Augmented Graphic Thinking in Geometry. Developable Architectural Surfaces in Experimental Pavilions

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We will analyze how the incorporation of digital manufacturing in our schools is motivating a deep reflection about the need to be familiar with both the foundations of geometry as well as with more advanced knowledge. The reinterpretation of our inherited graphic design discipline in light of current digital tools can open up new fields of study and work, such as is occurring in the field of developable surfaces, warped surfaces and many others. In addition, through non-linear graphic processes and digital tools of parametric design, we can arrive at an “expanded graphic thinking” that we can place at the service of production and morphological research. Thus, the old descriptive geometry—geometry based on graphics—comes to serve a cybernetically enlarged mind. We will present four experimental pavilions resulting from several workshops on geometry and digital manufacturing carried out in collaboration between the University of Seville and several Ibero-American Universities. Based on the deep geometric knowledge of developable helical surfaces and surfaces of equal slope, a guided exercise is proposed to approach the design, manufacturing and assembly phases of these architectural installations on a real scale.


Developable surfaces Geometry Graphic thinking Pavilion Ephemeral architecture Worshops 



THE BUTTERFLY GALLERY: Design and project: Andrés Martín-Pastor, Juan Expósito Bejarano; Academic coordination: María Angela Dias. Programa de Pós-graduação em Arquitetura, FAU, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brasil; Manufacturing: LAMO3D, Foco Design; Assembly: Tutors and students of UFRJ; Collaboration: Dept. of Graphic Engineering, Universidad de Sevilla, ETSIE, Fablab Sevilla

SSFS PAVILION–FABLAB SEVILLA: Design and project: Andrés Martín-Pastor, Juan Expósito Bejarano and Roberto Narváez Rodríguez; Manufacturing: Fablab Sevilla; International coordination: Mauro Chiarella; Production Chief: Daniel del Valle; Assembly: Tutors and students of ETSIE, ETSA and Edificalab; Collaboration: Noche Europea de los Investigadores, Dept. of Graphic Engineering, Universidad de Sevilla, ETSIE

MOLUSCO–PAVILION: Design and project: Andrés Martín-Pastor, Alicia López-Martínez; Academic coordination: Antonio Olmos and Johanna Ebrahaim. Fablab Uninorte. Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia; Manufacturing: Fablab UN Medellín. Universidad Nacional de Colombia, sede Medellín; Manufacturing team: Edgar Alonso Meneses, Juan Pablo Gutiérrez, Luis Daniel Asprilla, Camilo Andrés Idárraga; Assembly: Tutors and students of Universidad del Norte, Colombia; Collaboration: Dept. of Graphic Engineering, Universidad de Sevilla, ETSIE

PABELLÓN BIO-DUNA: Design and project: Andrés Martín-Pastor; In collaboration: Alicia López-Martínez; Academic coordination: Rodrigo García Alvarado; Manufacturing: Prototype lab of Industrial Design School, Universidad del Bio-Bio, Concepción, Chile; Production Chief: Alexis Pérez Fargallo; Assembly: Tutors and students of Universidad del Bio-Bio; Collaboration: Dept. of Graphic Engineering, Universidad de Sevilla, ETSIEs


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Graphic EngineeringUniversidad de SevillaSevilleSpain

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