Soft Structures | Workshop 4

 

SOFT STRUCTURES
Design-Build Workshop: Bamboo & Tensile Fabrics

Host: Turenscape Academy (TA)
Workshop instructor: Jason Dembski
Technical Support: Turenscape Beijing, MAPS
Workshop Location: TA Xixinan Campus
Project Site: Xixinan Village, Huangshan City, Anhui, China
Date and Time: 6.01.2017-6.14.2017 (7 days)

 

 

Soft Structures

 

Student Workshop © University of Saint Joseph USJ, Macau; Jason Dembski (workshop leader), based on a precedent project: “Weaving Project” by David Garcia Studio.
(http://davidgarciastudio.blogspot.hk/2010/10/weaving-project.html)

 
Student Workshop © University of Saint Joseph USJ, Macau; Jason Dembski (workshop leader), based on a precedent project: “Ripple Forum” by AJ-AR   (http://www.aj-ar.com/w_pu_rippleforum2013.html)

 

Bamboo has a long history in China and across Asia, having been used to make everything from paper and books, to chopsticks and dumpling steamers, and even ladders and scaffolding for modern construction projects. Despite being an abundant and sustainable material, bamboo is today still largely ignored in the construction industry and it remains typically associated with material handicrafts and simple ways of working and living.

 

Pavilions © University of Saint Joseph USJ, Macau; Jason Dembski

Pavilions © University of Saint Joseph USJ, Macau; Jason Dembski

 
This workshop will combine the traditional craft and techniques of bamboo construction with contemporary design tools and methodologies to create feedback loops between full scale bamboo prototypes and their digital counterparts. The soft, pliant material properties of bamboo, together with other tensile fabrics, will be explored for their potential to create dynamic tension-based structures and supple curvilinear spaces. Following initial tutorial sessions in Rhinoceros and Grasshopper 3D modeling and simulation software, design schemes will be developed for a full scale semi-permanent pavilion to be built by workshop participants on the grounds of the Turenscape Academy in Xixinan. Students will learn hands-on, traditional means and methods of cutting, splitting, joining, lashing bamboo, as the basis of assembling components together in larger structures. Other activities in this workshop will include the output of simple drawings for building test prototypes, and also enabling the construction of a final pavilion design.

 

Pavilions © University of Saint Joseph USJ, Macau; Jason Dembski

 

 

Workshop Leader

 

Jason DEMBSKI

Jason Dembski is a designer, maker and curator based in Hong Kong. His work bridges the disciplines of art and architecture. Jason directs his own design studio, Jason Dembski Design, based in Hong Kong, and is the creative director and co-founder of HKwalls, an annual street art festival for local and international artists. Jason studied architecture at Ohio State University (BsArch) and at the University of Michigan (March). He has taught at the University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, and the University of Saint Joseph in Macau, where for 3 years he led the design-build Pavilion Studio, conceiving and constructing temporary pavilions.

 

Schedule

 

 

Past Student Work

 

1. 2014 workshop project
Location: Sai Van Lake, Macau SAR, China.

Pavilions © University of Saint Joseph USJ, Macau; Jason Dembski
 

 
2. 2014 workshop project

Pavilions © University of Saint Joseph USJ, Macau; Jason Dembski
 
3. 2015 workshop project
Location: Sai Van Lake, Macau SAR, China.

Pavilions © University of Saint Joseph USJ, Macau; Jason Dembski

 
4. 2016 workshop project
Location: Sai Van Lake, Macau SAR, China.

Pavilions © University of Saint Joseph USJ, Macau; Jason Dembski

 

Target Audience

1. Students studying architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture and design, environment design or similar fields
2. 3D printing and computational design enthusiasts 
3. Individuals interested in experimental structures and physical making

Certification and Recommendation

1. Receive course completion certificate signed by Dr. Kongjian Yu at the end of the course
2. TA will negotiate internship and job recommendation at Turenscape for outstanding students 
3. Discount for other upcoming workshops held in 2017 (Workshop 2-6)

 

How to Apply

Contact us: 18201521972; 15712966956 (Numbers for both Mobile and WeChat)
Apply: Email academy_dp@turenscape.com with “Name+Workshop Name” in the subject line. Please specify your name, age, gender, major, school or employer, phone number, email address in the body of the email. TA staff will get in touch with you ASAP about workshop details and logistics.

Apply through WeChat:
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Start Time

9:30 am

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Finish Time

5:30 pm

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Address

Huangshan Turenscape Academy 黄山土人学社

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