TEX-FAB is extremely pleased to announce the WINNING ENTRY for the TEX-FAB PLASTICITY International Design Competition. A total of 70 entries were reviewed by the second round jury, consisting of Craig Dykers, Bill Kreysler, Roland Snooks and Greg Lynn. Each juror evaluated the final projects according to their conceptual clarity, technical potential, innovative use of materials and methods, and project feasibility. Though all entries were scored with exceptional marks, the winning entry is PLASTIC STEREOTOMY, designed by Justin Diles.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Daniel GILLEN: PLYGROUND is the latest design from DGD (DGILLENdesign) for TEX-FAB’s annual digital design and fabrication competition. The competition investigated “Plasticity” through an architectural proposal that utilizes parametric design and digital fabrication.
TEX-FAB, a regional organization that promotes the integration of advanced computing and fabrication in education and the AEC industry, organizes an annual competition around a conceptual theme that ultimately awards a building commission to the winner.
suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
vlad TENU: The project is the winner of the TEX-FAB REPEAT Digital Fabrication Competition.
Minimal Complexity is the product of an architectural research focused on both the form-finding and the fabrication of minimal surface structures. The process was defined by an alternative algorithmic method based on the computational simulation of virtual soap films. The question that emerged was how the translation from the computational space to the build artifact could be embodied into this dual process.
The project was awarded an honorable mention in the REPEAT competition organized by TEXFAB November 2010.
gabriel ESQUIVEL: There is a vast precedent in fabrication projects that deal with the idea of weaving, however within those projects there are more specific techniques. This project concerns itself specifically in the spiral or coil. In “Tooling” Aranda/Lasch describe this technique as, “the spiral (which) is not so much the shape as the evidence of a shape in formation.”(1) This idea implies constant movement as a desired effect – something architecture has historically aspired to.
We are pleased to announce the winners to the TEX-FAB REPEAT Digital Fabrication Competition. We received a total of 73 entries from across the globe representing 18 countries on 5 continents. The jury consisting of Patrik Schumacher, Marc Fornes, Lisa Iwamoto, Chris Lasch and Blair Satterfield conferred and decided that the winning project that will be built for the TEX-FAB Event in Houston in February 2011. Of all the entries the Jury selected 1 Winner, 4 Runners-Up and 7 Honorable Mentions which will be exhibited along side the winner.
image: vlad TENU / minimal complexity / winner