// The practice of theorizing, generating, communicating, and producing novel solutions to contemporary construction issues.
As a firm that tends to work on a variety of project types and scales, our involvement in the building process typically involves some combination of research, design, fabrication, and installation. Models, diagrams, renderings, mock ups, animations, and prototypes are utilized to create and communicate potential solutions.
// The discipline of creating design solutions through the application of techniques in computing.
For Radlab, design computing is about innovation and efficiency. Using computational processes enables us to explore new possibilities in form, structure, composition, and performance, yet it also serves to promote our ever-increasing desire for maximizing material conservation.
// The translation of digital geometry into physical material.
With a streamlined work flow between our studio and shop, we're able to assist clients in maximizing design and production efficiency while minimizing the steps to project completion.
// The process of cultivating ideas into useful, meaningful, environmentally sensitive, marketable objects.
Radlab works with clients through stages of design, engineering, prototyping, patenting, and manufacturing, from conception to product completion.
Matt Trimble will be teaching a workshop entitled Material Bias at the Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala City. The workshop will explore the notion of allowing form, and to some degree function, to become subservient to an understanding of how materials can inform and regulate design.
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Radlab is a multidisciplinary design and fabrication consulting firm located in Boston, MA. The scope of our work includes architecture, design computing, digital fabrication, and product development. These areas are viewed as uniquely distinguishable, and yet distinctly complementary. At Radlab, opportunities for integrating and intersecting disciplines are always on the agenda.
Radlab views continual experimentation, part of its core mode of operation, as a critical form of applied research. The cultivation of design knowledge through trials and prototypes, creating and documenting a continually expanding archive of shared experience, is part of our standard practice. Through clearly defined intentions and methods, with ad hoc rubrics for measuring and evaluating levels of success, research is employed as a foundational tool for realizing ideas in physical form. It is understood that although research, in these terms, by no means guarantees any form of success, it plays a crucial role in reinforcing design propositions, thereby maximizing the probability of success.
Within this framework of experimentation, the creation and discovery of pertinent solutions are wrought through cyclical iterations, invariably mixed with some success and some failure. These research and design experiments (from which Radlab derives its name) occur at a range of scales, within both digital and material contexts, and are rationalized through the lens of a variety of project specific goals. It is our aim not to let technology drive intention, but rather to allow the unfolding of process occur in response to and in conjunction with research. Emperical evidence, both predictable and entirely unforseeble, emerges through the study of materials, joinery systems, spatial configurations, environmental conditions and assembly logics, ready to take the helm.
Matthew A. Trimble founded Radlab in 2008. Born in Memphis, TN, he has since lived in Kuwait, Los Angeles, and now resides in Boston with his wife and daughter. Trimble has studied architecture at The University of Memphis (BFA), where he received the Frances F. Austin Scholarship, and holds a Professional Degree (M.Arch) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was awarded the Avalon Travel Fellowship.
Trimble has a diverse range of experience working and consulting in the field of architecture for firms that include Neil M. Denari Architects, Behnisch Behnisch and Partner, Preston Scott Cohen, Inc, and dECOi Architects. He has also served as a partner and director of technology and design for Ispace, LLC, a Boston based product development company. Trimble has taught seminars, workshops, and studios for both graduate and undergraduate students at the Boston Architectural College, the Wentworth Institute of Technology, and the Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala City. He currently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design.
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