Using optimal stress flow patterns developed by Caitlin Mueller and her team at MIT we tested a new cable pattern linking three main anchor points on the site (two areas along the shoreline and the lighthouse). By distributing the loads of the fabric structures between these three areas this cable pattern allows us to distribute the load evenly along the cables, achieve enough stiffness in the cable net to pull up to with sufficient tension, as well as create lateral stiffness (from the horizontal funicular outer most boundary cables) to be able to pull at angles down to the ice. This video shows a time lapse of us constructing the cable that onto our 1:10 physical model.


Today we began to explore possible cable arrangements to connect the lighthouse (the black pole) to the surrounding water pier mooring posts (screws around the perimeter shoreline) on our 1:10 scale physical model.  This new patterning study will allow us to explore the creation of several smaller buildings as an alternative to the singular larger structure we have been studying to date.

cable net

“Folding is a challenge with great individual properties – – Opening a fold in a surface creates spaces, which in our minds are filled with volumes.”  (Hans Cornelissen)


This week we experimented with patterns, paper-folding and tessellation.  The vehicle was an temporary exhibit for the Faculty of Architecture -Environmental Design Program.

The pattern was identical for each panel, variation being achieved through the differentiation of the folds, creating an undulating form and a structure with geometry.

The intention is that the Digital Lab at the University of Manitoba become a Resource and Laboratory for the exploration of digitally driven design, prototyping and manufacturing.  The desire is to foster a context through which students and faculty are better equipped to explore the potentials of digital design and manufacturing processes.

Join us this Fall for our Lunchtime Lectures and Thursday Evening Workshops!

FAUM Fablab Lectures and Workshops

FAUM Fablab Lectures and Workshops


The FABLab is offering a series of evening workshops in November, taking place on Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 7:30.   These are step by step workshops culminating with a specific object or end result.

November 7 Workshop   –    project: Indeterminate Object   – Rhino                                             November 14 Workshop   –  project: Cube Mesh – Rhino+Grasshopper                                         November 21 Workshop   –  project: Bowl – Autodesk 123 Make                                                   November 28 Workshop   –  project: Open Source Chair


This year, the Faculty of Architecture is sponsoring a workshop and education series designed to introduce the tools and software available at the FABLab to all students and faculty to better understand the capabilities and procedures that are available.  This workshop series will be offered at varying times and will each focus on a different aspect of the lab   The hope is that these workshops inspire students for exploring a greater range of possibilities in their design and modeling work, and to inform and inspire the faculty so that these newly acquired tools might elevate the existing pedagogical directions when appropriate.