The /ARCHITECTURE CHALLENGE/ –  program is an international design workshop series  initiated by Andrei Gheorghe and Bence Pap. It is intended for architecture students interested in exploring integrated digital design and fabrication while simultaneously designing a full-scale built project within the teaching environment of the Institute of Architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

Integrated Digital Design and Fabrication

Architectural Design at the Angewandte is taught as an integrated, multidisciplinary process. Following this tradition, the design process will be enriched with interactive strategies combining Grasshopper plugins such as the Arduino platform for this fall. Specialists from the Institute of Architecture and invited guest experts will co-tutor the workshop. The handling of virtual simulation methods and the engineering of movable, foldable, collapsible structures will be a primary focus of the workshop. This week long intense workshop will result not only in moving and responsive built structures and environments, but will also inform and prepare interested students for the MArch entrance exam (24th-28th September 2012) and the architecture study program at the Angewandte.

Format & Ambitions Architecture Challenge Fall12

The Architecture Challenge Program is organized as a 6 day, intense event. The ambitions for this fall will be to design kinematic and responsive parametric installations by combining structures developed in Grasshopper in connection with Arduino in order to create interactive objects or environments.. Introduction to Rhino / Grasshopper / Arduino will be followed by a project design development in groups and daily reviews of the group projects which will enter into a competition mode. Selected projects will be fabricated and assembled as a group effort. The workshop will close with a final presentation with guests followed by an exhibition.

Ideal participants are architecture students with a bias in Digital Design & Fabrication. Materials, working space and necessary fabrication equipment will be made available. You will need to bring your own laptop with Rhino and Grasshopper installed. Basic use of Rhino is necessary knowledge of Grasshopper is advantageous, but not needed.

Time & Location:

17th-22nd September 2012 at IoA / Angewandte Wien

Info + Q&A:


http://www.facebook.com/ architecturechallenge

architecturechallenge @uni-ak.ac.at

Link to Previous Event Architecture Challenge Spring12:


Material & Use of Equipment Fee: 250 €

Early Bird Fee (Registration until 1st September): 190 €


IoA Team:

Andrei Gheorghe, Bence Pap + guests


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