Bridges 2011 Short Paper

Malbec, Ornament and Rustication
Gabriel Esquivel
(Proceedings pages 471–474)


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.