Emerging Systems, Technologies & Media Post Professional Program

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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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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
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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Gestural Fabrication

Students: Brian Harms
Studio Title: GESTURAL FABRICATION ESTm Summer 2013
Instructor: Marcelo Spina & Andrew Atwood


This project is an investigation of the translation of real-time motion data into robotic motion paths. Through the implementation of an intuitive interface (which behind the scenes is comprised of: Leap motion + Rhino + Grasshopper + Firefly + Crane)  designers can go straight from fluid hand-motions to freeform physical objects. The goal is to circumnavigate mediation of the input by traditional 2D digital interfaces (mouse, keyboard, monitor), and allow for 3D input to translate directly to 3D output.

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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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