The Fractals Workshop is a hands-on workshop exploring generative design through the use of analog algorithms. It is a 3D thinking workshop in which participants develop algorithms or rules of growth that are demonstrated through geometric aggregation models as an ongoing design research. The Fractals Workshop combines logic, geometry, natural systems and structure. This workshop is an adaptation of the teaching methods practiced at the Design Research Lab at the AA School of Architecture in London.
The focus is on developing prototypical design systems from the bottom up using analog algorithms versus designing from the top down with a preconceived end in mind. The method is inspired from the organic growth of natural systems, parametric architecture, structural systems, mathematics and geometry, and algorithms.
Fractals Workshop series is an ongoing iterative design research focusing on the process itself and relinquishing control over the final outcome, which remains unpredictable.
Since 2011, the Fractals Workshop has been to Hyderabad, Chennai, Vellore, Roorkee, Surat, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Sharjah, Dubai, Doha, Bahrain and Boston, and is coming up in Xixinan and Muscat.
Fractals workshop virtual studio
Since the COVID-19 lockdown, the Fractals Workshop series has been held exclusively online, which has given participants from all over the world to attend remotely, working with a combination of available household objects, paper or disposables, and computational tools. The design explorations from this online workshop series are curated in the form of a virtual reality exhibition that is open to all, and can be attended using your smartphone, computer or a VR headset!
Fractals 28.0: a/synchronous
The next online Fractals Workshop will be held over 3 days in collaboration with Re: Hash Parametric. It will be mentored by Takbir Fatima, architect and Director of the award-winning interdisciplinary design and experimental architecture studio, DesignAware and the Fractals Workshop.
Fractals 28.0: a/Synchronous will take place over three days:
Batch 1 [registrations open]
Friday 19 February
Saturday 20 February
Sunday 21 February
12pm- 4pm IST (with two 30 min breaks in between and offline work afterwards)
15 February is the last date for applications!
Phase 2: [remote build]
Dates and fees TBA after global lockdown reopens
Analog to Digital
The design research and formfinding process with be conducted between the analog and digital realms. Physical aggregation models made of readily-available materials at home will be developed based on analog algorithms, which will then be translated to data-embedded digital models.
digital to analog / Virtual to Real
Three design systems from this workshop will be selected for further design development and prototyping in real-material, and real-scale fabrication and installation as urban sculptures post-lockdown.
Real to virtual
All successful design systems from this workshop series will be developed further and exhibited in an immersive virtual reality exhibition online.
+Basic design sensibility or inclination towards art or design
+Basic 3D modeling skills are a plus, but not a must
+Internet access and good WiFi connection
+Computer with mouse, webcam and headphones, and compatibility to run Zoom and Rhinoceros 6.0 or above
+Inquisitiveness, openmindedness and a willingness to try and learn new concepts
Individual ₹4,600 / $70 per participant
Individual (student/academic) ₹4,300/ $65 per participant
Group of 3+ ₹4,000/ $60 per participant
10 February is the last date for early-bird applications for Batch 1!
20 February is the last date for late application acceptance for Batch 1.
Phase 1 of the workshop series will be completely online! This is part of our remote learning initiative. You may attend the workshop from home or wherever you are, and you will receive recordings of the workshops to review later at your convenience.
Phase 2 will be a remote build workshop, in which selected designs will be executed on site. Authors of selected designs from Phase 1 will be automatically enrolled into Phase 2; other participants may apply separately.
Re:Hash Parametric is an educative platform about art, architecture and design focusing on the fields through a parametric lens. As we switch from goals of uniformity and standardizations to contextual, adaptable, mass customized and heterogeneous designs, parametric design thought processes offer us the tools to solve visual, perceptive, material and structural issues quantifying the relationship between design intent and design response. They are focused on sharing learnings and experiences in the field through a series of interactive sessions, creating awareness, inviting discussions and debates to live up to the name Re: Hash Parametric.
Phase 2.1 of the Fractals Workshop will be hosted on the beautiful campus of Turenscape Academy in the heritage town of Xixinan, China.
government of telangana
The Government of Telangana has extended support for the build part of Phase 2.2 which will be held in the historical city and IT hub of Hyderabad, and explore a combination of digital fabrication and virtual reality for execution.
Construction workers and laborers are the backbone of the construction industry, without whom it would be impossible to build. Unfortunately, due to the necessary lockdown measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, many migrant workers, day laborers and construction workers have been adversely impacted and rendered all but homeless overnight. Thousands of migrant workers and their families have been stranded with no work, no source of income, no food, no access to toilets or homes, and the impact is long-lasting even today. In order to provide relief to these workers and their families, many local initiatives and volunteers are working together to prepare meals and supply rations.
Though the coronavirus is deadly and fatal virus, even in times of normalcy, tens of thousands of people lose their lives due to hunger, a deadlier virus. We at DesignAware have started a social media campaign to collect funds from interested donors and channel them to volunteers working to help the lesser privileged, to #StarveTheHungerVirus.
Each registration to the Fractals Workshop will be provide one month of rations to one family in need that has been impacted by the COVID-19 lockdown.
Each participant will receive a digital Participation Kit containing a Workshop Manual, additional online reference material, a DIY GeoDesk 2020 calendar and online access to recordings of the guest lectures for 3 weeks after the conclusion of the workshop.
On completion of the workshop, you will receive an official digital Participation Certificate signed and stamped by DesignAware.
Good to Know
+This is not a digital fabrication or software workshop, but a generative design workshop using computational tools and physical models. All designs created will be in the form of analog or physical models, augmented by digital models.
+Attendance is mandatory on all three days.
+In case a participant does not attend all three days of the workshop, they may not receive a participation certificate.
+Fee once paid will be non-refundable under any circumstances.
+Registration is not transferable to any other participant.
+In case the workshop is canceled by the organizers due to any other reason, the full fee will be refunded.
+Once your registration is confirmed, you will receive an email with all the details and requirements of the workshop.
+If at any point you have trouble making the payment, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Fractals Workshop Virtual Studio” in the subject line.