Material Intelligence was a one-weekintensive design and prototyping workshop held in New York City during the weekof August 16-20, 2010.
The relationship between the designedobject and the forces surrounding that object are always present, perceivable,and tactile. These forces span, among others, material, fabrication, economic,cultural, as well as political domains. In this manner, the object can bethought of as simultaneously existing within a charged field of pressures whileadding its own charge back into the field. Contemporary tools (digitalfabrication) and technology (associative environments) provide a strategicmeans for navigating the multitude of forces at play, while the prototypeserves as the activating link between material research and design innovation.
This workshop progressed through a seriesof focused strategies beginning with material testing, followed by thedevelopment of prototypes, and arriving at aggregations of a single topologicaltype. All assemblies were designed in the associative environment (Grasshopper)and iteratively tested utilizing digital fabrication equipment (CNC 3-Axis Milland CNC High-Force Cutter).
The workshop concluded with a reception thatexhibited design prototypes and full scale assemblies built by participantsover the course of five days. DATE:
Mode TEAM LEADERS:
Ronnie Parsons, Gil Akos, Andrew Baccon, Eric Tietz FACULTY ADVISOR:
Marc SwackhamerSTUDENT PARTICIPANTS:
Shona MositesAFFILIATED WITH:
University of Minnesota | Graduate School of ArchitectureLOCATION:
University of Minnesota | Minneapolis | MinnesotaPROJECT JOURNAL