FIG_O1_REIMAGE: Reimaging is a process of making. The online Reimaging platform publishes research, hosts projects, and documents processes that stake a claim for the collective reimaging of architecture today.
FIG_02_03_PLATFORM: A robotic platform supports collaborative practices. Fabrication platforms don’t make much on their own—they tilt, lean, rotate, or pan—but their sequences guide the manual placement of material. Three pressure sensors record weight values, calculate the center of mass, store the data in an array, write robotic code for mechanical movement, and update drawings on a digital monitor—receive, process, sort, respond, display. We are always looking for new material for our platforms.
FIG_04_05_COLLECTIVE: Too many cooks in the kitchen. Our instruments are built to be operated by multiples. It’s hard to wield a two-person saw by yourself. Sure you could compile a BIM model alone, but you’d be subcontracting to yourself. Finding new design models for collaboration induces us to recalibrate the connections between people, instruments, computation, and material.
FIG_06_07_08_REIMAGE: To reimage is to erase and restore. It is to wipe an operating system, empty memory, and reinstall everything. Typically a process of restoration, reimaging produces a special kind of copy - a previously workable version overwrites a damaged configuration of the current device. In this sense, it is both to discard and to reuse.
Founded by Gabriel Fries-Briggs, Brendan Shea and Nicholas Pajerski, Reimaging exists as an expanded platform for collaboration. It fosters conversations about contemporary processes of making particularly in light of our computational moment. The platform stakes a claim for fabrication as a form of construction and, simultaneously, a form of representation. The reimaging of representational protocols engages an expanded toolkit of design in contact with matter, as irreducible to procedural or linguistic description.