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theverymany: 080727_CoLab: R&Sie + THEVERYMANY (002)



Marc Fornes, Architect DPLG, is the founder of THEVERYMANY,, a design studio and collaborative research forum engaging the field of architecture via encoded and explicit processes.


In 2004 he graduated with a Master of Architecture and Urbanism from the Design Research Lab of the Architectural Association in London after having previously studied in France and Sweden.


Marc’s work experience in France, La Reunion and UK includes ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS, where he was the project architect, from competition to tender documentation, for an experimental Mediatheque in Pau. During his three years on this project he directed the material research and geometrical development for the largest self-supported carbon fibre shell to date.


Marc has led workshops and appeared as a guest critic at the Architectural Association, The Royal College of Art, Pratt Institute, Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania. He continues developing his research and blog in New York City.




- " the very many " - is a simple assembly of three words : "definite article" (ie Explicit) + "adjective-modifier" (ie Variables) + "plural" (ie Multiplicity). Combined as a motto, it addresses contemporary cultures as complex and intricate systems...


- " theverymany " - identifies a Collective of people as well as a Collection of experiments which engage the field of design via protocols of "precise indetermination".


THEVERYMANY was primarily asked to develop a 3D weaving system.

Weaving protocols are quite straight forward to code as extremely explicit by nature: basically a set of procedure telling up/down/up/down based on a specific period or pattern.


Though in that specific case THEVERYMANY was required to weave through an existing primary direction (or loom) which is non linear - basically a set of "randomly" weaved curves not following one overall set of rules - therefore as no under laying order or "grid" one can't expect within the loops to understand its front, back, left & right neighbors, and therefore if those are up or down... no global sequence of weave can't be applied...


Following a series of tests and options - Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY in collaboration with Francois Roche / R&Sie ended up developing a set of local agraffes/clips - having to search for their state - here was the very first attempt (February 2008)


(Obviously at that stage no need to run any clash procedure to understand membrure/rib's integrity limit or structural weakness - but enough though to validate the hypothesis of scenario and its possible effect...)

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Taken on March 28, 2009