1st Edition

Self-Assembly Lab
Experiments in Programming Matter

ISBN 9781138910065
Published November 29, 2016 by Routledge
204 Pages

USD $56.95

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Book Description

What if structures could build themselves or adapt to fluctuating environments? Skylar Tibbits, Director of the Self-Assembly Lab in the Department of Architecture at MIT, Cambridge, MA, crosses the boundaries between architecture, biology, materials science and the arts, to envision a world where material components can self-assemble to provide adapting structures and optimized fabrication solutions. The book examines the three main ingredients for self-assembly, includes interviews with practitioners involved in the work and presents research projects related to these topics to provide a complete first look at exciting future technologies in construction and self-transforming material products.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Self-Assembly & Design Research  Ingredients 1: Materials & Geometry  1. 4D Printing: Multi-Material Shape Change  2. Programmable Materials  3. DNA disPLAY  Interviews 1: Arthur Olson, The Scripps Research Institute  Adam Bly, Seed Media Group  Ingredients 2: Mechanics & Interaction  4. Self-Assembly Studio, Department of Architecture, MIT  5. HyperForm  BioMolecular & Chiral Self-Assembly  Interviews 2:  John Hoke & Mike Yonker, Nike Inc.  Shelly Linor, Stratasys Ltd.  Carlos Olguin, Bio/Nano Matter Programmer  Ingredients 3: Energy & Entropy  7. Aerial Assemblies  8. Self-Assembly Line  9. Fluid Crystallization  Interviews 3: Paola Antonelli, The Museum of Modern Art  John Main, DARPA  Conclusion: Materials, Interaction, and Entropy 

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Skylar Tibbits is faculty at MIT's Department of Architecture, teaching graduate and undergraduate design studios and co-teaching How to Make (Almost) Anything, a seminar at MIT’s Media Lab. The Self-Assembly Lab, directed by Skylar Tibbits and Jared Laucks, focuses on self-assembly and programmable material technologies for novel manufacturing, products and construction processes.