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Student constructing the cardboard pavilion

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3D prototype of pavilion

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Experimenting with form

This workshop was introduced during the Mackenzie Architecture Week, and was in partnership with the professors Charles de Castro Vincent and Marcelo Oliveira.  It introduces the logic and the flexible, or responsive, nature of parametric design, in tandem with digital fabrication, using Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, laser cutting, and 3D printing.

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Stages of form-finding

Students are divided into four groups, developing a pavilion project for the entrance of the building. They are challenged to think about the over-arching plan, and to study the possibilities with Kangaroo, a Grasshopper Plugin, for the joints and units. At the end, a pavilion is constructed with laser cut cardboard.