Analogies between nature, geometry and structure.


I'm interested in the study of analogies between nature, geometry and structure, and the way geometric transformations constitute a source of inspration for developping new form of architecture. I started to study origami as a basis of my project. As I was researching about origami structures, I discovered the work of Ron Resch about tesselation based origami, Chuck Hoberman transformable structures, Darcy Thomson studies on growth and biomorphic structures, Buckminster Fuller tensegrity structures and Pierre Le Ricollais organic structures; When I saw Resh's documentary «Paper and sticks » I got fascinated about his research process and the possibilities offered by origami for developping transformable architecture, 2D and 3D structures.


As I took interest in the subject, and I started to research about plants and their growth process, morphogenetic strucures and the geometric relationships they share with origami. Both subjects where at high interest for analysing and understanding morphing and geometric transformations and their analogy to structures. I am currently watching the video lectures of MIT Prof. Erik Demaine regarding « Geometric Folding Algorithms: Linkages, Origami, Polyhedra».


My final project will be dealing with a transformable/ reconfigurable 3D structure which could be actuated through different kind of sensors (croud, movement, light/heat, noise, pollution...) . This research/ project aims at studying and mimicing biological organisms, natural patterns in order to develop a number of architectural applications such as temporary deployable structures, architectural façade elements, transformable, lightweight, complex architectural forms.


Weekly assignments covering the semester subjects.

Week 01_25 Jan

How's & Do's, Management

Week 02_01 Feb

Computer-aided Design

Week 03_08 Feb

Computer-controlled cutting

Week 04_15 Feb

Electronics Production

Week 05_22 Feb

3D Scanning & Printing

Week 06_01 Mar

Electronics Design

Week 07_08 Mar

Computer-controlled Machining

Week 08_15 Mar

Embedded Programming

Week 09_22 Mar

Mechanical Design, Machine Design

Week 10_29 Mar

Output Devices

Week 11_05 Apr

Machine Design

Week 12_19 Apr

Molding & Casting

Week 13_26 Apr

Input Devices

Week 14_03 May


Week 15_10 May

Networking & Communication

Week 16_17 May

Interface & Application Programming

Week 17_24 May

Applications & Implications

Week 18_31 May

Invention, Intellectual Property & Income

Week 19_07 Jun

Project Development


FabLab ULB, Brussels.


David Erkan
FabAcademy 2017

I am a practicing architect and a tutor within the Faculty of Architecture of Brussels University, ULB. I am teaching Digital Fabrication and Design Process studios as well as coordinating the University FabLab alongside my colleague Victor Levy. I completed a Master degree in digital architecture at Westminster University in 2000, and I pursued my carreer as an architect in London, specializing in architecture, urban research and digital design.
I am a regular guest critic at Southbank University, at the AA school of architecture in London, at ESA school of architecture in Paris, at LaCambre visual arts school, and at CAD school of architecture & Design in Brussels. I also organised and took part to several international architecture workshops , among which, at Lund Technical University in Sweden in 2012, in Tokyo, in partnership with Waseda, Keio and Tohoku Universities, in 2015. In 2007, I co-founded my architecture practice DEA, Architecture & Urban Research, specializing in micro architecture and digital design, with projects around the UK, France and Belgium. I am currently conducting a research by design about pedagogy, digital processes and learning at the Faculty of Architecture of Brussels Free University, ULB.


FabLab ULB/ SuperLab/ FabLab Charleroi


FabLab ULB/ SuperLab/ FabLab Charleroi


FabLab ULB/ Trios Lab


FabLab ULB/ SuperLab


FabLab ULB/ FabLab Charleroi