RESPONSIVE FOAMATION, THESIS PROJECT, AA-DRL | EP Architects
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RESPONSIVE FOAMATION, THESIS PROJECT, AA-DRL

Supervisor

Theodore Spyropoulos

Students

Elina Pattichi, Afra Farry, Kyle Chou, Brendon Carlin

Category
Atraktos
About This Project

Prefabricated architectures remain disconnected from the recognition and response to their context and their own process of assembly. The chosen site which is a post-earthquake area demands such application although the developed recognition-system and the fabrication and assembly process can respond to different sites and scenarios.  The final thesis included the investigation of how a soft material system ( quickly deployed and harden, earthquake resistant and easily removable ) deployed over time by a communicating network of physical actors and virtual processes, can respond to site specific issues, changing conditions, and its own construction process. the task of the resulted intervention is to produce desired spatial organizations, while also illustrating a procedural, responsive and emergent build-up of its temporal layers. The key components of this system are the spatial unit (the bag robot) and the secretion of a structural catalyst (foam), the locator of the unit (the mobile robot), and an observer which can recognize the process of construction and communicate instructions for organization directly to the site (the computer, webcam and projector). The following is the story of their conception, their growth and adaptation to create sensitive architectures and responsive foamation(s).