get ready for two fractals workshops at Utopian Dystopia!
Fractals 34.0: Immersive_Spaces
at: Utopian Dystopia
April 22-24 (online) + April 25-27 (time for submission of completed work)
Live Exhibition: May 13 (VR exhibition of outcomes)
Immersive Experience: May 19-28 (in person)
where: online via Zoom, with exhibition of outcomes during the event in Kochi
who: students or professionals from design, architecture or related disciplines from anywhere in the world
The Fractals Workshop is a hands-on workshop exploring generative design through the use of analog algorithms. It is a computational formfinding workshop in which participants develop algorithms or rules of growth that are demonstrated through geometric aggregation models as an ongoing design research. 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 computational design.
Fractals Workshop series is an ongoing iterative design research focusing on the process itself and relinquishing control over the final outcome, which remains unpredictable.
Fractals workshop virtual studio
Since 2011, the Fractals Workshop has been to Hyderabad, Chennai, Vellore, Roorkee, Surat, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Kollam, Sharjah, Dubai, Doha, Bahrain, Boston, and Xixinan.
Since 2020, the Fractals Workshop series has also been held 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!
This workshop promises the best of both worlds! Selected outcomes from the online workshop will be curated into an immersive experience that will be exhibited at Utopian Dystopia in Kochi from May 19-28.
Analog to Digital
The design research and formfinding process is conducted between the analog and digital realms. Physical aggregation models made of readily-available materials at home are developed based on analog algorithms, which are then translated to data-embedded digital models.
Real to virtual
All successful design systems from this workshop series will be developed and exhibited in a virtual reality exhibition online.
digital to analog / Virtual to Real
Selected design systems from this workshop series will be curated into an in-person immersive experience during Utopian Dystopia.
The next online Fractals Workshop will be held over 3 days, followed by a virtual reality exhibition of the work. 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.
Applications are open!