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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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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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Responsive Environments


The 10 days workshop Responsive Environments resulted in projects where the change of environmental or material behavior was explored through the use of localised IC technology. Material change was explored in both The Curtain and The Bags project, where large scale prototypes would interact with the envorinment and change their material expression accordingly. The Cube was and The Cup was attempting use light, sound and vibration to actively stimulate their environments to change.
EASA(european architecture student association) 12 students workshop in manchester. Organized and run with David Engell Jessen (DK) 2010. back

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Dynamics in Extreme Environments

A workshop and initiated collaboration between IAAC, Chalmers and ITA, ETH. Students from both IAAC and ETH were introduced to the idea of material computation and material behaviors. The workshop investigated how architecture in extreme environments might benefit from the changes in the environment and respond with designed or materially programmed behavior.




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Tangible Interaction Course

A user and sensor-computation driven building game was developed by a group of master students at Dept. of Applied IT, Chalmers, during the Tangible interactions course. The project investigate the emergence in manually assembled structures that grow based on predefined gaming rules. The concept of plants struggeling for light was in addition informed by multiple pressure sensors, as well as 3d scanning. The user guidance was done through projection mapping. The project was presented as working showcase at TEI2014 in Munich.
Tutors: Alexandru Dancu, Stig Anton Nielsen.
Students: Max Witt, Catherine Hedler, Hanna Frank, Axel Pelling, Christian Carlsson.

Publication: Emergent Interfaces: Constructive Assembly of Identical Units, 2015. back