Responsive environment |SILK PAVILION
“Nature is a brilliant engineer and builder and Digital tools allow
to translate natural principles and processes“
Silk Pavilion explores the relationship between digital and biological
fabrication on product and architectural scales.
Reactive Material Research | 4D PRINTING
“Can we make things that make themselves ?”
A cross-disciplinary research inventing self-assembly and programmable material technologies aimed at
reimagining construction, manufacturing, product assembly and performance.
Distributed Manufacturing | WIKI HOUSE
“Architecture for the people by the people”
WikiHouse is an Open Source construction system. It makes possible for anyone to design, download, adapt,
share and ‘print’ high-performance, low-cost houses that they can assemble by hand.
Rapid Prototyping | SAGRADA FAMILIA
“Rapid prototyping provides affordable opportunities to investigate
a design within an iterative process”
CONTEXT | innovation in the future of construction
The construction sector has been one of the main engines of the world’s economy during the last century; it generates 10% of every country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in Europe and 6.3% in Latin America, directly implying thousands of jobs and associated industries. During the last decade, global financial instability has negatively affected the growth and wealth of construction and development, while also causing dramatic impact on climate change and the environment.
We now face a transition moment calling for new ideas towards social, economic and environmental future growth of our buildings and urban infrastructure.
The information era that we live in today, introduces technologies that advance with great speeds and transform the means and ends of the construction sector. Advanced and novel materials, digital design technologies, advanced manufacturing techniques and new interfaces between users, processes and built environments present unprecedented means for constructing challenging and innovative projects within a framework of 21st century challenges generated by global urbanization, economic instability and in particular, the increasing awareness related to the environmental crisis.
Ideas and innovation are the currency of the future of construction.