Bending Soft Systems
This research project deals with different assumptions relating to the plastification of wood. First of all the different bending methods will be briefly outlined on the basis of some test series to show which wood type reacts in what way to a certain kind of treatment. Those trial series focus on the most conventional method of wood bending using hot water steam.
In parallel, simple three-dimensional sketches and photos workout the potential of bent wood structures and how they could be carried over into architecture (areas of application might besupporting structures, facades, lightweight partition walls etc.).
In this context, the emphasis is not on periodic grids and patterns but on unpredictable, chaotic and intuitive joining principles, inspired by nature. Those randomly woven structures explore the potential of behavioural fabrication systems in comparison to construction processes based on the rigid dogma, that only what can be drawn, can be constructed.Finally the examination results out of the physical models will be transmitted to computer-based, parametrised models.
The project took place in WS 2016/17 and is part of the master students research model at DDU.