‘The existing profit driven model of construction will lead to an imminent automation of things, a new system will be required to replace it moving the control of housing design back to the local community prioritising social values.’
This research proposal named ‘Foam Town’ theorises a building system maximising the automation of building production and construction for the social commons. Engaging with new forms of production and reproduction through the process of CNC hot wire cutting, and automated drone construction assembly the project actively rethinks the traditional construction technique. As a deployable system to multiple locations this project aims to raises living standards for the local people by empowering them with the ability to control their own environment. Developed as a better alternative to the existing housing typologies in the area of Avila, Spain. The housing complex offers low-income families a safe enclosed space in the style of a contemporary Spanish compound home developments and works by providing the local population with a digital kit of foam parts which runs in tandem with the automated world of the near future.
In the future, every sector of the economy will be a technology sector including the practice of architecture. Based in Jeremy Rifkin’s post-capitalism near future during the fourth industrial revolution, the full automation of the production of building elements and construction will come to a near zero production cost. The material commodity of these blocks will act as a local currency, with its own specified value system depending on the structural function and material used. This is made possible by the communally owned industry, (SCS) Swarm Construction Systems.