DMY 2010 Berlin

The 'Evolving Monument' is proposal to catalogue the objects developed during the Open Design Laboratory. As a process, this display system will grow, change, disrupt and/or project the input of all participants during this 5-day event. This public effort aims to form the workshop’s institutional memory while serving as a generative exercise in digital fabrication for public learning and collaboration. Initiated and moderated by Luis Berríos-Negrón and Aurel von Richthofen
Workshop Schedule
Thursday * 1800-2000+
Iterative Production, Workshop 1 - introduction to basic Rhino polygonal modeling and integrative fabrication techniques (drawing, extrusion, sectioning, contouring, assembly for laser-cutter, cnc router and or/fdm printing), by Luis Berríos-Negrón and Aurel von Richthofen, two-part workshop, please bring laptop, Rhino4 demo to be provided. This session aims to focus on a simple digital-to-fabrication of the objects and/or molds for objects.
Friday * all day
Open Production Session, follow-up and fabrication of objects designed and considered. Luis daytime, Aurel evening.
Saturday 1400-1600+
Iterative Production, Workshop 2 - introduction to basic Rhino surface modeling and integrative fabrication techniques (surface modeling, caging, unfolding, basic scripting for assemblies for laser-cutter, cnc router and or/fdm printing), by Aurel von Richthofen and Luis Berríos-Negrón, two-part workshop, please bring laptop. Rhino4 demo to be provided. This session will focus on the parametric exercise for creating an array of attachments/parasites for the already produced items in order to connect The Turtle. 
Sunday * all day
This exercise will hopefully be ongoing through Sunday.
Live broadcast within DMY
From model to fabrication
Workshop in progress
Making of a prototype with cardboard

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.

Updating Semper

This seminar geared at fashion design students combined critique of style theory with tectonic design experimentation. Reversing Gottfried Semper’s style argument wherein fashion holds tectonic principles (Bekleidungstheory), architectural theory and structural evaluation are put to use to describe style in fashion design.

Pratt Studio Berlin

Aurel von Richthofen was invited as guest critique to Pratt Studio Berlin at Aedes Network Campus Berlin (ANCB) by Gisela Baurmann and Jonas Coersmeier.

Focal point ETH Studio Basel

Aurel von Richthofen acts as focal point for ETH Studio Basel research on urbanization in Oman in March 2013. He coordinates the visit of 10 students, 4 assistants and 2 professors to Muscat, organizes a symposium and workshops with GUtech students.

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.

Portfolio 2009-2013

This portfolio collects three lines of investigation explored simultaneously and mutually re-enforcing the work produced by aurelVR during 2009-2013: Research, Teaching and Practice. Research on urbanization in Oman and the Gulf marks a new field of investigation of design processes and spatial organization beyond form. Teaching expands in the same direction using digital tools to support design and research. The design part, finally, collects various projects done with aurelVR in Berlin and Oman.