Personal website of Mania & Hamia

How do we work?

We use high-end technologies that aid the design and the production of complex forms. We do not use these technologies to fabricate our ideas nor to create a final presentation model; rather we leverage them as design drivers that make significant buildings possible economically, socially and environmentally.   We use computer-generated physical models, computer aided engineering (CAE) analysis models, and hand-made physical models recursively in design processes.

It is not only about adopting emerging technologies; it is also quite critical to explore different ways of employing these technologies in design processes.

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 Incorporate CNC-machineries and robots into early stages of design processes

“Computer-generated physical” models refer to those models that are produced by the CAD geometric modelling and CNC machinery. Attempt to produce CNC physical models and prototypes are an attempt to address manufacturability issues within design processes. As Michael Plesh  notes The“ Manufacturing problems, which are not so obvious in a “computer generated” model, come into sharp focus in the actual fabrication of that model or prototype […] is it really possible, or cost effective to make it that way in the real world? Building the design will force you to think through the different manufacturing steps and may cause you to make design changes, even very subtle ones, that will make the design much easier and less expensive to build” .

For the computer-generated physical models to go beyond merely a final product and be design drivers they have to be integrated in design at the early stages. The employment of the computer-generated physical model and modelling in design process rather than as a means to create a final presentation model relies on recursive processes.

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Linkage between hand-made physical models and computational geometric models

In contrary with those computational design processes that are removing the requirement of hand made physical modelling and are abstracting the human hand in the process, our design processes are leveraging handwork and innovative low-tech physical modelling. However we rightly linked our hand-made physical models with CAD geometric models using  input devices such as sensors.


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Developing algorithms, with aid of a computer, to express formal arrangement and compute complex forms

Algorithms whose computing agent is computer can computationally generate and manipulate design entities such as geometric form. Application of algorithms in design processes enables design processes with four fundamental operations computation, sequence, selection and iteration.



Practice-based research

Research is an important component in our practice. We emphasis on achieving new knowledge about the nature of our practice and how to improve it as well as sharing the gained knowledge with a wider audience. In the Practice-based Research gaining new knowledge is “partly by means of practice and the outcomes of that practice”. In a scholarly thesis, originality and contribution to knowledge may be demonstrated through creative outcomes in the form of design, making and exhibition of outcomes. Whilst the significance and context of the claims are described in words, a full understanding can only be obtained with direct reference to the outcomes.Practice-led research foreground the  artefacts, processes, and practices at centre of research. The knowledge production relies on research processes and outputs, and debates about the role of the design practitioner and their work in a research context.

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