Fabrication based design of adaptable transitional spaces
(Supervisors: Michael Weinstock, George Jeronimidis)
The design research is focused on fabrication of physical thresholds between buildings’ internal and external environments, particularly on the extension of the inside space to the outside. Traditionally, the boundary between inside and outside has been understood as a thin skin-like layer that defines the facade of a building.
New design paradigms have been abstracted from living natural systems to inform the engineering and material organization of a deep transitional zone. Digital design and fabrication techniques are combined with material properties to enhance the performative capacity of this new system. Using a subtractive machining process the properties of wood are manipulated to meet the desired performance criteria of light penetration, privacy and views.
It is the ambition of this research to design the building surface as a deep intermediate space, and to improve the performative potential of the material systems in relation to the internal conditions without the need for mechanical device.
Francisca Aroso is a registered architect in Portugal, graduated from ESAP (Oporto), holds a Master Degree in Advanced Architecture from IaaC (Barcelona). She has worked in different architecture firms in Portugal and Spain. From September 2008 to July 2009 she was teaching assistant on Digital Fabrication Classes, Parametric Design Seminar, Digital Tectonics studio and worked as well on the FabLab BCN at IaaC. She has part of the curatorial team for the Full Print3d Exhibition-DHUB Barcelona. Since September 2009 she is a PhD candidate at Architecture Association in London, within the EmTech.