Material and Detail 2015

The Master course Material and Detail was led by Daniel Norell, Jonas Lundberg, Kengo Skorick, HsengTai JaReng Lintner, Stefan Lintner and Stig Anton Nielsen. 28 master students were asked to propose a refugee shelter to be placed in the Zataari camp in Jordanien. Expanded polystyrene was the outset for exploring possible composite materials, and the winning concept focus on minimum material use. A secondary winner project was chosen for its multiple innovative solutions in joinery, composite thinking and fabrication techniques.




Students in Material and Detail 2015

Reem Alkaisy,
Beatrice Calini,
Johanna Mija Dahlberg,
Klara Dahlin,
Carl Darenlind,
Alexandra Duhamel,
Samuel Eliasson,
Joyce Fisscher,
Emma Holmin,
Andrine Johansson,
Hjalmar Kaudern,
Nessim Kaufmann,
Jens Ljunggren,
Martin Löfqvist,
Emma Magnusson,
Regina Makhmutova,
Maximiliano Martín Parra,
Jakob Müller,
Niklas Nordström,
Gustav Nyman,
Viktoriya Oleksyuk,
Luke Partyka,
Ellen Pleil,
Adrien Quennepoix,
Margot Scheyving,
Theodor Tsesmatzoglou,
Marie Lou Valdes,
Theresia Vängborg Nyberg,
Anna Ådén,

2015 Material Actuation – Addition Modification and Subtraction


2015 Material Actuation, was part of introduction to the course Material and Detail at Chalmers University of Technology. During two weeks student teams investigated three modes of material actuation. Addition, four students constructed and tested an EPS extruder. Modification, four students constructed and tested a CNC metal-plate bender. Subtraction, four students constructed and tested a large scale CNC hotwire cutting system, able to cut EPS foam blocks up to 1200x1200x600mm. All projects made use of a large scale robotic arm. back


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The MAKE:lab at Chalmers

20141108_Make02AMaterial Actuation and Kinetic Experimentation Laboratory at Chalmers was founded by Stig Anton Nielsen in September 2015 as a consequence of both the donation of a large industry robotic arm, and the funding for quality in education at Chalmers. The laboratory will provide the students and researchers with the opportunity to develop ideas on more advanced material explorations, based on actuator systems and sensor systems. So far one intense workshop has taken place during two weeks of October 2015.

Ossa Waw – Mapping Urban Phenomena


Ossa Waw 2011, a convention for architecture students from Poland and other European countries. Our workshop called Mapping Urban Phenomena sought to design and construct active ‘synapses’ for the urban environment. Image to the left is the project ‘Grass’ which communicates local information about temperature (color) and wind conditions (flex) through this simple material and sensor activated installation. The prototype was supposed to be placed numerous places in the urban environment, allowing for occupants to stay informed of other local climatic conditions. Other projects like The Scent of Location would through the phenomena Scent Memory, give occupants of the space an experience of dislocation through the use of scent.

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Sensor Composite Beam

The sensor Composite beam explores embedded sensors, and representation of data. The beam is a composite of glass fibers, a thermoplastic polymer, and sensor active sheets. An IC shifts through reading each of the 10 sensors(two rows of five in each side). Readings are displayed through a virtual model representing the beam.




A 1:1 interactive prototype able to affect in a human scale. It investigates the man-machine relation. It is intimidating in size but the materials and behaviour has a soft and calm intention. It was a part of the Urbanbody study at TUDelft. The project is done in collaboration with Michal Gdak (PL) in 2005.

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Metro Mechanics

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Graduation project from Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Copenhagen expands the Copenhagen Metro System with a ring line consisting of 17 station round all the different city parts. As and alternative to solving the situation when the standart fails, a parametric model is programmed to be able to form individual metrostations aligning to fit each site, based on various input from the individual urban context.
The parametric metrostation has the ability to be logistically similar but formally different. An approach translated from object orientated programming is used for managing the complex modelling into subtasks. The project is developed using the software Generative Components from Bentley.
The project is done in 100 days with an outcome of 17 stations in plaster models all fully functional. Together they tell a story of which cityparts are more homogenous than others. 2007

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Parametric Housing In Series and Structure

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This highly parametric architecture project deals with the interrelations between dense housing units. They are programmed to negotiate their form based on the form of the adjacent units recursively. It is set in a particularly dense but low housing area. The units aims formally to describe Deleuzes concepts of structure and series. A student project from 2007 using Generative Components.






Horsens Havn Competition Project

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Horsens Havn, a winner competition from COBE and Schönher Architects in 2009. The city of Horsens wished for a vision of how the former industrial area of the harbor could be developed over a number of years. Visualizations from COBE and MIR.

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