Emerging Systems, Technologies & Media Post Professional Program

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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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Nested Figures and Loose Outer Skins

Students: Juan Benavides
Studio Title: Wiscombe Studio Fall 2012, Nested Figures and Loose Outer Skins
Instructor: Tom Wiscombe

The LOVE CHILD is an analogy that works on 2 ways: on the one hand to identify the project as the product of an evolutionary TREND with the sectional problem of the typology of BOX IN A BOX of cavernous interior space and the exterior manifestation of the inner box to the outside; on the other hand, this particular iteration of the project is the spawn of SECTIONAL concerns and the application of 2 Dimensional Graphics (TATTOOS) to obfuscate the reading of the massing and emphasize or blur certain readings of the building.
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The Sack

Students: Alicia Chola
Studio Title: Wiscombe Vertical Fall2012 – ESTm/The Sack

The project investigates the nuances of the “box in the box” issue. The initial studies are focused on aggregation of multiple figures and developing their relation to outer skin – the “sack”. In this case the combination is torn apart and the figures are aggregated again in two independent clusters. The space in between is filled with another volume – the “liner”.
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Embedded Supercomponents

Students: Alberto Alfonso
Studio Title: Wiscombe Vertical Fall2012 – ESTm/EMBEDDED SUPERCOMPONENT
Instructor: Tom Wiscombe

Strong figures are embedded in a bigger Form “The Sack”, advancing the “Box in the Box “ and the “Sectional Object” typology and leading to the definition of SuperComponents that establish, thanks to their different behave, a new series of relations between themselves and the Sack. Towards a conception of Design features that are alway less categorized and much more Fused together leading to a Hybrid Typology.
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Thick Skins,Deep Cavities,Surface-to-Volume Transformations

Studio: Tom Wiscombe, 2011 Fall
Instructor:Tom Wiscombe

Building on previous research on surface-to-strand morphologies, this studio will focus on surface-to-volume morphologies. The intent will be to explore extreme fluctuations between two-dimensionality and three-dimensionality, producing the effect of appearance and disappearance of volume and depth across architectural surfaces. Surface, like skins of organisms and certain geological formations, will be understood as always having complex poché space rather than zero depth; surface thickness will vary wildly, both in response to figural as well as various instrumental criteria. Cavities, apertures, and transparencies will be used as ways of increasing depth effects. Sectional qualities will be revealed which will force consideration of deep cavities, interiority, and the unfurling of space.
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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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