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This cluster provides the opportunity for architectural designers to participate in the formulation, manufacturing, and implementation of Responsive Polymers. The cluster will investigate methods for designing the form and behavior of multi-scalar prototypes from a molecular level through to material assemblies.

Shape-setting materials provide a new set of potentials for designing dynamics in objects and systems. This type of kinetics goes beyond the traditional scope of actuation by mechanical movements. Unlike traditional kinetic systems that rely on separate and discrete parts working together, we are developing a design discipline of smart material that can create movement through its singular chemistry and geometry. Dynamic materials also promise a break in conceptualizing movement through a model of engineering. With smart materials, the reliance on a mechanical frame and surface is dispensed so that a more direct line is established between production and application. For this workshop we will be focusing on Shape-Memory Polymer and Hydrogel. Shape-Memory Polymer can be trained into a position, baked to that form, and then manipulated into another shape. A stimulus such as heat moves the material back to the original shape. Hydrogel is a super-absorbant polymer that responds to a specific temperature range by expanding/contracting in volume up to 300%.

We will be making our own Responsive Polymers and designing full-scale Prototypes.

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Simon Kim is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Architecture where he directs the Immersive Kinematics Research Group. He is also a principal of Ibañez Kim studio. Simon has graduate degrees from the Architectural Association and MIT. After completing his work he continued as a researcher at the Design Lab and instructor of Architecture. His professional work, and research at MIT and at UPenn has been in robotic actuation and interaction in Architecture, as well as multi-agent systems. This work has been taught in coursework and workshops at Yale, MIT, and at UPenn.

Nick Puckett is an Assistant Professor at the University Kentucky who holds the University’s first joint faculty position with the School of Architecture and the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is also the founding Director of AltN Research + Design. His research focuses on the design of embedded intelligent systems and methods for rapidly injecting digital, electrical, and material technologies into the design process. This work has been taught previously in both courses and workshops at the AA, Univ. of Westminster, the RCA, the Institut of Experimental Architecture, SciArc, and as a cluster champion at SG2011.

MarianaIbanez Mariana Ibanez is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design since 2006, and principal of Ibañez Kim studio. Mariana received her professional degree from the University of Buenos Aires. After teaching at the UBA for four years she attended the Architectural Association in London for her Master of Architecture. Following graduation she joined the Advanced Geometry Unit at Arup after which she worked for the office of Zaha Hadid. In her practice and academics she focuses on the agenda of responsive environments and interactive design in an expanded role of architecture.


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