Alliant architecture et conception structurale, le Laboratoire d’Exploration Structurale (SXL) forge de nouvelles façons de concevoir des systèmes porteurs moins gourmands en matériaux et réutilisables sur des cycles d'utilisation multiples, contribuant ainsi à l'adoption d'une économie circulaire industrielle par le secteur de la construction. Il conçoit également des systèmes informatiques pour améliorer la collaboration homme-machine dès les premières étapes du processus de conception architecturale et structurale.
FAR defines the activities of a group of researchers interested in the quality of the built world and the role of construction in bringing it about. Utopian in its resolve and pragmatic in its operational tactics, the work of FAR seeks to define material solutions to building environment challenges that are grounded in their historical, social and economic realities. In this context, architecture and construction cannot be separated: FAR is concerned with the construction of efficient architecture, interpreted as a framework for social activities and a rival investment, as much as it is interested in the architecture of construction, e.g., the ‘industrial’ system that enables spatial ideas to reach sound built fruition. Uniting architecture and structural design, the Structural Xploration Lab (SXL) forges new ways of designing load-bearing systems that are less material-intensive and reusable over multiple use cycles, hence contributing to the adoption of an industrial circular economy by the construction sector. It also devises new computer means to enhance designer-machine collaborations at the early stages of the architectural/structural design process.