The Fractals Workshop is a generative design workshop that 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.
Participants work in teams to aggregate readily-available, recyclable material based on algorithms they develop themselves. The focus is on connections and rules of growth at the single-unit level and not on the greater system or aggregation that is resultant of applying the rules. The result is a variety of forms from one single unit. Participants understand the concept of evolution in that one small change or rule at the basic unitary level impacts the resultant system. The rules become a manual to be followed to create larger aggregations, and can be used in the future to replicate the system again. The method is inspired from the organic growth of natural systems, parametric architecture, structural systems, mathematics and geometry, and algorithms. The workshop encourages teamwork, design thinking, 3D thinking and logic.
Fractals is a hands-on workshop, building upon the design research carried out in previous iterations. Past participants of the workshop have been:
• school students from disadvantaged backgrounds
• elementary school students from private and international schools
• undergraduate and post-graduate students of Interior Design and Architecture
• professionals from all backgrounds, with an interest in geometry, craft, art and design
• families and friends of all ages and backgrounds
Since 2011, the Fractals Workshop has been to Hyderabad, Chennai, Vellore, Roorkee, Surat, Sharjah, Dubai and Bahrain.