As part of the annual CANstruction competition which supports the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Ann Beha Architects and Thorton Tomasetti have partnered together to create the ULTIMATE can sculpture for this year's theme - Heroes & Villains.
Making the Case
This is a project to develop a case/clip to aid users of dual phones (home and work) with ease of use and an efficient way to keep track of multiple devices. Profits from the sale of the case will benefit the non-profit organization Mother to Mother, which serves low-income babies and their families with essential health and safety supplies.
Elkus Manfredi Architects is producing a modular panel installation to study the workflow and feasibility of working with multiple materials to produce complex forms. There are currently six modular panels to be created: CNC machined cork block, BigRep 3D printed PLA, CNC machined bamboo, waterjet processed aluminum, cast slump glass, and cast concrete. The materials were chosen to represent sustainably-sourced materials utilized in architectural design in addition to showcasing the types of tools required to make them. The finished product serves as an informative study on materials, tools, and workflow.
Enclos, a facade engineering and curtainwall design company, is one of the largest specialty design-build contractors in the United States. They are exploring the use of Willow glass in structural applications.
Goody Clancy will be participating in a Design-Build Competition at the Dallas Museum of Biblical Art which is celebrating the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. The Design-Build Competition, both an innovative contest and outreach opportunity, is sponsored by the Texas Jewish Arts Association (TJAA) in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and Jewish Family Services. According to the sponsors, “the overarching goal is the promotion of the importance of a safe refuge against the elements and a reminder to us of those in our cities who are homeless or under-housed; dislocated and estranged, and the needs of those individuals to establish homes of their own.”
Having established a strong agenda into composite materials at the BUILD Space over the past six months, Ibanez Kim is proceeding into a large-scale project for the “Beyond the Horizon” exhibition for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. To this effect, the engineered and performative aspects of carbon fiber, aramid, and Kevlar -- high tensile strength and low weight -- are now situated with a focus in the humanities. Composites are technical and precise, but to gain traction with a larger audience, should also be customizable in color finish and cladding.
Montgomery Memorial Base
Behavioral Health is a growing, but much underserved healthcare market. Developing purpose-driven furniture that not only meets the bare minimums of safety and durability, but is dignified and beautiful will have significant impact on the patient healing process, and providers’ ability to deliver effective therapy. To date, there has been very little innovation in the Behavioral Health arena. MASS Design Group has embarked on a design collaboration with Nemschoff with the aim of developing a behavioral health furniture collection that will not only solve for highly specific needs but offer appeal and applicability across markets.
The global architecture firm, NBBJ, follows up its first pilot BUILD Space Residency with three new project teams that will focus on two public infrastructure projects in Boston and Cambridge, MA, and one long-term residency that will focus on research relating to adaptive and solar-active tensile materials for enhanced occupancy of outdoor spaces.
Robots in Architecture
Perkins + Will’s fifth project is a full-time BUILD Space residency focused on Automation in Construction. Hakim Hasan of Perkins + Will’s Robotics research is focusing on the development of a robotically fabricated timber structure that will be showcased at Greenbuild 2018, in parallel to evaluating the use of automation in Perkins + Will core business. In collaboration with the BUILD Space and Dynamo team, Perkins + Will is also hosting periodic robotics workshops in their offices to help develop institutional knowledge around digital fabrication.
The US Sailing Team sent their Innovation, Research, and Development Director, Performance Analyst, and Mechanical Engineer to the San Francisco and Boston Technology Centers to research how VR, IoT solutions, and wearable technologies can influence their design and manufacturing of specific performance parts, including foils.
The team is building a 1000 sq ft interior 'quad' for ABX that is comprised of user-activated tectonic walls that define the quad and create varied spaces for social and programmatic activities and experiences. The walls are built out of 2x4's, plywood, rods, and shingles in 6'-0" modules.
The research team is developing a mechanical device that can mimic the effect of low-lying cloud cover to help operations that are typically hindered by high ambient temperatures.
TOPOLOGICAL (BIO) TIMBER
In partnership with The Univesity of Cincinnati this material research-driven process is focused on advancement of wood as a building material using new technologies and social implications.
Teaming up with HUBWeek, Autodesk, Skanska USA, Green Goat, Northeastern University
and several other partners to design and fabricate the entrance archway to HUBWeek’s fairgrounds located at City Hall Plaza.
TIMBER TOWER NODE
In a one-week design sprint, two architects from Perkins + Will are fabricating a portion of the diagrid structure for the River Beech Tower, a high-rise timber tower proposed to be built in Chicago.
PARAMETRIC WOOD JOINERY
The team is exploring the creation of geometries never before possible using wood combined with the most recent fabrication technologies. This work is part of an ongoing body of research in parametric design and wood joinery.
NAIL LAMINATED TIMBER PANEL
The design firm spent a week building a complex curvature Nail Laminated Timber (NLT) strucural panel; a proof of concept prototype for a landmark project designed in Vancouver.
The focus of this residency is exploring different technologies and tools in an effort to generate new innovative design ideas.
They are researching the use of local, reclaimed wood from abandoned homes in Detroit for a large, generatively designed screen wall in the entry of the lobby of their current project.
DINNER FOR SIX
This project is a culmination of research on the intersection of materials and inhabitants. The large-scale, CFRP structure is capable of housing six individuals for a Pew-funded theater project with opera composer Lembit Beecher.
"COLLABORATION STATION" WORKBENCH
With this project, Greg Porter is investigating strategies to allow digital fabrication fits into the architecture workflow.
The architecture firm is creating a Winter Pavilion for The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, a linear park in downtown Boston, by integrating a digital form finding and file to fabrication workflow and modular construction methods
Creating a prototype of a ceiling preservation project in a building being repurposed as a boutique hotel in the Financial District.
EMERSON LITTLE BUILDING
Working in collaboration with Suffolk Construction to laser scanning the façade of Emerson College’s Little Building in all of its architectural elements to preserve and enhance the Little Building’s historic character and significance through the restoration.