Published March 1, 2016
Coming up this Fall
STUDIO ONE 2016/17 – Bio-inspired Design and Fabrication
STUDIO ONE is a one-year post-professional program for students with a professional (accredited Bachelor of Architecture) degree. A two-semester studio course makes up the core of the program intended for those interested in exploring innovative and experimental design issues through a research-oriented and multidisciplinary approach. It is supplemented by seminars, lectures, and workshops in architectural design, engineering, and natural sciences with the opportunity to take electives at the College of Environmental Design. Students who complete the program will receive a non-professional Master of Architecture degree.
For 2016-17, STUDIO ONE has the theme “Bio-inspired Design and Fabrication” and will be directed by Assistant Professor Simon Schleicher. The goal of the studio is to venture out into the unchartered territories and common frontier between architecture, engineering, and biology. It seeks to forge interdisciplinary and cross-professional alliances to provoke a novel design paradigm based on the integration of multifaceted methodologies and informed processes. The main focus in this respect will be on re-examining and merging the areas of biomimetics, computational design, structural analysis, material-based fabrication and construction.
The studio will follow an inquiry-oriented, experiment-based, and project-driven research agenda. Based on an intensive, critical, and analytical approach to cutting-edge design and construction methods, the studio aims to go one step further by taking inspiration from flexible and resilient structures found in nature. By closely investigating biological structures for their efficiency and adaptability and by abstracting their underlying construction principles into suitable architectural systems, the studio will challenge our present understanding with new bio-inspired fabrication and construction concepts. STUDIO ONE students will design and fabricate models and large-scale demonstrations that showcase the potential of biologically informed design concepts that anticipate a new foundation for lightweight, multifunctional, and sustainable architecture.
Find here a link to my recent publication on “Form-finding and Design Potentials of Bending-active Plate Structures”. This work was featured at the Design Modelling Symposium 2015 in Copenhagen
Compilation of videos featured at the “Out of Plane: Designing Flexible Structures” Exhibition at UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design, Department of Architecture.
Out of Plane: Designing Flexible Structures from Simon Schleicher on Vimeo.
Published October 27, 2015
Out of Plane
Designing flexible structures
Nov. 2-25, 10am-5pm
108 Wurster Hall
This collaborative exhibition, Out of Plane: Designing flexible structures, presents simulations, sketch models, and large-scale demonstrators of novel architectural forms and structures made possible through the creative exploration of bending and folding principles. It showcases the work of Asst. Prof. Simon Schleicher and students from the ITKE at the University of Stuttgart and UC Berkeley’s Department of Architecture. With modern computational design tools and innovative elastic materials available to architects today, deployable flexible structures are ever more possible. The exhibit takes on an integrative approach of physical form-finding and computer aided structural design: adopting mechanisms long avoided by engineers, such as the bending and buckling of thin plates as well as harnessing the idea of cross-connecting multiple layers, which taken by themselves may be too soft, but in their combination allow the construction of complex, lightweight, and strong structures. Highlighting an additional advantage to this research direction as it scales up in application: these structures were generated from simple planar parts, fabricated using conventional flatbed processes, and assembled without the necessity for skilled labor. The challenge at hand is in the design stage as it is difficult to anticipate the deformation from two-dimensional to curved geometries. The work presented here explores that challenge deeper and illustrates the elegant structural possibilities made possible through this innovative approach.
This exhibition is supported by: CARA – California Research Alliance by BASF, SOFiSTiK AG, UC Berkeley Department of Architecture, University of Stuttgart Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE)
The Out of Plane opening reception will be held on Monday, November 9 from 6-8pm.
Department of Architecture
College of Environmental Design
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720–1820
Published September 29, 2015
Simon Schleicher is going to present his collaborative research on “Form-finding and Design Potentials of Bending-active Plate Structures” at this year Design Modelling Symposium in Copenhagen 09/30/2015. For more information please visit https://www.design-modelling-symposium.de or check the conference book on “Modelling Behaviour” http://goo.gl/anVVih.
Schleicher, S., Rastetter, A., La Magna, R., Schönbrunner, A., Haberbosch, N., Knippers, J. (2015). Form-finding and Design Potentials of Bending-active Plate Structures, In: Modelling Behaviour, Design Modelling Symposium 2015, Ed. by Thomsen, M.R. et al., Springer, ISBN: 978-3-319-24206-4
Published April 7, 2015
PhD Research , UC Berkeley
Upcoming presentation at the MRS Conference on “Adaptive Architecture and Programmable Matter” in SF. Stop by if you are around. My presentation will be on Wednesday, April 8th at 2:30pm. Looking forward to seeing you there.