Speculative Models for the Present

RAFT is a research and strategy platform founded in 2020 by Tomás Clavijo; innovation manager, architect and creative producer operating globally from Madrid.

01.Nuanced Research

RAFT is a research-driven and format-agnostic practice that maps ecologies, cultures and infrastructures to rethink how they interface with each other.

Output: Inventory / Archive / Taxonomy / Database / Map

02.Curtailed Speculation

RAFT operates at the interplay of the material and the symbolic projecting narratives into the past and future to deal with contingencies of the present.

Output: Scenario / Script / Report / Media / Narrative / Insight

03.Generative Models

RAFT disputes the territory of systems thinking by providing logics and structural frameworks that challenge preconceived meanings, patterns and relationships.

Output: Diagram / Flowchart / Protocol / Supply / Chain / Business / Model / Institutional / Framework

04.Platform Strategy

RAFT pursues systemic effects by acting at a specific scale and position and conceptualises physical and digital interfaces as mediums for the delivery of strategy.

Output: Roadmap / Intervention / Installation / Interface / Building / Space / Event / UX / UI / Article / Lecture

Projects

Description

Client

Bio-Fold
FRAKTA fetish for a biodegradable material culture

SPACE10

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Bio-Fold stands at the intersection of material technology and cultural strategy. It deals with critical global issues such as plastic waste, soil scarcity and deforestation due to agricultural development. Playing with cultural heritage, the project uses FRAKTA, IKEA’s iconic totebag as a symbolic device for the introduction of an already existing technology: vacuum bagging, in this case, applied to biocomposite materials...

Location:

Copenhagen (Denmark)

Year:

Ongoing (2019 - present)

Team:

Katya Bryskina, Tomás Clavijo

Output:

Article, fabrication method, digital Interface, physical prototypes

Seiche
Automated bureaucracy as a pathway to fluid citizenship

Strelka Institute: The New Normal

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Overlapping jurisdictions and supranational infrastructures generate an increasingly complex topology; the design, management and mapping of their interactions is therefore a crucial task. Seiche proposes a platform that enables the definition and management of techno-legal procedures of information exchange between the institutions that regulate such systems and the organisations that operate within...

Location:

Khorgos (Kazakhstan), Shenzhen (China)

Year:

Ongoing (2018 - present)

Team:

Mikhail Anisimov, Tomás Clavijo, Yulia Gromova, Katya Sivers, Andrei Zhileikin

Output:

Speculative short film, article, interactive installation

Siren
Audiovisual arctic poem on connective alienation

Strelka Institute: The New Normal

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Siren oscillates between the silence of the now deserted destination node of Magadan and the fullness of the fragmented archives that capture its evolution from a place of extraction to a place of archive. It emerges from statistical and interview-based research into port automation and the global inversion of gender patterns in supply chain employment...

Location:

Magadan (Russia)

Year:

2018

Team:

Asia Bazdyrieva, Tomás Clavijo, Anna Paukova, Daria Stupina, Solveig Sues, Paul Van Herk

Output:

Speculative short film

Æffect
Acid infused journal on innovation management

UAL: Central Saint Martins

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Æffect grew as a bottom-up student-led initiative to create a strong and self-perpetuating community connecting innovation management students at CSM with alumni, staff and industry leaders through a mentorship scheme, an academic journal and web platform...

Location:

London (UK)

Year:

2017 - 2018

Team:

Tomás Clavijo, John O’Reilly, Claudia Rafael, Rowan Wallace

Output:

Mentorship scheme, academic journal, web platform

T.E.N.S.E
Temporary environment for navigating scenarios of emergence

UAL: Central Saint Martins

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We live in a divisive world, balancing paradoxes in political, economic, social and environmental spheres, which is not an easy feat. This event series and academic journal on innovation management explained how tensions and frictions that organisations and individuals experience in their daily lives act as drivers of innovation...

Location:

London (UK)

Year:

2017 - 2018

Team:

Tomás Clavijo, Charlotte Hutton, Anni Korkman.

Output:

Event series, magazine

Electric Cloud
Decentralised networks of energy exchange

EDF (Électricité de France)

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The combined disruption of smart home devices and decentralised energy production and storage systems favour a progressive switch to ‘prosumerism’ in the energy market. Electric Cloud provided a strategy for EDF to adopt an ambivalent position as managers and traders in energy exchange networks, a role that would help them thrive in both a centralised or decentralised scenario...

Location:

London (UK)

Year:

2016 - 2017

Team:

Tomás Clavijo, Jose do Nascimento Neto, Anna Ance Rusova, Clementine Song, Tida Urramporn

Output:

Business model, strategic road map

Critical Firm
Political conflict as a business strategy in the age of purpose

Self-directed

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With ongoing, deep, systemic trust crises across western societies, the rise of populist politics can be understood as a failure of corporate social responsibility - the hegemonic identity of the corporate establishment during the last two decades - to engage extensive sectors of a highly polarised population. To reinstate trust among those sectors, the corporate world needs to perform a parallelism that offers symbolic resolutions to the ongoing societal tensions...

Location:

London (UK)

Year:

2016 - 2017

Team:

Tomás Clavijo

Output:

Academic paper, article, strategic report, system map

Discourse on Trends
Assembly toolkit for authenticity in the digital fluid

Self-directed

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A shift towards fluidity in the discourse of authenticity in gender, sexual and racial identity has already established the generating of a new structure of power and knowledge. As technology continues to dilute the lines between physical and digital space and persona, a new regime of truth on authenticity and identity around fluidity between physical and digital environments will follow...

Location:

London (UK)

Year:

2016 - 2017

Team:

Andrew Bellofatto, Tomás Clavijo, Alcinda Lee, Tida Urramporn, Inga Veidmane, Rowan Wallace

Output:

Academic paper, article, strategic report, system map

Radical Swissness
An architectural framework for the Swiss vernacular

group8

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Define and perfection a framework and methodology for the development of architectural competitions within the Swiss context (a.k.a. domesticating the creative willpower of multidisciplinar international teams to fit the swiss vernacular...

Location:

Genève (Switzerland)

Year:

2014-2015

Team:

Tarramo Broennimann, Adrien Besson, Tomas Clavijo, Olivier Fleith, Guilherme Sepulveda

Output:

Architectural competition with several awards

UNOG
Energetic renovation of the United Nations Palace

group8

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In a demonstration of its commitment to the Strategic Heritage Plan, the Swiss Federal Council participated in the renovation of the “Palais des Nations” through a voluntary contribution of CHF 50 million. The aim of the renovation project was to bring The United Nations Palace into line with the concept of a "green building"...

Location:

Genève (Switzerland)

Year:

2012 - 2014

Team:

François de Marignac, Oscar Frisk, Grégoire Thomas, Emeline Debackère, Stephan Schmitt Daniel Gibbons, Tomas Clavijo, Bettina Heidenreich, Maud Musil, Sebastien Jeanet, Maud Christophe

Role:

Project architect (architectural direction)

Output:

Automated energy management system.

RAFT articulates teams around concepts and seeks collaboration on shared agendas with organisations, institutions and independent conspirators around the globe.