Advanced Studio, Spring 2012: Stuart-Smith/Booth

  • Work for advanced studio taught by Robert Stuart-Smith & Robert Booth, Spring 2012.
    Work for advanced studio taught by Robert Stuart-Smith & Robert Booth, Spring 2012.
  • Work for advanced studio taught by Robert Stuart-Smith & Robert Booth, Spring 2012.
    Work for advanced studio taught by Robert Stuart-Smith & Robert Booth, Spring 2012.
  • Work for advanced studio taught by Robert Stuart-Smith & Robert Booth, Spring 2012.
    Work for advanced studio taught by Robert Stuart-Smith & Robert Booth, Spring 2012.
  • Work for advanced studio taught by Robert Stuart-Smith & Robert Booth, Spring 2012.
    Work for advanced studio taught by Robert Stuart-Smith & Robert Booth, Spring 2012.
  • Work for advanced studio taught by Robert Stuart-Smith & Robert Booth, Spring 2012.
    Work for advanced studio taught by Robert Stuart-Smith & Robert Booth, Spring 2012.
  • Work for advanced studio taught by Robert Stuart-Smith & Robert Booth, Spring 2012.
    Work for advanced studio taught by Robert Stuart-Smith & Robert Booth, Spring 2012.

Advanced Studio, Spring 2012
Material Agencies

Robert Stuart-Smith, Visiting Professor
Robert Booth, Lecturer

This studio explores architectural fabrication through a programmed process of material formation. Materiality is understood not as a passive, homogeneous condition but rather as an arrangement of active matter that incorporates varied degrees of intensity. Properties such as stiffness, thickness, or density operate locally; they are heterogeneously distributed, and work toward the expression of an emergent whole that arises from the assemblage of simple but effectively collaborating parts.

A post-tensioned assemblage is fabricated at 1:1 scale that hybridizes numerous structural and material properties/qualities to generate an installation whose spatial, structural, formal, and ornamental character is intrinsic to the forces and organizational strategies embedded within its materials, fabrication, and assemblage. This digital fabrication studio explores the compression of design and assemblage within a bottom-up organization of matter in order to create emergent architectural effects that range from the rigid to the supple, the sharp to the smooth.

The studio features three phases of development: experiments in design systems, the hybridization of these experiments into design proposals, and the fabrication and assembly of a 1:1 scale installation. The size, location, and purpose of the installation are largely defined through the design research undertaken. The systemic approach to tectonic prototyping undertaken early in the semester facilitates in narrowing the scope and brief of the installation to one appropriate to the materials, production timeframe, and budget constraints of the studio. Emphasis is placed on demonstrating the active role designed material organizations can have as generative tectonic formations in architectural design.