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“Behavioral Composites” instructed by Roland Snooks introduced algorithmic techniques and complex systems in the design and fabrication of a composite fiber surface.

Engaging in the behavioral design methodologies of Snooks’ architecture practice Kokkugia, the students designed fibrous surfaces that negotiate between structural and ornamental conditions.

Roland Snooks introduced the students – limited to 12 because of the fabrication component yet with backgrounds in architecture, industrial design, furniture design, interactive design and new media – to processing, and to creating a multi-agent algorithm. The algorithms were applied to CNC-milled surfaces used for material experiments to fabricate glass fiber panels. Deliverables of the workshop included generative drawings, videos and composite fiber surface prototypes.


Follow the workshop:

Roland Snooks workshop day 1 (part 1)

Roland Snooks workshop day 1 (part 2)

Roland Snooks workshop day 1 (part 3)

Roland Snooks workshop day 1 (Part 4)

Roland Snooks workshop day 2 (Part 1)

Roland Snooks workshop day 2 (Part 2)

Roland Snooks workshop day 2 (Part 3)

Roland Snooks workshop day 2 (Part 4)

Roland Snooks workshop day 2 (Part 5)

Roland Snooks workshop day 2 (Part 6)

Roland Snooks workshop day 2 (Part 7)

Roland Snooks workshop day 2 (Part 8)

Roland Snooks workshop day 4

“Design schools are currently well placed to take a leading role in adopting and developing new robotic fabrication technologies that are essential to the realization of an increasingly geometrically complex formal sensibility.”
–ROLAND SNOOKS


Prairie House – Fibrous strand chunk. Kokkugia/Roland Snooks with Texas A&M. Image courtesy of Roland Snooks.

University of Pennsylvania, 2011 – Fibrous Assemblages agent drawing. Instructor: Roland Snooks. Image courtesy of Roland Snooks.

American Academy in China workshop, 2011 – composite fiber prototype. Instructor: Roland Snooks. Image courtesy of Roland Snooks.

Roland Snooks is a partner of the experimental architecture practice Kokkugia, and teaches architecture at RMIT University, Columbia University and University of Pennsylvania. Roland’s design research is focused on emergent design processes involving agent-based techniques, and is also the focus of the forthcoming publication “Swarm Intelligence: Architectures of Multi-Agent Systems”.