Advanced Studio, Spring 2009: Ruy

  • Work by Katharine Lafsky for advanced studio taught by David Ruy, Spring 2009.
    Work by Katharine Lafsky for advanced studio taught by David Ruy, Spring 2009.
  • Work by Katharine Lafsky for advanced studio taught by David Ruy, Spring 2009.
    Work by Katharine Lafsky for advanced studio taught by David Ruy, Spring 2009.
  • Work by Nick Kunkle for advanced studio taught by David Ruy, Spring 2009.
    Work by Nick Kunkle for advanced studio taught by David Ruy, Spring 2009.
  • Work by Jonathan Stitelman for advanced studio taught by David Ruy, Spring 2009.
    Work by Jonathan Stitelman for advanced studio taught by David Ruy, Spring 2009.
  • Work by Jonathan Stitelman for advanced studio taught by David Ruy, Spring 2009.
    Work by Jonathan Stitelman for advanced studio taught by David Ruy, Spring 2009.
  • Work by Nick Kunkle for advanced studio taught by David Ruy, Spring 2009.
    Work by Nick Kunkle for advanced studio taught by David Ruy, Spring 2009.

Advanced Studio, Spring 2009
TEXTILE BLOCK REDUX

David Ruy, Ruth & Norman Moore Visiting Professor

The studio experiments with contemporary modes of digital fabrication for the development of a modular construction system. With a particular focus on CNC milling and digitally fabricated formwork, students gain hands-on experience with both software and hardware techniques. Theoretical and conceptual topics associated with digital fabrication are incrementally addressed as designs develop.

Working in groups of two, students develop a final project that elaborates a system of digitally fabricated modular construction and a prototype house incorporating the system. The primary focus of the project is the construction of a wall section at 1-to-1 scale. The project is understood to be a reinvestigation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s textile blocks, a fabrication system that incorporates rich ornamentation within repeatable concrete blocks. Students are introduced to a genealogy of architecture that grapples with the problem of constructing complex form through efficient systems of fabrication, as well as being introduced to contemporary problems of figuration and patterning relative to digital form generation.