Futures + Design – Top Posts

Today we are checking out some of the all time top projects from the past year.    Check them out after the jump!

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Today we are checking out a project from last year’s Techno-Futurism cluster lead by Chris Perry at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture.  Kyle Baumgardner approached the challenge that the city of Philadelphia is facing.  As Philly is in quest to become the ‘greenest’ city in America, but at the same time faced with the challenge of replacing the industry that keeps it alive.  Kyle pulls from the architectural notions of Yona Friedman’s, Marco Zanuso’s work, and Cedric Price’s Potteries.  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT:  Kyle Baumgardner
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
COURSE: Final Thesis 
YEAR: 2012

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Ceramic Samba – Tyler Hopf, Michael Villardi and Sarah Murray

Today we are featuring work by RPI students in the Ceramic Module Workshop.  The workshop is a semester long ceramics studio focusing on the production of ceramic modules with the goal of creating full scale minimal wall systems.  Students learn to design modules, create prototypes for testing, develop slip-cast molds for mass production, and ultimately fabricate a full scale mock up of their system. The featured project was designed and built by Tyler Hopf, Michael Villardi and Sarah Murray

SCHOOL: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
STUDENTS: Tyler Hopf, Michael Villardi and Sarah Murray
PROFESSORS: Gustavo Crembil
YEAR: Spring 2011
COURSE: Ceramic Module Workshop

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SACROsecular – Brian Spangler

The architectural conversation throughout history has always been integrated and intertwined with that of religion.  Religion itself is delicate, and when a building begins to dictate how one practices their religion, it becomes an even more fragile and intriguing topic of discussion.  However what happens when you get rid of the building, and integrate the progression of the cross into the fabric of Kibera, one of the largest slums in Africa? 

SCHOOL: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
STUDENT: Brian Spangler 
YEAR: 2010
COURSE: Thesis

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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

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RPI & SOM Center for Architecture Science & Ecology (CASE)

We thought we’d showcase another one of the programs that we think is a pretty great idea; involving one of the world’s largest architecture firms doesn’t hurt either.  The Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE), a partnership between Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Skidmore Owings and Merrill, focuses on creating ecological solutions to problems posed by our built environment.  Through research, green technologies are integrated into different phases of the building process, from preliminary design strategies, new material creation, or smart wall systems.  The co-op has won multiple awards for innovations in ecological thinking and design.  Check out a few of their best projects.


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Re-interpreting the Baroque – RPI

Today we found ourselves thinking about our days back at RPI and thought we do a throwback to an impressive studio done in 2007.  Re-Interpreting the Baroque came out of RPI’s study abroad program in Italy, as the students broke down the geometry of Baroque architecture.  We chose two of the twelve projects to showcase, that were designed under the guidance of Andrew Saunders.

SCHOOL: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
STUDENTS: Andy Zheng & Christine Eromenok + Andrew Chardain & David Holbrook
Andrew Saunders
YEAR: 2007

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300 Clouds- Benjamin Badeau

After showing you the trailer, we’re bringing Benjamin Badeau’s full 300 Clouds.  Re-contextualizing Chris Marker’s 1962 film La Jetee, imagining a different Earth and a new set of challenges shaped by the myriad, interwoven environmental catastrophes of the past 50 years.  Correlating with Ben’s Thesis Project, , the film lies in the realm of science-fiction, while establishing a powerful link between architecture and film.

STUDENT: Benjamin Badeau

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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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Hongkou Residential Community- Olivia Lau & Mo Wan Li, RPI/Tongji University

Check out today’s post, a housing complex from Olivia and Mo Wan Li, a joint project done while RPI student’s were abroad at Tongji University in China.  The project aims to create a more formal space for those in the lower end of the socio-economic spectrum, by providing a more concrete presence to their inhabitation, and also breaks down the boundaries between the different socio-economic classes.

STUDENTS: Olivia Lau and “Elanor” Mo Wan Li
SCHOOLS: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Tongji University
CLASS: RPI/TJ Study-Abroad Program, Spring 2010
PROFESSORS: Gustavo Crembil, Hong Chen, Wei Wei, and Xu Hongtao
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