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1: FINAL PROJECT

1: Final Project | make transformer

by Otto Ng [ottocad@mit.edu]

:: aspect

My fabrication investigation will operate in the aspect of formal transformation.   Formal-dynamic objects often have form-determining functions and sometimes an agenda to redefine space for spatial flexibility. From chair and umbrella to telescope and robotic arms, there are numerous classic strategies for alterating formal and structural configuration without disassembly and reassembly.  I am curious about new possibilities of transformation and interested in exploring the problem of form/material/connection with the avant-garde fabrication technologies.

:: precedents

| Alto’s stools and screens

| Sciangai – De Pas, D’Urbino + Lomazzi

| bambOO track – previous work

| breathing chair – YY Wu

:: suggestive outcome

Fundenmentally inspired by the Breathing Chair, my conjecture is to create an object that can be transformed through occupation and simultaneously adapts to the new field of conditions. It should behave like mesh or foam but being mechanical and pseudo-molecular.

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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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