Brief 2017-2018

Woodchip Barn, Hooke Park. and Wooden Waves, BuroHappold.

We are back after a year exploring Symbols & Systems, and an inspiring unit trip to South India, visiting the Hempi Valley and Auroville. This year our focus is on Fractals, not just as forms but as tools to understand how geometry can become infinite and how it can be built within the constraints of the physical reality. Fractals gives the opportunity to expand confined spaces, to let the mind fill the gap that reality had to stop. Therefore it also provides a great tool for the second brief, which is the Tiny Home movement, society’s need to create more compact, efficient homes to face the environmental and economical crisis. As per our previous briefs, we would like our students to build their projects, whether it is a giant fractal at a festival or an actual home within a space that would otherwise be left empty, we want students to raise funds and make, using digital fabrication tools combined with off-the-shelf material. Our goal is to continue training the entrepreneur-makers of tomorrow. Below is a breakdown of our briefs as they are being drafted:

Fractals in nature & structures
Unit trip to India studying the links between recursive structures, spirituality and aggregation
The Tiny Home Movement


BRIEF 2013 – 2014

Hello everyone, we are happy to be back for the 2013-2014 academic year at the University of Westminster after couple weeks in the desert at the Burning Man festival! Similarly to previous years, we will place our studio briefs in the list below as we develop them throughout the year. We hope it will inspire you!

-04/12/13 BRIEF2B: REALISE


-24/09/13 BRIEF01 : SYSTEM

-24/09/13 Unit Presentation

-20/09/13 – A4 – Introduction to briefs

Near Unison 08
Near Unison – Dan Dodds (DS10 11-13) physical and digital experiments of harmonic oscillation.
Near Unison 09
Near Unison – Dan Dodds (DS10 11-13) physical and digital experiments of harmonic oscillation.
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Near Unison – Dan Dodds (DS10 11-13) physical and digital experiments of harmonic oscillation.
We're back!
We’re back!

Brief 2012-2013

DS10 is happy to back for the 2012-2013 academic year!

Toby and I are very excited about the new brief. Below is a link to the A4 presentation that students receive before the presentation on Monday 24th September. If you have any feedback or questions on the brief please do not hesitate to comment below and we will answer asap.

Above: Queue in front of the Tokyo Apple store for the release of Iphone 5

Above: The WikiHouse by 00:/ Architect

Above: Anam Hasan, a ladder to the burning cloud (for Burning Man)

Michael Hansmeyer (CAAD ETH) – Platonic Solid Subdivision

Brief 2011-2013

Below are links to PDF pages explaining our 2011-2012 brief in chronological order:

18/01/2012: BRIEF03: REALISE

(Students will adapt and confront their Burning Man proposals to broader contemporary issues. They will look at the impact of the Internet on physical spaces and might choose to design a networked headquarters/manufacturing facility for a global company or charity)

01/11/2011: BRIEF02: BURN 

(Students will implement their digital and analogue studies on Frei Otto and Buckminster Fuller  in a building for the Burning Man Festival)

30/09/2011: BRIEF01: LEARN

26/09/2011: “Unit Presentation Slideshow”

(10 minutes power point presentation to student for unit selection)

20/09/2011 : “DS10 A4 Page”

(given to the students prior to the Unit Selection)

Above: Facebook’ s new Server Farm in Lulea, Sweden

 Above: IKONOS satellite image of the Burning Man festival

Richard Buckminster Fuller with the Dymaxion Car and the Fly Eyes Dome © Courtesy Buckminster Fuller Institute© Frei Otto, Apparatus for computing minimal path systems, Institute for Lightweight Structures (ILEK), Stuttgart, 1988