Emerging Systems, Technologies & Media Post Professional Program

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Students: Brennen Huller,Nikita Troufanov
Studio Title: GowESTm Vertical Spring 2014
Instructor: Marcelyn Gow

Rheological Translations takes cue from the architectural technique of rustication, used to express radical materiality on the facades and surfaces of buildings. The design process adopted resin casting as physical medium for various geometric and robotic operations, leading up to a full-scale architectural proposal for a natural history museum. A rusticated digital geometry was first generated through image height-field operation on an exact primitive geometry (cube). It was then 3d printed and used as a mold for rotational casting of resin.


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Advanced Coding Form

Seminar Title: Advanced Coding Form Spring 2014 – ESTm
Instructor: Satoru Sugihara

This course explores advanced coding techniques in Grasshopper Python with object orient programming and agent-based algorithms in Processing with iGeo library. The course provides fundamental knowledge of object-oriented programming, 3D vector mathematics and simple agent interaction algorithms but the course requires participants to write codes actively and develop their own codes with object-oriented programming techniques and algorithms based on agents’ behaviors in nature such as swarm behaviors, nest building behaviors, plant growth mechanisms, network development patterns and urban growth patterns.

Students: Ziqing Nie


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Multifarious formations

Students: Daniel Caven
Studio Title: GowESTm Vertical Spring 2014
Instructor: Marcelyn Gow


Multifarious formations is a set of ongoing experiments in fabrication and modelling. The research constructed takes on the dilemmas of computer based modeling- and its lack of understanding of material agency within simulation and transformation. The idealistic setup for architecture, fabrication, and simulation is to have a real time feedback loops allowing the designer/machine to update according to gesture and errors in simulation. This allows for fabrication to have a customization and idealism to the processes. Using scanning methods and data analysis in the digital world the project is going to take on the idea of smart tooling.

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Anisotropic Formations

Students:Salvador Cortez, Cheng Lu, Avra Tomara, Nikita Troufanov
Studio Title: ESTm Testa Vertical Studio FALL 2013
Instructor: Peter Testa



an• i• so• tro• py : the property of being directionally dependent, as opposed to isotropy, which implies identical properties in all directions.

Anisotropic Formations is a proto-architectural exploration of anisotropic aesthetics and structures through vector based 3d printing. Taking inspiration from 3d printed fashion, composite sail manufacturing and experimental application of 6-axis robotics, the project takes the anisotropic approach as both an aesthetic and a fabrication logic. Anisotropic geometry is vector-based and is directionally dependent. Combinations of these vectors result in rich surface and 3d qualities of varied densities, hierarchies and multi-directional layering.

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Coding Form

Seminar Title: Coding Form Fall2013 – ESTm
Instructor: Satoru Sugihara

This course explores techniques of fast-growing computational design technology and techniques using Grasshopper with various add-ons. Participants should be already familiar with 3D modeling in Rhinoceros. The course provides knowledge and skills of techniques in 2D pattern making, surface panelization and structure modeling with LunchBox add-on, parametric sub-D modeling with Weaverbird add-on, physical simulation with Kangaroo, scripting with Gh-Python add-on, urban geometry manipulation with Elk add-on, robotic hardware control and feedback with Firefly add-on, and network communication with gHowl. Participants learn not only each techniques with specific tools but also understanding of mathematical aspect of geometry and vectors, and logical thinking in parametric design and computational design.

Students: Nikita Alex Troufanov, Oksana Gritcai, Woongyeun Park, Brennen Douglas Huller

Coding Form 2013
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SCI-Arc's ESTm Master program is a rigorous, experimental post-professional degree platform focused on data-based and physical investigations into the rapidly evolving fields of digital design, innovative fabrication methodologies and new building systems.


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