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01AUG 2014

Casinalbo ( Italy ) 17-23 August 2014 / workshop Balsamico / Dust Mirage

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Balsamico is a collaborative stage for designers operating in between digital intelligences and craftsmanship aesthetics, it is a fabrication workshop leading to the manufacture of a 1 to 1 wooden pavilion. The workshop will be held from August the 17th till August 23th this summer of 2014.

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. DESIGN Actions of dripping, collecting and tasting will drive the definition of a ground for Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena. A cad/cam approach will generate volumetric structures from the implementation of a wooden joinery system. Participants will operate within an open design field where a cross-breeding methodology will avoid unilateral layout in the selection of successful solutions.

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Parametric detailing, automatic unrolling, smart labeling and efficient nesting are some of the skills the participant will learn in the context of mass-customization. Rhino in combination with the visual scripting plug-in Grasshopper and the coding software Processing will be used as a basic platform to develop the proposals and prepare the documents for CNC processes. . FABRICATE A consolidated expertise of Italian manufacture will sustain the fabrication of all the components, bounded to the constraints imposed by two-dimensional milling machine’s capacities.

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A set of different types of wood with special properties will strongly influence the treatment techniques. Operations as smoothing, sanding, cutting or calibrating will every time adjust to all the selected materials. . BUILD The final structure will be installed in a context of solid historical background provoking a dialogue between complex compositions and ordered environments.

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Moreover visits to Ferrari museums, Post modern Cemeteries, Romanic Cathedrals, Baroque buildings and soft hill tops will accompany the whole experience during the summer week..

Design team:
Tutors and instructors

The teaching method will be given by young experts in digital design and further implemented by professional Italian artisans.

http://www.makeahybrid.org/ (Grasshooper/Processing ,and design tutors)

http://www.iablu.it/ (Fabrication and design tutors)

Further information

For any kind of inquiry please contact :



A basic knowledge of 3D modeling is compulsory. No previous experience on Grasshopper, Processing or Aspan is required. Participants must bring their own laptop with the Rhino 5 already installed with the latest version of Grasshopper.

Schedules and logistics

The workshop will be held at IABLU Multipli S.r.l., Via Enrico Mattei 40, 41043 Casinalbo (MO) Italy

The timetable will be approximately between 9:00 and 18:00. A detailed calendar will be distrubuted in advance, only to the selected participants.

The fee will be of 550 euro (V.A.T included) per person including 20 hours of design method, 30 hours of fabrication method, material supply, milling machine time usage, technical assistance and insurance cover.

A maximum of 10 participants may partecipate in order to offer a fruitful and effective learning experience for each student.


To register for the workshop every participant must submit the application form “FORM 02″ with a copy of the bank transfer to the fax number (0039) 059 5160293 or via e-mail to info@dustmirage.com All documents must be completed and signed. Entries must be received before 3.8.2014. Participants will receive confirmation of their enrollment via e-mail.

Payment and billing

The payment must be completed along with the enrollment through bank transfer to the following account: UNICREDIT BANCA IBAN : IT 24 V 02008 66783 0000 405 14734 The bank transfer documentations must contain a reference to the workshop (balsamico) and the name plus surname of the account holder. At the end of the course an invoice will be issued.

In case of failure of the initiative the whole amount paid for registration will be reimbursed by bank transfer to the account of which we ask you to provide full data. The full amount is not refundable in case of missed cancellation by the participant or for reasons not attributable to the organizers.


It is important to know that the workshop fee does not include the following expenses : night accommodation, food supply, transport, travel, extras. We are contacting all the members in play for the above mentioned list and we can estimate a minimum amount of approximately 350 euros per person, we also guarantee full assistance in the below listed arrangements.

A Night accommodation

. Youth hostel in the city center of Modena


. Camping in the closest country sides


B Food supply

. Restaurants close to the workshop area can provide lunch composed of a main dish, a dessert, drinks and coffee for 8 euros per person.

Birreria Vecchia Baviera. Via GiardiniSud, 41043 Formigine (MO) TEL 059 551168

C Transport

. Group rental between the participants is strongly suggested because the factory is 11 km away from the city center of Modena and the public transport system is less diffused between the industrial districts.

http://www.europcar.com/car-rental-MODENA.html TEL (0039) 059 2270762

D Travel

- The closest airport available to Modena are Bologna and Milano (or Parma and Pisa)

Work in progress

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