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RES

Robert Stuart-Smith Studio
Assistant: Tyson Hosmer

Students
Felipe Escudero (Ecuador)
Giovanni Parodi (Italy)
Dimitrije Miletic (Serbia)
Dimitar Pouchnikov (Bulgaria/USA)

Project
Singular Branching

RES approaches the proto-design agenda as a problem of how to conceive and manufacture bespoke architectural parts that come together to provide differentiated spaces through continuous material organisation on multiple scales. Our understanding of building-cycle is situated within the design of a process that is generative at the conception level as well as at the manufacturing level. This process consists of conceiving a building that responds to com- plex site conditions and simulating its manufacturing and assembly with the intention that although the intricacies of production are messy and not linear, the final architectural product is delivered as one entity. We use fibre-reinforced composite as a material that can be manufactured in a way so that the fibre patterning is intrinsically related to the building form. We propose that structural analysis of the building as a whole determines vectorial flows, fibres are then placed on parts by machines following agent-based drawings of strand organisation, finally parts are cast in suspension and assembled on site. While automating parts of this process and avoiding moulds traditionally used with Fibre Reinforced Composites minimise labour and construction tools, our interest resides in the discovery of interesting tectonic moments borne out of this processes.