Exhibition: Material Systems: Digital Design and Fabrication | Harvard Graduate School of Design SCI-6317


Tuesday, January 30, 2018 (All day) to Friday, February 16, 2018 (All day)


Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard

Presented by: Harvard Ceramics Program and Harvard Graduate School of Design

Exhibition Dates: January 30 - February 16, 2018An experimental ceramic project of the Harvard GSD course "Material Systems: Digital Design and Fabrication"
Reception: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 5:00-7:00pm
view photos from the reception here!

Gallery hours are 10am - 5pm each day.
Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
224 Western Ave, Allston, Massachusetts 02134

This exhibition will feature ceramics in experimental architectural applications made by students from the Harvard Graduate School of Design during the Fall 2017 course, Material Systems: Digital Design and Fabrication.

Harvard University Graduate School of Design Material Processes and Systems Group (MaP+S)
with support from ASCER Tile of Spain

Led by: Professor Martin Bechthold and Jose Luis García del Castillo y López
Assisted by: Ngoc Doan, Saurabh Mhatre, Chien-Min Lu, Zach Seibold and Diana Yan

in collaboration with Harvard Ceramics Program

Kathy King, Director of Education 
Geoff Booras, Instructional Ceramics Technician
Assisted by: Mark Burns, Artist In Residence; Casey Zeng, Ceramics Program Staff; Natalie Andrew, Independent Artist

Exhibition curated by Chien-Min Lu and Jose Luis García del Castillo y López.

Featuring the work of Harvard Graduate School of Design Students:

Sulaiman Alothman
Nicole Bakker
Andrew Bako
Kenner Carmody
Jiawen Chen
Olga Geletina
Margaret George
Iain Gordon
Jin Guo
Maitao Guo
Mia Guo
Nicolas Hogan
Ching Che Huang

Anqi Huo
Hyeonji Im
Aurora Jensen
Meng Jiang
Mari Jo
Francisco Jung
Haeyoung Kim
Yonghwan Kim
Ao Li
Xinyun Li
Lubin Liu
Marcus Mello
Nathalie Mitchell

Peter Osborne
Xiaobi Pan
Nathan Peters
Sejung Song
Ziwei Song
Alexandru Vilcu
Na Wang
Math Whittaker
Diana Yan
HyeJi Yang
Evelyn Zeng
Jianing Zhang
Xin Zheng

The translation between architectural design and the subsequent actualization process is mediated by various tools and techniques that allow design teams, fabricators and installers to engage the materiality of architecture. Over the past decade advances in material development have been catalyzed by increasingly robust implementations of digital design and fabrication techniques that have empowered designers through digital modeling, simulation, and the increasingly digital augmentation of all physical processes. Creative applications of material related technologies have produced new forms of expression in architecture, triggered a debate on digital ornament, and continue to advance the performative aspects of buildings. Yet we are only at the beginning of a new age of digital materiality…

The exhibition positions material systems as combinations of design technologies with material processing and manipulation environments. Material systems are positioned as central to a research based design enquiry that capitalizes on opportunities that emerge when craft-based knowledge is synthesized with CNC-machines, robotic technologies, additive manufacturing and material science. This year’s course will focus on ceramic systems and includes a collaboration with the Harvard Ceramics Program in Allston (consultant: Kathy King). The course builds on years of collaborative research by the Material Processes and Systems (MaP+S) group at the GSD. Ceramics is the first ever material created by mankind – it is omnipresent in the craft-studio as well as in high-volume 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 which transfer to work with almost any material used in architecture.

The course is supported by a grant from ASCER Tile of Spain. A selection of project will also be shown at the 2018 CEVISAMA in Valencia, Spain.




Three Experimental ceramic projects of the Harvard GSD course, "Material Systems: Digital Design and Fabrication". 1. blocks with holes 2. 3D Printed structure in shallow arch. 3. tiles with soft wave forms

Material Systems: Digital Design and Fabrication



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