Kiriform- Advanced Functional Materials- Back Cover

Kiriform (GSD + SEAS) has been featured on the back cover of Advanced Functional Materials Journal (26 Aug 2021).

The article can be found here :

Mhatre, S., Boatti, E., Melancon, D., Zareei, A., Dupont, M., Bechthold, M., Bertoldi, K., Deployable Structures Based on Buckling of Curved Beams Upon a Rotational Input. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2021, 2101144. (Link)

A.I., Machine Learning, and the Built Environment

Jose Luis Garcia del Castillo y Lopez – as a part of the Harvard GSD Executive Education is launching a new  program on Artificial  Intelligence / Machine Learning.

A non-technical introduction to the state of the art in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), with particular emphasis on their current applications in the fields of Architecture, Landscape, Urbanism, and Real Estate. Participants will acquire the skills to manage a team in a successful machine learning project, without needing the expertise to understand the details of its technical implementation.

When: April 27, 28,30, 2021

Where: Online 

More information / Registrations  here.

Wyss Institute roboticists win NASA award for developing smart deep-space habitats

The organization of the Resilient ExtraTerrestrial Habitats institute (RETHi) project will bring together three interconnected research thrusts that work on complementary approaches for the realization of smart deep-space habitats. Credit: Purdue University

MaP+S Group’s Chuck Hoberman along with Justin Werfel (Wyss),  and Robert Wood (Wyss)   to lead development of robotic strategies able to maintain crewed and un-crewed extra-terrestrial habitats in space and on Mars. This multidisciplinary effort, called the Resilient ExtraTerrestrial Habitats institute (RETHi), is led by a team from Purdue University in partnership with Harvard and additional teams from the University of Connecticut and the University of Texas at San Antonio, and will receive as much as $15 million over a five-year period.

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2020 DDes Conference

We welcome you to join us for the 2020 DDes Conference held on  February 26th at the GSD, Stubbins (Room 112) from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
The conference, titled, “Architecture as a ‘Learning’ Living Machine” will address new emerging concepts in the field of data-driven, adaptive and robotic architecture such as ML, Robotic Buildings, Smart Homes in a form of a symposium.
For more information and speaker list, please visit 

Visiting Scholar _ Dr. Iryna Kuksa

Dr. Iryna Kuksa, Visiting Scholar

MaP+S Group would like to welcome Dr. Iryna Kuksa as our visiting scholar for the year. Iryna Kuksa is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent University (UK). She received her Doctorate from the School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies, University of Warwick. Currently, Iryna is a Visiting Scholar at The Harvard Graduate School of Design, working on an authored book Understanding Personalization: New Aspects of Design, Consumption and Creation (Elsevier, 2020).

More info: Link

MaP+S Kiriform Patent

MaP+S has filed an International PCT Patent on a deployable mechanism with applications ranging from medical devices, wheels, furniture, tents to deployable shelters. Related publications are forthcoming.

Mhatre, S. A., Bechthold, M., & Sayegh, A. ‘ DEPLOYABLE KIRIFORM FLEXURES. Patent No. WO2019018546, 2019

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MaP+S @ ACADIA 2018

We hope to see many of you at ACADIA 2018 in Mexico City. We will be presenting a paper on Ferrofluidic Casting and two on the 3D printing of ceramics!

Responsive Spatial Print: Clay 3D printing of spatial lattices using real-time model recalibration. Hyeonji Claire Im; Sulaiman Alothman; Jose Luis García del Castillo (Thur 9.30am)
Fluid Equilibrium: Material computation in ferrofluidic castings. Zach Seibold; Jonathan Grinham; Olga Geletina; Onye Ahanotu; Allen Sayegh; James Weaver; Martin Bechthold (Fri 4.45 pm)
Ceramic Morphologies: Precision and control in paste-based additive manufacturing. Zach Seibold; Kevin Hinz; José Luis García del Castillo y López; Nono Martínez Alonso; Saurabh Mhatre; Martin Bechthold (Sat 3 pm)




ACADIA 2018: Re/Calibration: On Imprecision and Infidelity

Doctoral candidate Jose Luis García del Castillo will be co-teaching the “Talk to a Wall” workshop at the forthcoming ACADIA 2018 conference in Mexico City.

This workshop will be a collaborative design exercise which seeks to explore new pluralities on the intersubjectivities of human and machine within the context of architectural design methods. Participants will train a neural network (LSTM) by procedurally sketching architectural ideas, they will then select words and images that associate to those sketches. The network will learn from the participant drawings and do searches in a higher dimensional space to understand the associations between the semantics and their drawings. The model should then be able to draw in a similar style to that of the participant when triggered by a concept word or by an initial set of parameters. The model predictions will then be translated into robotic motion parameters to drive the kinematics of a 6-axis industrial robotic arm. Participants will gain skills in procedurally sketching methods, machine learning and robotic fabrication within a framework of bidirectional communication between both.

