By: Prof. Achim Menges, David Correa & Steffen Reichert, University of Stuttgart, 2014
Material: PLA, ABS, wood veneer composite & co-polyester composite (support: milled aluminum & galvanized steel)
Technology: Fused Deposition Modeling
Manufactured by: Institute for Computational Design, University of Stuttgart

Based on bio-inspired design strategies, these prototypes use 3D printing processes to build novel architectural material systems that are highly in tune with changing weather conditions.

Achim Menges (born in 1975) is a registered architect and professor at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, where he is the founding director of the Institute for Computational Design (since 2008). In addition, he has been a visiting professor in architecture both at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (2009–current) and at the AA School of Architecture in London (2009–2012). Achim has published several books on his work and related fields of design research, and he is the author/coauthor of numerous articles and scientific papers.

David Correa is a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He completed a Master’s Degree in Architecture (M. Arch.) at the University of Calgary and a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Science (B. Arch. Sci) at Ryerson University in Toronto. In 2012, he was awarded the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Student Medal for academic excellence. Prior to joining the ICD in August 2012, he worked professionally as a designer in both architecture and commercial digital media. His research focuses on the physiological relation of information intensive technologies with architectural theory, practice, and material production.

Steffen Reichert is a research associate and doctoral candidate at the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He received a Master of Science in Architecture Studies (SMArchS) in the field of Design and Computation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and has a designer diploma (Diplom-Designer) degree with distinction in product design from the Academy of Arts and Design in Offenbach. His research focuses on the relationship of the form, fabrication, and performance of responsive, biologically inspired systems based on anisotropic material behavior.