What is Rapid type?

Rapid type is a design/build studio based on a grant from Mitsubishi to explore potential design uses and assembly techniques that are specific to using Alpolic. Research in marketing and deployment strategies of prefabricated architecture guided our approach to develop a semi-mobile food service unit as a means to test the limits of Alpolic.

MATERIAL EXPLORATION
Folding Ribs

Folding Ribs

Dome Global Form

Dome Global Form

Honey comb Wall system

Honey comb Wall system

Twisting & Folding Modules

Charette: throwing fabric into the mix

Charette: throwing fabric into the mix

This scheme looks at the integration of alpolic with (waterproof) fabric.  The alpolic base serves as a frame (U-shaped or C-shaped; U-shape pictured below), which the fabric is pulled over and wrapped around to secure.  The fabric forms the roof (and/or wall) of the structure and splits into strips where it hits the alpolic.  These...
Details of the Shingle Shear Panel Strategy

Details of the Shingle Shear Panel Strategy

folded plate system

folded plate system

SSandoval_AssemblageDesing_P01

SSandoval_AssemblageDesing_P01