An exhibition of work from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design course SCI-6317 Material Systems: Digital Design and Fabrication Material Processes and Systems Group (MaP+S) in collaboration with the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard.
Building on nearly a decade of research by the Material Processes and Systems (MaP+S) group at the GSD and long-time collaboration with the Harvard Ceramics Studio in Allston (with Kathy King), this course advances strategies for robotics, additive manufacturing, and other computational fabrication technologies.
Ceramics are the first material created by humankind and are produced across scales and applications from the craft studio to high-volume, automated manufacturing environments. Pleasing to the touch and easily manipulated by hand, it can just as easily be subject to digital technologies and robotic approaches. While ceramic-specific aspects of material design and manipulation will be taught, emphasis is on understanding ceramics as a microcosm of material research that offers insights that transfer to work with almost any material used in architecture.