In this lecture at Fabrica, Australian architect Rory Hyde presents a series of projects that deploy space as a catalyst for social engagement. These experimental structures are not really architecture, but occupy the awkward space between small buildings, installation design, broadcast media and events. With a minimum of means, they attempt to create new forms of spatial encounter.
Jennifer Magnolfi is a recognized Advanced R&D Consultant focusing on new product concepts, emerging technologies and architectural systems integration in the commercial real estate industry. In this lecture at Fabrica, Magnolfi talks about her applied research work in Advanced R&D and real estate projects and shares her findings on the role of productivity in designing 21st century environments. The human experience in digital space, how we learn and how we create new knowledge with each other, have not only changed the ways in which we work, but the way in which we build and inhabit our physical environments. If this design logic is understood, it can be scaled and its product measured.
Over the last year and a half, London-based architecture & strategic design firm 00 have been developing WikiHouse, an open source construction system that tests the disruptive potential of digital manufacturing to radically lower the thresholds of time, cost and skill in the production of buildings; and to seed more democratic models of urban development. The aim is to make it possible for almost anyone to design, share, download, adapt and “print” low-cost, high-performance structures which can be assembled without traditional construction skills. At Fabrica, WikiHouse co-founder Alastair Parvin talks about where the project needs to go next, and make the case for citizen-led urbanism, open source construction and a global hardware commons.