Highly Commended 2019

Riza

Neal Kaldor / Stella Qingquing Yang / Temitope Adesina / Tutor - Alisa Andrasek & Joshua Lye / RMIT University

Riza is a Study on component design, and how high resolution architecture can produce alternate ways of thinking about spatial organisation.

Riza is made up of thousands of 30cm long components and assembled to form a high-resolution building which is structural.. These components can be produced on mass and has embedded intelligence, as a result the production of such structure offer varying results, from a couch to a table, from a floor to a wall.

Design Excellence

Riza takes on the personality of Jack of  all trades, being a speculative and fabrication based studio the design excellence comes in the fine tuning of all the elements that make the structure, from the enclosure, to the materiality, to its feasibility and potential future implementations. Riza is part of a series of studies and experiments that we would like to continue to tackle and refine as we do more iterations of it and learn from our shortcomings. We have tried to implement the logic and behaviour of Riza to a larger pavilion as you can see in the video.

Design Impact

Riza is a challenge, it challenges the extent of component fabrication and the idea of construction, cutting across scale and singularity in application.

This may have a design impact in the realms of speculation, and testing. the testing of this could perhaps lead to better implementation of component design

Design Transformation

- Unlike the more traditional forms of design and construction Riza focuses on component led design. Rather than the components being a construction method used to execute the design, the component and its embedded data inform the design.

- Riza is an artists in residence which challenges traditional elements in the fundamentals of architecture, it preempts what architecture could look like in the not so distant future and in particular what the introduction of robotics in the fabrication stage could mean for construction, re -purposing and materiality.

Design Innovation

Low Resolution Pre-fabrication, Riza is produced with simple components, the complexity is not in the individual component, rather the logic in which it comes together. the components can  be  fabricated with a simple laser cutter.

Embedded intelligence, RIza can produce alternate forms and spatial organisation, this challenges the way we visualise and occupy spaces, what does a wall look like? what happens when the wall and a bench meet? the nature of Riza is to do all with a simple component, the aggregation of it reflects logic and in the case of Riza, we used simulated Multi-Agent based rule systems to ensure structural stability yet reactionary design

Other Key Features

We built a physical prototype of a wall for this Design, running a script to generate  the form we then tried to mediate with putting it together through human intuition and holographic lenses.

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