Design To Make Workshops
The Boston Architectural College (BAC) proposed to research digital design and fabrication methodologies by focusing on casting at two different scales — the architectural model scale and the real scale. The research will investigate two case studies: flexible and fabric form-work. This will involve testing the relevant material options and combinations, as well as mold fabrication methods and assemblies, while simultaneously considering the assemblies and relationships of the objects to themselves and their context at real scale.
As part of this group’s interest in the relationship between art and neuroscience, the MIT Museum will use the BUILD Space to expand on a previously created interactive installation which explores the generative nature of human perception. It presents a volume of uniform light to the observer, without any visible source or shape, varying in brightness and color over time. When the observer places their hand inside, the light changes based upon its position, allowing them to trace out a three-dimensional scene. This scene currently takes the form of a familiar object, its colors mapped to regions of space. The aim is to investigate how we process this novel transduced signal, to see whether our mind can generate a reconstruction of that scene, and if so, how that affects our perception of the light.
Team Lead: Anna Mezheritskaya
Future of Work in Shared Spaces
The team will design, manufacture, and test smart furniture based on designs from the distributed manufacturing platform created by Opendesk.
Team Lead: Aaron Hoover
The course, in collaboration with material sciences from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is a lecture/workshop setting where students are introduced to digital fabrication and material systems through the lens of ceramics, but with the expectation that generalizable learning on digital fabrication in a wide range of materials.
Team Lead: Martin Bechthold
In partnership with MISIT the Design/Build base class is designing and building a proof of concept and a mockup of the constructive modules made of new assemblies of glass and volcanic rock.
Team Lead: Cristina Parreno Alonso
PROJECTIVE REPRESENTATION IN ARCHITECTURE
This core architecture studio sequence and lecture/workshop course provides the historical background, critical instruments, and technical tools to imagine and represent three-dimensional architectural form.
Team lead: Cameron Wu
WAYS OF WOOD
The team is creating an installation for the Boston Design Biennial focused on following the historical configuration of logs when driven from a forest downstream to the sawmills. This figurative composition creates a temporal invisible link with a particular type of landscape of extraction very characteristic in recent North American history. At the same moment, the installation creates a 'contemporary' interpretation of this material and historical morphologies as a topography bench aiming to represent the connection of design with its material sources.
Team Lead: Daniel Ibanez
SELF-STANDING MODULAR INTERLOCKING SHELL STRUCTURE
The Construction Science team consists of architecture, structural engineering, construction, materials, sensing and computing, and energy researchers focused on a self-standing modular interlocking shell structure being manufactured using two processes.
Team Leads: Amir Behzadan, Negar Kalantar
Heliomorphic Chicago is imagining the radical revision of Chicago’s urban form through optimized solar performance.
Team Lead: Aziz Barbar
Digital Construction Platform
An in-progress research project consisting of a compound robotic arm system. Potential applications include fabrication of non- standard architectural forms, integration of real-time on-site sensing data, improvements in construction efficiency, enhanced resolution, lower error rates, and increased safety.
Team Lead: Julian Leland
COLLABORATIVE ROBOTIC WINDING FOR CORELESS FIBROUS STRUCTURES
The team is developing a framework for the design and fabrication of large-scale structures using core-less filament winding.
Team Lead: Ayoub Lharchi
AUGMENTED DESIGN MANUFACTURING
The team is exploring and developing new technologies and techniques necessary for a new design manufacturing workflow in the architectural context.
Team Lead: Benedikt Wannemacher
ROBOTICALLY FORMED METAL
In a partnership between the Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture and Centria, a manufacturer of metal building facade systems, Tact(AL) demonstrates the potential application of bespoke, robotically formed wall panels.
Team Lead: Jason Detwiler
Working with Build Studio the team will be using the principles of biomimicry in architectural design to design and build a small structure for renting sports equipment in one of the public parks in Brookline, MA.
Team Leads: Sam Batchelor, Shane Gibbons
The course engages an exploration in designing light - by manipulating light as it travels through space. By using fabrication as the method of exploration, we'll construct, test, learn, and construct again our theories about light as a material. Rapid iteration and failure will be our greatest teachers in our pursuit of understanding.
Team Lead: Karen Nelson
Carbon Fiber 3D Printing for Large Scale Applications
This research project is exploring ways to bring composites closer to design and architecture, being able to create more complex, robust and cheaper to manufacture large-scale carbon parts through carbon fiber 3D printing.
Team Lead: Oriol Carrasco
Working with ZHCODE (Zaha Hadid Computation and Design Group) the research teams are working on ways to co-evolve solutions for housing-related phenomena with an appropriate mass-customization technology from the domain of digital design and fabrication.
Team Leads: Ali Nahmad, Shajay Bhooshan
BEHAVIORAL SHELL MORPHOGENESIS
The research is exploring structural form finding through the implementation of agent-based modeling and behavioral design strategies that consider architectural, structural, environmental, and tectonic parameters as well as fabrication constraints—think termite-like swarm robots.
Team Lead: Evangelos Pantazis
This research is exploring and elaborating on the concept of “Smart Architecture”, robotized self-adjusting building, through computational design programming, and algorithmic thinking while implementing data-driven design processes, parametric design, robotics, artificial intelligence, material science, and advanced digital fabrication technologies.
Team Lead: Mona Ghandi
PHYSICAL DESIGN, PHYSICAL REVIEW
Students are developing projects that collect live user data and use that information to create responsive and adaptable environments.
Team Lead: Janos Stone
This team is designing, fabricating, and constructing a lightweight, completely transparent pavilion structure using PETG sheets as base material, without the use of conventional metal fasteners.
Team Lead: Mark Mulligan
The team is using a custom-build UV laser to attach to industrial robots to create tensile membrane structures out of resin composites.
Team Lead: Robert Cervellione
FAST, CHEAP, & OUT OF THE BOX
This team of students is prototyping self-deploying tensile structures.
Team Lead: Skylar Tibbits
Manufactured out of extremely lightweight, aluminum panels, the installations consist of unique and custom CNC cut components assembled like a large 3D puzzle, forming an elegant, soft and dynamic volume.
Team Lead: Volkan Alkonoglu
Natural and biocompatible composite materials combined with large-scale digital fabrication can enable environmentally friendly bio-inspired construction.
Team Leads: Jorge Duro-Royo, Andrea Ling
REMAKING WATER LEGIBLE
This team from Northeastern University is investigating the potential for crowdsourcing data on groundwater levels.
Team Lead: Michelle Laboy
The laboratory for Structural Testing of Resilient and Sustainable Systems (STReSS Lab) is utalizing the BUILD Space to enhance their steel strength testing research.
Team Lead: Michael Macneil
The team is using Fusion 360 to design and fabricate panels and vacuum foaming ABS for off-road vehicles.
Team Lead: Harrison Gieraltowski