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Manufacturing Utopia - How Assemble is Creating a Model Factory at A/D/O

Manufacturing Utopia - How Assemble is Creating a Model Factory at A/D/O

London-based architecture collective Assemble is set to transform an outdoor courtyard at A/D/O in Brooklyn into a ‘model factory’ to explore utopian ideals of work. The Turner Prize-winning architects will use their first site-specific installation in the U.S. entitled ‘A Factory As It Might Be’ to depict a vision of how society should build and function using abundant, malleable materials.

The factory workshop contains a clay extruder and electric kiln. Image Courtesy of Sam Nixon Shelving will be added to allow for object display. Image Courtesy of Sam Nixon A range of objects can be produced from the factory to enhance the A/D/O courtyard. Image Courtesy of Sam Nixon Assemble have instructed the A/D/O team in tile production. Image Courtesy of Sam Nixon + 15

A workshop within the factory will allow clay tiles to be produced for the factory's facade. Image Courtesy of Sam Nixon
A workshop within the factory will allow clay tiles to be produced for the factory's facade. Image Courtesy of Sam Nixon

‘A Factory As It Might Be’ will operate from February to April 2017 at A/D/O’s 23,000 square-foot-space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, a space allowing the public to work, explore, and participate in design exhibitions and events. Assemble’s installation forms part of the inaugural Design Academy at A/D/O, themed ‘Utopia vs. Dystopia: Designing Our Imagined Futures.’ The installation’s name was inspired by the title of an iconic essay by social activist William Morris, who imagined a factory where work, leisure, and education can interplay in an environment jointly operated by humans and machines.

The factory workshop contains a clay extruder and electric kiln. Image Courtesy of Sam Nixon
The factory workshop contains a clay extruder and electric kiln. Image Courtesy of Sam Nixon
Assemble have instructed the A/D/O team in tile production. Image Courtesy of Sam Nixon
Assemble have instructed the A/D/O team in tile production. Image Courtesy of Sam Nixon

Assemble’s installation centers on a ‘factory’ constructed from galvanized steel. Clay tiles to clad the factory will be steadily manufactured by a team within the building using a single industrial clay extruder and an electric kiln. Assemble has instructed the A/D/O Design Academy and its collaborators in the tile manufacturing process, enabling them to produce additional items such as planters and tiles for the A/D/O courtyard, and dinnerware for their restaurant. Over the course of its operation, ‘A Factory As It Might Be’ will see worktables and shelving added, further expanding the factory’s ability to produce objects, host events, and display pieces of work.

A range of objects can be produced from the factory to enhance the A/D/O courtyard. Image Courtesy of Sam Nixon
A range of objects can be produced from the factory to enhance the A/D/O courtyard. Image Courtesy of Sam Nixon
Shelving will be added to allow for object display. Image Courtesy of Sam Nixon
Shelving will be added to allow for object display. Image Courtesy of Sam Nixon

With ‘A Factory As It Might Be’, we are interested in how utopian ideas can be applied to the very practical reality of construction, and how building elements – and their method of production – can become an expression of social, economic and political aspirations – Lewis Jones, founding member of Assemble.

Assemble have instructed the A/D/O team in tile production. Image Courtesy of Sam Nixon
Assemble have instructed the A/D/O team in tile production. Image Courtesy of Sam Nixon

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Cite: Niall Patrick Walsh. "Manufacturing Utopia - How Assemble is Creating a Model Factory at A/D/O" 03 Mar 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/806317/manufacturing-utopia-how-assemble-is-creating-a-model-factory-at-a-d-o/> ISSN 0719-8884
The installation is set at A/D/O's courtyard in Brooklyn. Image Courtesy of Sam Nixon

乌托邦制造业—— Assemble 是如何在 A/D/O 中创建一个模型工厂的

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