Rio de Janeiro

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Day 11 – DIA Workshop: Rio de Janeiro

Este foi  o último dia do Dia Phase 1 Workshop no Rio. Foi uma exeriência incrível e maravilhosa, fonte de grande aprendizado,   troca de idéias e conhecimento! Os participantes apresentaram exelentes projetos. E um time terá a chance de ir  em Julho no Workshop que acontecerá em São Paulo.  Em breve, será anunciado o vencedor.

This was the last day of Dia Phase 1 Workshop in Rio. It was an incredible opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge.  The teams presented excellent projects and were given feedback for their REWARD BRIEF & DIA BRIEF proposals.   One team will have the chance to go to the AA (Architectural Association) Visiting School Workshop in Sao Paulo in July - this will be announced later in the week.

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Day 10 – DIA Workshop: Rio de Janeiro

Hoje foi o último dia para a fabricação dos projetos. Os participantes trabalharam bastante para concretizar suas idéias. Gesso e concreto foram utilizados como material de preenchimento para os moldes feito de tecido. Cada grupo teve uma estratégia diferente para controlar a espessura do material. Pontos e linhas costurados e a própria gravidade foram exploradas como formas de parametrizar o processo. Today was the last opportunity to fabricate  the projects. The teams worked hard at translating their digital ideas into physical prototypes. Plaster and concrete were used as "fill" material for sewn fabric sacks.  Each group had a different strategy for controlling material thickness - a key issue in the project development.  Sewn points and lines, wires, and gravity itself were explored as ways to parametrize the process.

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Day 9 – DIA Workshop: Rio de Janeiro

Hoje foi um dia muito agitado no laboratório de maquetes em Botafogo.Alguns times terminaram os seus projetos, converteram os seus arquivos  em Cad  e imprimiram os componentes de seus produtos à laser, utilizando materiais como MDF, polipropileno ou a combinação de ambos.  Luminárias interessantíssimas foram criadas e teve início a fabricação de fôrmas de tecido para o projeto em escala urbana.

Today, many things happened at the fabrication lab in Botafogo. Some teams finished their projects in Rhino + Grasshopper and decided on specific variation for laser cutting.  Grilling was used as the primary fabrication method, and materials included MDF, Polypropylene, or a combination of both.  Students also began to sew molds for fabric form prototypes which would become tests for their DIA brief proposals.

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Day 7 – DIA Workshop: Rio de Janeiro

As tarefas foram transmitidas e os trabalhos continuam no instituto Infnet. Os participantes se empenham cada vez mais na elaboração dos projetos da fruteira ou luminária e agora na estratégia urbana  para as favelas.

Everybody already knows about all the instructions for each project. They continue to work hard on the "REWARD BRIEF" to create a lamp or a fruit bowl.  At the same time, each student begins to dig deeper for the "DIA BRIEF", developing urban strategies for the "favelas".

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Day 6 – DIA workshop: Rio de Janeiro

O dia começou com a visita ao morro da Providência, um cenário bastante heterogênio com suas casas, cores, sua gente e principalmente muitas histórias. A Providência apresenta problemas sociais gravíssimos que prejudicam a sua imagem, mas ao mesmo tempo, uma beleza muito peculiar e uma vivacidade dificilmente encontrada em outros lugares. Os times deveriam investigar situações que poderiam ser mudadas diante da proximidade dos Jogos Olímpicos de 2016.

À tarde, todos foram ao Instituto Infnet continuar os projetos, já melhor embasados com a visita à Providência.  Lá, Raquel e josiah deram mais detalhes e explicações à respeito da etapa de Fabricação que estava por vir: cada time teria que fabricar um produto que simbolizasse a sua estratégia urbana para as favelas, utilizando concreto ou gesso e tecido para fazer a fôrma.

The Day began with the visit to Providência, a "favela" in Rio de Janeiro. A very heterogeneous place composed with houses, colors, people and many stories. Providência has  several social problems, but at the same time, a very different beauty and a great vivacity exist there.  The teams are to investigate specific conditions which they identify as being "hot spots for change" on the run up to the 2016 Olympic Games.

In the afternoon, everybody went to Infnet Institute. They continued back into the digital realm of the projects, after a great day in Providência.  Raquel and Josiah gave more details about the next stage: Fabrication of a prototype. Each team should fabricate a product that represents their urban strategy in the favela.  They should use concrete or plaster and fabric to make the mold.

