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03.19.19 – MArch Design/Build: Daniels Students explore generative design at Autodesk

People passing by the Autodesk Technology Centre in the MaRS Discovery District on the corner of College Street and University Avenue may catch a glimpse of Generative Pavilion through the floor to ceiling windows.

Designed and built by Daniels Faculty students, the project was part of an Independent Study Project proposed by Master of Architecture Students Anton Skorishchenko, John Nguyen, Stephen Baik, and Robert Lee and led by Lecturer Jay Pooley. The studio was supported by an Autodesk research grant.

Creating the Generative Pavilion allowed the students to explore the relationship between modular building materials and computational component design.

“To extend the thought process off the page and into reality suggests new questions of material, connections, tolerances, durability, portability, scale and weight,” writes Pooley. "By connecting pre-existing construction systems to component-based design, the goal was to produce a working prototype for a connecting system that allows the user to build structural forms from generic building materials.”

Photos by Yasmin Al-Samarrai