We utilize “lowly” materials in highly sophisticated design applications. We use high-tech equipment and software to generate work that can be produced through low-tech and low-impact means. We develop processes that are complex and responsive yet have low resistance to adoption in the market place. We are driven to lower barriers so the highest number of designers and users can benefit from our work. We listen. We observe. We collaborate. We work high and low.
HiLo Lab is invested in material ecologies, production efficiencies, and the use of sustainable resources in fabrication and construction. While much of our work centres on wood and timbre, we are also invested in reusing a wide array of materials, including plastics, metal, fabric, and other materials sourced from waste streams.
HiLo Lab @ SALA
The UBC SALA HiLo Lab is an academic research lab working at the intersection of materials research, construction ecology, and the use of novel technologies in architectural applications. The lab’s mission centres on three interrelated ideas –the use of second stream materials (classified as waste) and increasing applications for wood in construction, building greater access to digital design and fabrication processes, and the design and application of energy efficient methods for construction that eliminate waste and extend the useful lifespan of materials. We are driven to generate sophisticated yet widely accessible tool sets and strategies for efficiently and sustainably building using low-impact materials and techniques.