And then came the grandest idea of all! We actually made a map of the country, on the scale of a mile to the mile!” “Have you used it much?” I enquired. “It has never been spread out, yet,” said Mein Herr: “the farmers objected: they said it would cover the whole country, and shut out the sunlight! So we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well.” – Lewis Carroll
Holographic models allow design intent to be visualised in situ before it is built, and will eventually replace drawings on construction sites. Building directly from these mixed reality environments extends the skills and capabilities of designers and builders by improving spatial understanding of design intent and reducing the risk of human error associated with extrapolating 2D instructions to 3D form. These new capabilities dramatically improve the ability of conventional construction teams to fabricate structures with significant variability in parts, form, structure, texture, pattern and so on, and in many cases completely reverse design viability as impossibly expensive and difficult proposals become straightforward, low risk and cheap. Complex designs can now be fabricated on standard building sites, with standard materials and tools, and without expensive expertise or design documentation.
Gwyllim Jahn and Cameron Newnham will present recent research from RMIT in Melbourne that investigates the implications of Mixed-Reality (MR) assembly methodologies on architectural design through the lens of several architectural prototypes. Could making in MR allow us to refigure CAD-CAM not as a means of working to high degrees of tolerance and precision but instead as a return to craftsmanship, intuition and reflexive making? How will the medium of MR enable new forms of collaboration between designers and manufactures, or between humans and machines? What new architectural forms might be found in this superposition of the digital and the craftsman?
Co-Founder and CEO Fologram
Gwyllim Jahn is the co-founder and director of Fologram, a Melbourne based design research practice and technology startup building the medium for making in mixed reality. He has previously co-founded Exlab and the Elseware Collective, where he developed expertise in the fields of mixed reality environments, autonomous robotic fabrication, behavioural design systems and creative applications of machine learning. Gwyllim has held academic positions as a Lecturer in Architecture at RMIT (where he is currently completing his PhD) and adjunct at Melbourne and Monash universities. His research has been published in leading conferences and journals including IJAC, ACADIA and RobArch and he has given talks, presentations and workshops at international institutions including MIT, Stuttgart ICD, Cooper Union and Tongji University.
Co-Founder and CTO Fologram
Cameron Newnham is the co-founder and CTO of Fologram, where he leads the development of a new medium for making in mixed reality. His experience lies in the creation of novel tools for designing and fabricating complex geometric systems, ranging from code libraries to mixed reality interfaces and extending to machine design and robotic fabrication. Cameron has experience as a computational designer in internationally renowned and award winning architectural practices, and academic experience as an Associate Lecturer – Industry Fellow at RMIT University, Melbourne University and has led numerous international design and build workshops in Shanghai, New York, Paris, Boston, Sydney, and Melbourne.