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rkshop and Lecture Series at TU Munich 13.-18. December 2010



Manufacturing the Sublime

Author: Tobias Klein, Dietmar Koering, Peter Dell’Uva with Denis Vlieghe

in collaboration with TU Munich – gdg Institute


A series of existing and designed baroque churches of August Thiersch and their transformation into a 3d model were the basis of a week long workshop, exploring the boundaries of representation and manufacturing the sublime in architecture. The focus of the course did not lie on a parametric, digitized and problem solving approach but within an exploration of ornate, exuberant and decorative speculative design and representation. We want to render a speculation within the manufacturing of a series of prototypes that clearly underline the role of a designer as architect – digital craftsman and communicator. The models of the churches are taken as a site to tweak and form – combine, hybridize and playfully work with an existing embedded ornate narration and speculate on an architecture that goes beyond a mere tectonic and enters a realm of representation embodiment – scale-less operations and voluptuous sinuous complexities

More important than ratio within the design – logic within a tectonic, we focused on the narrative qualities, the importance of story-telling within an ecclesial architecture. Our models became communicators of ideas and culturally embedded manifestos rather than mere assemblages. Models as scaled versions of reality were transformed into models of concepts, thoughts, speculations and ultimately architectures twitching between actual and virtual.

The workshop was organized around the design and manufacturing of a series of sublime spaces of ecclesial nature by the means of using advanced CAD/CAM methods. For that, the students were asked to produce a series of speculative model fragments, hybrid in their nature, combining the artifice of digital manufacturing and the natural of manual composition and tectonic relation.

The projects argue with digital CAD/CAM methods combining the rational with the poetic the material ecology with the voluptuous baroque of southern Germany and the coolness of a digital input-output logic with the ornate extravaganza of Munich’s rich tradition. The materials are reduced to 200gr/sqm watercolor paper as well as 3d printing of volumetric design components.

The course aimed to stimulate a debate around ornaments – ecclesial patterns, sublime tectonics within the complexity of the southern baroque and their translation and manufacturing into a contemporary exuberance. Further it speculated on the amalgamation of the highly sterile nature of our digital profession and the individual modes of representation and rendered speculation.

Here are some of the images of the one week Design Workshop and Lecture Series were held at TU Munich in December 2010 by Tobias Klein, Peter Dell’Uva, Dietmar Koering from Horhizon and Denis Vlieghe, invited by Prof. Mark Mückenheim at department of GDG.