Adaptive Ecologies I | Composite Materialities

Dip16 will be examining current tendencies in spatial production dictated by developments in material science, digital manufacturing, processes of industrial production and economics as well as new organizational models and methods of procurement. This is directly aimed at fetishising architecture as a customized consumer object as the premise for the production and realization of a frivolous space arising from a new environmentally conscious ecology of construction.We

will question the building industry’s short sighted view of the balance between quality, longevity, economy and environmental impact and investigate alternate economical systems in order to found an agile and adaptive framework for a an innovative and sustainable architecture exploiting key concepts such as parametric design, digital fabrication, localized production and ultimately mass customization.

The act of building is our planet’s largest polluting agent. In our view innovation in technology, material science, fabrication techniques and production methods is offering the only novel way of producing space capable of reducing waste, the carbon footprint and our dependency on fossil fuels without having to entirely rely on reductive models of optimization and performance. Dip16 will be researching this new ecology of industrialized building and looking for new solutions based on industrialized production deploying processes and procurement routes provided by NGOs and Open Source communities.

We are searching for an architecture of composites in which spatial quality, material performance, the design of fabrication processes as well as production processes are balanced means in the production of a highly site and context specific architecture with an inherit capacity for redeployment and re-adaptation.

Dip 16 will revisit traditional building concepts such as blocks, slabs, post and beams, shells, frames, tents and fibers as well as ecologies of fabrication and production through history. In the search for composite conditions we will investigate basic building taxonomy through means of fabrication such as milling, folding, laminating, sewing, stacking, interlocking, hanging, injection molding, compositing, extrusion, weaving, bundling etc. Spatially and programmatically this will entail various degrees of articulation from the standardized low tech component to the highly articulated formal element, avoiding self similar repetition in favor for the diversity of the composite.

 
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