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Generating the Design Process with Gigamap: The development of the Loop Pavilion

Format: Papers, RSD3, Topic: Architecture & Planning, Topic: Socioecological Design

Marie Davidová

This interdisciplinary project involves the teamwork of the students from the Faculty of Art and Architecture at the TUL in Liberec and the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences at the CZU in Prague under the leadership of myself, Martin Kloda and Šimon Prokop. Various disciplines, such as mathematicians, software developers, structural engineers, mechanical engineers, urban planners and arts managers, are included in the design process. The goal of the one-semester studio course is to build a wooden, environment-responsive pavilion that will host cultural events in June 2014. The pavilion will absorb the humidity at night while evaporating it in the arid sunny afternoons. Its panelling will generate the circulation of humid air.

The research methods are systems oriented design, physical modelling, parametric design, file-to-fabrication, and 1:1 prototyping, where gigamapping became the all-covering working tool of the design process. Besides the literature, the students used my gigamap of performative wood research as study material for the starting point. The overall knowledge was mapped on the paper board on the table. To use the table instead of the wall is recommended by Birger Sevaldson for the reason of better interaction of the participants. (Sevaldson 2014)

After the discussion, we decided to map and predict our design process. We drafted the timeline with the proposed time schedule of the course and the different roles and responsibilities of the participants. All the results and expectations are put on the board and discussed in the team. In that sense, the gigamap generates and controls the design process of the overall team.




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Author(s): Marie Davidová
Title: Generating the Design Process with Gigamap: The development of the Loop Pavilion
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
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First published: 28 September 2014
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