Computational processes become increasingly influential in the field of design and fabrication. The fast development in the field of computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) allows intuitive application and development of computational design tools during the early concept phase, while constraints and possibilities of fabrication methods and material behaviour are closely integrated within the design process. Such new design methods enable a radically different, inductive design approach.
The Institute for Computational Design (ICD) in collaboration with the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at Stuttgart University designed and built three full-sized research pavilions over the last three years as a part of their education program. The pavilions serve as an instrument to explore new design concepts and fabrication techniques.
The presentation of the ICD-ITKE Research Pavilion 2011 and the ICD-ITKE Research Pavilion 2012 will demonstrate how computational design processes can lead to novel directions for architectural design and construction.