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EPIC

Alisa Andrasek Studio

Students
Gabriel Morales-Olivares (Mexico)
Bryan Oknyansky (USA)
Alejandro Mieses (Puerto Rico)

Project
Entropy_Rising_Systems

This project questions how principles from natural processes and biological systems can transform the performance of architecture from a low-resolution, high energy consumption, component assembly model, into a high-resolution entropy-rising modulation through a self-assembled prototypical organization of matter. Architecture’s homogenizing protocols were characterized by a need for absolute control and a model of standardized production that unreciprocally consumed all kinds of energy, even under the pretense of sustainability. Redefining control in design as modulation and taking advantage of smaller, cheaper, mass-customization modes of assembly, architecture can be re-appropriated with a heterogeneous protocol addressing the new social demand for entropy rising systems. The EPIC prototype is a robust and resilient coded interface that modulates environmental data and host conditions for the purpose of implementing a composite fibre-deposition material system. This system is capable of responding to local conditions over time. Its changing phases are to be assembled into prototypical architectural elements that satisfy programmatic needs as well as environmental demands for an energy-producing architecture.