TEX-FAB commissioned Cast Thicket by sponsoring the APPLIED: Research through Fabrication competition and partnered with yo_cy (Kenneth Tracy and Christine Yogiaman) as the fabrication consultants for the realization of the project.
TEX-FAB is a non-profit organization formed by Brad Bell, Kevin McClellan, and Andrew Vrana as a collective action, one that endeavors to combine divergent interests and capabilities, for the purpose of strengthening the regional discourse around digital fabrication and parametric design.
The competition chose to focus on the topic of applied research involving parametric modeling and digital fabrication – what we will call computational fabrication. The competition brief stated: “There is no standard of how the technology is developed or no singular focus on how it will impact the design process or the construction of buildings. And yet there is growing evidence the application is quickly evolving in a variety of unique directions. From novel geometries and innovative structures to improved material and environmental performance it is clear there is a focused agenda towards a more rigorous implementation of the digital toolset.” To this end, Cast Thicket was selected as a project that demonstrated on-going research within the context of innovative parametric design, material research, and structural innovation.