Light as Material

In an era of active material investigation, light has become an increasingly important ingredient in the pursuit of optimal and unforeseen material effects. One notable trend has been the adoption of fiber optic principles of bending and extending light to a variety of materials—such as light pipes, acrylic tubes, and mirror ducts. These principles have been harnessed to produce responsive material effects at the scale of a detail, as well as smart day lighting and energy optimization strategies at the scale of a building. This one-week intensive design + research catalyst teaches participants examples of light behavior and material integration, in addition to methods for developing physical structures that utilize light as a primary ingredient. Participants design and construct multivalent light-channeling systems and surfaces in order to test light principles and opportunities at the middle scale—between that of a detail and a building.

ARCH 5110: Architecture as Catalyst. Co-taught with John Huizinga (3M) and Abhinand Lath (SensiTile Systems). Graduate design workshop (1 credit). University of Minnesota School of Architecture.

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