Hands-on Workshop Exploring Generative Design through the Use of Analog Algorithms


Fractals Workshop [Virtual Studio]


The Fractals Workshop is a generative design workshop that combines logic, geometry, natural systems and structure.

This workshop is an adaptation of the teaching methods practiced at the Design Research Lab at the AA School of Architecture in London.

The focus is on developing prototypical design systems from the bottom up using analog algorithms versus designing from the top down.

The method is inspired from the organic growth of natural systems, parametric architecture, structural systems, mathematics and geometry,

and algorithms. The workshop encourages teamwork, design thinking, 3D thinking and logic.

DesignAware organized this online workshop with Turenscape Academy at the end of May.

The workshop was mentored by Takbir Fatima, architect and Director of the award-winning interdisciplinary design and experimental architecture studio, DesignAware and the Fractals Workshop, and also featured presentations by guest architects.

We connected young designers and students from China, Dubai, India, Australia, the United States and other places for studying online and

created some interesting models.

Did these handmade models evoke your childhood memories?



Fractals 25.0: Virtuosity will take place over three days:

Phase 1: [remote design]

Batch 1 [completed]
Friday 29 May
Saturday 30 May
Sunday 31 May

Batch 2 [completed]

Thursday 11 June
Friday 12 June
Saturday 13 June

Batch 3
Thursday 3 July
Friday 4 July
Saturday 5 July

25 June is the last date for application acceptance.

1pm - 7pm Beijing Time (with a break in between)

Phase 2: [remote build]
Dates and fees TBA after lockdown

Phase 1 of the workshop will be completely online! This is part of our remote learning initiative. You could attend the workshop from home or wherever you are.


The design research and formfinding process with be conducted between the analog and digital realms. Physical aggregation models made of readily-available materials at home will be developed based on analog algorithms, which will then be translated to data-embedded digital models.

Our aim is to train our design thinking ability with divergent thinking and logical rigor and stimulate your creativity.

It also creates opportunities for you to communicate, discuss and think with people of different cultural backgrounds.



Poonam Sardesai Agashe is a registered architect, interior designer and an Assistant Professor at the University of Pune, India. She has an MArch in Architecture + Urbanism from the Design Research Laboratory of the AA School of Architecture, London. Her master thesis at the DRL, psi.neu, was the exploration of alternative building systems using vaccum as an actuator and hacking into digitally-controlled machines for fabrication and deployment.


Shameel Muhammed is an architect and educator with a research focus on digital fabrication and robotic construction. He holds an MArch in Architecture + Urbanism from the Design Research Laboratory of the AA School of Architecture, London. His joint master thesis at the DRL, named W.A.V.E, addresses regeneration of the disappearing coastline along the estuaries using algorithmic symbiotic systems. On completing the postgraduate program, he worked with world renowned architecture practice, Zaha Hadid Architects, London for over two years. He has worked on several award winning architecture projects including Morpheus hotel in Macau, China for which he was part of the core concept team.

On completion of the workshop, you will receive an official digital Participation Certificate signed and stamped by

DesignAware and Turenscape Academy.

Phase 2 will be a remote build workshop, in which selected designs will be executed on site. Authors of selected designs from Phase 1 will be automatically enrolled into Phase 2; other participants may apply separately.

Come and join us!




+Basic design sensibility or inclination towards art or design
+Basic 3D modeling skills are a plus, but not a must
+Internet access and good WiFi connection
+Computer with mouse, webcam and headphones, and compatibility to run Zoom and Rhinoceros 5.0 or above
+Inquisitiveness, openmindedness and a willingness to try and learn new concepts


+This is not a digital fabrication or software workshop, but a generative design workshop using computational tools and physical models. All designs created will be in the form of analog or physical models, augmented by digital models.
+Attendance is mandatory on all three days.
+In case a participant does not attend all three days of the workshop, they may not receive a participation certificate.
+Fee once paid will be non-refundable under any circumstances.
+Registration is not transferable to any other participant.
+In case the workshop is canceled by the organizers due to any other reason, the full fee will be refunded.
+Once your registration is confirmed, you will receive an email with all the details and requirements of the workshop.