C.A.S.T. Researcher in Residence, Emanuel Jannasch
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STRETCHING THE POSSIBLE:
MASONRY STRUCTURES OUTSIDE THE FUNICULAR ENVELOPE

The funicular forms of Hooke, Gaudi, Otto, and their lineage have evolved into the convoluted vaults of Ochsendorf, Block, and others at the cutting edge of form-finding. But the funicular paradigm is far from complete, and Emanuel shows how structures preceding and outside the intellectual boundaries of modern Europe defy the funicular model. He is also developing a series of non-funicular forms that are entirely novel, and workshop participants will take an active part in this process. The introductory lecture is for the interested public as well as for workshop participants: it traces the historical context of non-funicular masonry, examines how physical models of structures can deceive as well as instruct, and seeks to energize the relationship between engineers and non-specialist designers.
   
Emanuel Jannasch has a rich background in architecture, construction and structural design. He studied architecture at Cornell and Dalhousie Universities, and is currently senior instructor at Dalhousie. 

Description of Workshop:
Physical models demonstrate structural behaviours in ways that no equation or diagram ever can. So we’ll start by manipulating a set of models that embody the state of the art in non-funicular masonry. We can then stretch the state of the art by making models that have been identified as possible but that haven’t yet been built. Lastly, we can start refining these structures for their interior and architectural implications and for their landscape and urban potential. The eventual goal is a full sized openwork masonry dome to be built in Winnipeg.

Participants and Benefits:
The methods used are very accessible, so no experience in making things or analyzing structures is required. At the same time, seasoned engineers have found that this work challenges the mental models and methods in which they were trained. All kinds of thinking tools are welcome, from pencil and paper to comlex software. All material methods will be useful, from 3d printing, laser cutting,  and CNC routing, to paper, tape, and scissors. No one should feel over-qualified to attend, nor should anybody feel that they won’t have anything to contribute.

Lecture:
Friday, April 7, 2017
7PM | Centre Space
John A. Russell Building
Faculty of Architecture
University of Manitoba

Workshop:
Saturday, April 8 - Sunday, April 9, 2017
9:00AM - 4:30PM | C.A.S.T.
Faculty of Architecture
University of Manitoba

Registration fees:
$10/day Saturday or Sunday
$18 for entire workshop

SIGN UP TODAY
Limited space avialable

Register by Wednesday, April 5th
with liane.lanzar@umanitoba.ca

Drop off payment to the
Partners Program
Rm 212, John A. Russell Building