Today we present the work by Pablo Rica: Compact – Fabric Forming Component .
Fabric is a flexible and adaptable material with a soft appearance. In combination with a fill in material, the properties change from supple to hard, gaining structural and thermal qualities. The hardened material turns to have a soft appearance in reverse. This is where the ambiguity and discrepancy from solid fabric to elastic stone becomes interesting. And in that process of changing condition is where new possibilities of design arise. Compact is a research project about examining the potential of fabric as a construction technique and developing a modular system, in which material properties and environmental aspects are involved.
Graduated as architect from the University for Applied Sciences in Bern Switzerland with honors, he holds a professional Master Degree in Advanced Architecture, Digital Fabrication and Self-Sufficient Buildings from the Institute for Advanced Architecture Catalonia in Barcelona Spain. He has worked as architect and project manager with different architecture offices like UNStudio van Berkel & Bos and VMX Architects in Amsterdam, and Stump Schibli Architekten in Basel Switzerland. Two of his independent projects were runner ups for Europan competition 7 and 8. Recently, in collaboration with Josiah Barnes, the project called ‘Muscular Synergy’ was selected as second prize in the Designing Fabrication Competition of Architectural Association AA|Fab in London.
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