Open House Schedule for October 27 & 28:

Thursday, October 27

Thursday’s event will focus on the MDes, DDes, MDE, and Loeb Fellowship programs.

2:00 – 2:30 PM

  • Check-in

2:30 – 3:00 PM

  • Welcome and Program Overviews – Piper Auditorium
    • Michael Hays, Associate Dean

3:15 – 6:00 PM

4 – 4:30 PM

  • Refreshments – Chauhaus

5:00 – 6:00 PM

  • Aga Khan Lecture – Gund 124

6:30 PM

Friday, October 28

Friday’s event will focus on the MArch, MLA, MUP, and MAUD/MLAUD programs.

9:00 – 9:30 AM

  • Check-in

9:30 – 9:45 AM

  • Welcome from Dean Mohsen Mostafavi – Piper Auditorium

9:45 – 10:45 AM

  • Student Studio + Research Presentations – Piper Auditorium

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

2:00 – 4:00 PM

  • Info Session for MDes/DDes/MDE: 2:00 – 2:45 – Piper Stairs
    • John Aslanian, Director of Student Affairs and Recruitment
  • GSD Tours: Sign up at the information desk in the Lobby
    • Tour of the Fabrication Labs: 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30
      • Tours will start in Room L45 (use the stairway next to the Pit)
    • Loeb Library Tour: 2:00 & 2:30
      • Special Collections, Visual Resources, Materials Collection, Community Service Fellowship exhibition
  • GSD Publications: 2:00 – 4:00
    • A selection will be available for purchase in the Lobby
  • Visit Students at their Studio Desks (marked with balloons): 2:00 – 4:00
    • MArch – Black
    • MLA – Yellow
    • MUP – Blue
    • MA/MLAUD – Silver
    • Studio Options – Red
    • MDes – Orange – Chauhaus
  • “Making Things:” 2:00 – 4:00
    • Projects from the courses taught by Andres Sevtsuk* and Frano Violich
      • models produced at the school for the exhibition on Chinese architecture
      • This session will take place in the Pit
      • Read more below
  • Visual Studies, Drawing for Designers, Painting for Designers –
    • Work from courses taught by Ewa Harabasz – 2nd floor near main elevator

3:00 – 3:45 PM

  • Platform 9 Presentation with Jennifer Bonner and Student Editors
    • Introduction by Dean Mostafavi
    • Presentation will be in Loeb Library

4:00 – 5:30 PM

  • Lecture – “Knowledge Transfer in the Design Professions: Learning from Barcelona”
    • Diane Davis, Joan Busquets, Carles Muro, and Chris Reed
    • Lecture will be held in Piper Auditorium

6:00 PM

  • Beer and Dogs – Gund 121, 122, 123


Also Happening – Saturday, October 29, 2016:

The Urban Planning and Design Department will host the “Redefining Urban Design: Barcelona as Case Study” Conference.

The conference is free and open to the public. You are welcome to attend!

*Grid-structures (beginning at 2:00, first 10 open house attendees will actually assist in building this project)

Architectural design of complex structures has made a quantum leap in the last two decades. Computer aided design and analysis tools have expanded the horizons of architectural form, but construction technology that enables fabrication and assembly of new architectural geometries has not kept pace. Complex forms of most contemporary buildings rely on relatively traditional column-beam support systems, infill and cladding. More advanced structural solutions require complex fabrication, such as three-dimensional CNC milling and highly skilled assembly labor on site – requirements that are well beyond reach for most architectural projects.

This prototype exhibits City Form Lab’s research on prefabricated double-curvature grid-structures that can be produced at a very low cost and assembled with non-specialized labor. This is made possible by relying on standardized flat-sheet materials, limiting all fabrication to only two-dimensional cutting and relying on structural folding to achieve desired geometric forms. A custom RhinoPython library was developed to automate the generation of double-walled flat-panel structures from a user-provided line network. The geometries of all structural elements are jointly controlled by adjusting the underlying line-network and associated material parameters. The RhinoPython library regenerates the geometric solution when the network is altered, complete with fabrication-ready unfolded panel drawings, marked with unique IDs on each element. The software allows full-scale grid structures to be generated from free-form line networks using very flexible tessellations, ranging from triangles, quads, pentagons, hexagons to any regular or irregular n-gons.

The prototype structure uses aluminum-plywood laminate panels as both structural support and cladding simultaneously. It forms a three-way tunnel for kids to crawl through and a roof that is designed as a climbing wall. The prototype was fabricated at the GSD fabrication lab and consists of 19 panels with unique geometries.