 The workshop will be led by Alicia Nahmad (AADRL), Vishu Bhooshan (Zaha Hadid Architects CODE), Cristobal Valenzuela (NYU, RunwayML) and Jose Luis, and will be held at the School of Architecture at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) October 15-17th 2018. 

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RobArch 2018_Tight Squeeze: Automated Assembly of Spatial Structures in Constrained Sites

Doctoral candidate Jose Luis García del Castillo co-led the “Tight Squeeze” workshop in the last RobArch 2018 conference at the ETH Zürich along Hakim Hasan (Perkins+Will), Shajay Bhooshan and Leo Bieling (Zaha Hadid Architects CODE), and DDes and former group member Nathan King. The workshop inquired on new models of human-robot collaboration on constrained construction sites, where kinematic freedom of robots is limited, and where high degrees of adaptability and real-time decision making are necessary. After three days of work, two groups of participants built one single prototype with two non-synchronized industrial robotic arms, developing algorithms and interactive input interfaces for adaptation and path planning modification in real time on site.

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MaP+S Group welcomes Chuck Hoberman


Nowhere do the disciplines of art, architecture, and engineering fuse as seamlessly as in the work of inventor Chuck Hoberman, internationally known for his “transformable structures.” Through his products, patents, and structures, Hoberman demonstrates how objects can be foldable, retractable, or shape-shifting.

Hoberman is the founder of Hoberman Associates, a multidisciplinary practice that utilizes transformable principles for a wide range of applications including dynamic architecture, transformable stage sets, consumer products, deployable shelters and structures for aerospace. Examples of his commissioned work include the transforming video screen for the U2 360° world tour (2009-2011), the Hoberman Arch in Salt Lake City, installed at Medals Plaza for the Winter Olympic Games (2002), a retractable dome for the World’s Fair in Hanover, Germany (2000), and ‘Emergent Surface’ (2008) shown at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Hoberman has over twenty patents for his transformable inventions, and has won numerous awards for his designs. He is the Pierce Anderson Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and is an Associate faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. We look forward to collaborating with him at MaP+S!

SmartGeometry 2018 – Workshop // Mind Ex Machina

MaP+S researchers to teach a workshop at SmartGeometry 2018

MaP+S faculty Panagiotis Michalatos, doctoral student Jose Luis García del Castillo and former researcher Nono Martínez Alonso were selected this year to teach a workshop at the SmartGeometry 2018 conference in University of Toronto.

The workshop is called Mind Ex Machina, and will explore the creative opportunities at the intersection of robotics and machine intelligence. As per the brief:

Robot programming interfaces are frequently developed to maximise performance, precision and efficiency in manufacturing environments, using procedural deterministic paradigms. While this is ideal for engineering tasks, it may become constraining in design contexts where flexibility, adaptability and a certain degree of indeterminacy are desired, in order to favour the exploratory nature of creative inquiry. This workshop will explore the possibilities of goal-oriented, non-deterministic real-time robot programming through Machine Intelligence (machine learning and artificial intelligence) in the context of collaborative design tasks. We argue that these new paradigms can be particularly fit for robot programming in creative contexts, and can help designers overcome the high entry barrier that robot programming typically features. Participants will be encouraged to explore this possibility through the conception and implementation of machine intelligence-aided interfaces for human-robot collaborative tasks.

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Exhibition: Material Systems: Digital Design and Fabrication | SCI-6317

We are thrilled to announce the exhibition of the work done by students in the class Material Systems: Digital Design and Fabrication, led by Prof. Martin Bechthold and Jose Luis Garcia del Castillo.

The exhibition will be open Jan. 30th through Feb. 16th 2018 at the Harvard Ceramics Studio and the opening reception will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 30th at 5 pm.

The translation between architectural design and the subsequent actualization process is mediated by various tools and techniques that allow design teams, fabricators and installers to engage the materiality of architecture. Over the past decade advances in material development have been catalyzed by increasingly robust implementations of digital design and fabrication techniques that have empowered designers through digital modelling, simulation, and the increasingly digital augmentation of all physical processes. Creative applications of material related technologies have produced new forms of expression in architecture, triggered a debate on digital ornament, and continue to advance the performative aspects of buildings. Yet we are only at the beginning of a new age of digital materiality…

The course positions material systems as combinations of design technologies with material processing and manipulation environments. Material systems are positioned as central to a research-based design enquiry that capitalizes on opportunities that emerge when craft-based knowledge is synthesized with CNC-machines, robotic technologies, additive manufacturing and material science. This year’s course will focus on ceramic systems and includes a collaboration with the Harvard Ceramics Studio in Allston (consultant: Kathy King). Ceramics is the first ever material created by mankind – it is omnipresent in the craft-studio as well as in industrial manufacturing settings. Pleasing to the touch and easily manipulated by hand, it can just as easily be subject to digital technologies and robotic approaches. While ceramic-specific aspects of material design and manipulation will be taught emphasis is on understanding ceramics as a microcosm of material research that offers insights which transfer to work with almost any material used in architecture.

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

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