Screen Walls – Boston School of Architecture


School is back in session and so is Futures+, we can’t wait to see what comes out of this year’s studios and endless all nighters.  We look forward to seeing your projects or your fellow classmate’s asleep under their desk!   So we are kicking off the year with a project we came across awhile back by a group of students out of the Boston School of Architecture.  Screen Wall was a workshop studio exploring digital fabrication in collaboration with Radlab, a rather interesting multidisciplinary design and fabrication consulting firm.  The studio explored the field condition of a unit that could act as a ever changing screen element within the space.  The playful exploration as the wall not as a static element makes you want to push this project even further.  Check it out after the jump!  

STUDENT: Aaron Anderson, Asli Baran, Bram Koss,
Pierre Lamboni, Connie Leite, Neil Piatt
SCHOOL: Boston School of Architecture
PROFESSORS:Matthew Tremble – Radlab, Inc
YEAR: 2012

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V-Dress – Brian Harms


As architects and designers we tend to stray into every field of exploration, which is proven by the diverse portfolio of Brian Harms.  A strong interest in digital fabrication and forward thinking design drew F+ to his work.  The V-Dress, or voronoi dress, is a cross pollination of architecture, fashion, and digital production.  We have touched about upon this topic before, as it seems to have become a growing trend with digital fabrication bridging into high fashion.  The V-Dress modular unit that hides the body plays with provocative nature of veiling and revealing the human body.  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: Brian Harms

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Mataerial – Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC)

Mataerial introduction

Last year we saw the personal 3D doodle pen come out, however Petr Novikov, Saša Jokić & Joris Laarman Studio decided to take it well beyond the maker movement and into the higher architectural realm.  With the assistance of robotic arms and a brand new method of additive manufacturing they have created Anti-Gravity object modeling.  This new method has created the ability to rapidly form structure free of conventional means, going beyond traditional 2D stacking done by most 3D printers.  It will be interesting to see what the limitations, strength, and real world applications this will bring about!  Check it out after the jump! 

COLLABORATION: Petr Novikov, Saša Jokić & Joris Laarman Studio
Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC)
COURSE: Open Thesis Fabrication Program
YEAR: 2013

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Alloplastic Architecture – Behnaz Farahi


The reality is that the technology we use today is constantly learning and catering to our needs, and learning and responding to us.   Apple collects endless amounts of data every time you use your iphone, but what about our surroundings what if they learned and changed to how we live?  Behnaz Farahi work at the University of Southern California challenged how a surface can interact and adapt to the way we inhabit space.  The surface begins to shift and bend as the inhabitant moves around and away from the surface. The project uses kinetic motion sensors to react to the location of the inhabitant, but what if that structure adapted to our daily routines?  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: Behnaz Farahi
University of Southern California
YEAR: 2013

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Self-Folding Strand – MIT


We are back from the slopes and since we are back in Boston we thought we might showcase The Self-Assembly Lab coming out of MIT.  The lab is a research collaborative between designers, engineers, and architects focusing on self-constructing and manufacturing systems.  The platforms in which this research effects are countless, and the design possibilities are interesting to see as each new concept is played with, taken apart, and greater explored.  The Self- Assembly Lab will certainly be an interesting architectural parti to watch develop.  Check it out after the jump!

COLLABORATIONSkylar Tibbits & The Self-Assembly Lab

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Protohouse – Nicholette Chan, Gilles Retsin, Aaron Silver and Sophia Tang

Softkill Design’s ‘ProtoHouse’ is an impressive exploration and boundary pushing design study into Selective Laser Sintering technology and 3D printing.  The projects appearance is a fibrous structure that is actually made up of 30 puzzle pieces that form together this futuristic prototype home.   The design itself appears as an organic organism that forms the structure, furniture, and facade of the building.  Check it out after the jump! 

STUDENT: Nicholette Chan, Gilles Retsin, Aaron Silver and Sophia Tang
YEAR: 2012

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Phantom Geometry – Southern California Institute of Architecture

Last week we came across Liz and Kyle von Hasseln’s research being done for Phantom Geometry and shared it with you on our Facebook page.  There study pushes the future in which rapid prototyping can be approached.  Check out the full story covered by after the jump!

STUDENTS: Liz and Kyle von Hasseln
AWARD: Gehry Prize
YEAR: 2012

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ICD-ITKE Research Pavilion 2012

We checked out last years ICD-ITKE Research Pavilion in 2011 run by Pro. Achim Menges & Prof. Dr. Jan Knippers, and now its time to take a look at the 2012 pavilion.  The studio is designed to push bio-metric design strategies and performative strategies, acting as a vehicle for “an investigation into integral structural, spatial and material systems.”  The studio takes a the project from modelar studies to the full blown installation.  Check it out after the jump!

SCHOOL:  University of Stuttgart
PROFESSORS: Prof. Achim Menges & Prof. Dr. Jan Knippers
COURSE: Research Pavilion 
YEAR: 2012

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MIT Architecture

Today we are checking out what MIT is bringing to the future of the architecture, as they explore what they can design and what they can build.  The students and professors architectural research is exciting and inspiring.  The video we are showcasing today gives a glimpse into the studio world of MIT, a focus into material understanding at all the scales from furniture, to interactive interventions, to the urban scale.  There is dynamic shift in the architectural field, as it crosses into even more disciplinary fields and becoming even more critical for development in built design. It is an exciting time to be in studio, make sure to check out the video after the jump!

SCHOOL: MIT Architecture
YEAR: 2012

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Material Matters – Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Continuing to follow up on the upcoming  Advances in Architectural Geometry symposium at the Pompidou Center in Paris, we are checking out Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) submission.  The video showcases a year’s worth of study, research, and construction between students and professors through the understanding of materials limitations and the proper pairing of digital fabrication techniques.  The video is amazing inside look in how other colleges around the world are defining and pushing architectures role in digital design.

SCHOOL: Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
SYMPOSIUM: Advances in Architectural Geometry 2012
Pompidou Center in Paris
YEAR: 2012

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