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Supraextructures: New Opportunities for
Name: Supraextructures: New Opportunities for
File: Mesa Paper 5-14-14 update 2.pdf
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Event: 2014 ICSC - BOSTON
Speaker Name: Mesa Molina, Debora
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Paper - The POPlab (Prototypes of Prefabrication laboratory) at MIT, founded by Ensamble Studio architecture office, is a new research lab at MIT born to innovate the design and construction of architectural and urban environments, bridging the gap between art and science. As one of the main
focuses of its agenda, it explores the opportunities of prestressed concrete technology at multiple scales, from the material, to the building and the city; developing different typologies and assembly methods. Hemeroscopium House (completed in 2008) is the beginning of a research process that explores both the mechanical and aesthetical possibilities of precast concrete in architecture as well as its capacity to provide new qualities to space. Through this research, a new concept in architecture and urban planning is developed: SUPRAEXTRUCTURE. The various
projects developed show how this prefabrication technology offers the opportunity to create spaces and systems intelligently thought, engineered and built.

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