The BENCH | WALL is a multi-valent construct. It is intended to be functionally responsive to programmatic requirements and performative in its ability to produce visual effects and affects. Functionally, the BENCH | WALL serves as a visual marker for the School of Architecture and Planning, a Bench for students to gather and a Wall which spatially divides a main circulation path on campus from a proposed outdoor exhibition and gathering space. The BENCH | WALL generates visual and formal effects as one moves along it, accentuating the experience of the casual passer-by. These design criteria were achieved by exploiting parametric design methodologies and generative algorithmic design softwares. The fabrication of individual components by computer numerically controlled machineries provided critical analysis of the relationships between the parts and the whole (i.e. material, details, structure, cost analysis).

This project was completed through an advanced workshop at the Catholic University’s School of Architecture and planning which focuses on the use of CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design / Computer Aided Manufacturing) and CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) technologies in the design and fabrication of architectural spaces and constructs. Students focus on the design and development of full-scale prototypes using digital techniques for analysis and fabrication focusing on the transition between computer modeling and its materialization. Students utilize various software applications to generate three-dimensional models and CNC machine instructions as well as to confront the physical properties of materials and details. Lectures accompany software tutorials, machine demos, and lab sessions that engage both the digital / virtual and physical / analog realms of design.

 

Bench | Wall: Spring 2010 Graduate Seminar in Design Technologies

The Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and Planning

Luis Boza, Associate Professor in Architecture