Time // 2013


University // AA DRL


Location // London, United Kingdom


Status // Design Proposal


Type // Urbanism


Size // varies


Bart//Bratke // Paul Clemens Bart, Marvin Bratke


Team // Dmytro Aranchii, Paul Clemens Bart, Iris Yugiu Jiang, Flavia Ghirotto Santos


Tutor // Theodore Spyropolous, Mostafa El Sayed

The current state of our build environment is defined by its building lifecycle and finite use of labour and material in its production.



noMad proposes a behavioural fabrication system that marks a shift away from architecture as a finite construct, but is instead looking for autonomous, non-finite and real-time solutions to adapt dynamically to the demands of its environment – constantly restructuring and reinventing itself. In a self-assembling fabrication approach of ‘negotiated space’, noMad aims to enable architecture with a sensory system, localizing decision making by self-aware unit to unit communication instead of a deterministic, superimposed building plan.
Anchored in the world of self-structuring polyhedra, noMad is based on principles of synergetics, the study of geometry in transformation and the impact of a local change on its global systems behaviour: a single unit can autonomously change state, shifting its state by a simple rotational translation from one polyhedra to the other.
Hereby, noMad is operating on different scales of (collective) intelligence and behaviour, each autonomously self-assembling to the next higher order of organisation – from a highly mobile, nomadic states to large population spatial configurations.
With noMad, we are proposing a system, that can self-regulate and adapt, react to outside influences and demands and encourages both interaction and communication.