Enveloping Space – Lisa Christin Laue


An RPI studio in which students have study classical geometrical relationships from the Baroque period paired with modern day scripting has yielded some amazing student works.  Much like Andrew Saunders “Re-interpreting the Baroque” studio, Lisa Christin Laue broke down Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza by Borromini. We see a simple investigation into geometrical evolution from its simplest form,  and to the radically pushed ornamental extreme through scripting.  The result looks like a pavilion straight out  of OZ, but the layering and spatial control of interior exterior envelopes is what draws you in.  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: Lisa-Christin Laue
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
PROFESSORS: Brian de Luna
YEAR: 2013

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Exocarp Chair – Guillermo Bernal

It seems at every point in an architect’s career designing a chair is a must, maybe it is because it is the purest tangible object in which form follows function.  Designing a chair creates the desire to master this miniature structure yet hold to its minimalist form. Eames was obsessed with bringing his designs into realization, much like Guillermo Bernal was in creating his CNC Exocarp Chair.  Guillermo Bernal fascination with reptile and fruit scales comes through in his personal chair design.  Check it out after the jump! 

STUDENT: Guillermo Bernal
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
YEAR: 2012

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Theoretical Institute – Vienna, Austria – Benjamin Badeau – RPI

As architects and designers we become excited and enamored with cross pollinating the disciplines into our design strategies.  In today’s project Benjamin Badeau (Man-Nature-Machine) strives to design a space in which brings together the culture of physicist into the public arena.  If anything the renderings alone make you want to go out tonight and lay under the stars.  Check it out after the jump! 

SCHOOL: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
STUDENTS: Benjamin Badeau 
YEAR: 2008

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superNODE – Tyler Hopf & Alex Dorn – RPI

We are kicking off the week with a project fresh off the Design Development studio walls of RPI by  Tyler Hopf & Alex Dorn.  The RPI studio of Design Development spring boards off the unrealized designs, such as in this case UNStudio’s Mediatheque circa 2005, where the students take the original design proposal and complete a SD set for the project.  A great introduction into what it takes to actually structure and bring these designs to realization.  Check it out after the jump!

SCHOOL: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
STUDENTS: Tyler Hopf & Alex Dorn
COURSE: Design Development – UNStudio – NEWER ORLEANS
YEAR: Fall 2012

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Vertical Zoo – Andy Zheng, Andrew Chardain, Patty Clayton, Rachele Louis, Angela Pasquale

Usually when you think about going to zoo you think about traveling to a sprawled out space where you will spend the day frolicking through the cages checking out the sweet monkeys and Lions.  However this Zooviary will tower as a symbol for the city of Buenos Aires, where the notions of what comprises a zoo is radically flipped.  The tower stands at the playful transition between the dense urban fabrics of the city and the wild side of nature.  Check it out after the jump!

SCHOOL: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
COMPETITION: ARQUITECTUM – Vertical Zoo, Buenos Aires
PROFESSORS: Christopher Sharples @ Coren Sharples of SHOP
STUDENTS: Andy Zheng, Andrew Chardain, Patty Clayton, Rachele Louis, Angela Pasquale
YEAR: 2009 

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Manta – SmartGeometry 2012

It only takes a quick glance to figure out how this project got the name MANTA, at this year’s Smartgeometry, held at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute.  A conference focused on challenging the innate order of how we perceive architecture.  Smartgeometry opens architects and designers eyes to looking at architecture at molecular levels, instead of bounding ourselves with services and walls, but looking at light, vibrations, and water vapor to create good design.  Check out what team Manta  created after the jump!

SCHOOL:  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
TEAM: Guillermo Bernal, Seth Edwards, Eric AmeresZackery Belanger
COURSE: SmartGeometry 2012 
STUDENTS:  Sarah Goldfarb, James Wisniewski, Daniel Hambleton, Varvara Toulkeridou, Ben Schneiderman, Olia Fomina, Christoffer Marsvik

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Urban Plinko – Shima Miabadi and Kieran Martin

Throughout the early history of modern cities the fountain was a place for people to gather out of necessity to get water and to socialize to get the local news.  However today all we need to do is flip the faucet handle and fill our glass.  How often do you ever think about the inner workings of how far that precious life source had to travel to even enter into your home?  It has become such a trivial nature in modern cities today.  However in lesser countries today the watering hole plays a huge part in the day to day goings of life.  Tap City designed this competition to try and invigorate a modern fountain into today’s city fabric.  Check it out after the jump! 

SCHOOL: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
STUDENTS: Shima Miabadi and Kieran Martin
COMPETITION: Tap City Competition
YEAR: 2012
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