SETTING THE STAGE

A little over a month ago, while finishing my Masters of Architecture at the University at Buffalo, I completed my Thesis Research entitled “Thermal Interrelation.” My Thesis Committee, consisting of Jean Lamarche, Nick Bruscia, Matt Hume and myself focused on investigating material’s and their inherent potential for self actuation. By better understanding these materials reaction to thermal energy I sought to design a more participatory architecture amidst the presence of Bodies and/or environmental stimuli. The most recent development of this research culminated in a full scale partition that transformed from a static plane that divided the room in half, to a dynamic three dimensional form that altered and engaged each space when the rooms temperature increased.

More information as well as photo/video documentation can be found at my website:

http://www.rbgarlowdesign.com/#!vstc4=thesis-research/vstc2=portfolio

 

The idea of a more responsive architecture based on the “simple” concept of bi-material lamination caught the attention of a local company that offers two very important pieces for the next stage of research;  the capability to increase the research and development in precision and scale., not to mention also having expertise in the material and processes I have been researching, metal and Lamination.  Rigidized Metals (http://www.rigidized.com)  is a local Buffalo  company dating back to 1940 that specializes in adding value to flat sheet metal by adding a texture/pattern, both making it more rigid as well as increasing the aesthetic quality.  The high demand for Rigidized’s product internationally has kept the in house experts searching for new ways to utilize this unique product to add even more value.

I have been invited to contribute to this process, and have begun a three month “proof of concept” stage in which I will continue to research the potential of bi-material lamination for the development of a thermally responsive building façade/envelope in a collaborative environment between the Center for Architecture and Situated Technologies (CAST) and Rigidized Metals.

I have established this blog to chronicle the evolution of this material research into architectural application.

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