Our very own Maroula Zacharias & Katarina Richter-Lunn, along with Malcolm Rio are serving as conference chairs and organizers for this year’s DDes Conference, Embodied Climates. It will be held on September 15 at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Prof. Martin Becthold will be moderating the Climate Health panel.
Exciting News: Together with the Lewis Lab, we are thrilled to announce that we’ve been selected as one of the recipients of the Salata Institute Seed Grant Program!
Our project, Insulating Buildings with Algae Foam will be led by Prof. Martin Bechthold, Prof. Jennifer Lewis, with Dr. Daniel Tish as the postdoctoral fellow dedicated to the research. As reported in the Harvard Gazette: “Most homes in the U.S. are still heated and cooled with fossil fuels, contributing significantly to climate change. Thermal insulation remains the most impactful and cost-effective way to reduce buildings’ energy consumption and emissions — but insulation materials remain too carbon-intensive. Faculty from the Graduate School of Design and John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will work to develop a proof of concept for a carbon-negative insulation material made from microalgae.”
Read more on the Harvard Gazette here.
Exciting News! 📜 After a long wait, our patent on Kiriform has finally been issued! Thank you all for the support and encouragement throughout this journey. This is a big step towards design innovation, design science and making a positive translation!
Info about Kiriform here
It’s wonderful that our paper, which we co-authored with the Complex Materials Group at ETH, titled “3D Printing of Hierarchical Porous Ceramics for Thermal Insulation and Evaporative Cooling,” was selected as one of the “Best of 2022” in Advanced Materials Technologies. Two thousand papers were submitted; 25 were chosen, including ours.
Link to the post and paper : Here
MaP+S collaborated as a technical partner for the “LAND NARRATIVES | FANTASTIC FUTURES” installation at La Biennale Architettura 2023, Venice. The installation, led by Toni L. Griffin from Harvard Graduate School of Design and urbanAC founder, showcased the untold stories and creative expressions that emerged despite the segregation and vacant lands in Chicago’s ‘Black Belt’ neighborhoods.
More info : Link
MaP+S would like to invite you to join us for an exciting research livestream hosted by Digital Futures !
Whether you are an expert in the field or simply interested in learning more about our research, we would love to have you join us for this engaging and informative event.
The livestream will take place here on 29th April, 10 am EDT.
We hope to see you there! Don’t forget to mark your calendars and spread the word to anyone who may be interested.
Recording to his can be found here : Link
During the fall 2022 Nathan King taught the ‘Material Systems: Digital Design and Fabrication’, once again with a focus on ceramic-based design research. The course continued our decade-long collaboration with the Harvard Ceramics Studio, with support by ASCER Tile of Spain. The show is located in Gallery 224 at the Harvard Ceramics Studio in Allston, and is open to the public from Monday to Friday between 10 am – 4 pm. More information is here.
We are excited to share our work at ACADIA 2022: Hybrids & Haecceities in Philadelphia, PA, between Oct 27 -29. We will present a project on clay lattice printing, Responsive Spatial Print Trajectory: 3D Printing of Clay Lattices with Self-Corrective Recalibration, and a paper titled Non-Linear Fabrication: Rapid Data Collection and Toolpath Recalibration in 3D Printing of Clay Lattice.
We hope to see you there !!!
Our collaborative work on 3D printing of ceramic foams has been published in the Advanced Material Technologies journal. The study is the result of our collaboration with the Complex Materials Group led by Prof. Dr. André R. Studart at the ETH in Zurich.
Dutto, A., Zanini, M., Jeoffroy, E., Tervoort, E., Mhatre, S. A., Seibold, Z. B., Bechthold, M., Studart, A. R., 3D Printing of Hierarchical Porous Ceramics for Thermal Insulation and Evaporative Cooling. Adv. Mater. Technol. 2022, 2201109.
Link to the paper here.
Our work on a novel evaporative cooling system based on our patented ceramic technology was recently featured in Fast Company. Over the summer we were able to install a prototype in Harvard’s HouseZero, gathering data and experience about the real world challenges of cooling with water in Boston’s humid and hot summers. The results look very promising!
Delighted to announce that our paper titled ‘Post-tensioned Ceramic Structures: Design, Analysis and Prototyping‘ has won the ‘Best Paper Award 2022‘ at the ICSA 2022 5th International Conference on Structures and Architecture , Aalborg, Denmark !!!
The paper can be found here.
Harvard University Graduate School of Design DDes candidate Katarina Richter-Lunn (MDes ’21) has been awarded the 2022 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, a merit-based graduate school program for 30 immigrants and children of immigrants. Chosen from a competitive pool of over 1,800 applicants, Richter-Lunn was selected for her potential to make significant contributions through her research and work in the United States. She will join 10 other Harvard affiliated students who are being honored in 2022 by the Soros organization—all of whom receive up to $90,000 to support graduate studies.
More info here.
Great to have our collaborative work with Harvard SEAS on ‘Porous Metamaterials’ highlighted on the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences website !
Check out the full press release here.
Elated to have the Apollo Isolation Hood on display at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum as part of the ‘Design and Healing: Creative Responses to Epidemics‘ exhibit.
Project details here.
Happy to have the Apollo Isolation Hood included in the ‘Health Design Thinking: Creating products and services for better health’ book and part of the exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
We are excited to publish our post-tensioned ceramic work in the ‘Architecture, Structures and Construction‘ Journal (2022). You can find the project post here (Link).
Link to the paper below :
Bechthold, M.†, Seibold, Z.† & Mhatre, S. ‘Post-tensioned ceramic structures: design, analysis, and prototyping.’ Archit. Struct. Constr. (2022). https://doi-org/10.1007/s44150-022-00025-0. (Paper)
Saurabh Mhatre, MaP+S, was recently invited to give a talk on Design+ Technology + Materiality as a part of the ‘Making a Difference Speaker Series’ organized by Brilliant Labs . The series features global speakers from diverse backgrounds to spark conversations on technological innovation, humanity-centered design, ethics, creativity, and leadership.
The recording of the talk can be found here: Link
Vessels to Hold Carbon is a collection of three objects by Daniel Tish which have been 3D printed from a new climate-positive material being developed through a collaboration between the MaP+S Group at the Harvard GSD and the Daraio Lab at Caltech. The material is made from photosynthetic microorganisms which absorb many times more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than is required to manufacture the pieces, storing atmospheric carbon for the life of the pieces. The vessels take on the fluid forms of the medium which they have captured, rendering the air that they embody as solid.
The pieces are shown as a part of the Symbiotic Habitat installation of the work of the fellows of the Design Akademie Saaleck. More information about the show here, or take a virtual tour of the exhibition here.
The research to develop this material and the fabrication system has been generously supported by the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities and further development is being supported by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.