Curtin University in Western Australia offers an innovative course in their School of Built Environment. Master of Architecture students use Microstation Generative Components in a project involving the design and exploration of a parametric model that can be used to screen a roof.
Professor Sambit Datta directs teaching and research in advanced computational technologies in the Department of Architecture and Interior Architecture which created the innovative course to introduce advanced computational technologies to students of architecture.
The parametric model is in two parts, a carrier surface geometry that defines the overall form of the screen and a repeatable tiling component. The component is further explored with consideration of 2D fabrication techniques, resulting in the making of a 1:10 scale physical scale model.
The design (left illustration) created in Microstation Generative Components is transformed into individual components (right illustration) for the screen to the built. The carrier surface is a self-supporting lattice that provides sun shading and privacy. Slits along the façade can be designed to split open outwards creating an opening. The form of the component is based on an organic bone like structure (left illustration), which was then transformed into a 2D representation for fabrication (right illustration).
The runner-up was Liu Li, who took a radical approach in creating a design which achieved architectural aesthetics as well as practicality.
Ivy Branson, Bentley’s Academic Director SEAPac congratulated Liu Li for her excellent work.