MSc in Computational Design and Digital Fabrication – Online
Collaboration between the Architecture Departments of Innsbruck University and the University of Nicosia
The MSc in Computational Design and Digital Fabrication investigates the relationship between computational tools and architectural design. The programme focuses on programming languages as the basis of computational design methods and digital fabrication tools, in an effort to attain a coherent understanding of the relationship between coding, design intent and built form.
The programme objective is to offer prospective participants the opportunity to develop computational design skills and hands-on cutting-edge fabrication techniques, while acquiring mature analytical thinking on the theory and applications of computational tools in architecture along with creative problem-solving working methods.
Most importantly, as the program is based on a Distance Learning Structure, students have the ability to learn remotely from faculty of the University of Nicosia and the University of Innsbruck, whose Architecture Departments are focused on these cutting edge technologies, as well as gain access, via the 2 on-site intensive workshops, to the ARC Fab Lab in Nicosia and the Robotic Lab (REXLAB) of the Institute for Experimental Architecture in Innsbruck, which has a strong background of robotic research in architecture by establishing connections between academia and industry.
The online courses cultivate the students’ computational skills for their attendance of the 2 intensive on-site fabrication workshops where they can test their newly acquired knowledge on-site. This allows participants to establish academic and industry connections, become part of the global community of parametric design and computational research in digital fabrication, an ever-growing industry increasingly important for the built environment.
Computational Design is an emerging field of study with increasing international demand and high rate of employability
Involved international industry partners
Collaboration between the Architecture departments of Innsbruck University and the University of Nicosia, along with a global network of large-scale robotic infrastructure operators
Digital Fabrication enhances design skills allowing designers to translate complex ideas directly into physical form
Computational Designers are increasingly sought-after, as they mediate between the disciplines of Architecture and Engineering
Distance Learning delivered courses with ground-based intensive and international workshops offered
[ARC] F-LAB is operating in a dedicated space at the department of architecture of the University of Nicosia. The Workshop is a University facility containing Digital prototyping equipment, tools and machinery, which individual students or groups of students can use to produce architectural models and prototypes on their request. The use of the technologies is part of the MSc in Computational Design and Digital Fabrication and several other courses within the architectural and interior programs. F-LAB hosts a large open-type laser cutting machine, a 3-Axis CNC milling machine and three FDM 3D printers along a large series of Hand tools and Power Tools. Staff currently consists of three trained operators and two student assistants under the general supervision of a Fabrication Lab Manager and an Academic Coordinator.
REX｜LAB is a space for realizing ideas. The tools are robotic actuators and the language is CAD programs and code. Going from idea to tangible object is always a form of translation, and interpretation. With robotics and software these processes are very flexible and subject to exploration.
As a medium they both claim universality. Six-axis industrial robots are universal manipulators. Code is universal expression of everything calculatable (turing-complete). This paired with their novel nature leaves much to be found, discovered, and realized