UTS Central: A case study in digital fabrication

This case study will present the UTS Central project as an exemplar of how an architect’s design intent can be maintained through the use of material-specific design solutions, parametric modelling and digital fabrication. The project is a striking 17-storey, glass-encased building which forms the final project of the University of Sydney’s (UTS) City Campus Master Plan. Parametrically derived via a set of rules, the sun shading system regulates solar access into the library’s reading room and is manufactured primarily from folded aluminum components. Each of 108 unique bays consists of a louvre, 64 of… Read More

ROB|ARCH 2016

The ROB|ARCH2016 conference brings together world-leading researchers at the forefront of new robotic technologies and applications. This year’s conference was held in the iconic, industrial Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay in Sydney from 15th –19th March. Hosted by The Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning from The University of Sydney, and in partnership with RMIT, Monash University, Bond University, UNSW, and UTS, the event comprised of a 3-day workshop and a 2-day conference.     As a major sponsor of the event, BVN contributed by fabricating the conference bags. These were custom printed using… Read More

Code to Production

As part of the build up to the RoblArch 2016 conference, BVN were invited to take part as industry representatives in a research elective at The University of Sydney (USYD) called ‘Code to Production’. Code to Production explored the potential of an iterative design process from parametric variations; to analysis and simulation; to digital prototyping and manufacturing. The course had a two-fold agenda: to examine the performance of complex geometries available through sophisticated computational design processes, and to translate the optimised design by digital manufacturing into robotic experimentation and prototyping.   Based upon the development of a series… Read More

Fabricating Futures

Last week I had the pleasure to attend the Fabricating Futures: Robots. Research. Design exhibition at the University of Sydney. The exhibition was run in conjunction with the Sydney Design 2015 festival and showcased research-led projects in architecture, design and fabrication including digitally fabricated models, interactive prototypes and robotic innovations created by students, staff and researchers within the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning.