Grompies

Date: 2009
Credits: Collaboration with Brendon Carlin, Kyle Chou, Lluis Enrique Monzo, and Carlos Piles.
Tutors: Theodore Spyropoulos + Robert Stuart Smith

The research engages spatial experimentation through material processes that privilege an understanding of form as a continuous process of formation. Rather than a conception of inert spatial form, architectural elements understood through the design of spatial components that are capable of negotiation and dynamically correlating complex organizational patterns through the interaction of systemic material capacities and external environmental influences and forces. The research engaged formation and materialization processes through non-linear fabrication techniques. This was investigated through the deployment of catenary structures, fabric tailor patterning, and casting plaster in flexible formwork. 

The various tests include simple surface-based catenrary structures, vertical column-like structures, and more complex hybrid conditions.