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Spoon Benders

Philippe Morel Studio
Assistant: Jose Sanchez

Margarita De Bruijn (Netherlands/Mexico)
Melika Aljukic (Croatic/Australia)
Sreerag Palagnat Veetil (India)
Carles Sala Roig (Spain)


The relationship between man and machine have become far more intertwined with the advances in neuroscience and communication, allowing faster and direct symbiotic coexistence. In this scenario, we aim to integrate positive aspects of technology within architectural design processes to create a prototypical system which could be seen as a prosthetic extension of the humane body. Our interest is in a system which utilises the users for the purpose of the creation of shelters. Rapid fabrication the shelters is attained by means of the intelligence embedded in a particular kinematic geometry, called Kaleidocycle. The elemental properties of spatial linkages with simple revolute joints is analysed to develop a machinery to weave and create inhabitable architectural skins. This modular robotic assembly sweeps three dimensional spaces with ruled surfaces of third order during its inversion, which in turn is investigated to be woven by a multiphase weaving mechanism implanted within the machine. Neural interface enables control of the spatial movement of the modular robotic assembly to be able to customise the individual shelters produced in real time. The project inherits the control over the conception, materiality, manu-facturing, construction and consumption of inhabitable spaces. It retorts to the socio-political and economic pressures in the global capitalist society today, experimenting with lightweight intelligent materials, affordable and rapid prototyping technologies.