Material Systems Class Review @ Harvard GSD

The end of semester review of SCI 6317 Material Systems will take place on 14 December at the GSD. Our jurors are Prof. Eric Howeler, Prof. Sawako Kaijima (both GSD), Kevin Rothero (Yale University), Jonathan Grinham (DDes ’17), Rachel Vroman (GSD), Nathan King (Virginia Tech and Autodesk, DDes ’13). Several MaP+S researchers will join us as well. 37 students will present their design research projects. Swing by if you are in the neighborhood – we will be in the Portico rooms at Gund!


Ceramic Pavillion opens in Graz, Austria

Our long term collaboration with the colleagues from the ITE at the TU Graz recently culminated in the opening of the structural ceramic pavilion on the grounds of the castle of St. Martin just outside Graz. Over the last year the ITE team advanced the research that was begun at Harvard’s MaP+S group from a lab project into a site-ready construction system. The project completes a multi-year project that started with an installation at the 2014 Cevisama in Valencia. More soon in a separate posting!

MaP+S @ ACADIA 2017

We hope to see many of you at ACADIA 2017 – in our neighborhood at MIT. Nice to not have to travel halfway around the world for a change… On Thursday afternoon we are presenting our work on auxetic systems!

Cevisama 2018

We have begun work on our next exhibition for the Valenica-based Cevisama – to be held in February 2018. We will update the post as work progresses!

Patent Filing

MaP+S is filing our third patent on innovative material systems, with potential applications from buildings to consumer products and medical devices.

Visiting Scholar – Milena Stavric

Milena Stavric, Visiting Scholar

MaP+S is welcoming Milena Stavric as our visiting scholar for the remainder of the 2017 academic year. Ms. Stavric  is Assistant Prof at the Graz University of Technology, and holds a Visiting Professor position at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and at the University of Applied Science FH Johanneum in Graz. Her interest lies in architectural geometry and the implementation of digital technology in architecture and education.

Exhibition: Material Practice as Research_Digital Design and Fabrication


© Harvard Arts 2017

The exhibition features ceramics in experimental architectural applications made by students from the Harvard Graduate School of Design during the Fall 2016 course, Material Practice as Research: Digital Design and Fabrication, taught my Leire Asensio Villoria with Kathy King as ceramic consultant.

Exhibition dates: January 17 – February 10, 2017

Venue : Ceramics Program Studio at 224 Western Avenue in Allston, Gallery 224

© Harvard Arts 2017

© Harvard Arts 2017

© Harvard Arts 2017

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Barcelona Design Museum: Upcoming Public Lecture

The next public lecture by MaP+S director M. Bechthold will be held on October 25 at the Barcelona Design Museum. From the announcement:

“Architects have rediscovered their interest in architectural ceramics as a multifunctional material for contemporary designs. Today’s innovations in material technology, digital production methods and assembly approaches allow for applications that combine the materials’ emotional appeal with new functionalities. “Expanding Designs” presents speculative designs and research by Harvard’s Material Processes and Systems (MaP+S) group that involve robotic technology, design experiments and studies geared towards industry integration.”

Check out the announcement here.

Cevisama 2017

MaP+S has been commissioned to produce a ceramic installation for the 2017 Cevisama in Valencia. Prototyping and final design efforts are on their way. The new project is a collaboration with Sal Craig from the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities. We are currently finalizing the production process and are producing final 3D computational models for production. Our local partners are the Ceramics Research Institute ITC in Castellon and the installer Jordi Font de Mora. Check back for updates!

Research Lectures Spring 2016

Prof. Bechthold delivered lectures on MaP+S research at the New Jersey Institute of Architecture, at the 2016 COVERINGS in Chicago, as well as at the Bergamo (Italy) based Italcementi. The next lecture will take place in Nottingham Trent University (UK, June 2016), and at the Museum of Design in Barcelona (Spain, October 2016).

Book Launch Party

Prof. Ali Malkawi will be hosting a book launch party at the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, celebrating the completion of ‘Ceramic Material Systems’ co-authored by M. Bechthold, A. Kane and N. King.

Book Launch Invitation

Material Practice as Research: Ceramics

The GSD’s 2015 Ceramics course, taught by Leire Asensio Villoria, presented student projects that involved investigations of analogue and digital ceramic craft and the production of tectonic prototypes in collaboration with Harvard’s ceramics studio and its director Kathy King. A selection of the projects will be exhibited at the 2016 CEVISAMA in Valencia, Spain.

ceramic course harvard

Wyss Retreat 2015

The ALivE group produced its third exhibition for the annual Wyss retreat. This year’s installation featured work from the ongoing ‘Nano, Micro, Macro’ class co-taught by Martin Bechthold and James Weaver, and was framed by a large structure that investigated elastic deformation patterns based on negative poisson ratio buckling research in collaboration with the Bertoldi Group.    more

Visiting Scholar Fall 2015 – Eva Pirker

MaPS is welcoming Eva Pirker as our visiting scholar for the fall of 2015. Ms Pirker has dual backgrounds in architecture and structural engineering. Her home institution is the Institute of Structural Design at TU Graz. Pirker’s research focusses on computational optimization approaches for complex structures.