BT: Prototyping: Steel

Steel is used extensively in the products, infrastructure, vehicles and buildings all around us. Despite the prevalence of steel, especially in architecture, the design, detailing and general understanding of its properties often fall short of its full potential. This course's intent is twofold: First to better understand the material and associated fabrication processes through research, lectures/shop tours, and hands-on making exercises (i.e. - welding, cutting, drilling, tapping, etc.) with the possibility of outsourcing laser or water-jet cutting. The second objective is to implement the knowledge and gain further experience, through the fabrication of full scale prototypes (i.e. furniture or small scale architectural components) - exploring opportunities of exchange between traditional analog techniques and emerging digital ones.