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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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  • Augmented Fabrication
    lexington KENTUCKY

    The Augmented Fabrication seminar focused on the design and prototyping of custom fabrication machines that combine digital precision with user skills/intuition. The projects began with research into specific techniques and equipment used in fabrication at a large and small scale to examine how these processes use a network of highly specific tools to achieve a complex result. Each team took one of these techniques and developed a machine that was used to fabricate their final installation. The machines are controlled by digital animations that give the designer a high degree of control over the output of the system. The individual pieces produced by the machines were then assembled into the final prototypes.

    Images: Michael Haas

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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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  • Site Specific Response
    lexington KENTUCKY

    University of Kentucky CoD
    Prof: Nick Puckett

    Site Specific Response was a graduate seminar in which students developed methods for creating material animations. Teams examined the relationship of various electronic actuation typologies – servos, motors, solenoids, etc, in relation to physical material properties through a series of small-scale experiments. For the final prototype one of the material tests were scaled up to 1:1. The goal for the final prototype was to create a system where the electronic actuation would act as a physical amplifier of the material properties through its animation.

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