Computation and information technologies have caused a rapid change in contemporary architecture, affected the whole discipline in various ways. In the context of current digital movements in architecture and related educational programs, CRAFT presents an agenda of research, combined with an extensive pedagogy of informal education, with concentration on new design tools and techniques, digital fabrication technologies and design-research methodologies. Through collaborative computational design, CRAFT would try to realize innovative ideas of people in 1:1 scale projects. Each project would question a challenge and the aim of the CRAFT would be to search possible approaches, material systems, design proposals and and even, research methods through collective intelligence. Particularly, CRAFT focuses on ‘Adaptive Fabrication’ techniques to provide a situation in which analogue and digital, human and technology could interact. It is adaptive because the methods of design and tools of fabrication would be developed, based on the agenda of each project, in such a way that digital tools would be adapted to the needs and limits of the work. In parallel, CRAFT will also host lectures and meetings during the workshops to present voices and ideas of practitioners and professionals. In an innovative approach, CRAFT uses crowd sourcing to raise founds for the realization of the projects. Thus in general, three main characteristics of CRAFT would be Crowd Sourcing, Knowledge Sharing and Community Working.
Crowd Sourcing | Knowledge Sharing | Community Working
ZUBIN KHABAZI, Architect, Researcher and Writer, studied Master of Emergent Technologies and Design (EmTech) at Architectural Association (AA) London, after studies at IAUM for BSc and Master of Architecture (MArch) with Honors. He has taught and lectured in UK, France and Iran, as well as AAVS in Tehran and Lyon. He published papers, researches but most widely e-publications of ‘Generative Algorithms’, as a series of e-books, which are design-research mediums in the field of algorithmic architecture and digital fabrication using Grasshopper. He is the co-founder of TehranCRAFT as an annual experimental collaborative project, focused on adaptive fabrication scenarios. Investigations of ‘Digital Casting’ of architecture via Computation, ‘Algorithmic’ solutions for complex design agendas and (Adaptive-) Fabrication Intelligence, are his current fields of research as a PhD researcher in Singapore University of Technology and Design and in his ‘Laboratory of Algorithmic Architecture’ [morphogenesism].
MEHRAN DAVARI, is an Architect, Researcher and educator based in Tehran, Iran. With a background in interdisciplinary mathematical / architectural studies, he graduated with a Masters degree in Emergent Territories from Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC) in 2013. His research focuses on emerging technologies in design and fabrication, cross platform knowledge in art and architecture, computational and generative design and interdisciplinary architectural practices. He was the curator of the first Tehran Architecture Biennial and He has led numerous workshops in institutions such as Global Summer School of IaaC (Productive City) in Barcelona 2013 and also he is the coordinator of IaaC Global Summer School Tehran 2016, and has lectured in various academic institutions such as Tehran University, EASA 2016 (European Architecture student Assembly). His work has won awards in international architectural competitions. In 2015, he founded TEHRAN PLATFORM for experiential design and fabrication, a project space for multi–disciplinary design, new and emerging architecture, fabrication technologies and Material behaviour system developments.