Utilizing the techniques of photographic reconstruction (photogrammetry) we surveyed the site of the project with a small quad copter. This fly over allowed for the capture of a single video with intersecting flight paths so that post processing of the video would result in a high overlap of imagery which is conducive to photogrammetry reconstruction of a dense point cloud.

POST_1_Point Cloud_Perspective

The reconstructed 3 dimensional point cloud was then aligned with our on site measurements and scaled appropriately. The computational reconstruction was run through Pix4D. The 1:1 point cloud was then brought into Rhino to be used as a graphic for future development and as a tool for accurate site measurements. The images here show the resulting point cloud and overall measurements of the site we intend to work on.POST_1_Point Cloud_Plan


The 2016 Faculty of Architecture Warming Hut for the University of Manitoba is a multi-disciplinary research project that seeks to explore the potential use of the built and natural environment to shape a temporary structure for the frozen river trail of the Forks in Winnipeg. This project is led by Associate Professor Lancelot Coar (Department of Architecture), Instructor Kim Wiese (Environmental Design), and Jason Hare (FABLab) and will examine how the digital and physical realms of parametric design and construction can produce a unique high-tensioned cable formed fabric and ice structure at a large scale.

The team of this project includes the participation of students from across the Faculty of Architecture as well as Assistant Professor Caitlin Mueller from the Digital Structures Research Group at MIT, and Professor Lars De Laet with æLab at Vrije University.

This blog documents the design, fabrication and construction phases of this project leading up to the construction date in late January 2016.

The Durotaxis Chair is a fully 3D printed multi-material dual position rocking chair designed by Synthesis Design + Architecture and manufactured by Stratasys. The chair is inspired by the biological process of the same name, which refers to the migration of cells guided by gradients in substrate rigidity. The chair is an ovoid rocking chair which has two positions, as an upright rocker and a horizontal lounge, and is defined by a densely packed three-dimensional wire mesh that gradiates in size, scale, density, color, and rigidity. The chair capitalizes on the multi-material printing capablities of the Stratasys Objet 500 Connex3 to produce gradients of material performance. The varying gradient conditions are expressions of the combined formal, ergonomic, and structural properties of the chair.


This piece would not be possible at all without 3D printing. Not only in terms of the complexity and density of the three-dimensional mesh, which would be completely laborious in any other conventional manufacturing process , but especially in terms of the gradient distribution of material properties and performance which would be impossible without the Objet Connex3.  3D printing is having a profound effect on the design industry. At the moment, the focus is on rapid prototyping, but the shift towards rapid manufacturing is imminent. It has the potential to revolutionize the industry and induce a new industrial revolution that enables true file to factory processes. The key on the design side is not how we design for the technology, but rather how we design with it.

“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.

Lazslo Moholy Nagy Exhibition – Bauhaus Archive – Berlin


Polycinema shots_2

The armatures for the Exhibition at the Bauhaus Archive this week were prototyped, developed and produced in the FAUM FABLab.

Polycinema is a physical element responding to the writing and forms enacted by Moholy-Nagy in the early 20th century. This structure was part of a larger exhibition called “Sensing the Future: Moholy-Nagy, Media and the Arts” curated by Oliver Botar. In collaboration with Hi-Tech Seals the FABLab was able to explore the fabrication of cured resin forms, through materializing positive digital molds. These forms ultimately gave support to hold tensile fabric off the gallery walls.

Polycinema shots_1composite

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.



The Malta-based architect’s current project is a look into how we can create playful, responsive architecture that does more than just sit in a fixed position. Called Morphs (Mobile Reconfigurable Polyhedra), these crawling, geometric structures are inspired by the slime mold Physarum polycephalum, an organism whose cognitive processes is based on its surrounding environment as opposed to being contained in a centralized brain like humans.