LaborA Model Laboratory

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On the occasion of the ceremony to confer the Honorary Degree in Architecture – Laurea Magistrale ad honorem in Architettura e Ingegneria Edile-Architettura – upon Pakistani architect Yasmeen Lari, zero-carbon champion and advocate of the poorest of the poor, the workshop aims at testing experimentation upon the most updated housing prototypes developed with Heritage Foundation of Pakistan. 

Students participating in the workshop are making real and digital models of her best-known humanitarian projects (LariOctaGreen - LOG, Woman Center, Pakistan Chulah) both using advanced digital tools (digital reproductions with construction details to be shown in the hologram machine and virtual theatre of the LaborA, 3d printings, etc.) and making scale maquettes (1:2, 1:5) of the LOG prototype - a bamboo housing shelter designed for self-construction that is very resistant to earthquakes. 

Particular attention is given to the study of vernacular – updated and enhanced – bamboo construction techniques. These prototypes (digital reproductions and scale maquettes) done during the workshop will be shown at LaborA to the architect Yasmeen Lari during a meeting with the students participating in the workshop. 

Mission

The LaborA - physical and virtual modelling laboratory is a university structure that promotes and supports university training and scientific research in project development, representation and communication through physical and virtual models.

LaborA is based on the principle that in university design training, creating physical scale models and experimentation with virtual models is a fundamental cognitive and constructive experience, which supports the design and is preparatory to real construction.

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Activity

The laboratory activity consists in educational support to Master programme students and PhD students of the AUIC School.

LaborA provides didactic support in order to create physical and virtual models under the guidance of laboratory tutors, who advise students in the choice of materials and the best construction techniques, also agreeing on the use of laboratory equipment.

 

 

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Access methods

  1. Download and send: application form to labora@polimi.it
  2. Receive: by email within 24 hours a date for the appointment to set up the model
  3. Access LaborA: the date of the beginning of the work in laboratory and the duration of permanence will be communicated to you during the evaluation meeting
  1. Download and Send: application form to labora@polimi.it
  2. Receive: by email within 24 hours a date for the appointment to set up the model
  3. Access LaborA: the date of the beginning of the work in laboratory and the duration of permanence will be communicated to you during the evaluation meeting

Spaces and equipment

32 workgroups, up to a maximum of 70 users can simultaneously access the laboratory.

Graduating students whose graduation is scheduled for the first exam date after the laboratory appointment have workstation priority.

If, at the time of the appointment, graduating students already occupied all workstations, the staff will schedule the assignment of the first free workstation according to the assignment calendar.

LaborA makes available for users:

  • a classroom with workstations for manual cutting and assembly of physical models and profiled workstations for 3D modelling and processing of point clouds and virtual models.

Spaces accessible only after training:

  • drilling lab with wood working machines for cutting and sanding solid wood and foamed plastic sheets;
  • CNC lab for cutting: laser, blade and hot wire;
  • 3D printing lab equipped with filament printers;
  • painting lab

Spaces accessible only to technical staff:

  • carpentry and metal lab;
  • virtual theatre for the immersive project simulation at 360°;
  • holograms lab for project virtual 3D simulation and 3D scanners;

LaborA lab is located in Campus Bonadi, Via Ampère 2, building 16A

 

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Examples of developed models

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