Emerging Systems, Technologies & Media Post Professional Program

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What Lies Beneath

Students: Salvador F Cortez
Studio Title: Smoke and Mirrors Final Studio Summer 2014 – ESTm
Instructor: Marcelo Spina & Casey Rehm

For the last decades, motion has been a present issue for architecture, the introduction of new technologies has opened the spectrum for an approach towards a machine-like transformation, where the building physically displaces itself in space while the observer remains immobile, in a traditional spectator-performer relationship. By inverting the roles, the project allows for a more feasible building where reflections and perception translate into the mechanics of motion, moving between the problem of disguise and camouflage in an experiential way, to the accepted notion of formal primitives and heavy mass in the geometrical and material understanding of motion.


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Students: Daniel Caven, Austin Andrew Samson, Salvador Francisco Cortez Hultsch, Johnny Ng, Nikita Alex Troufanov, Uri Wegman
Studio Title: Eye Robot Seminar Spring 2014 – ESTm
Instructor: Curime Batliner
Robot House: Jake Newsum

SCI-Arc’s Eyerobot 2 seminar offered in Spring 2014 challenged students to work on the prototype of a full scale dynamic interface, which invites users for an interactive play between the physical world and the virtual world in real-time, using the human body. The exhibit used scanner mechanisms to track people around the space and have the robots trace them. The interaction between the robots and the visitors created a playful experience and allowed for comfortability with the machines. The processes used for the tracking involved kinect scanning with live stream joint movements in the space.


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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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Students: Salvador Cortez, Francisco Moure, Pablo Osorio, Matthew Tam, Peter A Vikar
Seminar Title: Misfigures
Instructor: Andrew Atwood
Teaching Fellows: Brandon Kruysman, John Proto

task: draw with pen on board
goal: bitmap gradient value transformation to flatnose pen rotation, recognisable figure

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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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