Additive vs Subtractive

modeling space / CAD 2 @ GUtech 2010- present The 2nd CAD seminar builds upon the drafting skills elaborated in CAD 1. This seminar engages students into constantly shifting from 2D forms of representation, such as plans, sections, elevations and perspectives to 3D models and back. The 3D model is produced through addition of elements (tectonic) or subtraction from a volume (stereolithic). Various scales demand different conventions of drawing. Student gain proficiency in modeling, drafting and layout of their designs and often re-work their studio assignment.
Additive vs subtractive modelling methods in 3D
From 3D model to 2D representation
Integration into the 1st design studio

Barcelona Student Excursion

In spring 2012, GUtech's 'Student Experts' attended the annual Computer Aided Design convention 'WoodStEx 2012' held in Sitges, Spain near Barcelona organized by Bjørn Wittenberg. During the convention the 'Experts' met with more than 200 fellow students from 21 countries all over Europe, representing 54 universities, attended 3 days of intense workshops and could experience the latest software technology.

Islamic Patterns

Islamic Patterns / CAD 1 @ GUtech 2010 - present The 1st CAD seminar introduces students to fundamental concepts of geometry and scale. Students start with analysing Islamic patterns. These traditional patterns are based on circles, squares and hexagons and can be found in many islamic ornaments throughout Oman. They entail basic vectorial transformations, such as translation, rotation, reflection and scale. While re-drawing the patterns in CAD, the students start to re-interpret the pattern in their drawing. Students resolve linear intersections and treat the drawing like an architectural drawing. Later the 2D CAD drawing is interpreted in 3D using extrusion and rotation. This process requires the addition of information. Students are then asked to re-introduce a scale and to read their shapes against a possible programs.

Open Source School

This 2nd year bachelor design studio at TU Berlin introduced parametric planning processes for the design of a school in South Berlin. Students experimented with one-to-one material models aiming at the creation of a particular spatial effect. These models were presented to the primary school pupils and transformed based on their feedback.

Digital Design & Representation

Digital Design and Representation stand at the core of the education of architects and urban designers. Due to the proliferation of computers, the increasing computer literacy amongst incoming students and the fundamental shift in the profession towards the digital, digital design and representation needs to be re-assessed all together.

Urban Oman Research

The research project “Towards Sustainable Patterns of Urbanization” founded by The Research Council Oman (TRC) has lead to various collaborations with other international academic institutions. As co-investigator on the project in Oman, I have been coordinating these exchanges and channeling them into significant contributions to the larger research project while providing the students with academic frame-work, access and exposure.

Parametric Urbanism

CAD 4 @ GUtech 2010 - present In their last regular CAD semester students are introduced to parametric modeling. They elaborate protocols and definitions that can handle design relevant parameters and yield 3D geometries. Student evaluate the resulting shapes and re-interpreted them as architectural or urban forms. A special focus is laid upon the production of variations and repetitions. Once students master parametric design from scratch they use building information modeling software. Again, they work and update a digital model that can be enriched with information to produce technical drawing set, a rendering or a fabrication file.