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  • Roland SNOOKS.
    cambridge MASSACHUSETTS

    Behavioral Formation explores the relationship between emergence and architectural intention, and is a speculation on the architecture of swarm intelligence, viewed through the work of Kokkugia.

    lecture: Roland SNOOKS (Kokkugia), “Behavioral Formation.”
    Thursday, 04/24
    5.30 p.m. / Room 7-429 (Long Lounge)
    MIT Architecture
    77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA 02142

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  • Nader TEHRANI.
    cambridge MASSACHUSETTS

    Nader TEHRANI speaks on developing a discursive academic culture at MIT, the democratization of education and disappearance of master-student hierarchies enabled by new technologies, being mindful of architecture’s “domain of expertise,” and much more.

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  • Certain Aspects of Architectural Form
    cambridge MASSACHUSETTS

    Certain Aspects of Architectural Form is an exhibition showing fifteen selected projects of the office of William O’Brien Jr. developed between 2009-2012. On display are fifteen illuminated diptychs of architectural visualizations, fifteen ideograms, and a comprehensive catalogue of the selected works. William O’Brien Jr. is the Rome Prize Fellow in Architecture 2012-2013 (American Academy in Rome); Principal, William O’Brien Jr. LLC; Assistant Professor, MIT Department of Architecture.

    William O’BRIEN Jr., “Certain Aspects of Architectural Form”
    Through Friday, 12/21
    9.00 am-6.00 pm / Keller Gallery
    MIT School of Architecture and Planning
    77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA 02139

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  • Digital Aptitudes
    boston MASSACHUSETTS

    Digital Aptitudes
    ACSA 100th Annual Meeting
    March 1-4, 2012 in Boston, MA
    Host School: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Co-chairs: Mark Goulthorpe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Amy Murphy, University of Southern California
    Presenters: Including Sanford Kwinter, Jeffrey Kipnis, Ingeborg Rocker, Kathryn Gustafson, Mark Burry, Anthony Vidler, Michael Silver, Michael Young, Volkan Alkanoglu, Skylar Tibbits, & more.

    Digital Aptitudes: Opening Panel & Reception
    Sanford Kwinter, Jeffrey Kipnis, Sylvia Lavin, Kathryn Gustafson, Mark Burry
    Thurday, 03/01
    6.00–8.30 pm / Boston Park Plaza
    50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
    Boston, MA 02116

  • voltaDom
    cambridge MASSACHUSETTS

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    skylar TIBBITS: This installation lines the concrete and glass hallway with hundreds of vaults, reminiscent of the great vaulted ceilings of historic cathedrals. The vaults provide a thickened surface articulation and a spectrum of oculi that penetrate the hallway and surrounding area with views and light. VoltaDom attempts to expand the notion of the architectural “surface panel,” by intensifying the depth of a doubly-curved vaulted surface, while maintaining relative ease in assembly and fabrication. This is made possible by transforming complex curved vaults to developable strips, one that likens the assembly to that of simply rolling a strip of material.

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  • logic matter
    cambridge MASSACHUSETTS

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    skylar TIBBITS: Logic Matter: Digital Logic as heuristics for physical self-guided-assembly
    Given the increasing complexity of the physical structures surrounding our everyday environment; buildings, machines, computers and almost every other physical object that humans interact with, the processes of assembling these complex structures are inevitably caught in a battle of time, complexity and human/machine processing power. If we are to keep up with this exponential growth in construction complexity we need to develop automated assembly logic embedded within our material parts to aid in construction.
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  • design incubator
    cambridge MASSACHUSETTS

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    alan LU: This project explores the notion of programmatic extremism in a design incubator facility where a central defined figure that contains a vertically integrated manufacturing/workloft arrangement occupies the void and recoups the emptiness left by the existing ice storage facility. Such a figure inverts the typical relationship of a theater by converting the space usually dedicated to an event space into a piranesian conflation of design/production/manufacturing where in effect, these work processes become the spectacle themselves and the theater is one of production.

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  • nader TEHRANI news
    cambridge massachusetts

    leadership transition in MIT architecture

    nader TEHRANI
    head of mit architecture
    [from july 2010]

    andrew SCOTT
    march director

    meejin YOON
    director of the undergraduate architecture program

    yung ho CHANG will step down and continue to teach as a professor.

  • decibot
    cambridge MASSACHUSETTS

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    skylar TIBBITS: the decibot is part of the larger *bot family of programmable matter 1d folding chains. the *bot family contains electromechanical folding @ nm, mm, cm, dm part lengths. the decibot is the largest of the family with overall dimensions of 144″x18″x18″ unfolded and 36″x36″x36″ folded into a cube.

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