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Marta Male-Alemany Studio
Assistants: Daniel Piker, Jeroen Van Ameijde

Federica Capodarte (Italy)
Takbir Fatima (India)
Riddhi Parakh (India)
Poonam Sardesai (India)


In this project, the application of negative air pressure to an aggregation of discrete, non-structural elements in an air-tight membrane actuates a system that develops many qualities it could not otherwise exhibit: rigidity, structural performance and space creation. The vacuum acts as an adhesive as well as a catalyst in the deflatable system. The distribution logic of a geometrically defined, three-dimensional aggregate controls the resultant geometry. A ‘pick and place’ machine that can intelligently differentiate between types of aggregate and distribute them in order to achieve a desired result informs the fabrication system before deployment. By varying the density, distribution and orientation of aggregate to a high level of resolution, it is possible to achieve varying levels of flexibility, structural performance and topology. Prioritizing variations of these different aspects makes the system applicable to different architectural scenarios such as: impermanent solutions to address the issues of temporary housing, as a formwork to be cast upon, or as a large-span permanent structure. By varying external constraints that regulate the form, the same low-energy system can be deactivated by release of negative pressure and reassembled in other contexts, resulting in variable form and becoming a recyclable architecture.