CAST-LASG Workshop

The Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology, University of Manitoba

Winnipeg, CAN  2020

The CAST-LASG Workshop was a week-long collaboration between the Living Architecture Systems Group and the Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology (CAST) at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, held February 17-22, 2020. The workshop focused on the terminology and form-language of polyhedral and related geometry, culminating in the design and installation of a lightweight architectural scaffold which integrated CAST’s ongoing experiments concerning fabric as formwork for liquid-to-solid casting and shell structures. A new form-making method was advanced during the development of the scaffold installation, by which basic hexagon-to-pentagon geometries were scaled up to produce dramatic changes in surface curvature. The workshop was preceded by preparatory talks and instructional folios as well as an introductory lecture by Philip Beesley.

The Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology at the University of Manitoba is an interdisciplinary research laboratory embracing technical and poetic dimensions of making. CAST provides equipment and conditions for critical and creative experimentation with technologies contributing to the design, construction and performance of the built environment.

Project Leads

  • Lancelot Coar
  • Liane Veness
  • Philip Beesley
  • Timothy Boll
  • Bianca Weeko Martin
  • Jessica Piper
  • Tomik Gharagyozyan
  • Mandy Hiltz
  • Tong Yue
  • Braden Goodall
  • Angie Kwon
  • Ashley Peebles

Andrew Simonson
Cassidy Cantafio
Christopher Sproule
Dominik Broughton
Frederik Petersen
Hasti Fakouri
Jelene Pugoy
Lauren Wiebe
Mandy Hiltz
Maria James
Marina Jansen
Mercedes Garcia Holguera
Monica Cbral
Papa Saliou Fall
Rhys Wiebe
Sean Vendekerhove
Stephen Meijer
Tali Budman
Tijen Roshko
Victor Odusanya

  • Centre for Architectural Structures and Technolgy (C.A.S.T.)
  • The Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada