Exoskeleton – Dion J Dekker, Cal Poly


In the last couple years we have seen a lot of shipping container designs from some of today’s leading designers.  This design comes from Dion J Dekker of Cal Poly in his award winning design for a Miami Beach hotel to be built with the re-use of shipping containers to win a Modular Building Institute (MBI) student design competition.  The main unit of the shipping container was used solely as an integrated component of the programmatic design, where in a lot of shipping container designs it is the sole feature of the project.  

SCHOOL: California Polytechnic State University
STUDENT: Dion J Dekker
COURSE: AIA / MBI Design Competition: Miami Beach Hotel
YEAR: 2010

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Danaus, A Polymorphic Installation- Tulane, Digital Fabrication

Tulane architecture students in Ammar Eloueini’s Digital Fabrication class have created a pretty interesting little installation.  Starting with the idea of anamorphic graphics, the students created a structure that appears as one form when viewed correctly, but is made up of different pieces, each unique.  The pieces range in depth, up to 10 inches thick, where the form acts as a bookshelf. 

STUDENTS: Sam Levin, & Others
PROFESSOR: Ammar Eloueini
SCHOOL: Tulane University SoA
CLASS: Digital Fabrication
YEAR: 2011
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Show Us What You Got!

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A Cultural Interchange – University of Nottingham – Ji Soo Han

A look at the place of computational design in the process of form creation. Ji Soo Han uses multiple mathematical formulas to create the form of this project.  Does this process of creation (identifying variables, running some scripts, taking produced form and creating enclosure) marginalize the role of an architect in the design process?

SCHOOL:   University of Nottingham
STUDENT: Ji Soo Han
COURSE: 5th Year
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Evolver – Studio ALICE – Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne


Today’s project comes from the land of awesome chocolate, and pocket knives. They also make some great architecture projects too.  Studio ALICE’s structure creates a platform to frame views of the landscape, and focus the user on the views, instead of in towards the structure.

SCHOOL:  Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)
COURSE:  Studio ALICE – 2nd Year
PROFESSORS: Dieter Dietz, Olivier Ottevaere, Daniel Pokora, Katia Ritz, Aline Dubach, Isabella Pasqualini
STUDENTS: Meredith Adrian llewelyn; Job Eveline; Belkhodja Ahmed; Clement Augustin; Di giambattista Olivier; Feihl Nicolas; Maire Samuel; Melly Benjamin; Lepoutre Martin; Nantermod Francois
YEAR: Semester 04, Spring 2009

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Mediating Mediums; The Digital 3D- Greg Tran, Harvard GSD

We’re gonna start off the week a little easy here, let you all ease on into another 5 days.  Today’s project is from Greg at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, his thesis, which discusses the use of 3D technology, and it’s possibility to actually become a 3-dimensional interpretation of our digital world.  See the rest here.

STUDENT: Greg Tran
SCHOOL: Harvard Graduate School of Design
PROFESSOR: Mack Scogin
CLASS: Thesis

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Weekend Studio Break

It’s the first weekend of Autumn, and you know what that means.  Cooler weather, warmer clothes, pumpkin beer, and oh so pretty colors of the leaves.  Unfortunately, for a lot of you, it probably means mid-terms too.  So take a break, check out a few cool things and recharge for your review.  Continue reading

Teletropolis – Kervin W Brisseaux – Syracuse SOA



A dark look at architecture and technology, as we look at another ongoing conversation between man versus the machine.  How we as man create because we can, we invent because we think, and design because of passion.  Kervin Brisseaux pushes the philosophical view that even though each generation has pushed technology to advance the global culture, at which point does technology then in turn regress human evolution.

SCHOOL:  Syracuse SOA
STUDENT: Kervin W Brisseaux
COURSE: ARC 500 – Practice Alternatives
YEAR: 2008

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Fluid Motions School – Cal Poly – Jie Liang



One of today’s most controversial and iconic architects of today, Frank Gehry, is constantly pushing for architecture in motion.  Can a physical building give the notion of movement or do we, as the designers/architects, like to think that architecture can have a mental impact on the user?  Jie Liang from Cal Poly pushes fluid motions through the design of this school, through the use of materials, spacing, and the juxtaposition of organizational program.  However he mentions the notions of “speed” and “fluid dynamics”, are they notions or can this actually be felt in today’s architecture?

SCHOOL: Cal Poly
STUDENT: 
Jie Liang
PROFESSOR: Thomas Fowler
SEMESTER: 2010
COURSE: Third Year

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BUILDSMART 2011 – R.P.I./Politecnico Di Torino

Today we’re gonna do something a little different, and a little light in terms of content, but we think you’ll like it. Here’s a series of videos from the currently in progress studio from RPI and Politecnico di Torino students, in Italy.  Creating architectural components, and using arduino controllers, the students create pieces that react to given variables.  See some of the process videos next!

SCHOOL: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute & Politecnico Di Torino
PROFESSORS: Lonn Combs (RPI) and Cesare Griffa (Polito)
COURSE:  BUILDSMART 2011 joint workshop
STUDENTS: Dorothy Underwood (RPI), Davide Scialo’ (Polito), Kira Wong (RPI), Chiara Bertetti (Polito), Caitlin Toczko (RPI), Diana Carolina González del Castillo (Polito), Carrie Ann Drexel (RPI), Rebecca Exley (RPI), Mauricio Pieschacon (Polito), Monika Gribergs (RPI), Marco Pedrazzo (Polito). Massimiliano Manno (Polito), Kathryn Brust (RPI), Mart Rose Basile (RPI), Shivanthi Narendran (RPI), Alice Birolo (Polito), Julia Emilanta Martoccia Grabazs (RPI), Enrico Arese (Polito), Denise Giordana (Polito), Aviel Rappoport (RPI),Ray Coello (Polito), Hyatt Tortorella (RPI), Kati Siu (RPI), Laura Moreno (Polito), Susan Bivone (RPI), Marcello Chiado’ Rana (Polito), Federico Borello (Polito),Nicole Courville (RPI), Anthony Hackmayer (Polito),Emily Mastropiero (RPI), Alex Rohr (RPI), Parker Bunce (RPI),Maria Alejandra Suarez (Polito)

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