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Assignment 1-design proposal

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Assignment no. 1: Final Project Proposal

Light Magic….*

Light is divine.

As Daniel Libeskind quotes in one of his books “light is the measure of everything. It is absolute, mathematical, physical and eternal…..Stand here and remember what you can. What you remember is in light and the rest is in darkness, isn’t it?

Light fascinates me. I feel light gives that heavenly feel to the space. So, I wanted to experiment with light and the various patterns that it creates. Therefore, I tried designing a space that would have a mystic fantasy effect. A place one would like to go to and relax

This is what I thought of doing:

The sunlight enters through the narrow openings in the ceiling. As it hits the mirrors  (that are placed at different angles ) and gets reflected to the crystals /prisms that reflect refract and bend the light in various ways depending on their positions. Finally the light after multiple reflections falls on the floor & wall creating beautiful patterns.

In the night time it can be lit by wireless activated light feature. This detects sound and heat and automatically switches on.


I also thought about making a wall with low powered lights which would run on heat generated by humans. As in when a person walks by or pauses near the wall , the lights in the wall absorb the heat energy convert it into electricity and light up. leaving a mark or outline of the person on the wall. As soon as the person leaves the lights turn off.

Well, there are few drawbacks to the design. The human body doesn’t generate enough heat to light a bulb. May  be we could use a really low powered bulb just to blink on and off. Or, we could install the wireless  activated light feature.

In Conclusion, My main aim here is to know all ways of how light can transform spaces and how its perceived by people.


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Instructor: Nick Gelpi TA: Skylar Tibbits TA: Varvara Toulkeridou
Class Times, Monday, 1-4pm - room 5-216
4.184 is an intensive introduction to methods of making explored through a wide range of brief but focused 1-week exercises. We'll engage the real and leave behind representation in the focused context of this class gaining skills for utilizing a range of fabrication machines and technologies from lasercutting, waterjet, 3D printing, welding, formworking-molding, casting, gears, joints and composites.
In this workshop we'll constrain ourselves to the territory of the 1:1. Students will represent architectural constructions at full scale and develop a more intimate relationship with technology by engaging the tools and techniques that empower us. We will gain access to the most cutting edge machines and technologies in the MARS lab at the Center for Bits and Atoms.
The second layer of information for this course will be to look at a series of case studies in which construction methods and technologies have played a dominant role in the design process .
Over the past 20 years, architects have focused on the technology of representation to create new ideas of what architecture could be. Looking back today, much of that research failed to substantially change the way we design buildings by focusing on apriori formal configurations. This class makes the contention that this failure comes from a lack of considerations of the potentials within fabrication knowledge. We look to the future of what building might become, given the expanded palette of personalize-able technologies available to us as architects. Students will participate in curious technological and material investigations, to discover the potentials, known and unknown, for these various technologies.
The sub-disciplines of what's drawn and what's built have been compartmentalized and disassociated as the representational tools of architecture have distanced themselves from the techniques of making. At the same time the technologies for “making” in architecture have provided us with new possibilities for reinventing how we translate into reality, the immaterial representations of architecture.


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