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 in the market place. We want 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 @ SALA
The UBC SALA HiLo Lab is an academic research lab working at the intersection of materials research, 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 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. More precisely, we are driven to generate sophisticated yet widely accessible tool sets and strategies for efficiently and sustainably building using low-impact materials and techniques. It is no longer sufficient for fabrication methods to simply address predetermined formal and financial logics. The responsive open city must be a place where the relationship between design production and fabrication is as fluid as the abstract manipulation of form and space.