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Exploring possibilities of new interlocking form and functions for glass in the architecture, engineering and construction industries that that interacts with light, shadow, and the environment in new and interesting ways, through fabricating and experimenting using current digital fabrication technologies and traditional glass working techniques.

This is my summer 2017 internship project at the Autodesk BUILD Space.

Glass is one of the most versatile and one of the oldest materials in the building industry, but its role in architecture has continued to evolve over the years. From windows and canopies to complex arrangements of masonry walls, glass has always been processed as a single unit, relying on other material for structural support. Neither traditional craft or modern manufacturing of glass allows the material to be self-structure or fabricated.

This project explores the possibilities of new forms and functions for glass fabricated with current digital technologies. The combination of cutting with a waterjet and kiln slumping created this series of interesting glass forms that interact with light, shadow, and the environment in unexpected ways. The cut pieces of glass are arranged in a specific way to hold themselves together through gravity. The slumping process allows the glass pieces to drape over each other and fuse into an interlocking position. This project considers ways glass may be constructed parametrically to create new possibilities for the use of this material in the architecture, engineering and construction industry. Samples of this project are currently on display at the Boston Society of Architects Space Gallery Exhibition BUILDing Forward hosted by Autodesk.

BUILDing Forward, an exhibition sponsored by the Autodesk BUILD Space, explores the innovation around ‘making’ in the building and infrastructure industries—both material fabrication and larger construction.

The exhibition demonstrates the future of making and the radical changes in the way things are designed, made, and used in the architecture, engineering, and construction fields.

BUILDing Forward introduces this future as an opportunity to craft a new collective understanding of what's possible in our built environment: how people design, make, and work together.Through a series of artifacts from prototypes of timber towers to studies on the form and function of glass created in the Autodesk BUILD Space, as well as programs and events, BUILDing Forward addresses three key themes: the shift experienced by the design industry, the blurring line between architect and builder, and how technology is helping designers to create buildings and infrastructure that are socially and physically connected, sustainable, resilient, and beautiful

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