya, Rhinoceros 5 + V Ray.



Course Outline


Session 1: GENERAL INTRODUCTION AND BASIC 3D MODELING
Tuesday 9 Jan / 13 Feb
- Introduction to 3D modelling: Geometry and basic topologies.
- 3D modelling with meshes and nurbs geometries.
- Modelling of four chosen, simple everyday objects.
- Inspiration hunting: Wearables.

Session 2: TOPOLOGICAL TRANSFORMATIONS AND 3D PRINTING
Tuesday 16 Jan / 20 Feb
- Modelled objects from the previous session are passed on to collaborator.
- Rule based topological transformations of chosen everyday object; Towards something wearable.
- Application of scale and function.
- 3D modelling and printing techniques
- Produce a 3D print for the following session

Session 3: CONNECTING TO NEIGHBORING UNITS
Tuesday 23 Jan / 27 Feb
- Modeled objects from previous session are detailed further to connect to neighbor units.
- Form development, volumetric articulation and iterations.
- 3D modelling and 3D print preparation

Session 4: DOCUMENTATION, VISUALISATION AND PROTOTYPING
Tuesday 30 Jan / 6 March
- Modeled object from previous session is finalised.
- Preparation of 3d models for prototyping, rendering and drawing.
- Produce a 3D print for final installation



Submission requirements:
The final assessment will be based on submission material mainly consisting of a portfolio with 20-25 pages, no larger than A3, and two final physical models. The contents will include:
- Documentation of modelling process of simple housing objects
- geometry and topology.
- Laid out inspiration.
- Documentation of modelling process of topological transformations.
- Catalogue of iterations.
- Min. 3 visualisations of applied design.
- Fabrication files used for 3D printing.
- Photographs of test models.
- Final model.