Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Jim Norrena
Congratulations to third-year MArch students Alan Cation and Dustin Tisdale and alum Tim Henshaw-Plath (MArch 2014) for earning honorable mention for their Volatile Mutation project at this year's TEX-FAB Plasticity competition.
A total of 70 entries were registered at the international digital-fabrication competition held earlier this month. Plasticity is the fourth competition offered by TEX-FAB and builds on the interest to connect experimental deign practices with industry partners.
Architecture Course Is the Source
Volatile Mutation was developed during CCA Architecture faculty member Adam Marcus's spring 2014 “Performative Ornament” course.
About the Competition
Following the first round of jury consideration, four finalists and five honorable mentions were announced by a jury. Finalists where chosen for their proposal's innovative approach to composite manufacturing and potential contribution to the field of architecture.
Entries were submitted from around the world, representing a broad range of ideas.
About Volatile Mutation
Volatile Mutation addresses a critical role for the use of digital fabrication in a computational paradigm in architecture.
The conceptual basis for the design is heavily driven by process:
- by the process of the module formation
- by the genetic process of the system as a whole
- by the process of fabrication itself
Considering process as a driving mechanism, the project uses ancient techniques such as casting and form making and insert computational logic and 3D printing in ways that have not yet been widely considered.