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Day 5 – DIA Workshop: Rio de Janeiro

Hoje deu-se prosseguimento aos projetos de design da fruteira e da luminária. E uma nova proposta foi lançada. Tomando como base o contexto social e urbano, retratado pelas  favelas cariocas e diante de fatos atuais como a cidade do Rio de Janeiro ter sido escolhida para sediar as Olímpiadas e a Copa do mundo, é feito o seguinte desafio aos participantes: cada time deve pensar em algum tipo de recurso arquitetônico ou urbano capaz de auxiliar a cidade neste momento importante. A fim de embasar melhor a todos nesta etapa, Bruno Queiroz, arquiteto da Prefeitura e Verônica Natividade, arquiteta participante da organização do workshop, preparam uma palestra abordando o tema  "Assentamentos irregulares , Favela - Bairro e outros programas". Today, the teams continued to develop the fruitbowls  and  lamps.   They discovered a new brief and a new challenge. According to the current social and urban context in the  favelas and current events like Olympic Games in Rio , they must create something to help the city at this important moment.  Bruno Queiroz  and Verônica Natividade were invited to start a debate about Irregular settlement intervention in Rio de Janeiro.

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DAY 4 – DIA Workshop: Rio de Janeiro

Mais um dia de trabalho! Só que desta vez no Instituto Infnet  no Centro do Rio.  Hoje, os participantes começam a elaborar o projeto da Fruteira ou da luminária, lançando as primeiras idéias no Rhino + Grasshopper, testando seus conhecimentos e descobrindo se realmente assimilaram os tutoriais.

One day more of working! Today, the the teams worked at Infnet Institute. The teams began to think about the design of the  Fruitbowl or lamp. Changing between hand drawings and Rhino + Grasshopper, this project is a great way of discovering the teams'  understand of the tutorials.

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DAY 2 – DIA Workshop: Rio de Janeiro

First  visit to Luciano's lab in Botafogo. Primeira visita ao laboratório do Luciano.

Groups Grupos

Introduction to Grasshopper. Introdução ao Grasshopper.

Started the first stage of the competition: a lamp or a fruit bowl design. Começou o 1º estágio da competição: o design de uma luminária ou uma fruteira.

Raquel and Josiah explain the brief. Raquel e Josiah explicam as proximas tarefas.

Workshops

DIA - Designing Interface Architecture [workshop]

FABberz (www.fabberz.com) and LaN (www.livearchitecture.net) are collaborating to hold a series of workshops for students and other interested parties to be held in multiple locations each year, leading up to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. It is not very often that students in a country like Brazil have the opportunity to take part in these kinds of educational events. Generally speaking, this is due to the significant cost associated with setting up a quality workshop. We are really happy and excited to bring our idea to Kickstarter as a way to support students in Brazil. Check out the widget below to see our progress!  Click on it to watch the project video, learn more, and pledge to help!

The workshops will collectively form part of a long term, additive research scheme focused on the infusion of user participation in design processes. Participants will explore digital fabrication techniques and parametric design tools as a means to create their own architectural interface prototypes - ways for residents to become directly involved in design and building.

A core line of investigation into social and infrastructural problems in favela (slum) neighborhoods in Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro will set the stage for the development of student proposals.

The 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics create a unique opportunity for architectural innovation in South America, and we hope to take advantage of these economic catalysts for the implementation of sustainable digital manufacturing processes in the favelas.

Phase 1 [ Rio de Janeiro - February 2010 ]

FABberz co-founders, Raquel Gallego + Josiah Barnes, along with LaN global director and IaaC Digital tools professor, Luis Fraguada, will head down to Rio to hold a 10 day workshop with local architecture students. The workshop will be broken into 3 parts - LEARN, DESIGN, and BUILD.

We will begin with an intensive introduction to parametric design softwares such as Rhino Grasshopper and other Rhino based digital tools. As a part of this introduction, students will give back to Kickstarter patrons (you - who is making all of this possible), by designing rewards for them (look over to the rewards section).

Students will evaluate the user as a parameter for creating design interfaces, and mass customization techniques will emerge as the central strategy in connecting material and experiential processes. Fabrication will be studied as a complex process from the design stage to the construction stage, incorporating the participation of favela residents.

DIA phase 1 will explore multiple fabrication techniques using laser cutting, including fabric forming and puzzle joinery. An introduction to these techniques will be followed by team development of customizable user interfaces and fabricated prototypes of different iterations of the proposals. Local residents will be invited to participate by customizing their own prototypes using the systems developed by students in the workshop.

The research and work done at the workshop will be disseminated through a publication by AA (Architectural Association) Adaptive Ecologies, as well as exhibited at the Architectural Association (in London) "Project's Review" and WOOD 2010 'Architecture of Necessities' exhibitions.

We think that the real potential of this project lies in the power of collaboration. With the involvement of many people from different backgrounds, and by layering diverse ideas over time, we can collectively make tremendous improvements to living conditions in Rio and really make a positive impact on people's lives. Oh behalf of FABberz, LaN, and the workshop participants, we thank you in advance for your interest and support!