MArch Students/Alum Take Honorable Mention in TEX-FAB Plasticity Competition

Volatile Mutation earns honorable mention at TEX-FABView slideshow 

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. 

"This project began with a simple, yet very compelling question that challenges much of the conventional wisdom in regard to 3D printing," explains Marcus. "Instead of printing infinitely unique parts, how can 3D-printing technology be combined with techniques of standardized mass production in an intelligent way that still allows for a very high degree of variation?
"Through a relentless process of full-scale prototyping, Tim, Alan, and Dustin were able to develop this project to a very high level of resolution, and I congratulate them on this well-deserved recognition."


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.

The winning entry will be selected by a second jury, which includes Craig Dykers and Jeanne Gang, both of whom have lectured at the college as part of the Architecture Lecture Series.

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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.

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