Integrated Digital Design and Fabrication

The seminar examined the application of contemporary digital design and production methods. Student groups generated knowhow through the analysis of reference examples, and designed parametric envelope structures in full scale. The design process was enriched through the structural testing of parametric models in Rhino, Grasshopper and Karamba. Specialists from Bollinger+Grohmann Engineers provided in-depth expertise and technical assistance throughout the seminar. The seminar was organized in two workshop sessions of 5 days each. The first block, held in Vienna, ran between the 12th-17th Nov. 2012 and the second shall be held in Tel Aviv between the 2nd and 7th Dec. 2012. The seminars are a collaborative project between students and faculty from the University of Applied Arts, Institute of Architecture in Vienna and Tel Aviv University, Azrieli School of Architecture in Israel.

Parametric Envelope Structures

The seminar centered upon the investigation of engineering and fabrication methods for the realization of a 1:1 parametric envelope structure – contributing to the ever-expanding catalogue of proto-architectural solutions made possible through digital methods. Furthermore the workshop sought not only to examine the formalization of digital design methods but also respond to the contextual specificity of Vienna through a study of the city’s formal language and affective potentialities.


The process began with students exploring and examining the city’s rich architectural language. Through rigorous discussion and interrogation of the proposals a common conceptual point of departure was established which formed the basis of a proto-architectural module that was further augmented by both structural and performative aspects. The conceptual underpinning for the project was derived from the compositional syntax and visually mediating qualities of light distribution and reflection in the work of Loos (Haus am Michaelerplatz and the onyx marble wall in the American Bar). The visual qualities of the marble were abstracted and translated into a three-dimensional form through a process of aggregation and subtraction.

Further refinement of the module and structural analysis of the overall form was performed using Grasshopper and Karamba. Concurrent with this process was the development of a number of prototypes which analyzed various strategies for the joining of the modules.



Emanuel Gollob, David Tavcar, Marta Piaseczyńska, Guy Nir, Maya Shkedy, Adi Zur, John Alan Gallerie, James Park, Marc Krenn, Daniel Schinagl, Ran Israeli, Nitsan Levin, Revital Michaely, Ming Yin, Emanuele Mozzo, Liat Belkin, Nimrod Zidel, Michael Oren, Sarit Naiman, Katharina Mohn, Maximilian Salesse, Genov Dimitar, Stephan Tomasi, Rinat Sela, Shiri Dobrinzki, Shai Sachs, Deniz Ors, Tamas Nyilanszky, Feiyu Qi, Venetia Alia, Emili Gertner, Gali Dubizki, Tal Amram


University of Applied Arts Vienna, Institute of Architecture: Andrei Gheorghe

Tel Aviv University, Azrieli School of Architecture: Eran Neuman, Tamir Lavie

Bollinger+Grohmann: Clemens Preisinger, Moritz Heimrath, Robert Vierlinger, Matthew Tam


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