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  • Skylar TIBBITS & Arthur OLSON, Fluid Crystallization.
    new york NEW YORK

    MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab has exhibited the Fluid Crystallization project as part of the 2013 Architectural League Prize Exhibition at the Parson’s Gallery in New York. The Fluid Crystallization installation investigates hierarchical and non-deterministic self-assembly with large numbers of parts in a fluid medium. 350 hollow spheres are submerged in a 200-gallon glass water-filled tank. Armatures, modeled after carbon atoms, follow intramolecular covalent bonding geometries within atoms. Intermolecular structures formed as spheres interacted with one another in 1, 2, or 3-dimensional patterns.

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  • DesignX at ICFF
    new york NEW YORK

    On May 18-21st, The Architect’s Newspaper and Mode Collective will host DesignX, four days of hands-on workshops and inspired dialog right on the showroom floor at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. Industry experts will present courses on Digital Tools, Fabrication On-Demand, and Cloud-Based Apps–the technologies that are revolutionizing our designed world. More information can be found at http://designx.is.

    “DesignX” w/ Gil AKOS, Andrew BACCON, Francis BITONTI, Ronnie PARSONS, Andrew PAYNE, Jesse ROSENBERG, Jessica ROSENKRANTZ, Duann SCOTT, Skylar TIBBITS, & Erik TIETZ
    Saturday, 05/18–05/21 // ICFF 2013
    Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
    655 W 34th St.
    New York, NY 10001

  • NON-LINEAR LAB: Growth Systems and Digital Fabrication
    brooklyn NEW YORK

    NON-LINEAR LAB is a two-day workshop on Growth Systems, Parametric Detailing, and Digital Fabrication. This Lab is the next installment in our coLAB series and is the result of collaborative research undertaken by Skylar Tibbits and Ronnie Parsons + Gil Akos. In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, we will cover Fundamental Concepts of Programming and Parametric Design as well as an introduction to Laser Cutting Constraints and Best Practices. Emphasis will be placed on iterative prototyping, allowing for a thorough investigation of a series of Growth, Unit, and Detailing Scripts while working directly with our CNC equipment.

    NON-LINEAR LAB: Growth Systems and Digital Fabrication
    09/08–09/09
    10.00 am–06.00 pm / MODE
    1205 Manhattan Avenue #142
    Brooklyn, NY 11222

  • BioMolecular Self-Assembly
    cambridge MASSACHUSETTS

    Edinburgh, Scotland, June 25th, 2012—Skylar Tibbits, Arthur Olson and Autodesk Research have exhibited the BioMolecular Self-Assembly project at the 2012 TEDGlobal Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. Participants at TEDGlobal each received a unique glass flask containing anywhere from 4 to 12 red, black or white parts. When the glass flask is shaken randomly the independent parts find each other and self-assemble various molecular structures. The flasks contain a custom tag that identifies the type of molecular structure and the ingredients for successful self-assembly.

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  • The Self-Assembly Line
    long beach CALIFORNIA

    A collaboration between: Skylar Tibbits, Founder & Principle, SJET LLC & Lecturer MIT, Department of Architecture, and Arthur Olson, The Molecular Graphics Laboratory, The Scripps Institute, CA

    Sponsored by: TED Conferences & SEED Media Group

    Long Beach, CA, February 27, 2012 – Skylar Tibbits and Arthur Olson, have presented a large-scale installation, The Self-Assembly Line, at the 2012 TED Conference in Long Beach, CA. The Self-Assembly Line is a large-scale version of a self-assembly virus modules, demonstrated as an interactive and performative structure. A discrete set of modules are activated by stochastic rotation from a larger container/structure that forces the interaction between units.

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  • skylar TIBBITS
    london UNITED KINGDOM

    Human Automata & Computational Construction

    Currently, our construction processes are plagued with out-dated techniques, analog methodologies and tolerance-prone assemblies. Recently emerging opportunities to utilize computational and digital information for automated-assembly processes has come at a critical time in the discipline. . . .

    skylar TIBBITS
    “Human Automata & Computational Construction”
    Thursday, 01/12
    06:30 – 08:00 pm / Chemistry Lecture Theatre 1
    Bartlett School of Architecture
    Gordon Street
    
London WC1H 0QB

  • single strand structures
    cambridge MASSACHUSETTS

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    skylar TIBBITS: Single-Strand Structures are a series of prototypes looking at constructing structures from single chain of tent poles. Tent poles provide a cheap and quick assembly kit for constructing complex geometry with universal joints. These prototypes follow in a line of research on programmable matter and deconstructing complex geometry into single strand sequences of fold instructions, much like our Ribosome’s decoding of RNA into fold sequences of complex proteins.

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  • 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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  • dataViz trophy
    cambridge MASSACHUSETTS

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    skylar TIBBITS: The DataViz_Trophy was commissioned by SEED Media Group and GE as the winning trophy for the Visualizing Marathon 2010, held at Eyebeam NY to launch their new website – Visualizing.org.

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