Material Innovations is a series of research studios that leverage advances in design and production technologies within a socially and environmentally responsible frameworks of design practice to create novel propositions and transformative interventions for the built environment.
In this semester’s iteration, our focus will be on investigating weaving processes, developing woven enclosure systems and prototyping woven building assemblies that have a low environmental impact, and require little to no construction experience to implement. We will utilize manual and automated processes, intuitive and computational methodologies, and both conventional and experimental techniques throughout the semester. This research will then be applied to designs and proposals for the Masoro Learning and Sports Center, a project that focuses on expanding literacy and education opportunities through organized sports programs for youth in Masoro, Rwanda.
Instructor: Leighton Beaman