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    Varela, P.A.
    Paio, A.
    Sousa, J. P.
    2014 Conference Papers
    Generative Parametric & Evolutionary Architecture


Today, the relationship between computational design and digital fabrication technologies has opened new opportunities in archi-tectural practice that are challenging the relation between the academ-ia and the industrial world. To investigate this condition, the IS-CTE/IUL and FAUP created the Advanced Studies Course in Digital Architecture (CEAAD) to promote design-based research focused in the way new technologies interfere in architectural forms, structures and materials. With this goal, it was established a partnership with the company Amorim Isolamentos S.A. to support investigations on their material – cork. In the end of the academic year, the company chal-lenged the CEAAD to design their Pavilion for the building construc-tion fair Concreta showing new architectural possibilities for their ma-terial. In this context, the present paper describes and illustrates the development of the Cork Vault Pavilion, from its conception to con-struction. Computational design and digital fabrication technologies were used not only as conception and materialization tools, but also as a medium to collaborate with the company’s staff. By describing this bi-directional dialogue between academia and the industry, this paper presents the Cork Vault Pavilion as an example of how productive re-search and innovation can be fostered from the exploration of design challenges and methodologies.


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