sP: Describe your project.
pablo ZAMORANO, nacho MARTÍ, jacob BEK: The project was created for the recent SPOGA furniture design exhibition in Cologne, Germany and is part of an ongoing research into Expandable Surface Systems, which began in collaboration with the Emergent Technologies and Design Programme at the Architectural Association. The project was designed, fabricated and mounted by the designers.
The design manifested into an exhibition and meeting room pavilion that explores complex geometries generated by simple cut patterning in sheets.
To realize the built structure, the team underwent extensive structural and geometric digital analysis to understand and anticipate the reaction between the material and pattern. A system of mathematical relationships were derived to control found material properties digitally. This iterative process was then scrutinized and revised by findings resulted from structural analysis. The ability to understand material properties from the standpoint of geometry lead to the success of the project. It was a great lesson for the designers to learn from the material – this feedback was the guiding factor in the design process.
The success of the design was contingent on questions of fabrication, minimal waste, and deployabilit. The fabrication process is down to less than 2 percent waste. The system logic and geometric design is embedded in the material directly, rendering no need for excessive explanation to a contractor.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
pZ, nM, jB: Charles and Ray Eames’s explorations on Plywood, Frei Otto’s form finding processes.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
pZ, nM, jB: Reading: Kevin Kelly “Out of control”, Frei Otto “Finding Form: towards an Architecture of the Minimal”, Steven Johnson “Emergence: the Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software”, Michael Hensel, Achim Menges, Michael Weinstock “Emergent Technologies and Design”; Listening: aitänna77; Watching: The powers of ten.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
pZ, nM, jB: Cero9, http://www.cero9.com/
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