Wooden Kerf-bent Developable Strips

On-site Workshop

The workshop deals with an integrated approach to designing and fabricating curved wooden structures. These types of structures are more closely explained by thin plywood sheet of wood that have certain portions removed – kerfs – which allow the sheets to bend. These kerfs can have various patterns, but in this case a staggered disposition of dashes and lines is used since it allows for both bending and twisting to a significant amount. This kerf pattern is parametrized (the size, density and length of the cuts) and tested through physical prototypes to inform the design making process about the performance requirements. In a two day workshop, the participants will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the algorithmic approach to pattern design, fabrication through laser cutting and and implementation in a small scale model.

Workshop Authors: Marko Jovanović and Stefan Pejić

Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad

Authors Biography: Marko Jovanovic is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad. He has been a part of the digital design implementation in architecture through his engagement with the 2016 RiS eCAADe Workshop including performative design and robotic fabrication. The same year, as a member of the Digital Design Center, he participated in the 2016 European Researcher’s Night with a pavilion design project including similar fields of interest. Another portrail of the application of digital tools in architectural design is seen during the 2018 Workshop as part of the MoNGeometrija conference. He has one the best application and best student paper award at the RAAD conference for his work including robotic fabrication in architectural design.

Stefan Pejic hold a bachelor’s degree in architecture with a keen interesting in scale model fabrication. Also, he is a liason for all matters pertaining to the student-teacher relationship at the Faculty of technical sciences, acting as the president for architecture. He has been a participant of many workshop that include digital design techniques such as “Designing emergency shelters” in Novi Sad and “Shell Puzzle-Parametric Modeling and Digital Production” in Zagreb. He has exhbited his work at the “25 years of continuity for Djordje Tabakovic”, as well as the “Laboratory of space 2.0”. Currently, he is a student of a specialized master course dealing with digital techniques, design and production in architecture with an interest in kerf-bending.

Workshop Duration: 2×6 hours

6. September (Monday) Morning and Afternoon Session
7. September (Tuesday) Morning and Afternoon Session

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