The Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology (CAST), University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, CA 2020
The CAST-LASG Workshop was a week-long collaboration between the Living Architecture Systems Group and the Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology (CAST) at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, held February 17-22, 2020. The workshop focused on the terminology and form-language of polyhedral and related geometry, culminating in the design and installation of a lightweight architectural scaffold which integrated CASTís ongoing experiments concerning fabric as formwork for liquid-to-solid casting and shell structures. A new form-making method was advanced during the development of the scaffold installation, by which basic hexagon-to-pentagon geometries were scaled up to produce dramatic changes in surface curvature. The workshop was preceded by preparatory talks and instructional folios as well as an introductory lecture by Philip Beesley.
The Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology at the University of Manitoba is an interdisciplinary research laboratory embracing technical and poetic dimensions of making. CAST provides equipment and conditions for critical and creative experimentation with technologies contributing to the design, construction and performance of the built environment.