Adaptive Ecologies II; Composite Production

Dip16 is continuing its research of tendencies in environmentally specific, yet highly articulated spatial production. We will be examining recent developments in environmental science, digital design and manufacturing, material science, processes of industrialized building, industrial production economies as well as new organizational models and methods of procurement. We will continue our search for a new architectural aesthetic and spatial qualities based on the idea of the composite. The ambition is an increasingly articulated and context specific architectural space arising from an increasingly environmentally conscious ecology of industrialized architectural production with an innate capacity for redeployment and re-adaptation. We see new environmental conditions, building standards and legislation as a spring board for imaginative and innovative environmentally conscious design to emerge. Dip 16 will initially revisit traditional forms of building taxonomy and production techniques in a range of materials from stone, concrete, metal, timber, fabric and polymers only to be followed by more high-tech alternatives in other forms of industrial production. In the search for composite conditions we will investigate means of fabrication such as milling, folding, laminating, sewing, stacking, interlocking, hanging, injection moulding, compositing, extrusion, weaving, bundling. 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 favour for the diversity of the composite.

Students: Adam Holloway, Chi Sung Lee, Claudia White, Elliott Krause, Emily Thurlow,  Hyun Suk Yi, In Sub Lee, James McBennett, Josiah Barnes, Sang Eun Kim, Seung Hyun Yuh, Sharon Toong, Soo Hyun Jin, Michael Ahlers, Yee Hong

Technical Studies consultancy:          Javier Castanon, John Noel, Wolf Mangelsdorf, Martin Self, Mike Weinstock

Structural consultancy:                       Reuben Brambleby AKT

Geometry consultancy:                        Kengo Skorick, Arthur Manu-Mani & Ying Wang

Timber consultancy:                              Daniel Fagerberg, UFO Stockholm

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