[HexBox]ing System for Segmented Timber Shell Structures

March 18th - 20th, 09:00 - 04:00

Lyric Theatre, Facing the Stage

Instructor - MSc. Arch. Amin Adelzadeh, Hamed Karimian A.

Wedge-joints are ideal connectors for wood structures and have been used in traditional handcrafted woodworking for centuries. The diagonal shape of the wedge allows not only to compensate for tolerances, which are natural to wood and wood products, but the wedge joint also enables a gradual tightening of the joint, increasing the overall precision and structural performance of the segmented timber shell structure. This workshop is inspired by the “HexBox Canopy” – a collaborative research project between the Digital Timber Construction DTC at TU Kaiserslautern and the Code-To-Production Team at the University of Sydney - that successfully presents a new type of wedge joint system for the assembly of prefabricated hexagon-shaped boxes made from plywood plates with no need for any additional metal connectors. Referring to this research project, the workshop aims to provide fundamental knowledge and essential computational skills for the modelling of a similar joint system for lightweight segmented wood-only shell structures made of prefabricated HexBox components. Participants will gain knowledge of innovative timber construction techniques, material systems, joinery, rapid and precise assembly, and improve computational skills in developing modeling workflows consisting of form-finding, discretization, rationalization, joint generation, and fabrication data production. The acquired knowledge and skills would benefit both academics and professionals to develop research and practices in the timber construction sector. The workshop is followed by a technical lecture by Prof. Dr. Christopher Robeller who was a lead architect of the “HexBox Canopy”.

Workshop Schedule
Date: 18th  - 20th March
Duration: 6 hours/day
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm / 01:00 pm - 04:00 pm Central Europe Time (CET)
Mode of Teaching: Online
Intake: 10 - 25

Amin Adelzadeh

Amin Adelzadeh

Amin is a researcher, educator, and currently, a Research Associate at the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences working on the federally-funded FNR-BMEL Timber Structure Interface research project described as the development of a data interface for the automated structural analysis of the novel, digitally prefabricated timber structures with wood-wood connections, and a research collaborator at the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden working on the hybrid timber systems for robotically-fabricated shell structures. Formerly, he had varied teaching and research duties at Bremen University of Applied Sciences, TU Kaiserslautern, University of Mazandaran, and Politecnico Di Milano. He has taught design studios, seminars, and CAD-CAM workshops at different universities and conferences like ACADIA at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, and held lectures and presentations internationally. His work has also been presented at different events including The Future of Construction Symposium at ETH Zurich, eCAADe, IASS, and DigitalFUTURES, International Mass Timber Conference, among others. Amin has been the curator of the “Digital Architecture and Advanced Construction” lecture series at University of Mazandaran in Iran where he moderated a number of lectures by high-profile educators and researchers form the ICD, TU Delft, Columbia GSAPP, Rhode Island School of Design, California College of the Art, Cooper Union, Washington State University, SUTD, and Ohio State University. He holds a Master of Science degree in Architecture from Politecnico Di Milano in Italy and has been the recipient of several merit-based scholarships.

Hamed Karimian A.

Hamed Karimian A.

Since 2020 Hamed Karimian A. is a member of the “TimberStructure Interface” project led by Prof. Dr. Christopher Robeller and hosted by the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Bremen University of applied science, and Augsburg University of applied science. Hamed received a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from Shahrood University, Iran in 2018. Since 2016 he was directing a startup on computational design and Digital Architecture in Science and Technology Park, Tehran, Iran where he was awarded the top entrepreneur position in 2018. He succeeded in developing various modern timber structures among which an exclusive code for design to assembly of double-layer freeform shell structures could be mentioned. His fields of interest include structural and architectural multi-objective optimizations and form finding as well as applications of AI in architecture.

Prof. Christopher Robeller

Prof. Christopher Robeller

Guest Speaker

Prof. Robeller's CV as well: Christopher is a Professor for Digital Design and Production at the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg, teaching and researching as part of the new and innovative program Digital Building Master. He and his team explore, teach and research innovative building structures at the intersection of architecture, structural engineering, manufacturing technology and computer science. Previously he has worked as a Junior Professor at TU Kaiserslautern, leading the Digital Timber Construction DTC lab, as a Postdoc at the Swiss National Centre of Competence for Digital Fabrication NCCR dfab at ETH Zurich, as a PhD assistant at the Timber Construction Laboratory IBOIS at EPFL Lausanne, and as a research associate at the Institute of Computational Design ICD, University of Stuttgart. He received a Doctor of Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL, and a Professional Diploma in Architecture with Distinction from London Metropolitan University. The research has been implemented in projects such as the 2010 ICD/itke pavilion, 2013 IBOIS curved folded shell, 2017 Lausanne Vidy Theater, 2015-2020 Factory hall in Manternach, 2019 HexBox Canopy, the 2019 Recycleshell and the 2021 Chestnut Cabin.