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DS 76: Proceedings of E&PDE 2013, the 15th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Dublin, Ireland, 05-06.09.2013

Year: 2013
Editor: John Lawlor, Ger Reilly, Robert Simpson, Michael Ring, Ahmed Kovacevic, Mark McGrath, William Ion, David Tormey, Erik Bohemia, Chris McMahon, Brian Parkinson
Author: Karanastasi, Elina; Moelee, Matthijs; Papatriantafyllou, Xenia; Kardarakou, Marintina; Terezaki, Angeliki; Alexopoulou, Strata; Papadopoulou, Athina; Nikolakaki, Maria
Series: E&PDE
Institution: 1: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium; 2: Technical University of Crete, Greece; 3: Ex S Architects, Greece-Belgium; 4: Independant Agriculture Engineering consultant
Section: Reflections on Creativity
Page(s): 460-465
ISBN: 978-1-904670-42-1


The paper reports on the interaction between a tutor, six students, the industry of cement blocks production and diverse consultants in the process of manufacturing multiple prototype moulds for the eco-stones Wallpot and Triko. Wallpot is a concrete block element for articulated facades of vertical horticulture. Triko is a concrete block for turf-stone-alike green pavements. Throughout the process of mould generation and the research on contemporary modes of production, a deep knowledge base of moulding techniques for contemporary product design was built. Above all, knowledge was gained on how flexible moulding can be through the combination of digital fabrication and crafting. The paper presents and concludes on how the design helps in the creation of a type and a system, the digital fabrication adds a generic attribute to the type and crafting enriches it with a genetic attribute. As a result fabrication has triggered crafting more than the design alone would have done and crafting enhanced the engagement with the design for the students.

Keywords: Molds, fabrication, vertical green, ecostones, crafting


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