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Architectural Knitted Surfaces | International Workshop

Shenkar College of Engineering and Design

Tel Aviv

22-27 February 2009

 

I had the pleasure to participate at this intensive 6-day international workshop held at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Tel Aviv.

A unique hands-on and cross-disciplinary collaboration between the Department of Interior – Building and Environment Design, the Knitting Workshop and the Plastics Engineering in Shenkar.

The workshop’s aim was to explore the potential implementation of parametric CAD tools in the built environment by analyzing the complex geometrical behaviour of three dimensional knitted textile materials, both at the level of the overall surface and the local stitch.

In the first phase we elaborated digital models of various complex textile surfaces by using ParaCloud Modeler – a parametric design tool, which converts spreadsheet driven matrices into a powerful generative and associative modelling and analysis application. In the second phase we produced prototypes of these models with a wide range of fabrication technologies such as 3D printing, CNC milling, laser cutting, as well as using the advance equipment of the Knitting Workshop and the Plastic Workshop to achieve both rigid and elastic conditions.

The wokshop was organized by the head of the Department of Interior – Building and Environment Design Prof. Shraga Kirshner and was directed by teaching staff from Shenkar: Dr. Eyal Sheffer, and architect Ayelet Karmon, in collaboration with Dipl. Ing. (TU) Norbert Palz, architect, from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, CITA, Center for Information Technology and Architecture.

Here are few images from the workshop:

 
 

The Stoll knitting machine in action at the Shenkar’s Textile Workshop:

 

 

A video realized by students during the workshop:

 

(Music: “Brancaster Coast” by Ochre, from the Album “A Midsummer Nice Dream“)

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