Students from RPI and Adolfo Ibáñez University Tackle Lighting Fabrication during IAP

The workshop was the second part of a collaboration between MIT and Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez(Santiago, Chile) part of the MIT-Chile MISTI program.

The activity was an Interdisciplinary, collaborative workshop exploring innovative methods of design. It involved students from Adolfo Ibáñez University and PhD students from Renssealer Polytechnic Institute.

The workshop project consisted of the design and fabrication of original lighting units (materials and conventional/computer tools for fabrication were provided).  The project was first approached in an informal studio context (days 1 and 2), and then for a second time (days 4 and 5) in terms of computational methods (Shape grammars), also studio based, that were introduced during the workshop (day 3).  Students learned to design in visual and computational ways, gaining insight into strengths and weaknesses of conventional and computational design processes, to create real-scale, functional artifacts. While no prior familiarity with design methods, fabrication, or computation was assumed teams were conformed considering a mixture between different disciplines such as business, Industrial design, architecture and civil engineering.

The main idea behind this workshop was to see how the introduction of rule-based design methodologies communication and collaboration inside a team of students with different backgrounds could improve.

Workshop Team
MIT Professors
George Stiny and Terry Knight

UAI Professor
Diego Pinochet

MIT Team
Athina Papadopoulou, Cagri Hakan Zaman, Maroula Bacharidou, Alexandros Charidis, Dina El-Zanfaly
RPI Team
Alexandros Tsamis

UAI Students
Tomas Broquedis, Pablo Vintimilla, Cecilia Widmer, Camilo Zelada, Sofía Wenborne, Lucas Helle. RPI Students

RPI Students
Youngjin Hwang PhD (s), Fenqqim Li PhD (s),Iffat Ridwana PhD (s), Anna Toledo RPI Ms

Guest Reviewers
Ted Krueguer RPI
Mario Vergara UAI