Production is a department set up in 2014 within the institute of architecture, exploring the manifold possibilities
of methods and
tools in the field of digital design and production.
The lab shifted from a classical wood-workshop
to a research facility within the domain of digital fabrication and representation. Besides courses which enable students
to operate prototyping machinery, the DDPLab explores the reciprocal relationships among design, science, and industry.
As the design and fabrication tools extended the ability to operate on non-standard forms, the protocols to constitute
design changed accordingly. Media like plans and sections are extended by computer generated imagery and animation, real
time environments, database models (BIM), scripted parametric definitions, data sets controlling fabrication-machines,
physical simulations etc.. These specific non uniform representations of one and the same artifact root in a core data
set - the 3D model – which is conceptualized, modeled and maintained by the architects.
The ability to formalize
procedures within the production of prototypes enable the students to design and organize building components accordingly
within a larger scale.
The DDPLab is closely linked to the three design studios of Kazuyo Sejima, Greg Lynn and
Hani Rashid reflecting their needs by providing proven tools and exploring and introducing new technologies to inflect
into design practice.