Posts tagged as 'Workshop'

Tue 20.11.

FabLab Zürich opening

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 20.11.2012 - Tagged as: , , ,

‘Nie mehr Kabel entwirren’ project

Everyone has good ideas. Few have the time, the space, the tools and the team to get an idea into action and give it the right shape. The FabLab Zurich is more than a workshop, it is a melting pot for creative people, a showcase of Zurich, a FabCafé, a guerilla development site (“designing instead of consuming”), a design free-space for social innovation, a global experiment.


FabLab literally stands for Fabrication Laboratory = manufacturing laboratory. A FabLab offers users access to the latest manufacturing techniques with a focus on digital production. The idea was originally developed at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) by Neil Gershenfeld. The first FabLab started there in 2002. Widely used are 3D printer, laser cutter, CNC machines. But each FabLab is different and therefore unique and follows the principles of the Fab Charter. Worldwide, there are already over 150 FabLabs (September 2012). (more…)

Thu 28.6.

‘Golden Glory’ and a Golden Workshop by modulorbeat (DE)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 28.06.2012 - Tagged as: , , ,

‘Golden Glory’ and a Golden Workshop by modulorbeat; photo by Christian Richters

Together with students from the Münster School of Architecture, Münster-based architectural practice modulorbeat have recently realised this eye-catching, luminous pavilion. Completed in only six weeks, the 95-square-meters temporary structure hosted a series of workshops which coincided with a local exhibition showcasing medieval art of the Westphalia region. (more…)

Domaine de Boisbuchet, photo: Jeroen Verrecht, Boisbuchet 2009 © CIRECA

What could be a more fitting place to experiment with biodegradable materials than on an idyllic country estate in west central France? In summer 2010, the Domaine de Boisbuchet will again be providing the venue for the renowned series of architecture and design workshops.

All those who register by 27 June 2010 have the chance with Architonic to win a free ticket for the one-week workshop by Beat Karrer from 18 – 24 July 2010.

Bioplastic workshop 2009 in Domaine de Boisbuchet

Swiss designer is, for the third time, dedicating his summer workshop in Boisbuchet to a topic he has been researching for several years: bioplastics.

* What exactly are bioplastics?
* Are they natural (bio) or artificial (plastic)?
* For what kinds of products and in which fields is their application meaningful?

Last year's workshop by Beat Karrer 'Manufactured Nature', photo: Tine Kromer, Boisbuchet 2008 © CIRECA

To discover answers to these questions, the participants of the workshop will investigate a number of bioplastics: biopolymer foils, which are transparent, waterproof, and can shrink, and which can be printed on or welded. They act like a conventional plastic foil – artificial in every way. At the same time, they are also non-toxic, biodegradable, and can (theoretically) even be eaten. Therefore they don’t create waste – they are entirely natural.

In addition to exploring the material itself, participants will develop and design objects that can be produced from these biopolymer foils.

Shaped bioplastics

Shaped bioplastics, workshop 2009

Apply here

to the Beat Karrer profile @ Architonic

to the Domaine de Boisbuchet website

Wed 2.6.

Restauration Center by UTArchitects (DE)

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 02.06.2010 - Tagged as: , , , ,

Restauration Center, photo by Ulrich Schwarz, Berlin

The Berlin based practice UTArchitects realised this new building of a wood workshop, located on an old farmstead in the southern part of Berlin. During the GDR-times the building degenerated, at the access yard barns have been demolished and instead it has been occupied by garage buildings. Since the architectural intervention of UTArchitects, which included also the restauration of the old farmer house, the complex is used as a training centre for carpenters and restorers run by the Restoration Center Berlin.

Restauration Center, photo by Ulrich Schwarz, Berlin

“With the demolition of garages the new workshop building creates the original u-shape of buildings around the yard. Rooms for administration and training classrooms are located in the farm house. The craftsmen education is being held in the workshop. The workshop is designed as a building which opens up towards the yard and the farmhouse. The external geometry strongly refers to the old farmhouse, while the workshop is lower in height. Therefore the farmhouse is still recognized as the head building of the composition, while the new building is set-back and appears as an open shell with the interior connecting with the yard.
Facade and roof of the workshop form a continuous surface, which is wrapped over the historic courtyard to create an open hall. The sheltered exterior, the machine hall and the and the craftsmen studio in the mezzanine are separated by glass walls to support communication between the trainees and to offer views into the yard from all corners of the house.”

Restauration Center, photo by Ulrich Schwarz, Berlin

“While the facades towards the farmhouse and the yard are glazed full height, the street facade is predominantly closed and only structured by vertical window slits. On the yard side the metal roof cantilevers up to four meters in order to create sun- and weather protection as well as for sound protection towards the neighbourhood. The space under the cantilevering roof is used for temporary deposits, and also as a workspace, for educational lessons or rests during the summer.

The workshop is a low-cost wood construction, reinforced by floor slap and stairs. All materials are of simple origin: facade and roof surfaces have corrugated metal sheets on the outside and painted cardboard plates on the inside. All surfaces on the inside are of spruce wood.

