FABBOTS is the fruit of a series of design & research studios directed by Marta Malé-Alemany in several international schools of Architecture. All projects have been developed in teams, and have benefited from a supporting group of expert tutors and multidisciplinary consultants.
FABBOTS research agenda is based on the following principles:
We will not assemble different materials; instead we will code devices to generate multi-material complex matter formations that have variable physical properties. Programming matter will give us the ability to construct architectural components that are multi-functional and optimized.
We will not fabricate using conventional CNC tools in a lab; instead we will customize our own programmable devices and propose alternative fabrication processes that can be deployed on site. In this scenario, we shall pay special attention to our environment and explore how these devices may be powered by renewable energies and/or use locally available materials. Our devices, rather than follow pre-established instructions, will have the ability to sense varying conditions and adapt to change responding accordingly.
We will not depart from a given design and follow file-to-factory methods; designs will emerge from codes that account for material behavior and machinic logics, and be constantly actualized with real-time fabrication data extracted from artificial vision tools. The resulting construction will merge both the original source code, and the necessary adjustments to the forces that may have affected the process of fabrication.
Our designs will not be pre-conceived and modeled upfront; instead design will emerge from computational methods for optimization, considering evolutionary principles. We will virtually simulate material and machinic behavior, to understand the optimal conditions by which a design may emerge from our customized process of formation.
Our inventions ought to be available to many; they must be user-friendly, easy and cheap to reproduce in several places of our planet, so we can promote their application in communities that have limited access to education and technology.
Our work will benefit others. During our research, we will communicate our progress on the web, as a way to disseminate our findings and stimulate crowd innovation.