Digital Dieste

Summer Semester 2024 I ICD Seminar
Bachelor Module 2280, Computerbasiertes Entwerfen 2
Master Module 47560, Computerbasiertes Entwerfen

Prof. A. Menges, M. Alvarez, A. Dieste

Digital Dieste

Block seminar / workshop
May 21st to 24th 2024, 09:00 - 18:00

The 4 day workshop delves into the visionary work of Uruguayan ‘brick- master’ Eladio Dieste in the 20th-century. The event invites participants to reimagine Dieste’s legacy through the lens of 21st-century techniques, integrating digital fabrication and computational design.

The workshop will be led by Eladio Dieste’s grandson Agustín Dieste, alongside ICD researchers.

To capitalize tradition though cutting-edge techniques, participants will explore the translation of Dieste’s structural typologies and designs into contemporary timber solutions, leveraging novel fabrication techniques and computational modeling.

Tentative Schedule:

Day 1 – Historical review and prospects
Introduction to the work of Eladio Dieste. Historical review, conceptual developments, presentation of his body of work put into context. Review, discussion, and computational interpretation of selected typologies.

Day 2-3 – Digital explorations
Hand-on session to implement digital approaches for modeling and manipulating laminar structures. Aligning of work with Dieste’s principles. Resolve the challenges of building with timber and engineered structural products, as well as other natural fiber-based materials. Workshop leaders will introduce established techniques while encouraging students to develop original workflows.

Day 4 – Presentation and Discussion
Review of workshop results. Present concepts, methodologies, and design iterations through drawings, images, and 3D-printed models (if feasible).


The class will be held ONLY in person. Please have Rhino installed on your computer.

Basic Grasshopper is recommended. (Please send a short letter via email including the reason you want to attend this course and your skill level in Computational design, Rhino, Grasshopper and/ or programming)

The seminar will be taught as a four day block seminar in the lecture-free period from May 21st  to May 24th. The exact schedule will be announced prior to the block seminar.

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