AA Rio de Janeiro Visiting School

Our friends at the AA are holding a workshop in Rio de Janeiro this April, and this is a last call to register as a participant!  More information about the workshop and how to apply can be found here.








From the site:

AA Rio de Janeiro Design Workshop

5-  14 April 2011

Complementing the venues associated with Rio de Janeiro’s annual Carnival, 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games, this workshop will explore alternative, informal and grass-roots sports and cultural programmes as a way of transforming precarious urban environments and communities and help guarantee a community legacy for these global events. The 10-day workshop will promote a design philosophy that mediates between global and local sensibilities, between formal and informal economies, and between high-tech and low-tech fabrication processes. In contrast to imported and pre-fabricated end-products, it will employ a hybrid methodology, using raw goods (matéria prima) and other found-objects (inspired by the work of artist Ernesto Neto and the Campana Brothers), yet evolving these projects with novel computational-design and fabrication techniques that emphasise the introduction of component-based logics.

The workshop itself will take place almost 40 days after the Carnival, to explore the re-use of the actual Carnival floats, costumes and other related paraphernalia, collaborating with several Escolas de Samba located in the post-industrial empty warehouses of the Porto area, the birthplace of the Carnival and Samba. The recyled Carnival material will be transformed using digital fabrication processes and new digitally fabricated joint components, to create interventions for micro-venues and urban furniture in the Porto region,  to support open cultural and sports events that engage the local populations and both counter and complement the large-scale constructions of Olympic sports venues.

Open to designers from all over the world, the studio-based workshop will include extensive parametric modelling, instruction in Rhino Grasshopper and digital fabrication processes using laser cutter, CNC-milling and rapid-prototyping machines, sponsored by DS4 and SEACAM, all of which will be used to produce design proposals and physical models. The workshop will also feature seminars and lectures by both Brazilian and international architects, artists, urban planners and other specialists (working directly with the Carnival float artisans in their workshops and collaborating with the FABberz’ DIA Workshops), and will culminate with the fabrication of one-to-one scale prototypes and a final review within the port and city centre sites.

TAC-Techically Advance Construction

"TAC - Technically Advanced Construcion - postgraduate course in Milan 2011" TAC Technically Advanced Construction is a new postgraduate course for graduates and professionals established by the Department of Building Environment Science and Technology (BEST), Politecnico di Milano and Co-de-iT. It will run for three months and will allow participants to achieve high levels of knowledge in the design-to-production process through the use of advanced digital tools for design and machines for the creation of physical models.

If you want to know more about it, see this link below


3d Printing, CNC Milling, Laser Cutting, Open Source [OS]

Open Source Laser Cutting

It was destined to happen... someone had to eventually make the leap in laser cutting that MakerBot made for 3d printing and DIYLILCNC made for CNC Milling: bring laser cutters into people's homes by making them affordable and open source.  It seems that nortd labs - a research and development studio founded in New York City - has set out to do just that with their open source laser cutting project "Lasersaur".  The project became a reality on July 8th, 2010, when it was successfully (over)funded on Kickstarter.

The project idea is described on the their Kickstarter site as simply being: "Design a laser cutter and make the building process repeatable for others".

Their mission statement is outlined at www.lasersaur.com as being: "Within one year we hope to provide a cheap, safe, and highly-capable machine that will increase the proliferation of laser cutters and make a significant contribution to the personal fabrication movement. As part of this movement we hope to simplify the creation and sharing (building instructions thereof) of tangible objects. We hope to help make open source hardware mainstream."

FABberz wishes nortd labs the best of luck with Lasersaur - the project will indeed be a major contribution to the world of personal and distributed fabrication!

3d Printing


Start the 3D printer revolution from your desktop ROBOTS THAT MAKE THINGS_And How sharing is the best way to run a bussiness and your life

This desktop DIY machine allows people to establish a new level of design communication by making 3d printing affordable and accessible to all.

The possibility of making ideas come true and transforming digital designs into physical ones, gives designers and other interested parties a great tool to start making things.

