Complex ¿? Yes, but faster and cheaper


Topic: Architecture. Prototyping  1:1 scale.

Significance: Knowledge transfer to industry.

Contact: Jose Ballesteros. PHD. Architect. Professor “ Parametric Architecture Projects”.  ArchitectureTechnical School of. U.P.M.segundo-modelo-constructivo-prototipo2
+34 91 4160054.

Material: construction drawings, high resolution photos of : the construction process, cutting with CNC  and final model. It is also available an extended text.

Until recently, the alternative to industrial mechanical processes was building crafts, almost hand-made and based on trusting the skills of expensive, experienced artisans, with all its old-school charm.
Nowadays, access to certain computational tools facilitates other forms of thinking and doing.
Parametric means “something that depends on parameters”… Which parameters?

For a boat, floating is an essential parameter. Just with that condition we would manufacture objects that float. Adding conditions (storage, sailing …) would probably lead us to producing boats; boats of different characteristics, depending on the conditions (or parameters) that we use.

This would similarly be valid for an airplane, and also -why not- for a building.
That’s right. This type of software allows us to produce objects according to the set of conditions that we choose. Thus, form becomes the optimal result for fulfilling these specific criteria. And when it gets done, it gets done very well…
What can we demand from our buildings? Well, for example: energy efficiency, low consumption, stability… conditions that are all configurable parameters. Thus, if we want a building with a reasonable capacity of collecting solar energy, we will obtain a form (and a space related to it) strongly constrained by that determination.pantalla-codigo

¿Objective? To quickly build a model from an architectural project.
In this prototype, virtually all parts are different and the shape is complex. Cost and time would be overkill if we chose to develop and assemble it using artisanal means. However, by using parametric tools, all pieces can be cut in one day, and the structure can be fully raised in two days -or even less-.
Our goal is to demonstrate this kind of process, to teach the use of its associated software, to show the new idea of architecture embedded in this productive paradigm, and to build it at 1:1 scale.

Innovation, collaboration, construction.
The final result of prototipoLab [1] 2011 is a physical example of rapid prototyping. We present it as the result of the objectives of our work: Innovative and competitive production in the areas of architecture and timber construction, promotion of collaborative work between these models of innovation and related companies, and the goal to bring to reality what we do with the resources available.


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