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ProtoCo(o)l

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

Students
Fabrizio Cazzulo (Italy)
Alexandros Kallegias (Greece)
Igor Pantic (Serbia)
SeoYun Jang (South Korea)

Project
Robo-teque

Our aim was to develop a responsive design system that allows an instantaneous on-site design and fabrication process. This was be done through the use of real-time evaluation of the structures being built by a machinic system in collaboration with humans. In contrast to a linear design and fabrication sequence, we are proposing a system based on a constant loop between the scanning and evaluation of what has already been built and the generation of a series of future steps. This system also takes into account site conditions and performance-based criteria. A robotic arm is used as a primary machinic device, while the material system consists of aggregated components that enable incremental growth of the structure and intervention into the process of formation. The machinic fabrication system no longer follows predetermined design patterns, but has an intelligence of its own and the capacity to evaluate situations and make decisions that deal with its surroundings. These decisions follow constraints based on the grammar developed by the architect.