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IAAC -ecoFAB: Fibrous Structures / architecture / bio-computation / books / ecoMachines / landscape / responsive systems / soft claddingSeptember 29, 2014

The book published by IAAC in Barcelona collects the work of the Fabrication Ecologies research line, directed by Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto as part of the Master in Advanced Architecture 2012/2014.
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As human impact on the world’s biosphere reaches critical levels, we should recognize and accept the fact that “nature no longer exists”; at least not as that untamed plane of reference where forces re-circulate in a balanced and harmonious way; in the words of Slavoj Zizek, nature is crazy, catastrophic and brutal.

Such acceptance will help us avoiding the contemporary cultural pitfall promoted by what we should define “the green ideology” and it will liberate a much more radical attitude towards the development of new protocols of transformation, new design practices of material and energetic organisation towards the development of a new “terrifying form of abstract materialism”.

Such radicalism is instigated within our program by a combination of specific research of material technology and parallel robotic fabrication experiments:  the first provides the socio-political contextualisation of fabrication protocols and related products leading to a deeper questioning of the nature of the current production paradigm with particular scrutiny on common definitions such as eco-product, mass customized fabrication, and so on. The latter instead provides the ground for direct experimentation in the invention of new protocols of transformation from raw materials to finished prototypes, taking into account the multiple flows of matter, information and energy feeding the digital fabrication process.

Our ambition is to set up new fabrication protocols able to articulate, within a coherent design medium, the conflictual dimensions associated with material transformation processes both in relationship to energetic efficiency, mechanical performance, aesthetic value, environmental impact, socio-economic gain as well as political relevance.  

“Fabrication ecologies” tests the embedding of digital fabrication protocols in specific design “milieu” and develop a critical thesis on the contemporary relevance of machinic architecture.

This agenda  has 3 main expected outcomes:

-the parallel advancement of both the technical and the cultural paradigms of digital fabrication in architecture.

-the invention of new digital fabrication techniques involving an innovative use of fabrication machines.

-the development of new material prototypes or components  defined in relationship to a specific architectural “milieu”

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