CAMX 2016 preview: UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design

The UCLA Department of Architecture & Urban Design (A.UD; Los Angeles, California) are featuring a composite architectural structure that won first place in the American Composites Manufacturers Association’s (ACMA) first ever Composites in Architecture Design Challenge at the American Institute of Architects’ 2016 Convention in Philadelphia.

The UCLA Department of Architecture & Urban Design (A.UD; Los Angeles, California) are featuring a composite architectural structure that won first place in the American Composites Manufacturers Association’s (ACMA) first ever Composites in Architecture Design Challenge at the American Institute of Architects’ 2016 Convention in Philadelphia. For the challenge, ACMA’s Architectural Division asked students to work in teams to develop an innovative composite architectural/building component or assembly. The teams were encouraged to explore and invent new, and sometimes radical, architectural designs. UCLA’s winning “Undulating Gills” entry was created by UCLA architecture students Anna Kudashkina, Yifan Wu, Yuekan Yu, Shahr Razi, Simi Shenoy, and Marcelo Marcos, who worked on the project under the direction of SUPRASTUDIO lecturer Julia Koerner within a technology seminar known as Animated Fibers. The team’s project incorporated composite fabrication of “mega-panels” while integrating robotic technology to fabricate panels without a mold. The result was a twisting structure that creates a “parametric relationship between a series of panels to allow for lighting control on a facade.” The team’s main technique was to twist and robotically manipulate a single infusion bag with several panels inside. This reduced the amount of time and material in the fabrication process. Other advantages of mass production robotic controlled infusion are the ability to control precise form changes and increased possibility for onsite building.