The goal of the workshop is to create a large collaborative architectural installation. As a starting point, growth patterns inspired by nature will be examined, such as fractals and the Fibonacci Sequence in order to give students a fundamental understanding of these proportions found in nature. I will give a brief introduction of examples and how they are used in design, technology and science. I will then give students the assignment of finding more examples in nature and design in order for them to understand the methodology of research itself, and how it can inspire their own design processes.
Tools used will vary from hands on making with materials, to laser cutting, and other technologies. Origami and physical folding will be the beginning point, using a simple sheet of paper and exploring the complex 3D worlds it can create. Samples will be made and looked at in relation to nature and growing patterns. This series of samples can be explored as scale models of the installation, and be expanded in scale. Together we will look at materials that can be used to translate these models into the larger installation. We will keep moving between the two-dimensional world and the three-dimensional world to better understand how they interrelate.
All disciplines will profit from the experience and understanding of natural patterns and folding techniques in order to create, in a short time, with modest materials, a highly complex structure that can be applied within the fields of filmmaking, photography, fashion, and animation.