CRAFT.2016.Agenda : Re-Envisioning Felix Candela 

This year’s agenda of the CRAFT is focused on the works, legacy and innovative methodology of Felix Candela, a pioneer in the design and construction of thin concrete shells. While CRAFT continues its explorations on the fabrication of free form surface geometries with composite materials, this is a challenge to understand and further design through the working methodology of Felix Candela.

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CRAFT.2016.Design Brief

For the third year of this program, the agenda is to further push the fabrication of curved surfaces with composite materials. However this time, the design studies of the work will be shifted from pure mathematics to the work and legacy of Felix Candela which still features a good deal of math and geometry in his works. By ‘Re-Envisioning Candela’, the idea is to study the intricacy as well as technicality and methodology of his work and to push it towards further computational design of the shell/surface geometries. Using the strategies like hyperbolic paraboloid geometries and ruled surfaces to generate ultra-thin shell structures, the aim is to see the potentials and embed them in the design of composite surface geometries.



CRAFT.2016.Material System

In terms of material system, this year’s focus is on Sandwich-Structured Composites, which is one step further than the normal fiber composite surface. Sandwich structured composite are helping to strengthen the load-bearing/bending-resistance capacities of the composite and make it a suitable method for making functional curved surfaces. Using a low-density core with hi-density coating, the result would be similar to industrial sandwich panels. But here, based on the fabrication strategy, Customized Sandwich-Structured Composites would be used for the construction of the project.



CRAFT.2016.Fabrication Strategy

As it is always an integral part of the CRAFT programs, analogue and digital would be incorporated again, and the fabrication process is tailored around the needs and necessities of the project. Thus making relevant tools, and development of the techniques are part of the work, parallel to the design development. In this year’s fabrication strategy, robotic arm is used to fabricate the pavilion and regarded strategies are followed during the design process. This is helping to fabricate more complex products, where in combination with the material system of the project, is leaded towards the realization of the Customized Robotically Fabricated, Sandwich-Structured Composites.










Directors: Zubin Khabazi, Mehran Davari

Tutors: Arman Khalilbeigi, Esmail Motaghi, Sina Salimzade and Yasamin Khalilbeigi (Paragen)/ Kunaljit Singh Chadha

Assistant: Soroush Garivani

Students: Oveis Shahnaii, Pooyan Kazemi, Behzad Fattahi, Faezeh Sadeghi, Mahdi Sheikh Asadi, Mostafa Shiri, Mohamad Semnanian, Ladan Toudeshki, Ali Ahmadi, Javad Norouzi, Elmira Shirvani, Ardeshir Talaei, Alireza Sheikhlar, Elmira Abbasi, Farbod Hamidian, Arman Najari, Mona Mohamadi, Saedeh Sadeghi, Saba Mahdi, Kourosh Emami, Atefe Dehnavi, Ava Mozafarinejad, Arezoo Rajaei, Nima Safari, Setare Houshmand, Vahid Khabazan, Nazafarin Behboudikhah.