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Rael San Fratello: Experiencing New Forms

The architectural duo behind Rael San Fratello fashions itself as an atelier that is engaged in a conversation with the practice of its field. By asking fundamental questions about material, shape, place and intent, designers Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello push the boundaries of what’s possible within dwellings, businesses, institutions and much more. Their “Emerging Objects” project from 2019 explored the southwestern tradition of mud-based construction and combined it with the latest in 3D printing technology to envision a future of locale- and planet-friendly structures and daily wares in situ.