Exhibition: Material Practice as Research: Digital Design and Fabrication


Tuesday, January 17, 2017 (All day) to Friday, February 10, 2017 (All day)


Gallery 224, Ceramics Program

Exhibition: Material Practice as Research: Digital Design and Fabrication

This exhibition features ceramics in experimental architectural applications made by students from the Harvard Graduate School of Design during the Fall 2016 course, Material Practice as Research: Digital Design and Fabrication.

Photo Credit: Anita Kan

Exhibition dates: January 17 - February 10, 2017
Reception: Saturday, February 4th, 5:00pm - 7:00pm (coincides with a reception at the
Crossings Gallery next door at the Harvard Ed Portal!)
Gallery Hours: 10am - 6pm each day

Course Instructor: Leire Asensio Villoria, Graduate School of Design
Consultant: Kathy King, Director of Education, Ceramics Program - OFA Harvard
Collaborators: Geoffrey Booras, Mark Burns
TA: Niccolò Dambrosio

The translation between the architectural design and the subsequent actualization process is mediated by various tools and techniques. Through the adoption in architectural design practice of computation and information technologies, with their capacity for a relatively seamless transition between design and fabrication, a more integrated workflow across the design and actualization process is made more accessible to designers. In recent years, designers have become increasingly able to move effortlessly between digital modeling, performance simulation, and physical realization. As technology evolves, the rapidly evolving field continually presents architects and designers with new challenges and opportunities for creative exploration as well as a more materially intelligent practice. This course pursued research in architectural deisgn placing technology as a driver in the creative processes and introduces students to the fundamentals of information technologies for architectural design. Topics addressed include associative modeling for fabrication including direct and indirect methods, CNC machine environment, industrial robotics, protyping techniques, building systems, and customization strategies.

In the course, ceramics served as a framework for research, discussion and experimentation on digital design and fabrication technoloigies. While ceramics has one of the longest histories as a material in architecture, it may also still be one of the material families to offer the potential and mutability to generate a range of novel applications by engaging a variety of emerging digital design and fabrication processes. The Craft-based manufacturing and high-volume industrial production traditionally associated with clay-blased ceramics may be rethought through the lens of of digital design and fabrication techniques. The extension of the capacity for the application of ceramics in architectrue through an engagement with digital design and fabrication is explored during semester-long group research projects with the additional guidance of the Harvard Ceramics program and with support from the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer's Association (ASCER). The emphaisis of the course is placed on developing research methods within areas of design competition, digital fabrication, and related material processes.

Participating Students (by group):

Esther Bang, Andres Camacho, Hyojin Kwon, Steven Meyer, David Pilz, Eric Zuckerman

Honghao Deng, Chenyuao Gu, Nicolas Hogan, Diana Yan

Zachary Cohen, Siobhan Feehan, Farhad Mirza

Yaqing Cai, Yujie Hong, Yanchen Liu, Emily Marguilies

Ngoc Doan, Chao Gu, Chien-Min Lu

Sophie Juneau, Yumiko Matsubara

Yuan Mu, Eliza Pertigkiozoglou, Johae Song, Math Whittaker

Anna Hermann, Clair Kuang, Benzion Rodman, Oorvi Sharma

ASCER - Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers' Association
Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Material Processes and Systems Groups

Research support provided by:
Ceramics Program - Office for the Arts at Harvard
Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Fabrication Laboratory

Special thanks to:

Professor Martin Bechthold
Rachel Vroman, Manager, Fabrication Laboratory
Kevin Hinz, Research Associate, Graduate School of Design
Photo Credit: Anita KanPhoto Credit: Anita Kan








Gallery 224 | Exhibition: Material Practice as Research: Digital Design and Fabrication