Generative Processes in Architecture and Urbanism

Machinic Control 2010

Machinic Control was a design studio at the AA DRL master programme led by Marta Male-Alemany and taught with Jeroen van Ameijde between 2008 and 2010.

The studio brief was set up to explore architectural possibilities beyond standard CAD-CAM technologies borrowed from other industries. Focusing on technologies and workflows that are specifically designed for architectural production, we considered the design and operation of custom fabrication devices as an integral part of the design process. Exploring new scenarios for the creation and inhabitation of architectural structures, the studio envisioned flexible, mobile and low-cost fabrication machines. This allowed the work to speculate about projects that were site-specific, customised and adapted to local climatic conditions, in areas and communities that traditionally have limited access to new technologies and infrastructure.

(Images: Project ‘Knitectonics’ by Esteban Colmenares, Thiago Mundim and Sanhita Chaturvedi.)