Northeastern University College of Arts, Media and Design & School of Architecture

Michelle Laboy leads a team from Northeastern University investigating the potential for crowdsourcing data on groundwater levels to generate an interactive map based on real-time feedback by utilizing new groundwater well technology that minimize the opportunity to expose water sources to surface pollutants. 

Northeastern University College of Arts, Media, and Design: Physical Design, Physical Computing


As part of Janos Stone's Physical Design, Physical Review course, students were asked to develop projects that collect live user data and use that information to create responsive and adaptable environments. Student projects include: understanding human movement and HVAC efficiency by tracking carbon dioxide vapor bubbles, an interactive “playground” concept that allows immobilized children in hospital rooms to play and interact with children in other rooms, an immersive sonic environment designed to reduce stress by responding to biometric data, and an adaptive acoustic wall that changes shape to manage changing sound pollution conditions.


Harvard Graduate School of Design: Mark Mulligan, PETG Pavilion


Mark Mulligan's group from the Harvard Graduate School of Design used their January semester to design, fabricate, and construct a lightweight, completely transparent pavilion structure using PETG sheets as base material, without the use of conventional metal fasteners. They utilized the BUILD Space's 5-axis waterjet, vacuum former, and heat gun in their fabrication process. 

Elkus Manfredi Architects


Elkus Manfredi Architects is a full-service design firm providing architecture, master planning, urban design, interior architecture, space planning and interior design. they used BUILD Space equipment to prototype historical preservation details and processes for local development projects

Harvard Graduate School of Design: Volkan Alkongolu's Hybrid Formations


Volkan Alkonoglu's group from the Harvard Graduate School of Design set out to design something paper-thin and super-light while maintaining its structural integrity and creating big volumes. Manufactured out of extremely lightweight, aluminum panels, the installations consisted of unique and custom CNC cut components. These individual components were assembled like a large 3D puzzle, forming an elegant, soft and dynamic volume. The assemblage of these components formed a complex and futuristic design.

Pillar Technologies

Pillar Technologies is a Boston startup focused on predicting and preventing damage on construction sites through the use of on-site sensors. Their hardware-to-software solution monitors for destructive environmental conditions such as fire outbreaks, high humidity exposure, and mold growth, minimizing risk and revenue loss for general contractors and insurance companies.

Mona Ghandi, The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia


Mona Ghandi's research will explore how buildings that continuously attune their configurations in accordance with environmental and user use less energy, offer more occupant comfort, and feature better overall space efficiency than static buildings. Thus, the justification for adaptive kinetic structures is the economy of means, responsibility towards the natural environment, and the satisfaction of human needs and desires. 

Oriol Carrasco, The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia


The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) is a center for research, education, production, and outreach, with the mission of envisioning the future habitat of our society and building it in the present.

Oriol Carrasco will be looking 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. 

Evangelos Pantazis, The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia


The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) is a center for research, education, production, and outreach, with the mission of envisioning the future habitat of our society and building it in the present.

Evangelos Pantazis aims to explore structural form finding through the implementation of agent based modeling and behavioral design strategies that take into consideration architectural, structural, environmental, and tectonic parameters as well as fabrication constraints. 



Sasaki is an architecture firm 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. The structure(s) is (are) loosely defined as a conceptual urban winter 'warming hut’ or 'glowing igloo' that would serve as an inviting, wind responsive and dynamic public art installation.

Swarovski Glass Deposition Modeling

Stefanie Pender is researching novel additive manufacturing techniques with glass as a Swarovski Innovator in Residence.  Designing with Autodesk Fusion 360 and Dynamo, she will prototype tooling and molding using the BUILD Space equipment: Glass/ceramic kilns, waterjet, Haas CNC mill and CNC Onsrud router.  Informed by her background in traditional glassmaking, Stefanie integrates automated robotic processes with computational material design to investigate the light-manipulating properties of 3D printed glass filament for the possible applications of lighting, architecture, interior decor, and jewelry.  

Boston Children's Museum

The Boston Children’s Museum is a nonprofit museum that engages youth with interactive discovery experience that foster appreciation for the world, develop foundational skills, and spark life-long learning. The BCM staff will train to safety use and activate the tools of a laser cutter to support their mission to provide hands on discovery opportunities for children.