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Maxime Downe

Maxime Downe

Architecture | Architectural Assistant | BA (Hons). March

Maxime joined Bryden Wood in November 2017 after completing his Masters in Architecture at Manchester School of Architecture with a distinction and travelling South-East Asia over the summer. During his studies, Maxime focused his attention on future architecture, digital urbanism and technology-driven projects using computational methods, experimenting with digital tools and generative models. His thesis project, set in 2045, was a response to an extreme future climatic and technological projection. It proposed a futuristic vertical subterranean city district where geothermal temperatures are stable, where citizens would live in virtual/augmented reality environments. Harnessing the energy of the wind, precipitation and sun, a vertical farm/climate research facility flying above using drones, would make the arctic future landscape of Manchester habitable once again.

Prior to his Masters, Maxime has experience working on residential and commercial projects across all RIBA work stages in London, and in the Middle East. Because of his keen interest in computation and automation, Maxime has been working on developing a ‘Rapid Engineering Model’ which will enable Highways England to design Smart Motorways in a day. It is a rule-based digital tool which looks at the guides and regulations for Smart Motorways as well as topographic, environmental and structural data of the site to automatically generate an optimised layout of assemblies along the road that can then be adjusted collaboratively.

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