Manufacturing Diffusion – Anthony Policastro


Sometimes professors can push you in the wrong direction, where you are forced to explode into your own design explorations to keep your sanity.  This submission is a self investigation during the past semester at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute by Anthony Policastro, in just one those instances, which sparked this amazing design.  His project took on creating something as simple as a light through an intense investigation into digital fabrication and material studies.  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: Anthony Policastro
SCHOOL:Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
YEAR: 2011

“My work for the semester has been motivated by analyzing architecture from manufacturing, applicative and material testing standpoints. Starting with a brief research project revolving around the principles of roto-casting and the collective works of Buckminster Fuller.

I began to conceive of spaces that would begin to create a  “consistent membrane” and an interactive aleatoric surface . Early on, with basic sketchs and design intents, I tested and appled my ideas with the aid of computational software such as rhino and grasshopper.

After creating a definition that worked in the manner that I needed, I began to intensively test the manufacturing logics inherent in my material of choice, HDPE.  The result was a Light source than begins to focus and diffuse light. Enclosure, construction logics and lighting were advanced and pushed, which as a result varies from most traditional construction logics.

Interestingly enough, the project has begun to reform my understanding of architecture and has steered me toward new territories and realizations.” – Anthony Policastro

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All Images and Text Submitted by Anthony Policastro

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