Make Architecture



Assignment 10: Final Project Proposal 2

Over the semester I have learned a few things about fabrication using the different machines, but fundamentally my idea for the final project is very similar. I am proposing an object that uses the same idea of interchangeability through motion like the Villa Girasolde but at a smaller scale, namely a furniture scale object. I am proposing a bedside table/storage unit that moves around to expose the different storage areas.

It has two separate rotating layers that can be used for storage, the top one can be accessed through a hole in the top of the table as well as a door in the side, while the bottom layer has 8 interchangeable compartments that rotate around a core that are accessed through a hole in the side.

I would primarily use the shop bot and cut this out of MDF (Maybe acrylic/something waterproof for the top), and use the laser cutter for the details. I would attempt to make the entire thing friction fit, but I’m sure some hardware will be necessary to make things work smoothly.


-4-5 4’x4′ MDF Sheets

-Acrylic or something similar for top

-1 or 2 motors

-doweling for axles

-ball bearings for smooth rotation

That should be it!


This week is killer, so I am planning on doing most of my work during the weeks of 5/10 – 5/21

5/10 – Have research complete

5/12-5/13 Finish modeling and laying out

5/13-5/14 Cut

5/15 Shop for Hardware

5/16 Assemble

5/17-5/21 Troubleshoot, Create presentation, time leftover for going off schedule


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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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