Dermoid at Convergence

										

Dermoid is a teaching and research collaboration by The Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory,(SIAL) RMIT, the Centre for Information Technology and Architecture [CITA], Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen and RMIT Fashion and Textiles. In spring 2009 Prof. Mark Burry won the prestigious Velux Visiting Professorship Award to work with CITA, Centre for

Dermoid is a teaching and research collaboration by The Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory,(SIAL) RMIT, the Centre for Information Technology and Architecture [CITA], Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen and RMIT Fashion and Textiles.

In spring 2009 Prof. Mark Burry won the prestigious Velux Visiting Professorship Award to work with CITA, Centre for IT and Architecture at KA, over a two year period. The aim for the Visiting Professorship was to explore how computation can lead to new material practices in architecture.

Dermoid looks at reciprocal frame systems aiming to develop large span architectural structures from short timber members. Designed as aggregates of double beams, the material flex is designed into individual element creating a complex layered weave for an architectural installation.

The third iteration of Dermoid took place as a design workshop, installation and exhibition and featured as a part of the of RMIT’s Design Research Institute Convergence Exhibition at the Design Hub Gallery from April 25 -May 28, 2013.

The Dermoid III Installation/workshop continued to test material behaviour with the additional design problem of ‘skinning’ the structure, informed by an understanding of material behaviour, developed via computational design and physical testing of knitted textiles.
Working through a trans-disciplinary workshop model, the research project creates an environment of exchange between researchers, students and industry practitioners. The workshops create open environments where researchers across architecture and textile design disciplines seek to question technologies, materials and construction techniques together.

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