We started yesterday working with students at École d’architecture de Marne La Vallée in Paris (french link).
After a presentation of the unMonastery and an introduction to parametric design we launched the workshop.
We are basically asking students to design furniture, walls, mobile objects, lamps, façades, pavillions that can respond to complex and evolving needs of unMonks in Matera.
Students have asked a lot of questions, some of which I was unable to answer.
Maybe [antonioelettrico], [ben], [rita] or [alberto] can help with this:
1) What was the unMonastery building before? Why was it abandoned? What is the history behind its walls?
2) What kinf of construction machine we have in Matera?
I’ve already discussed this with [Rita] and [Antonio] but I would need details about this machines, their name and their availability in time.
We are working on 3 main subjects, explained by the images below, but we also ask students to be creative about new problems to solve in this kind of new social space:
(how can we use parametric design and complex geometry to have privacy and intimacy in shared spaces - see the first photo below- ?)
2) Radical adaptability
Seats solutions for LOTE
It would very useful to have your feedback.
We are doing our best to share what we are doing here.
Special thanks to the students and Aurélie De Boissieu who is co-directing the workshop with me.