Emerging Systems, Technologies & Media Post Professional Program

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Kinetic Snake

Students: Oksana Gritcai, Gonzalo Padilla, Amanuel Tesfaye Woldemikael
Studio Title: Eye robot, Spring 2014
Instructor: Curime Batliner

The purpose of this project was to create a robotic sculpture, which could facilitate the interaction between the installation and the human body. The “kinetic snake”, was designed to simulate intelligence. When onlookers approach the installation, the “Kinetic Snake” reacted not only to their approach but also to the movement of their hands and the pressure from their tactile interaction.

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Students: Daniel Caven
Studio Title: ANAMORPHIC CARCUSES Summer 2014 – ESTm
Instructor: Marcelo Spina & Casey Rehm

There is no energy crisis, food crisis or environmental crisis. There is only a crisis of ignorance. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Anamorphic Carcases is a generation of architectural artifacts using, as a medium, the polluted aquifers lining the Mojave desert. Native species population, and fresh water supplies hang unbalanced in the desert—leaving Anamorphic Carcases to create an environmental performance through the purification process. Ultimately creating a symbol of pollution and an architectural stance on effects to the ecosystem.


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Students: Brennen Huller
Studio Title: Smoke and Mirrors_Mojave Summer 2014 – ESTm
Instructor: Marcelo Spina & Casey Rehm

This project aims to explore a reconfigurable cell (Tra[V]erse) that will house an uploaded whole brain emulation (WBE) platform challenging spatial perception. The cell will act as a driver for infinite potential space configurations that will begin to remap, reinterpret, and alter information.


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Students: Daniel Caven
Studio Title: Integrated facades Seminar Fall 2013 – ESTm
Instructor: Greg Otto

The OBU47 takes on new ideas of integration of robotics within building skins and using software to record and react to climate conditions. The idea is derived from a low resultant “night purge” that many towers, in hot climates, use to help cool towers during night time temperatures. The OBU47’s operable bay units at night move outward to vacuum suction in cool air and then force the captured cool air into the stationary living areas. Situated in Phoenix, AZ, the tower is in a prime location, due to the desert temperature highs, to incorporate this facade to a new skyscraper.


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Temporal Panoramas

Students: Tom Farmer, Daniel Caven, Uri Wegman, Seyed Ayatollahi
Studio Title: Machinating Manufacturing Seminar Fall 2013 ESTm
Instructor: Peter Testa

BACKGROUND: Panoramas and bullet speed photography are used as modes of representation
which capture time and space. These methods have been in use since the early 19th
century and have shown much advancement to our modern day.


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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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