Self Assembly how far is it from reality?

Well apparently self assembly is not that far from becoming a thing science fiction to becoming a technology available to designers in the near future. I remember reading about a similar technology in William Gibsons’ Neuromancer. At the time, I thought to myself how cool would that be if we could program a building on the computer, then tiny particles would be given instructions and assemble themselves into a structure. Imagine the possibilities, what this could mean for the built environment. What if those same particles could then be reprogrammed while they are assembled and move around and change the whole composition of the structure! That was the stuff of science fiction which I thought would never happen within my lifetime. Well I guess this means technology does move a lot faster then we can imagine, with the research being done today by Skylar Tibbits of MIT and Arthur Olson of the Scripps Research Institute, we are well on the road to creating self assembling structures and eventually to buildings that create themselves. To read more about their research, visit their website at Bio-Molecular Self-Assembly.

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Urban Eyes

Urban Eyes – A proposal for a public event viewing device which capitalizes on media technology to expand the public space of the street up into the public space above the street and allow access to upper level views of events. Taking advantage of the carnival-like atmosphere that forms on the sidewalk during festivals and other public events, this project is inspired by carnival rides and trucks, which can easily move in and out of events carrying on them all the technology necessary for the public gathering to reach up and view back down.

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The Trucks are outfitted with state of the art radio controlled surveillance equipment, which can be controlled by an individual on the street level. Each Urban Eye, then transmits its signal to the large LED displays mounted on the side of the vehicle, thereby allowing not only the person controlling the camera to view the action, but everyone gathered around the vehicle.

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Containing Sports and Water

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Containing Sports and Water 

Upon understanding how to contain sports and water in a building, the section, or profile, assumes a strong role as an organizing device.  In this recreation center proposal, the program is arranged on three stacked planes each defined through specific program needs and surface requirements and organized as water or non-water program.

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The building cross section undulates as it is adjusted from one sport to another in oder to meet the specific requirements for each sport and for how much or how little water it needs to hold.

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Rethinking the Kitchen

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Rethinking the Kitchen

This project explores the re-organization and renovation of an existing building, originally designed as an ice storage facility in the Chelsea district of New York, to house the Kitchen performance art center, a small hotel, a bar, and a video and media salon.

By studying existing and outdated technologies found in and around the urban context of the proposed site, one can post ways in which these structures ( the Highline and the ice storage facility) might adapt to the introduction of new technologies. Informed by earlier adaptations, the proposal takes ideas about how to adapt the scale, spatial qualities, construction technology, materiality, and program required for meeting the project’s objectives.

The main goal of this proposal is to see how the project can make use of old, as well as new, building techniques and technologies, to build an identity for the Kitchen. This proposal also addresses the question of how structure and infrastructure can be combined to allow outdated and new technologies to support and inform one another.

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Conceptual Design for a Lab Building

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Conceptual Design for a Lab Building

A design proposal based on the premise that the Lab building is created from the base module of a research office which is multiplied, manipulated and modified to create various office/lab combinations, office/office combinations, or lab/lab combinations. Public and semi public space is carved out of the remaining modules.

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