MakerBot is completly open source - all plans and software.  Check out more at www.makerbot.com.

We are really happy to see that there are initiatives like this.  Thanks guys for your contribution and congratulations!



Robotic arms @ Trafalgar Square

Visitors to Trafalgar Square (and especially late night club-goers on their way home) saw a pretty interesting sight this weekend plopped in the middle of T-Square: robotic arms that use bright lights to spell out messages created by members of the public.

* The eight robots are an art installation, created as part of the London Design Festival, which starts on Saturday and runs for nine days throughout the capital.

Designed by Reed Kram and Clemens Weisshaar, the installation - called Outrace - will let members of the public control the robotic arms to spell out messages they submit via the Outrace website.

The messages are written by the robots - which have been borrowed from an Audi car factory - using lights (and in a typeface specially designed by London typographer Khashayar Naimanan).

Visitors to Trafalgar Sqare won't see much in the way of comprehensible messages, in any case - they'll just see a load of robots waving lights around. The messages only become apparent on videos shot from around the robot's platform, which are then displayed on the project's website for people to view.

Outrace will run until September 23, so you've still got time to submit your message - which is limited to the half-tweet length of 70 characters. *

Now if only these robots could be put to use as an architectural production line... see: Brick Laying Robotic Arm



* www.metro.co.uk

DIA workshops, Digi-Fabrication, Workshops

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.


Final Call! DIA Workshop 2010: Rio de Janeiro

For more information or to register, please visit www.diaworkshop.net.  The registration deadline has been extended to April 17th due to recent Google server issues in Brazil.

FABberz (www.fabberz.com) and LaN (www.livearchitecture.net) are collaborating to organize 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. While digital production tools have been commercially available for some time, the accessibility to these technologies can now reach far beyond factories and warehouses to our classrooms and homes.

The workshop in Rio de Janeiro will be held at the Infnet Institute as well as PUC-Rio, and it will focus on the social and infrastructural issues facing Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro as they prepare to host the international games. This investigation will set the stage for the development of student proposals. The 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics are catalysts with the potential to create unique opportunities for architectural innovation in South America. This scenario serves as a testing ground to sustainable digital manufacturing 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.  The workshop will kick off with an intensive introduction to parametric design softwares such as Rhino Grasshopper and other Rhino based digital tools. 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.

Open Source [OS]


[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs0puOZOZrw] FABberz is pleased to announce the BETA launch of its site, www.fabberz.com.  FABberz is an online web platform which lets artists and designers physically test and sell their digital fabrication design ideas.  For the BETA release, designers will be able to upload and order laser cut designs.  Other fabrication methods such as CNC Milling and 3d Printing can be uploaded to share with others, however they cannot yet be fabricated... coming soon!

Students and professional designers alike are encouraged to become a FABber today and open up your creativity to world. Today you can begin testing designs that are still in the ideas realm, and begin selling products that are ready to be fabricated!  The learn more or to become a FABber, visit www.fabberz.com.


FABberz tiene el placer de anunciar el lanzamiento en version BETA de su página web, www.fabberz.com. FABberz es una plataforma web que permite a artistas y diseñadores testear físiscamente sus diseños y comercializar sus proyectos e ideas. Para la versión BETA, los diseñadores podrán subir sus diseños y fabricarlos usando una cortadora laser.Otros diseños para los que se precisan otros tipos de máquinas de control numérico, como serían las fresadoras y la tecnología de impresión en 3d, pueden subirse también para compartir con el resto de la comunidad FABberz, aunque dichos diseños no podrán fabricarse todavía...esperamos poder añadir este servicio lo más pronto posible!

Animamos tanto a estudiantes como diseñadores profesionales a convertirse en un FABber hoy mismo y abrir sus diseños e ideas al mundo. Puedes empezar a probar tus diseños que están aún en proceso y empezar a comercializar los productos que están ya listos para ser fabricados! Si quieres saber más sobre como convertirte en un FABberz y unirte a nuestra comunidad , puedes encontrarnos en www.fabberz.com .