The themes presented in the Material Architecture Lab: Digital Manual exhibition at the Aram Gallery are very much a part of our conversations around the ‘hand of the maker,’ and the impact upon design outcomes as digital tools become more commonplace in smaller workshops and studios.
Finding new applications in craft, design and architecture and applying digital fabrication techniques to a range of everyday matter, Material Architecture Lab, co-directed by Dr Guan Lee and Daniel Widrig is a research laboratory at The Bartlett School of Architecture (B-Pro), University College London.
Where many processes for digital fabrication stay on the computer, Lee and Widrig encourage research that goes between modelling software, and hands-on experimentation with real and messy materials, hence the title, Digital Manual.
The exhibition at the Aram Gallery, London will show over 20 experiments at various scales in coiled coconut fibre, 3D-printed sand, resin, recycled plastic modules, and slip-cast ceramic. The selected exhibits will show how the lab works in a spontaneous way, rather than towards a fixed result or form.
Images 1, 3, 4 credit: Agnese Sanvito
Material Architecture Lab: Digital Manual | 16 May – 22 June 2019