Emerging Systems, Technologies & Media Post Professional Program

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Coagulated Form – Brutal Beauty

Students: Seyed Ehsan Ayatollah
Studio Title: ESTm
Instructor: Marcelo Spina

Description: Moving a step beyond from what we now perceive as a process of cohesive formal homogenization in the last two decades, the studio aims to explore the formal and aesthetics possibilities of incongruity in architecture. Rather Than a naïve return to collage, which suggested a collision of multiple opposites to produce disjunction and fragmentation, the studio examined degrees of formal indeterminacy and visual inconsistency as productive means to generate a more genuine and unexpected whole.

Coagulated Forms (5)

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Students: Nikita Troufanov
Studio Title: ESTm Final Degree Studio / Summer 2014
Instructor: Marcelo Spina & Casey Rehm

“Beings are irreducible and unique, yet composed of a host of others: a crowded universe, teeming with multitudes. What counts in such a teeming universe is the quality and quantity of affiliations between beings” –Timothy Morton, Architecture without Nature

This project reevaluates the relationship between object and field, so prevalent during the last two decades of architectural production. Moving away from field driven systems of intensities and extensities, the project embraces multiplicities of object-oriented ontologies where the field can be treated like an object. Various interactions between objects and fields create a Cyborg Ecology, or a hyper-object. Ecology here is reinterpreted as a collection of objects instead of a field of discernible interactions. The Cyborg speaks of the strange affiliations between synthetic and natural objects, architecture and landscape. Cyborg Ecologies project seeks to negotiate and unify multiple ontologies into a single and mysterious architectural construct.


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Students: Nels Long, Brennen Huller & Nikita Troufanov
Studio Title: Independent Study Seminar / 2014 Tex-Fab Competition entry
Instructor: Tom Wiscombe

PUFF’D prototype explores plasticity of COMPOSITE construction and the role of the seam and joint in architecture. Inspired by Japanese wood joinery, puffy jackets and jet fighter airplanes, PUFF’D pro- poses a novel construction technique for full scale architecture. Instead of following parametric paneling and module-based logics, PUFF’D employs large monolithic building components or SUPER-COMPONENTS suggesting new ways of full scale assembly on site. The project follows up on our previous explorations including studies of super-components, joinery, material agency, and robotic assembly. The previous prototype used the language of stitching and wood joinery to study how composite tectonics would utilize a MEGA-SEAM for a simplified assembly and explored the role of real and fake seams in architectural assemblages. The current proposal scales up and develops an inflatable composite sandwich technique to minimize waste and explore new formal and structural possibilities.


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Students: Brennen Huller, Cheng Lu, Nikita Troufanov
Studio Title: Squished II: Supercomponents and Metaseams
Instructor: Tom Wiscombe

The project explored the renewed relevance of the joint and the seam in contemporary composite construction.The seminar investigated traditional Japanese wood carpentry for its complex structural joinery free of hardware, as a model for building with large, lightweight composite components. The aim was to produce alternatives to the aesthetically homogenizing, and often operationally unattainable, smoothness associated with composite tectonics.
Robots were used to fit and fasten components together, using multi-step processes involving locking, keying, friction-fitting, and gluing. Ultimately, the goal was to explore a massive scaling-up of building components toward integrated chunks and away from panel systems, and to fundamentally reconsider the delivery and assembly chains that might support such a shift.


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Primitive Electrum

Students: Avra Tomara, Salvador Cortez
Studio Title: Spring 2014 – ESTm
Instructor: Marcelyn Gow

Primitive: From the Old French primitif, from Latin primitivus (“first or earliest of its kind”), from primus (“first”)

Electrum: From the Greek (ἤλεκτρον ēlektron), connected to a term for the “beaming Sun”, resin.

The Paige Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles is revisited by addressing the question of mutability through the production of photographs and drawings that simultaneously define an object geometrically and anticipate its potential for transformation. Focusing on the contouring technique we produced both, more defined/exact and blurry/inexact qualities. The process of contouring in multiple directions in order to create different qualities led to the idea of having two very distinct design schemes. One sharp and rusticated for the exterior surfaces of the building (heightfield) and one more fluid for the interior spaces (lofting).

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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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