Ceramics 2.0

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The challenge posited by the Ceramics 2.0 cluster is twofold. Firstly, the exploration and definition of the potential that computational design and digital fabrication can bring to ceramic as a material, through the lens of material efficiency and performance. Secondly, to explore the potential of clay based ceramics to inform the use of digital design and parametric design tools.

Research questions influencing the direction of the workshops include, What novelties can advanced computational design methods introduce in a material system with such a dilated tradition? How effectively can contemporary simulation and analysis techniques feedback the design process? How environmental and structural performance can drive tectonic geometry of a system? How can a material inform computational design methodologies through its inherent physical properties?

Workshop participants will engage in collaborative projects to develop innovative material systems, prototypes and formal experiments through a merger of CAD/CAM technologies and Ceramic material processes. The cluster will explore the potential of the material under the new light of computational design methods, advanced material simulations and digital fabrication methods (thrust network analysis, iterative F.E.M. analysis, robotic fabrication and assemblies, and computer numeric control) while exploring process based design emerging from the materiality of ceramics.

cluster champions

Martin Bechthold is Professor of Architectural Technology and Co-director of the Master in Design Studies Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Bechthold holds a Diploma in Architecture from the RWTH Aachen, and a Doctor of Design degree from Harvard University. He is author of numerous publications, among them the books ‘Innovative Surface Structures’, ‘Digital Design and Manufacturing’, and ‘Structures’. Bechthold leads the Design Robotics Group at Harvard University, an advanced research unit that pursues funded research projects investigating the role of innovative fabrication technologies in the quest for design innovation. The group’s focus is on advanced structural systems and lightweight structures, parametric digital fabrication methods, robotic fabrication, and lifecycle design.

Stefano Andreani is an architectural engineer interested in the exploration of the notion of complexity. In his approach to design research and practice, complexity not only involves the architectural creative process, but it is also investigated in the rigorous application of geometrical rule sets, material choices or specific design styles. Stefano is currently a Master in Design Studies (Technology) candidate at Harvard University, Graduate School of Design. Prior to Harvard, he has worked at University of Perugia as a researcher and lecturer and presented his research work at several international conferences, such as International Conference on Geometry and Graphics (Kyoto 2010) and International Conference on Innovative Methods in Product Design (Venice 2011).

AurghoJyotiAurgho Jyoti is currently a Master in Design Studies (Technology) candidate and a Research Assistant at Harvard University, Graduate School of Design. He graduated from the M.Arch-II program at Cornell University AAP and received his B.Arch from SPA, New Delhi. Aurgho is the co-founder of [AD]O – Architecture Design Operations and has worked with OMA / Rem Koolhaas (Hong Kong), Massimiliano Fuksas Architetto (Rome), and 3Gatti Architecture Studio (Shanghai). His teaching experience includes: Graduate Teaching Assistant (Digital Media, Architectural Drawing 1) at Cornell-AAP, Visiting Lecturer (Geometry) at College of Arts, Delhi and Guest Critic, International Computational Design Workshop, University of Hong Kong. His research interests lie in advanced tectonic geometry driven by computational, material, structural and environmental logic.

Nathan King holds Masters Degrees in Architecture and Industrial Design from Virginia Tech and his primary research interests lie at the intersection of the two disciplines. Nathan is currently a Doctor of Design candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and lead researcher within the GSD Design Robotics Group where his investigation seeks to understand the nature of computer-controlled manufacturing and its relationship to building assembly. Through the development of novel fabrication techniques and the utilization of emerging heterogeneous material technologies his research will allow for multiple performative characteristics to be realized within a single, functionally complex building component.

Jose Luis Garcia del Castillo is the founder and CEO of ParametricCamp. He holds a Master's degree in Architectural Technological Innovation from Universidad de Sevilla, where he also serves as an invited lecturer, and has taught several workshops on computational design, creative code and digital fabrication. Jose Luis has worked as a structural consultant for several international firms including: OMA, Mecanoo, and Cesar Pelli, and currently studies and teaches at Harvard University, Graduate School of Design.


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