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The first module of the MaCAD – Master in Advanced Computation for Architecture and Design successfully ended in December with the final presentations, when the students showcased their outstanding projects to selected invited jurors from renowned companies, research centers and design offices.

The MaCAD first module on Advanced Computation for Environmental and Structural Design focuses on a design paradigm that is informed by environmental analysis and strategies for structural optimization. Counting on an internationally renowned faculty team, including Jane Burry, Arthur Mamou-Mani, Angelos Chronis, Manja van de Worp and Rodrigo Aguirre among others, students received the most advanced knowledge on the latest software developments and tools for environmental simulation and structural optimization. Their work engaged all the different scales of the design workflow: from building to urban scale.

MaCAD 2020-21 students are located in 20 different countries, and are seamlessly connected thanks to the most advanced platform for video-conferencing and collaborative working. Projects were developed by  multicultural and multidisciplinary teams, offering an extraordinary model of design, connecting global strategies and local solutions. 

MaCAD director, David Andrés León, congratulated the students  for their impressive work, affirming “we couldn’t be more proud and pleased about this first term. To see so many inspiring projects and topics being produced and covered in such a condensed amount of time… it has been truly outstanding!” 

We are delighted to share some highlights from the students’ projects developed in the MaCAD first module on Advanced Computation for Environmental and Structural DesignProspective students and professionals who want to receive more information on the MaCAD and its modular format can schedule a video or text chat with the MaCAD Coordinator at this link !

HIGHLIGHTS

Multifunction timber building
Location: Mumbai, India
MaCAD Students: Aleksander Mastalski (Poland), Krishnanunni Vijayakumar (India) and Keshava Narayan (India)
MaCAD Senior Faculty: Rodrigo Aguirre w/ Oana Taut

This multifunctional building is conceived as an adaptive and optimised modular system, designed using advanced computational Grasshopper tools to control different aspects of the construction and design process: structural and environmental performances, circulation management, assembly process, distribution of different functions in the building. Built using wood and upcycled material, the project engages circular design logics with a reduced low carbon-footprint. Moreover, the design is optimised to increase self-shading and support natural ventilation, while an active external skin system responds to the high radiation and glare levels of Mumbai.

See the full project in the IAAC Blog at this link

Acropora – the Complex Forming of a nature-inspired public space
Location: Burning Man Festival  
MaCAD Students:  Aleksandra Jastrzebska (Poland), Felipe Romero (Colombia ), Hesham Shawqy (Egypt)
MaCAD Senior Faculty: Arthur Mamou-Mani

Acropora is an adaptive public space inspired by nature, designed with advanced computational tools and constructed in bamboo with Digital Fabrication means. Inspired by the Acropora coral’s differential growth, defines a new computational design method for complex forming based on 5 parameters of Radius (define circle size and the starting point of growth), Length (remeshing – define faces edge length), Noise (field manipulation using Perlin noise), Vector (extracting face normals), Attractor (define attractor location and its power and range), Distance between faces (define transfer distance between different faces). After the structural optimization, the Digital Fabrication strategy was developed with a re-meshing process applied to the surface to define vertical and horizontal elements. Vertical elements are composed of multiple 3cm diameter bamboo sticks bundled together; in addition to the 5 cm diameter horizontal elements tie the structure together after lashing with the verticals.

See the
full project in the IAAC Blog at this link

ILMU Bamboo Building
Location: Bali, Indonesia
MaCAD Students: Amar Gurung (Nepal) , Marissa Ridzuan (Indonesia) and Pedro Ribeiro (Norway)
MaCAD Senior Faculty: Rodrigo Aguirre w/ Oana Taut

ILMU is a structurally optimised and environmentally responsive building built in Bamboo for the island of Bali. Reinterpreting local traditions with advanced computation strategies, the design provides solar shading while also maximising solar radiation to harvest solar energy, and a solar chimney that fosters natural ventilation. At the same time, it collects rainwater used for the building and the surrounding crops. 

See the full project in the IAAC Blog at this link

Ubuntu – A pedestrian bridge as a public space intertwining the urban systems of Johannesburg 

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
MaCAD Students: Andrey Okulokulak (Spain), German Bodenbender (South Africa) and Sergey Kryuchkov (Russia).
MaCAD Senior Faculty: Rodrigo Aguirre w/ Oana Taut
The structural optimisation of the timber structure allows a continuous variation in the section, adapting to the context and growing to host different types of public spaces, offering a continuous path that connects segregated urban sections.  With the use of advanced environmental analysis, the design addresses the climatic comfort issue, in terms of the wind, the noise and the sun radiation. 

Built with local wood the bridge has a low ecological footprint, with a short supply chain and complete recyclability.
See the full project in the IAAC Blog at this link

Urban Agora – A community centre for extreme continental climate conditions.
Location: Moscow, Russia
MaCAD Students: Nataliya Voinova (Russia), Harsh Shah (Egypt) and Sachin Dabas (india)
MaCAD Senior Faculty: Rodrigo Aguirre w/ Oana Taut

 

This multilevel community space is a structurally optimised and performative timber construction, designed for an extreme continental climate. The sophisticated  twisting design ensures an optimised environmental wind and solar performance, and is enabled by a triangulated timber structure optimised and designed using Karamba for Grasshopper software. With a textile skin the building responds to the extremely cold winters and hot summers of Russia, ensuring passive adaptation. 

See the full project in the IAAC Blog at this link

Bangkok Residential Project:
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
MaCAD Students: Benno Schmitz (Germany), Jonathan Hernandez Lopez (Germany) , Nawapan Suntorachai (Thailand)
MaCAD Senior Faculty: Rodrigo Aguirre w/ Oana Taut


The passive design strategies of this residential building tackle the extremely hot and humid weather conditions of Bangkok. The Box-in-Box concept design, with an interior facade and an exterior shell, provides a buffer area to cool down the air before it enters the building, while the facade openings are optimised with CFD analysis (computational fluid dynamics) tools to provide cross ventilation and solar shading. Timber is the main structural material, ensuring high quality structural performances while achieving a Carbon-neutral construction.

See the full project in the IAAC Blog at this link

Structural Optimization for a Public Cultural Centre in Madrid.
Location: Madrid, Spain
MaCAD Students: Kim Kyunghwan (South Korea) and Jaime Cordero Cerrillo (Spain)
MaCAD Senior Faculty: Manja van de Worp

The project proposes an adaptive and continuous internal space, thanks to a façade structural grid which reduces the need of columns. The structural optimisation strategy continuously informed the design process, and was developed using Karamba plugin for Grasshopper with four steps of analysis: (1) the Principal structure with wood/concrete columns, wood truss and concrete core, (2) The outer grid structure via mesh opening analysis (without columns), (3) the columns and  the outer grid structure, (4) cross section size optimization for outer grid structure. 

See the full project in the IAAC Blog at this link

Wonderfruit – Nature-inspired system in bamboo
Location: Burning Man Festival
MaCAD Students: Benno Schmitz (Germany) , Jonathan Hernandez Lopez (Germany), Nawapan Suntorachai (Thailand)
MaCAD Senior Faculty: Arthur Mamou-Mani

Wonderfruit is a combination of 3 characters of nature forms including tree, star anise, and cactus. Built in Bamboo, it makes use of ropes to ensure structural stability and of woven-mat skins as skin system. Three pavilions are aggregated creating a communal area, with hanging seats both indoor and outdoor.
See the full project in the IAAC Blog at this link

Do you want to learn more?
Prospective students and professionals who want to receive more information on the MaCAD and its modular format can schedule a video or text chat with the MaCAD Coordinator at this link !