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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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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RPI & SOM Center for Architecture Science & Ecology (CASE)

We thought we’d showcase another one of the programs that we think is a pretty great idea; involving one of the world’s largest architecture firms doesn’t hurt either.  The Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE), a partnership between Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Skidmore Owings and Merrill, focuses on creating ecological solutions to problems posed by our built environment.  Through research, green technologies are integrated into different phases of the building process, from preliminary design strategies, new material creation, or smart wall systems.  The co-op has won multiple awards for innovations in ecological thinking and design.  Check out a few of their best projects.


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300 Clouds- Benjamin Badeau

After showing you the trailer, we’re bringing Benjamin Badeau’s full 300 Clouds.  Re-contextualizing Chris Marker’s 1962 film La Jetee, imagining a different Earth and a new set of challenges shaped by the myriad, interwoven environmental catastrophes of the past 50 years.  Correlating with Ben’s Thesis Project, NATURE|MAN|MACHINE, the film lies in the realm of science-fiction, while establishing a powerful link between architecture and film.

STUDENT: Benjamin Badeau

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BUILDSMART 2011 – R.P.I./Politecnico Di Torino

Today we’re gonna do something a little different, and a little light in terms of content, but we think you’ll like it. Here’s a series of videos from the currently in progress studio from RPI and Politecnico di Torino students, in Italy.  Creating architectural components, and using arduino controllers, the students create pieces that react to given variables.  See some of the process videos next!

SCHOOL: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute & Politecnico Di Torino
PROFESSORS: Lonn Combs (RPI) and Cesare Griffa (Polito)
COURSE:  BUILDSMART 2011 joint workshop
STUDENTS: Dorothy Underwood (RPI), Davide Scialo’ (Polito), Kira Wong (RPI), Chiara Bertetti (Polito), Caitlin Toczko (RPI), Diana Carolina González del Castillo (Polito), Carrie Ann Drexel (RPI), Rebecca Exley (RPI), Mauricio Pieschacon (Polito), Monika Gribergs (RPI), Marco Pedrazzo (Polito). Massimiliano Manno (Polito), Kathryn Brust (RPI), Mart Rose Basile (RPI), Shivanthi Narendran (RPI), Alice Birolo (Polito), Julia Emilanta Martoccia Grabazs (RPI), Enrico Arese (Polito), Denise Giordana (Polito), Aviel Rappoport (RPI),Ray Coello (Polito), Hyatt Tortorella (RPI), Kati Siu (RPI), Laura Moreno (Polito), Susan Bivone (RPI), Marcello Chiado’ Rana (Polito), Federico Borello (Polito),Nicole Courville (RPI), Anthony Hackmayer (Polito),Emily Mastropiero (RPI), Alex Rohr (RPI), Parker Bunce (RPI),Maria Alejandra Suarez (Polito)

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FLOTSAM – Andreas Hoerl – University of Innsbruck

Just as F+ was started as a platform to explore and showcase the works of students to the community of the internet.  Andreas Hoerl made it his thesis work at the University of Innsbruck.  His conceptual design was to create a floating gallery that would allow students and architects to showcase their projects.  The project is placed in the unrest of tidal waters, bringing about the intriguing relationship that architecture and design are also always in a state of flux.  Here is what Andreas Hoerl, from the University of Innsbruck, had to say about his thesis project titled Flotsam.

STUDENTS: Andreas Hoerl
SCHOOLS: University of Innsbruck
CLASS: Graduate Thesis

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Hongkou Residential Community- Olivia Lau & Mo Wan Li, RPI/Tongji University

Check out today’s post, a housing complex from Olivia and Mo Wan Li, a joint project done while RPI student’s were abroad at Tongji University in China.  The project aims to create a more formal space for those in the lower end of the socio-economic spectrum, by providing a more concrete presence to their inhabitation, and also breaks down the boundaries between the different socio-economic classes.

STUDENTS: Olivia Lau and “Elanor” Mo Wan Li
SCHOOLS: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Tongji University
CLASS: RPI/TJ Study-Abroad Program, Spring 2010
PROFESSORS: Gustavo Crembil, Hong Chen, Wei Wei, and Xu Hongtao
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The Vertical Farm – Monika Oum, RPI

-via Monica OumFutures+ is starting off the week with another submission from RPI.  This post features a project in which Monica Oum considers the notion of integrating the idea of the skyscraper with aspects of farming to create a highly condensed urban farm.  With urban farming the goal is to allow large urban areas to remain self sufficient, in terms of food production, without the use of large areas of rural farmland.  By picking an operative diagram,  Monica was able to use parametric design to develop her formal strategy for developing everything from structure to individual modules to overall circulation.
STUDENT : Monika Oum
SCHOOL : Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
CLASS : Architectural Design 6, Spring 2010
PROFESSOR : Sulan Kolatan
PROGRAMS USED : Rhinoceros, V-Ray Render, Adobe CS4

NATURE|MAN|MACHINE – Thesis Project by Benjamin Badeau – RPI 2010

...also a perfect platform for Base Jumping

Benjamin Badeau envisions a future where Man, Machine and Nature can Coexist

Futures + brings you a Thesis Project which looks at a possible dystopian future in which mankind has all but depleted earth’s resources.  By utilizing architecture as a vehicle for sustainability and self-sufficiency, Benjamin Badeau (RPI class of 2010) proposes a built scenario in which the urban and natural landscapes are physically separated, yet functionally united.  Breaking far beyond the norm, Ben brings a fresh look into refocusing the design of the cityscape and encompassing green technologies into an array of eye-opening renderings, models, and diagrams.  This 5th year thesis project is the product of yet another recent R.P.I. graduate; his passion for design, theory and vision clearly visible in how they are orchestrated in this thesis.

STUDENT: Ben Badeau
SCHOOL: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
CLASS: 5th Year Final Thesis
PROFESSORS: Chris Perry, Michael Oatman
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Electronic Media: Physical Design Processes by Brad Dunn- RPI

via Brad DunnToday’s fresh project is an investigation into the complexities of geometry and patterns done by Brad Dunn of RPI in his Design Processes class in his senior year. The semester long investigations into the geometry and understanding how to control the simple connections led to the construction of this temporary structure. This playful kaleidoscope is a simple investigation into the smaller facets of architecture and through the investigation and tweaking of geometry comes the complexity of form. The depth of field created by the use of geometry and material choices creates a ceiling structure that begins to play with the notions of transparency and light.

STUDENTS : Brad Dunn
SCHOOL : Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
CLASS : Electronic Media: Design Processes of Fall 2010
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