RES – Rapid & Efficient Structures

In a year long thesis in the Design Research Lab (AADRL) at the AA, research was conducted in digital methodology and physical fabrication. Throughout the year, a shift between the two mediums resulted in a system of prefabrication and on-site assembly, with which, a building can be constructed in a fraction of the time of traditional construction, reducing the environmental impact of heavy construction, and the downtime at busy sites. The further developed protypical scenario is based in Hong Kong, as a pedestrian bridge.

Digital research consisted of “hacking” various software suites together to produce a system for simulations and generative design. Physical research consisted of utilizing materials outside of their typically prescribed use – using composites without moulds, weaving different materials, etc.

Team: Giovanni Parodi, Felipe Escudero, Dimitrije Miletic, Dimitar Pouchnikov. Credits for the renderings: Jose Pareja. Tutor: Rob Stuart-Smith. DRL programme page is available here.

Project TypeAA School Thesis University ProjectDesign TechBlender, Python, Maya, Processing, GrasshopperLocationPrototypical, Hong KongYear2013

Design Methodology and Construction Data

Sequence of Construction

Due to the lightweight nature of the project, it can be constructed with minimal disturbance and fast deployment. This construction technique is especially useful for busy places – major roads, train stations, etc.

Physical Materiality Research

Digital Materiality Research