Computational design and digital fabrication do not only allow us to work with new materials but also provide us a new potential of working with traditional materials. The project “Beyond Bending” by Block Research Group made for the Biennale of Architecture in Venice investigates the value of new technological approach to the structures made of stone, ceramics or non-reinforced concrete and suggests a new interpretation of traditional typologies such as a vault or a slab. In their book Advancing Wood Architecture: A Computational Approach, authors Achim Menges, Tobias Schwinn and Oliver David Krieg show on the example of several research projects, how technologies and new computational paradigm are transforming one of the oldest branches of the construction industry.
Programmable bending is a strategy, which through the use of computational tools achieves a structure with complex geometry out of flat non-customized elements.
Projects investigate possibilities of uneven layering as a method to preprogram bending characteristics of veneer stripes. The final shape of the structure is a result of a material computation. Klauzura task is to design and fabricate an installation in the studio space according to different typologies and specifications.