Malbec, Ornament and Rustication

Gabriel Esquivel
Proceedings of Bridges 2011: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2011)
Pages 471–474 Short Papers


The digital fabrication tools used in project Malbec included the digital modeling tools Autodesk Maya and McNeel’s Rhino 3d, the manufacturing software MasterCAM, and a 3-axis CNC machine. The project was part of fabrication seminar held at Texas A&M University, Department of Architecture. The concept, as depicted in the name Malbec is of a wine splash on a gallery wall.

Malbec, the physical manifestation of the study (see figure 4), addressed material experimentation produce expressive form: we strove for minimal design sacrifice by developing innovative fabrication techniques and assembly procedures which allowed us to find a way around the machine's 3-axis limitations.