Nathan King (Assistant Professor, Architecture and Foundation Studies) and Stefanie Pender (Assistant Professor, Glass and Foundation Studies) will be presenting their paper, “Beyond Digital Steroids: A Pedagogical Approach to Foundation Design Education though Design Robotics” at the 2014 International Conference for the Architectural Institute of Korea in Seoul, South Korea. This paper was based upon a collaborative workshop conducted for foundation students. Participating collaborators were Nathan King, Stefanie Pender, Jonathan Grinham (Harvard University & SAOAS Design Group), Rachel Vroman (Harvard University) and Chip Clark(Virginia Tech).
This paper documents explorations of the workshop and specifically presents the development and evaluation of analogue strategies for robotic tooling that engage material and process while by-passing the three dimensional modeling environment with the goal of introducing the machine as a design tool that supports the development of fundamental critical judgement necessary at the foundation level. Within the context of well- established foundation design exercises, a processing-based robotic programming workflow was created that enables students to translate hand drawings to machine code that can be used to create three dimensional parts with ruled surface geometry. The programming workflow was tested during the creation of physical tooling for kiln-based glass casting thus translating the hand drawings to three- dimensional glass artifacts by way of iterative robotic material manipulation.