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01. Final Project Proposal

STAIR : BRITE is a self-generating lighting system that traces movement and alters the experience of a daily routine. Through subtle interactive lighting, the act of ascension is transformed into a celebration of motion through space. Utilizing the technology of strike-heel generation, electricity produced by applying pressure and vibration onto a dielectric elastomer will power a series of LED lights. The system not only illuminates the path but also leaves a trail of dimming LED lights in the user’s wake. A pixel pattern applied to the metal stair allow the LED lights to emanate from the underside of the stair. Through this project, I hope to investigate the issues of materiality, fabrication, and its connection with advance renewable technology.

Stair Elevation

Stair Detail

Dielectric Elastomer

Piezo Electric Film

How It Works @ Facility : Innovate

http://www.the-facility.co.uk/innovate/how-it-works/

Nate Shenck @ MIT : Shoe Powered from Piezo

http://www.media.mit.edu/resenv/power/PP_Piezo.mpg

Juliet Hsu_Final Proposal.PDF

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4.184 MAKE ARCHITECTURE

4.184 - ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN WORKSHOP:
[MAKING ARCHITECTURE] THE RESULTS
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Instructor: Nick Gelpi TA: Skylar Tibbits TA: Varvara Toulkeridou
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Class Times, Monday, 1-4pm - room 5-216
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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.
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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.
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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 .
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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.
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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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