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On Sunday afternoon attendees can choose to follow one of the following workshops:

Transformable Structures workshop “Building deployable structures with Universal Scissor Components (USC)”, organised by the Transformable Structures Study Group (Niels De Temmerman and Lara Alegria Mira)

 “Uniformity generating diversity” – Through a hands-on approach, this half-day workshop aims at clarifying the basic geometric, kinematic and structural principles behind the design of deployable scissor structures. Inspired by the Meccano construction kit, participants are invited to assemble the provided USC’s (universal scissor components) into a working deployable structure.

The outcome will be an innovative full-scale deployable dome, which will be on display at the IASS 2011 London conference.

Origami workshop “How to make rigid origami structures”, organised by the Origami Study Group (Tomohiro Tachi)

The half-day workshop aims to help participants to learn design methods of rigid origami structures through understanding the geometry of origami and folding paper.

The participants will learn how to fold paper, how to geometrically construct patterns, how to simulate and design origami with Rigid Origami Simulator and Freeform Origami.

Shell design workshop “Real-time form finding of compression-only shells”, organized by the Curved Surface Structures Study Group (Matthias Rippmann, Lorenz Lachauer, Tom Van Mele and Philippe Block)

This half-day workshop teaches the participants about complex three-dimensional equilibrium and form finding through enhanced graphical means. Using the interactive, web-based learning platform e-QUILIBRIUM (see: and RhinoVAULT, the tailored software developed by the BLOCK Research Group (see:, the participants will design exciting surface structures, which start blurring the notion of what are compression-only and  freeform shells.

Laptop and Rhino 4.0 SR8 needed

“The Polyhedral Family” workshop, organized by Pieter Huybers

Polyhedra are defined as portions of space surrounded entirely by regular polygons. They are called uniform if they are convex, if all vertices are identical and lie on one circum-scribed sphere and if the polygons meet in pairs. They form a tight family consisting of only 18 individual members.

In this workshop several polyhedra will be build, see

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