In this course we explored the strategies of modular construction using Gilles Retsin’s modules. Through strategies of stacking and post-tensioning we explored the opportunities and limitations of the module.

We began by assembling the module and constructing a beam element where we pushed the limitations of maunal post tensioning. Afterwards, using Midjourney we transformed our abstact sketched into abstract architectural drawings. We used these abstractions to inform the plans and elevations of our “house”.

Finally, we utilized these strategies to develop a multi-storey housing prototype. Using the skills we learned, we optimized the walls and windows during assembly, and utilized midjourney to help us this of strategies that we hadn’t tried. Afterwards, we developed plans and visualizations. We followed this by aggregating the structure even further computationally, using AI and grasshopper.

original sketch


  • Modular living (Overview)