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  • Endemic Interstices

    Endemic Interstices
    london UNITED KINGDOM

    AA DRL
    critics: alisa ANDRASEK & jose SANCHEZ

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Plugin (alexandre KURODA, dağhan ÇAM, karoly MARKOS, & ulak HA): Endemic Interstices proposes a new architecture as a system with the capacity to self structure, adapt and co-evolve within the environment considering natural resources as part of a tectonic system. The development of this research evolves as a bottom up system through iterative prototypes as adaptable type of inhabitation in rich arid unbalanced territory where the shape of the landscape is a consequence of water scarcity and constant weathering.

    The project aims to create synthetic ecologies by harvesting the physics of natural processes not only as a design generator but also as a tool for fabricating complex formations by computation of matter. More specifically the main driver of our thesis is a nonlinear fabrication technique that uses crack dynamics in clay soil as a locally self-computable formwork for casting lattice like structures. Mud cracks occur due to slow contraction of matter as a result of water evaporation. The resulted interstitial space between the separated islands under specific conditions allows for various material such as bio-cement or bio-plastics to be casted. Once the filler is cured the dried soil is removed through constant weathering or washed out by occasional rains revealing an elegant structure.

    Shrinkage mud cracks can also be indicative of a predominately sunny or shady environment. Rapid drying, which occurs in sunny environments, results in widely spaced, irregular mud cracks, while closer spaced more regular mud cracks indicates a shady formation environment.(1)

    From this wide range of crack patterns some specific ones are selected to provide different performative qualities such as structural stability, sun shading and airflow modulation relative to morphological features such as the size and density of cracks. These features are explored through physical experiments and digital simulations. As a result different crack morphologies are articulated together into a new tectonic language.

    Subsequently the research explores also deployment methods that involve no material wastage in building the scaffold. Therefore, articulated grounds and landforms are proposed to be used as scaffolds. These land formations are realized through earth works strategies. Once the casting on landform is complete the underneath space is revealed through excavation protocols.

    (1) E. M. Kindle, “Some Factors Affecting the Development of Mud-Cracks.” The Journal of Geology 25, no. 2 (1917): 135-44.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    Plugin: Frei Otto, Peter Eisenman, François Roche, Shigeru Ban.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    Plugin: Cyclonopedia, [a:rpia:r], The Big Bang Theory, AD Magazine, From Object to Field, The Autopoiesis of Architecture, NOX: Machining Architecture, Teoman.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    Plugin: Vitaly Bulgarov, Neri Oxman, Casey Reas, and Nervous System.

    Additional credits and links:
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    Tutors: Alisa Andrasek and Jose Sanchez.

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