Visiting faculty members Ludovico Lombardi of LDVC and Zaha-Hadid Architects, London and architect Niccolo Casas of The Bartlett, London join forces to offer this intensive investigation into the emerging discipline generated by architecture, engineering and fashion. New technologies in manufacturing offer a reinterpretation of the tradition and exclusivity of couture into a new focus on the sustainability and accessibility of “e.couture.” This course explores the impact of novel design and production technologies in couture with special attention paid to additive manufacturing technology and the environmental benefits of 3D printing (which allows goods to be produced and sold close to their point of consumption and only on request). A recent U.S. Department of Energy study has confirmed that using additive manufacturing could reduce material needs and costs by up to 90%. Students investigate the body as architectural landscape, explore the form in a virtual digital format, and assimilate the parametric design and production process derived from architecture, computer graphics and engineering. Scripting and algorithmic tools, together with advanced fabrication technologies, are making new performative aesthetics possible. Through CAD workshops students explore the use of generative and animation techniques; Maya, a modeling tool for the design of complex morphologies, is the main 3-D software taught. Lectures and discussions on eco-friendly material alternatives, open source and shared collective knowledge and the impact on the apparel industry further inform students as they document and present their individual and collective research for their final project on digital and physical platforms. This course is offered in collaboration with RISD Co-Works Interdisciplinary Research Lab, where students work to produce their concepts.
This course is open to design, fashion and architecture students, as well as professional artists and designers with no previous knowledge of modeling platforms, Maya software and 3D printing techniques. Tuition covers basic class materials; 3D printing and resin costs are additional. Student laptop required with the following specifications and English language software loaded: latest version MacOS (preferred) or Windows, Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. Students will download free trial software (Maya and Rhino) at the start of class. Limited space.
Niccolo Casas, Ludovico Lombardi
June 24–July 5, 2019
9 am–4:30 pm (no class 7/4)
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,380