The RES collaboration between Felipe Escuerdo, Giovanni Parodi, Dimitrije Miletic and Dimitar Pouchnikov studies the behaviour of innovative systems for building and manufacturing. Through an in-depth use of parametric modeling and generative processes, the team has come to conclusions about construction through the means of experimentation based on algorithms, patterns, and systems.

Arch2o-Generative Systems for Manufacturing-  RES, Architectural Association School of Architects (2)

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Generative architecture is the currently emerging fashion for demonstrating how a building works, what it is composed of and what its parameters are. Hence, it would be important to note that the aim of RES is to seek, through the means of design, a sort of a continuous material organization with a single manufacturing process. One of the definitions of generative processing indeed is that it designs a system of its own which then builds the building itself and that could lead to an endless possibility of variations due to the fact that each component in the process has its own unique parameters that could be modified by the designer at any time.

That is why according to the RES team, the process of building already has occurred during the process of designing and both conceptual thinking, and the manufacturing of parameters can happen simultaneously using computer algorithms. This shows how the RES researchers are trying to understand and demonstrate the ability of manufacturing whole architectural parts as single entities by means of continuous material organization.

Arch2o-Generative Systems for Manufacturing-  RES, Architectural Association School of Architects (3)

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The material used to demonstrate the systemization of building processes is a fiber-reinforced composite, which is used in a machine-controlled fiber placement and the cast is used in a suspension technique to avoid traditional molding. This is how the RES team simulate material behaviour at a high resolution. The outcome is therefore quite visible – the fiber patterning processed during the generative process represents the building form and its parameters. This is how even the structural analysis of a building can be generated at a minimized, almost no physical construction technique provided.

By Yoana Chepisheva

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