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  • Project BlackBox, a machine for creating heat-responsive polymer panels. Designed and built by AltN Research.
    toronto CANADA

    “The professionally accredited architecture degree needs an opt-out clause. Given the rapidly changing demands and potentials of the profession, it is time to reflect on a system whose ultimate goal is to prepare a host of students for a world that really doesn’t need that many people to design new buildings. Fewer graduates are ultimately getting licensed and, strangely enough, this is viewed as some sort of failure. . . .”

    * image: “Project BlackBox,” a machine for creating heat-responsive polymer panels. Designed and built by AltN Research.

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  • Project BlackBox
    calgary CANADA

    Project BlackBox is addressing the issue of responsiveness at the building scale by creating smart surfaces that actuate without the use of electricity. The systems and behaviors are designed at a chemical level as smart materials that actuate in response to a specific temperature. To achieve this, fundamental shifts were made in the relationship between material scientists and designers, creating an environment of design and prototyping within an engineering laboratory.

    Kasian Gallery
    Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary

    Nick Puckett / AltN Research + Design
    Development Team: Anton Bakerjian, Ian McHone
    Partner: BioActive Devices Laboratory at the University of Kentucky
    Images: Michael Haas

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