Both buildings are heated by a central wood heating, filled with leftovers of the daily production.”

Restauration Center, photo by Ulrich Schwarz, Berlin

Restauration Center, photo by Ulrich Schwarz, Berlin

Restauration Center, photo by Ulrich Schwarz, Berlin

to the UTArchitects profile @ Architonic

GlassLab, © Corning Museum of Glass

Vitra Design Museum invited Corning Museum of Glass to provide GlassLab on the Vitra campus during this year’s Art Basel. International designers such as Max Lamb, Sigga Heimis, Atelier Oi, Wendell Castle, Tomas Libertiny and Jeff Zimmerman will present design performances together with the museum’s highly skilled glasblowers live on an open air stage each day.

GlassLab, © Corning Museum of Glass

GlassLab, © Corning Museum of Glass

Get the GlassLab schedule here

to the Vitra Design Museum website

to the Corning Museum of Glass website

39571 InfoWash, planned and built by students of Parsons The New School for Design

39571 InfoWash, planned and built by students of Parsons The New School for Design

Designed and constructed by students in an academic design/build program, 39571 InfoWash is a direct response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in the small town of DeLisle, Mississippi. In an attempt to meet both the physical and emotional needs of the community, the project houses both a 24-hour Laundromat and an organization which provides rebuilding assistance to local residents. The simple task of washing one’s clothes thus provides immediate relief while easing community members into the long and complicated process of reconstruction. Because of its program and context, 39571 InfoWash has a responsibility to provide a physically and psychologically sheltered realm, while at the same time projecting an open and inviting presence to its community.

39571 InfoWash is built for the inhabitants of DeLisle, Mississippi, a small city which was very distroyed by Hurricane Katrina

39571 InfoWash is built for the residents of DeLisle, Mississippi, a small city which was distroyed by Hurricane Katrina

Composed of two volumes connected by a covered breezeway, the southern side of the building is sheltered by a deep overhanging roof, while a translucent polycarbonate northern wall provides ample daylight to interior spaces and allows the building to glow at night. A panelized wood slat screen attached to aluminum straps wraps both the opaque and translucent walls tying together the program elements while adding a degree of warmth and familiarity to the expression of the facades. Western Red Cedar was chosen as the primary exterior material because of its resistance to insects, its workability, and its natural weathering characteristics.

Combining elements that address the short-term and long-term needs of the community, 39571 InfoWash attempts to offer residents a return to normalcy and provide much needed services once taken for granted.

39571 InfoWash

39571 InfoWash

The project was envisioned by local resident, Martha Murphy, who saw an opportunity to engage the students of The Design Workshop after a conversation with Federico Negro, a graduate from the Master of Architecture Program and a member of SHoP Architects. SHoP Architects were in DeLisle working with Martha Murphy to rebuild immediately after Katrina hit, and provided critical input and support for the Design Workshop project.

39571 InfoWash, provides a 24-hour laundromat and an organisation which provides rebuilding assistance to local residents

39571 InfoWash, provides a 24-hour laundromat and an organisation which provides rebuilding assistance to local residents

Architects: The Design Wirkshop, Parsons The New School for Design
Location: Delisle, Mississippi, USA
Spring Studio Instructor: David J. Lewis
Summer Studio Instructor: Terry Erickson
Summer Staff: Joel Stoehr
Students: Huy Bui, Ivan Chabra, Sarah Coffin, Christian Eusubio, Dominique Gonfard, Kailin Gregga, Dominic Griffin, Parker B. Lee, Laura Lyon, Kip Katich, Nora Meehan, Shana Sandberg, Emily Wetherbee
Architect of record: Shop Architects
Client: Mississippi Katrina Fund, with special thanks to Martha Murphy, Kathi Heinzel, Bill Heinzel, and Loretta Lizana
Consulting Structural engineering: Dunne & Markis Consulting Structural Engineers
Engineer of Record: Goeffrey Clemens / Compton Engineering P.A. (Bay St. Louis, MS)
Constructed Area: 185.8 sqm
Photographs: Laura Lyon & Ivan Chabra

more information @ ArchDaily

Thu 2.7.


Posted by NoéMie Schwaller on 02.07.2009 - Tagged as: , , , , ,

Addictlove by Tom Burr

Addictlove by Tom Burr

A research project at the Institute for Theory at Zurich’s University of the Arts looks at current furniture works involving design and art.

Design and art

Ever since the modern concept of the autonomy of art created the necessity of dividing the two areas more than 100 years ago, designers and artists have again and again adopted each other’s design and production concepts. Today this practice can increasingly be observed in the structure of exhibitions, methods of production and sales channels.

do hit by Marjin van der Poll, 1999

do hit by Marjin van der Poll, 1999

However, with the existing differences in the ways these two disciplines see themselves and the debates taking place in the fields of art and design it does not appear useful simply to call for these borders to be broken down. On the contrary, in this project the all-inclusive research approach is applied to the examination of a modified concept of function within design, art theory and sociology, as well as their current relationship with the things that are created.

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